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Federal Acquisition Regulation – Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems

Final Rule by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on 05/16/2016 – “DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to add a new subpart and contract clause for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store orContinue Reading

Paper – An AI Approach to Fed Watching

Via TWO SIGMA INVESTMENTS, LP. “Natural language processing techniques can translate Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes into data. The results appear both intuitive and informative. For example, following the 2007-2009 financial crisis, the Fed increased the amount of time it devoted to discussing financial markets from 10 percent in 2007 to nearly 40Continue Reading

NOAA – Long term warm weather anomalies are the new normal

National Centers for Environmental Information – NOAA: “April 2016 was characterized by warmer to much warmer-than-average conditions across most of Earth’s land surfaces, according to the Land & Ocean Temperature Percentiles map. The most notable warm temperature departures were observed across much of Russia and Alaska, where temperatures were 3.0°C (5.4°F) or greater above average.Continue Reading

Space Budgets From Around The World

Space Program Spending As A Percent of GDP – Percent change, 2008 to 2014 – Data clearly indicates US is not even close to the top of the list.

Scientists publish study that includes discovery – trees ‘sleep’

Quantification of Overnight Movement of Birch Branches and Foliage with Short Interval Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Front. Plant Sci., 29 February 2016 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2016.00222 “The goal of the study was to determine circadian movements of silver birch (Petula Bendula) branches and foliage detected with terrestrial laser scanning (TLS). The study consisted of two geographically separate experiments conductedContinue Reading

CIA allegedly destroyed sole copy of Senate torture report

The Independent: “The CIA inspector general’s office has said it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a comprehensive Senate torture report, despite lawyers for the Justice Department assuring a federal judge that copies of the documents were being preserved. The erasure of the document by the spy agency’s internal watchdog was deemed an “inadvertent” foul-upContinue Reading

International Energy Outlook 2016

“The International Energy Outlook 2016 (IEO2016) presents an assessment by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the outlook for international energy markets through 2040. U.S. projections appearing in IEO2016 are consistent with those published in EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015). IEO2016 is provided as a service to energy managers and analysts, both inContinue Reading

CBO Report – H.R. 3713, Sentencing Reform Act of 2015

“H.R. 3713 would amend federal law to change the prison sentences associated with certain offenses. Based on information provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would reduce the cost of incarcerating offenders and would lead to a reduction in discretionary costs to DOJContinue Reading

Report – Most urban cyclists are working-class immigrants

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research: “Who bikes?  – Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that across the nation and in major cities across the sprawling, car-dependent Sun Belt, the largest share of people who bike are in lower-income brackets. “It’s not just that bike advocates aren’t representing invisible cyclists,” Lugo said. “It’s thatContinue Reading

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, April 26-27, 2016

Release Date: May 18, 2016 – The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held on April 26-27, 2016. “The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee ordinarily are made available three weeks after the day of the policy decision andContinue Reading

Montgomery County MD Bicycle Stress Map Seeks to Make Streets Safer

Mapping How Stressful Streets Can Limit Cycling – “Few cycling thoroughfares in Washington, D.C., are fully protected from traffic. They’re packed with rushing cars, people backing out of driveways, and shape-shifting bike lanes, when any actually exist. As a daily bike commuter, I can attest that these factors can make cycling pretty harrying, which inContinue Reading

CDC Health, United States – annual report on trends in health statistics

Health, United States, 2015 – With Special Feature on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. May 2016. “The Health, United States series presents an annual overview of national trends in health statistics. The report contains a Chartbook that assesses the nation’s health by presenting trends and current information on selected measures of morbidity, mortality, health careContinue Reading