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Summary of Agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports for 2015

Summary of Agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports for 2015 and Assessment of Agency Progress in Implementing the President’s FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Guidelines With OIP Guidance for Further Improvement “The 2015 Chief FOIA Officer Reports address efforts in improving FOIA administrations in five key areas tied to Attorney General Holder’s 2009 FOIAContinue Reading

American Work Force and Labor Day

Census: “The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. That celebration inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, withContinue Reading

GAO Report – IRS 2016 Budget Cuts Increase Risk

IRS Is Scaling Back Activities and Using Budget Flexibilities to Absorb Funding Cuts, GAO-15-624: Published: Jun 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 24, 2015: “Internal Revenue Service (IRS) total appropriations declined from a high of $12.1 billion in fiscal year 2010 to $11.3 billion in fiscal year 2014, a reduction of about 7 percent. GAO selectedContinue Reading

bcg – The New CEO’s Guide to Transformation

The New CEO’s Guide to Transformation – Turning Ambition into Sustainable Results. May 15, 2015 by Hans-Paul Bürkner, Lars Fæste, and Jim Hemerlin. Boston Consulting Group. “Leadership transitions increasingly happen when companies are at an inflection point, and as a result, new CEOs frequently face immediate pressure to make changes. The challenges are significant. CompaniesContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Infrastructure, Federal Green Building, IRS Examination Selection, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Teacher Preparation Programs

Defense Infrastructure: Improvements in DOD Reporting and Cybersecurity Implementation Needed to Enhance Utility Resilience Planning, GAO-15-749: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. Federal Green Building: Federal Efforts and Third-Party Certification Help Agencies Implement Key Requirements, but Challenges Remain, GAO-15-667: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. IRS Examination Selection: InternalContinue Reading

GAO Report – Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine: Federal Investment, Information Sharing, and Challenges in an Evolving Field, GAO-15-553: Published: Jun 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. “Seven federal agencies invested—that is, conducted or funded—approximately $2.89 billion in regenerative medicine research in fiscal years 2012 through 2014. Most (88 percent) was invested by the National Institutes of Health. Agencies fundedContinue Reading

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development

F. Tim Knight via Slaw [via Darlene Fichter]: “The third issue of the IFLA Law Libraries Section Newsletter came out last month. It includes a nice report on last summer’s IFLA conference in Lyon, France, which is worth reviewing to get a sense of what’s front of mind in international law libraries. However, what IContinue Reading

2015 Global Peace Index reveals increasingly divided world

Institute for Economics and Peace – Peacefulness in Europe reaches an historic high – The Middle East is spiralling into deepening violence – See The 2015 Global Peace Index “Many OECD countries reached historically high levels of peace, boosted by reductions in homicide rates, levels of military expenditure and military engagements. Iceland tops the Index asContinue Reading

Fewer Banking-Related Federal Civil Lawsuits

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest available data from the federal courts show that during June 2015 the government reported 18 new “banks and banking” civil filings. This number has been trending downward since new filings peaked at 79 during November of 2011. If filings continue at the same pace during the remainder of thisContinue Reading

Number of food recalls and costs to business and society are rising

Swiss Re: “Publication finds that the number of recalls per year in the US has almost doubled since 2002 Food contamination costs US health authorities USD 15.6 billion per year; nearly 9 million Americans became sick from contaminated food in 2013 alone Half of all food recalls cost the affected companies more than USD 10Continue Reading

Social Security Disability Trust Fund Projected Depleted by 2016

“The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year later than projected last year, with 79 percentContinue Reading

How to establish an online Social Security account

“My Social Security Week is a good opportunity to learn more about opening an online Social Security account. Even if you’re nowhere near retirement, having an account will help you track your earnings, give you quicker access to manage the benefits you may be receiving, and much more. Plan for your future, and join the over 20Continue Reading