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GAO – Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems

  • Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems, GAO-16-696T: Published: May 25, 2016. Publicly Released: May 25, 2016: “The federal government spent more than 75 percent of the total amount budgeted for information technology (IT) for fiscal year 2015 on operations and maintenance (O&M) investments. Specifically, 5,233 of the government’s approximately 7,000 IT investments are spending all of their funds on O&M activities. Such spending has increased over the past 7 fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billion decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2017 in development, modernization, and enhancement activities.
  • Federal Agencies Need to Address Aging Legacy Systems, GAO-16-468: Published: May 25, 2016. Publicly Released: May 25, 2016: “Federal legacy IT investments are becoming increasingly obsolete: many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported. Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old. For example, Department of Defense uses 8-inch floppy disks in a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation’s nuclear forces. In addition, Department of the Treasury uses assembly language code—a computer language initially used in the 1950s and typically tied to the hardware for which it was developed. OMB recently began an initiative to modernize, retire, and replace the federal government’s legacy IT systems. As part of this, OMB drafted guidance requiring agencies to identify, prioritize, and plan to modernize legacy systems. However, until this policy is finalized and fully executed, the government runs the risk of maintaining systems that have outlived their effectiveness…”
  • See also – Here Are 10 of the Oldest IT Systems in the Federal Government 

Infographic: Manufacturing in the United States

“Statistics from the 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) indicate that manufacturing establishments show gains in receipts but lower employment over time. The infographic contains three visualizations, including a time-series graph of changes in employment and receipts from 2002-2014, a comparison of employment and receipts by subsector for the years 2013 and 2014, and aContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Disaster Recovery, DoD Financial Management, Human Trafficking, Immigration Detention, Imported Food Safety, Rail Grant Oversight

Disaster Recovery: FEMA Needs to Assess Its Effectiveness in Implementing the National Disaster Recovery Framework, GAO-16-476: Published: May 26, 2016. Publicly Released: May 26, 2016. DOD Financial Management: Greater Visibility Needed to Better Assess Audit Readiness for Property, Plant, and Equipment, GAO-16-383: Published: May 26, 2016. Publicly Released: May 26, 2016. Human Trafficking: Actions TakenContinue Reading

Congress.gov adds RSS and email alerts for researchers

Via Emily Carr, LC – “…new email alerts and RSS feeds are now available from Congress.gov. For more details, see New Email Alerts and RSS Feeds on Congress.gov: “Building on those email alerts, there is now an additional set of email alerts and the first RSS feeds that you can subscribe to from Congress.gov Most-Viewed Bills (email |Continue Reading

Conference Board – Rebound in Global Productivity Growth Not in Sight

Data Sources & Methods Archive “Productivity developments in 2015 – Growth in global output per worker slowed down in 2015, mainly because of a slowdown in output growth in emerging markets and developing economies: Productivity in resources-rich economies in Latin America, Africa and Russia is declining on the back of declining oil prices China’s laborContinue Reading

Working Longer: Aging, Work, and Retirement Planning in America

AP release: “Retirement Planning in America: Anxiety, Inequality, and the Role of Social Security, focuses on attitudes and planning behaviors about retirement. The results reveal a number of inequalities in older Americans’ retirement planning, with significant divides between lower- and upper-income Americans. Income levels and feelings of anxiety are also related to the type andContinue Reading

LexisNexis Introduces New, Interactive Rule of Law Awareness Tool

“LexisNexis Legal & Professional today launches an interactive online tool that shows how the rule of law is measured and why it’s important. This first-of-its-kind data tool, the LexisNexis Rule of Law Impact Tracker, quantifies the relationship between rule of law and social and economic development. According to the United Nations, approximately 4 billion peopleContinue Reading

Do We Need a Stable Funding Ratio? Banks’ Funding in the Global Financial Crisis

Lallour, Antoine and Mio, Hitoshi, Do We Need a Stable Funding Ratio? Banks’ Funding in the Global Financial Crisis (May 20, 2016). Bank of England Working Paper No. 602. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2783788 “We use data from the recent global financial crisis to study the importance of several structural funding metrics in characterisingContinue Reading

Public Knowledge

“What Public Knowledge Does – Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open Internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We work to shape policy on behalf of the public interest.” Public Knowledge Encourages Silicon Valley to Make Diversity in Tech a Priority By Shiva Stella, May 24, 2016 – “Recently, theContinue Reading

FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Bill – Subcommittee Draft

House Committee on Appropriations, H. R. [Report No. 114–] Making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes: “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums are appropriated, outContinue Reading

Transportation and Warehousing Sector Drives Nonemployer Business Growth

“The number of businesses without paid employees rose by 831,317 or 3.6 percent to 23.8 million establishments from 2013 to 2014. Businesses without paid employees, such as operating a family-run corner store, acting as a real estate agent, pet sitting, blogging, and snowplowing, are refered to as nonemployer businesses. The transportation and warehousing sector (NAICSContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Border Security, Medicare Program, Prisoner Operations

Border Security: DHS Surveillance Technology Unmanned Aerial Systems and Other Assets, GAO-16-671T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016. Medicare Program: Continued Action Required to Address Weaknesses in Provider and Supplier Enrollment Controls, GAO-16-703T: Published: May 24, 2016. Publicly Released: May 24, 2016. Prisoner Operations: United States Marshals Service Could Better Estimate CostContinue Reading