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OMB – Federal Information Security Modernization Act Audit FY 2015

“In FY 2015 OPM was the victim of a massive data breach that involved the theft of sensitive personal information of millions of individuals. For many years we have reported critical weaknesses in OPM’s ability to manage its information technology (IT) environment, and warned that the agency was as an increased risk of a dataContinue Reading

New and Improved Charts and Data on Auto Loans

NY Fed – A Closer Look at Auto Loans: “Today, the New York Fed announced that household debt increased by a robust $212 billion in the third quarter of 2015. Both mortgage and auto loan originations increased, as auto originations reached a ten-year high and new mortgage lending appears to have finally recovered from theContinue Reading

EPA Proposes to Reduce Smog-Forming Pollution Transported Across State Lines

News release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing updates to the agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to address interstate air quality impacts for the 2008 ozone air quality standards. The proposed updates would reduce summertime emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from power plants that contribute to downwind ozone problems in theContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Medicare Part B, Government Cybersecurity, Federal Real Property, Climate Change, Bulk Fuel Pricing

Medicare Part B: Expenditures for New Drugs Concentrated among a Few Drugs, and Most Were Costly for Beneficiaries, GAO-16-12: Published: Oct 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 2015. Critical Infrastructure Protection: Sector-Specific Agencies Need to Better Measure Cybersecurity Progress, GAO-16-79: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015. Federal Real Property: Additional Authorities andContinue Reading

Financial Literacy Skills for the 21st Century

Annamaria Lusardi – Colston Warne Lecture | September 2015 “Foreward: I am delighted to be asked to give the Colston Warne Lecture at the American Council on Consumer Interests annual conference. What I want to cover in this lecture [see the article and the powerpoint] is what I consider to be one of the mostContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, Federal Real Property, Climate Change, Fuel Pricing

Critical Infrastructure Protection: Sector-Specific Agencies Need to Better Measure Cybersecurity Progress, GAO-16-79: Published: Nov 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015. Federal Real Property: Additional Authorities and Accountability Would Enhance the Implementation of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010, GAO-16-39: Published: Oct 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2015. Highlights of a Forum:Continue Reading

IMF Global Financial Stability Report

“The Global Financial Stability Report provides an assessment of the global financial system and markets, and addresses emerging market financing in a global context. It focuses on current market conditions, highlighting systemic issues that could pose a risk to financial stability and sustained market access by emerging market borrowers. The Report draws out the financialContinue Reading

State Report Card on Transparency of Physician Quality Information

“For a third year in a row most states receive a failing grade for providing information to consumers on the quality of physician care. While national attention has been placed on price transparency, a commensurate spotlight has not been shone on quality transparency. Even in states that have fully implemented all-payer claims databases, the useContinue Reading

World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities

World Migration Report 2015: Migrants and Cities: “We live in a world which is becoming increasingly urban. Over 54 per cent of people across the globe were living in urban areas in 2014. The current urban population of 3.9 billion is expected to grow to some 6.4 billion by 2050. Migration is driving much ofContinue Reading

Open Data Inception – 1600+ Open Data Portals Around the World

“You can find the list geotagged on a map at When building  the best Open Data portals, the same question always comes up. Where can I find clean and usable data? Our answer is usually: “Did you search on existing Open Data portals?” But the truth is, some Open Data portals can be hardContinue Reading

Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, October 27-28, 2015

FOMC Minutes, October 27-28, 2015 – [snipped] “Equilibrium Real Interest Rates – The staff presented several briefings regarding the concept of an equilibrium real interest rate–sometimes labeled the “neutral” or “natural” real interest rate, or “r*”–that can serve as a benchmark to help gauge the stance of monetary policy. Various concepts of r* were discussed.Continue Reading

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, H. Rept. 114-315, October 28, 2015.