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The Latest Plum Book

OPM Plum Book: Every four years, just after the Presidential election, the “United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions” is published. It is commonly known as the Plum Book [this is a link to the 2012 version] and is alternately published between the House and Senate. – The Plum Book has a listing of over 7,000… Continue Reading

WaPo documents an increasingly diverse United States

The increasingly diverse United States of America – “The racial and ethnic diversity of communities varies greatly across the country, but rapid change is coming to many of the least-diverse areas. These are just some of the ways….To quantify how America is changing, we used the diversity index, which measures the chance that two people chosen… Continue Reading

2014 Statistics of U.S. Businesses

“This release includes single-year estimates of the number of firms, number of establishments, employment and annual payroll. Statistics are presented by Metropolitan Statistical Area, county and Legal Form of Organization. Internet address: <http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/susb.html. Continue Reading

Gallup – Trump’s Policy Proposals and Public Opinion

Frank Newport – “As is true for any presidential candidate, Donald Trump made a significant number of promises throughout his more-than-yearlong campaign for the presidency. With less than two months to go before he takes office, Trump now faces the challenges of figuring out how to implement his proposals. One such challenge concerns public opinion:… Continue Reading

Paper – Equitable Defenses in the Age of Statutes

Anenson, T. Leigh, Equitable Defenses in the Age of Statutes (November 6, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877457 “The Supreme Court’s pending decision in SGA Hygiene Products Aktiebolag v. First Quality Baby Products, LLC, is the most recent in a series of cases struggling with the same issue: What is the scope and content of equitable… Continue Reading

Tax Policy Center – An Analysis of Donald Trump’s Revised Tax Plan

“This paper analyzes presidential candidate Donald Trump’s revised tax proposal, which would significantly reduce marginal tax rates, increase standard deduction amounts, repeal personal exemptions, cap itemized deductions, and allow businesses to elect to expense new investment and not deduct interest expense. His proposal would cut taxes at all income levels, although the largest benefits, in… Continue Reading

Enterprise Risk Management: Selected Agencies’ Experiences Illustrate Good Practices in Managing Risk

Enterprise Risk Management: Selected Agencies’ Experiences Illustrate Good Practices in Managing Risk, GAO-17-63: Published: Dec 1, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2016. “Federal managers often handle complex and risky missions, such as preparing for and responding to natural disasters, and building and managing safe transportation systems. While it is not possible to eliminate all uncertainties… Continue Reading

EFF Fighting NSL Gag Orders With Help From CREDO and Internet Archive

News release: “…EFF has been litigating the constitutionality of NSLs on behalf of unnamed clients in a total of three related court cases beginning in 2011. This week, telecom provider CREDO confirmed that it was the company involved in one of these long-running cases, and published the letters it received three years ago. CREDO, represented… Continue Reading

How Often Does The News Media Bring FOIA Lawsuits?

The FOIA Project at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Just how active is the news media in taking federal agencies to court when they don’t promptly turn over the records being sought? Hard data to reliably answer this question has been extremely limited. FOIAproject.org today announces an ambitious initiative aimed at filling this void. Starting… Continue Reading

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

“Six months after the successful Paris Climate Agreement, two of the world’s primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative  of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change. This single initiative will create… Continue Reading

The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Economic Policy Institute Report: “Executive summary – While U.S. manufacturing has been hit hard by nearly two decades of policy failures that have damaged its international competitiveness, it remains a vital part of the U.S. economy. The manufacturing sector employed 12 million workers in 2013, or about 8.8 percent of total U.S. employment. Manufacturing employs… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – Ranking Gender Inequality in All 50 States

“For many Americans, the election of Donald Trump represents a step back for the feminist movement. Whether or not the president-elect’s policies will result in meaningful progress for women’s rights, there remain severe inequalities the nation has yet to overcome. These issues include a gender pay gap, a lack of flexibility in the workplace during… Continue Reading