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NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

“Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data. “At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Sexual Violence Data

Sexual Violence Data: Actions Needed to Improve Clarity and Address Differences Across Federal Data Collection Efforts, GAO-16-546: Published: Jul 19, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2016. “Four federal agencies—the Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Justice (DOJ)—manage at least 10 efforts to collect data on sexual violence, which differ in target… Continue Reading

Gartner – Public Sector CIOs Can Lead a Citizen Services Revolution

Via Gartner – “Public sector organizations could harness digital disruption in times of change to bring about a revolution in citizen services, said Gartner, Inc. These efforts are often hindered by top-down hierarchies, cultural legacies and the lack of a compelling vision. There are, however, successful examples that can be replicated. “Public sector organizations often… Continue Reading

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013–2014 – Statistical Tables

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013–14 – Statistical Tables – Trent D. Buskirk, Ph.D., Regional Justice Information Service, Joseph M. Durso, Regional Justice Information Service, Ronald J. Frandsen, Regional Justice Information Service, Jennifer C. Karberg, Regional Justice Information Service, Allina D. Lee, Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 30, 2016. NCJ 249849. “Describes background checks for… Continue Reading

Kaiser Foundation – Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers

“Disparities in health and health care in the United States have been a longstanding challenge resulting in some groups receiving less and lower quality health care than others and experiencing poorer health outcomes. This brief provides an introductory overview of health and health care disparities, including what disparities are and why they matter, the status… Continue Reading

DOD Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016

Department of Defense Contractor and Troop Levels in Iraq and Afghanistan: 2007-2016, Heidi M. Peters, Coordinator, Information Research Specialist; Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition; Lawrence Kapp, Specialist in Military Manpower Policy. August 15, 2016. “This report provides background information for Congress on the levels of Department of Defense (DOD) troop and contractor personnel deployed… Continue Reading

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

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee – Long-Run Monetary Policy Implementation Framework – “The staff provided several briefings that reviewed progress on a long-term effort begun in July 2015 to evaluate potential long-run frameworks for monetary policy implementation. The briefings highlighted some foundational considerations that are relevant for such an evaluation. The staff described… Continue Reading

2016 International Data Base Update

“The current update provides revisions for 14 countries and areas, incorporating new data from censuses, surveys, and administrative records and new analyses. Revised estimates and projections are available for Argentina, Bangladesh, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Gaza Strip, Haiti, Namibia, Nepal, South Korea, the United States, Venezuela and West Bank. Highlights from the International Data Base:… Continue Reading

NASA Analysis Finds July 2016 is Warmest on Record

“July 2016 was the warmest July in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. Because the seasonal temperature cycle peaks in July, it means July 2016 also was warmer than any other month on record. July… Continue Reading

FTA Releases WMATA Stop Signal Overrun Investigation Report – Issues Safety Directive to Correct Systemic Safety Deficiencies

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today issued a Safety Directive 16-5 to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority  (WMATA) requiring the transit agency to address the serious safety concern of stop signal overruns in its Metrorail system by implementing 11 required actions and expediting completion of prior corrective actions approved by… Continue Reading

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

CRS report via FAS – The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS): “The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is comprised of nine members, two ex officio members, and other members as appointed by the President representing major departments and agencies within the federal executive branch. While the group… Continue Reading

Number of IT Workers Has Increased Tenfold Since 1970

“The number of information technology (IT) workers now stands at 4.6 million, compared with just 450,000 in 1970 according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This upsurge means that IT workers now represent 2.9 percent of the U.S. labor force. “The Census Bureau first identified IT occupations in the… Continue Reading