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Education in the European Union

At a glance – What Think Tanks are thinking. 2 October 2015 EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service Author: Marcin Grajewski, Strategy and Coordination Unit. Education in the European Union. “In the European Union, education policy is the responsibility of Member States, but EU institutions play an important supporting role. Erasmus+ is the fund forContinue Reading

SEC Interpretation of “Whistleblower” Definition

SEC Interpretation of “Whistleblower” Definition Posted by Nicholas S. Goldin, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, on Sunday, October 4, 2015. “On August 4, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued an interpretive release to clarify its reading of the whistleblower rules it promulgated in 2011 under Section 21F of the Securities Exchange Act ofContinue Reading

A Global Count of the Extreme Poor in 2012

A Global Count of the Extreme Poor in 2012 – Data Issues, Methodology and Initial Results. October 2015. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7432. “The 2014 release of a new set of purchasing power parity conversion factors (PPPs) for 2011 has prompted a revision of the international poverty line. In order to preserve theContinue Reading

Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity

Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity: Progress and Policies. Marcio Cruz, James Foster, Bryce Quillin and Philip Schellekens. Approved for distribution by Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, World Bank. Ocotber 2015. “Three key challenges stand out: the depth of remaining poverty, the unevenness in shared prosperity, and the persistent disparities in non-incomeContinue Reading

Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

CRS – Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist, September 8, 2015. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomatic orContinue Reading

GAO Launches Center for Audit Excellence

About the Center for Audit Excellence – Given the demands and challenges of today’s world, government accountability is more important than ever. Effective accountability organizations are an essential tool in helping improve government performance and the sound use of public resources.  With a cadre of highly experienced staff with expertise in a wide array ofContinue Reading

Victims of Identity Theft, 2014

Victims of Identity Theft, 2014 – Erika Harrell, Ph.D., – BJS Statistician “An estimated 17.6 million persons, or about 7 percent of U.S. residents age 16 or older, were victims of at least one incident of identity theft in 2014, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. These statistics were similar to those inContinue Reading

UNESCO World Heritage List

“The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted byContinue Reading

New SEC Rulemaking Database

SEC news release Sept. 24, 2015: “Strong regulations are central to the Commission’s mission.  For more than 80 years, we have used rulemaking to establish a comprehensive framework for our securities markets that protects investors, enhances market integrity, and promotes capital formation.  The rulemaking process is the means through which the Commission responds to theContinue Reading

BIS Working Papers – how monetary policy affects bank profitability; bond issuance by European banks; role of international reserves

Bank for International Settlements Working papers, October 1, 2015: •    The influence of monetary policy on bank profitability: “This paper investigates how monetary policy affects bank profitability. We use data for 109 large international banks headquartered in 14 major advanced economies for the period 1995-2012. Overall, we find a positive relationship between the level ofContinue Reading

The Most Dangerous Cities in America

“Over 400 violent crimes per 100,000 residents were reported in the United States in 2010. The rate has fallen every year since to a four-year low of 366 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2014. Though the decline in violent crime nationwide has made the country safer, a number of American cities are still especiallyContinue Reading

Understanding the mortgage process: Your home loan toolkit

CFPB – The Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule makes getting a mortgage easier for homebuyers and refinancers. It helps you shop for the loan that’s best for you and your family. To help you navigate the steps you have to take to get a mortgage, take a look at our new booklet, “YourContinue Reading