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Governors’ Salaries 2014

“The Council of State Governments has been collecting data on governors’ salaries for The Book of the States since 1937. The average governor’s salary has grown more slowly in recent years than in the past, with a number of states cutting their chief executive’s pay during and after the Great Recession. Governors’ salaries in 2014 rangeContinue Reading

Fisheries of the United States 2013

“In its annual report, Fisheries of the United States 2013, released today, NOAA Fisheries announced that U.S. fishermen landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, an increase of 245 million pounds from 2012. Valued at $5.5 billion, these landings represent an increase of $388 million from 2012. “Commercial and recreational fishing are important contributorsContinue Reading

Business R&D Performance in the United States Tops $300 Billion in 2012

National Science Foundation – Raymond M. Wolfe: “Companies spent $302 billion on research and development performed in the United States during 2012, 2.8% more than the $294 billion spent during 2011 (table 1). Funding from the companies’ own sources was $239 billion during 2011 and $247 billion during 2012, a 3.6% increase; funding from other sources wasContinue Reading

Pew Report Finds Military Checking Account Practices Need Improvement

Checks and Balances, Stars and Stripes, Banking practices at financial institutions serving the military, October 28, 2014 “Service members, like all consumers, need access to concise, easy-to-understand documents that lay out the key terms, conditions, and fees associated with their checking accounts. Clarity and transparency are especially important for Americans and their families serving in the military,Continue Reading

California Data Breach Report

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, California Department of Justice, October 2014 “California is the birthplace of the digital revolution that has transformed nearly every aspect of the world in which we live. Yet even as technological innovation and advances bring us greater convenience, efficiency, and productivity, they are also generating new vulnerabilities. The Internet has created aContinue Reading

Fallout plume of submerged oil from Deepwater Horizon

David L. Valentine, G. Burch Fisher, Sarah C. Bagby, Robert K. Nelson, Christopher M. Reddy, Sean P. Sylva, and Mary A. Woo. Fallout plume of submerged oil from Deepwater Horizon. PNAS 2014 : 1414873111v1-201414873. “Following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico an unprecedented quantity of oil irrupted into the ocean at aContinue Reading

Report – Bicyclist Fatalities a Growing Problem for Key Groups

“The number of bicyclists killed on U.S. roadways is trending upward, particularly for certain subsets of the population, according to a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). GHSA’s Spotlight on Highway Safety: Bicyclist Safety notes that yearly bicyclist deaths increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, while overall motor vehicle fatalitiesContinue Reading

FTC Says AT&T Has Misled Millions of Consumers with ‘Unlimited’ Data Promises

News release: “The Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint against AT&T Mobility, LLC, charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans while reducing their data speeds, in some cases by nearly 90 percent. The FTC’s complaint alleges that the company failed to adequately discloseContinue Reading

Census Bureau Releases Industry Series Report on Accommodation

“The U.S. Census Bureau today released additional national-level data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports for the accommodation and food services sector of the economy. This release includes new statistics on the nation’s 63,896 accommodation businesses (NAICS 721), which reported sales of $195.4 billion and employed nearly 2.0 million people in 2012. Other highlights:Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – USPS Changes to Operations

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: Information on Recent Changes to Delivery Standards, Operations, and Performance, GAO-14-828R: Published: Sep 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2014: “Since 2012, USPS has instituted several initiatives aimed at reducing expenses in its mail delivery and processing networks as part of broader efforts to address its fiscal challenges and move toward financial viability. TheseContinue Reading

FOIA request reveals extensive government monitoring of US mail

New York Times: “In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. The number of requests, containedContinue Reading

Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia

IMF – Regional Economic Outlook: Middle East and Central Asia, October 2014. “Despite setbacks, an uneven global economic recovery continues. Largely due to weaker-than-expected global activity in the first half of 2014, the growth forecast for the world economy has been revised downward to 3.3 percent this year, 0.4 percentage point lower than in theContinue Reading