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Interactive Feature on Trump’s Immigration Policy in NY Times with Social Explorer Analysis

Via Social Explorer: “A new interactive article by Jugal K. Patel in The New York Times features data and analysis compiled by Social Explorer’s Andrew Beveridge. Presidential candidate Donald Trump recently stated that he wants to “keep immigration levels within historical norms,” but did not define those ranges. The Times investigates two hundred years of the… Continue Reading

DOT Cybersecurity Incident Handling Is Ineffective and Incomplete

DOT IG Report – October 13, 2016 DOT Cybersecurity Incident Handling Is Ineffective and Incomplete Project ID:  FI-2017-001 “An effective response to cyber incidents minimizes disruptions to information systems and data losses. We conducted this audit because of DOT’s large number of information systems that contain sensitive data as well as the high number of… Continue Reading

What Caused the Decline in Interstate Migration in the United States?

NY Fed Liberty Street Economics: “Geographic mobility is thought to be important both for economic mobility and for the efficiency of a labor market in allocating the right people to the right jobs. Accordingly, the willingness of the U.S. workforce to move is a factor behind the greater dynamism of the U.S. labor market compared… Continue Reading

USPS Survey – Public Perception of Drone Delivery in US

USPS IG – Public Perception of Drone Delivery in the United States Report Number RARC-WP-17-001 “If the U.S. Postal Service intends to consider the option of incorporating drones into its operations, tracking the public’s rapidly evolving perception of this new mode of delivery will be essential to shaping the groundwork of the Postal Service’s strategy.… Continue Reading

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction – Corruption in Conflict

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Corruption in Conflict – Lessons From the U.S. Experience in Afghanistan, September 2016 – “Corruption in Conflict—the first in a series of lessons learned reports by SIGAR—examines how the U.S. government understood the risks of corruption in Afghanistan, how the U.S. response to corruption evolved, and the effectiveness of… Continue Reading

GAO – EPA estimates over $650 billion in expenditures for cities to upgrade water infrastructure

Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations, GAO-16-785: Published: Sep 15, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2016 “EPA estimates water and sewer utilities will need to spend $655 billion over the next 20 years to maintain, upgrade, or replace water infrastructure. Many midsize and large cities that lost a large… Continue Reading

‘Every Full Moon’ video series debuts with sea creatures that light up the night

NOAA – “Did you see the full moon this week? Keep an eye out because once a month, during every full moon, NOAA’s Emmy Award-winning Ocean Today team will release awe-inspiring videos featuring new discoveries, cutting-edge technology, weird animals and people around the world who are coming together to keep our ocean and our planet healthy. … Continue Reading

Privacy International challenge of UK hacking operations

PCWorld: “The U.K.’s spy agencies breached the European Convention on Human Rights for years by secretly collecting almost everything about British citizens’ communications except their content, a U.K. court has ruled. However, now that the U.K. government has admitted what it is doing, the collection is legal, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled Monday. It has… Continue Reading

Analyzing Hospice Care in the United States

Center for Data Innovation – “The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a data set called the Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File (Hospice PUF) detailing the services of 4,015 hospice providers to Medicare subscribers in 2014. The Hospice PUF includes deidentified data on over $15 billion in Medicare payments… Continue Reading

Medicare Part D: A First Look At Prescription Drug Plans in 2017

Kaiser Family Foundation – “Current enrollees in stand-alone Medicare Part D plans are projected to face an average 9 percent increase in premiums if they remain in their current plan for 2017, according to an analysis released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation. During Medicare’s 2017 open enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 through… Continue Reading

Additional START Datasets Now Available

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism – “Utilizing the Dataverse Network Project, START has created its own repository of datasets and databases on terrorism, conflict, and preparedness. This collection includes research funded by START as well as research for which START has been given permission to release. Users can read… Continue Reading

Pew – The State of American Jobs

“Tectonic changes are reshaping U.S. workplaces as the economy moves deeper into the knowledge-focused age. These changes are affecting the very nature of jobs by rewarding social, communications and analytical skills. They are prodding many workers to think about lifetime commitments to retraining and upgrading their skills. And they may be prompting a society-wide reckoning… Continue Reading