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State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report

“The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) has released a study, entitled State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report, conducted by Dr. James P. Ziliak and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen. Commissioned by NFESH, this report reveals that 15.5 percent of seniors or 9.6 million individuals age 60 or older in theContinue Reading

Sunlight Foundation – Opening Criminal Justice Data

“As part of a new initiative, the Sunlight Foundation has begun amassing an inventory of public and privately-produced criminal justice data. The spreadsheet on this page is a work in progress but we’re publishing it now with hopes that people can use it for research or reporting and even contribute to it. Please go throughContinue Reading

An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know?

CRS – An Introduction to Health Insurance: What Should a Consumer Know? Carol Rapaport, Analyst in Health Care Financing. April 30, 2015. “Congress has seen a renewed interest in the market for private health insurance since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended). This report provides anContinue Reading

OECD – Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use

Sassi, F.(ed.) (2015), Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Economics and Public Health Policy, OECD Publishing, Paris. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264181069-en “Alcoholic beverages, and their harmful use, have been familiar fixtures in human societies since the beginning of recorded history. Worldwide, alcohol is a leading cause of ill health and premature mortality. It accounts for 1 in 17 deaths, and forContinue Reading

International energy data and analysis portal

Via EIA – Choose energy source: petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity; Visualization – Bubble Map, Heat Map, Column Chart; Production, Consumptions, Reserves & Capacity, Imports, Exports.

New GAO Reports – Defense Transportation, Federal Veterinarians, U.S. Postal Service

Defense Transportation: Air Force’s Airlift Study Met Mandate Requirements, GAO-15-457R: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015. Federal Veterinarians: Efforts Needed to Improve Workforce Planning, GAO-15-495: Published: May 26, 2015. Publicly Released: May 26, 2015. U.S. Postal Service: Improved Management Procedures Needed for Parcel Select Contracts, GAO-15-408: Published: Apr 23, 2015. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

Are Survey Expectations Theory-Consistent? The Role of Central Bank Communication and News

Lena Drager, Michael J. Lamla, and Damjan Pfajfar (2015). Are Survey Expectations Theory-Consistent? The Role of Central Bank Communication and News, Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2015-035. Washington: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2015.035. “In this paper we analyze whether central bank communication can facilitate the understanding of key economic concepts. UsingContinue Reading

Justice Department Releases Drone Privacy Guidance

EPIC – “The Justice Department has released extensive “Policy Guidance” for the use of drones by federal agencies. The Guidance bans the use of drones to monitor activities protected by the First Amendment, requires routine logs of drone use, and requires the protection of civil liberties and privacy in all cases. However, the Guidance “doesContinue Reading

Report – $36M Command Control Facility in Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused

SIGAR – Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction May 2015 SIGAR-15-57-SP $36 Million Command and Control Facility at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan: Unwanted, Unneeded, and Unused “SIGAR found that DoD requested funds for this facility on the basis that it was necessary to address an immediate operational need associated with the military surge in Afghanistan inContinue Reading

SIGAR Quarterly Report to Congress on Afghanistan Reconstruction

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Quarterly Report to Congress, April 30, 2015 “As a result of a SIGAR investigation that uncovered corruption in the award of a nearly $1 billion, multi-year Afghan Ministry of Defense (MOD) fuel contract, SIGAR has developed a relationship with the new Afghan national-unity government that promises to create uniqueContinue Reading

Regulatory change and monetary policy

CGFS Papers No 54 Regulatory change and monetary policy – Report submitted by a Working Group established by the Committee on the Global Financial System and the Markets Committee. The Group was chaired by Ulrich Bindseil (European Central Bank) and William R Nelson (Federal Reserve Board). May 2015. “Financial regulation is evolving, as policymakers seekContinue Reading

The Library of Congress: Web Archive Collections

Web Archive Collections – Researcher Access to Publicly Available Web Archive Collections is here The following is a list of all web archive collections developed by or in partnership with the Library of Congress. These are in various stages of production. U.S. Election Web Archives U.S. Congressional/Legislative Web Archives Law Library Web Archives Single SitesContinue Reading