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Quarterly Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 2014 Fourth Quarter

Census – “This release provides quarterly estimates of state and local government tax revenue at a national level, as well as detailed tax revenue data for individual states. This report produces three tables: Tables 1 and 2 include income and sales data and Table 3 provides tax collections by state.”

New GAO Reports – Drug Discount Program, Homeland Security, James Webb Space Telescope, NASA, Unmanned Aerial Systems

Drug Discount Program: Status of GAO Recommendations to Improve 340B Drug Pricing Program Oversight, GAO-15-455T: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2015. Homeland Security: Action Needed to Better Assess Cost-Effectiveness of Security Enhancements at Federal Facilities, GAO-15-444: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2015 James Webb Space Telescope: Project Facing IncreasedContinue Reading

Air Force testimony to Congress highlights diminished budget, tactical resources, capability

United States Air Force Presentation Before the Senate Armed Services Committee Fiscal Year 2016. Air Force Posture. Witness Statement of The Honorable Ms. Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III, USAF Chief of Staff by the Generals of American Land and Air Forces to the Armed Forces Committee ofContinue Reading

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Legal Challenges and Solutions

CRS – Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Legal Challenges and Solutions. Andrew Nolan, Legislative Attorney. March 16, 2015. “Over the course of the last year, a host of cyberattacks has been perpetrated on a number of high profile American companies. The high profile cyberattacks of 2014 and early 2015 appear to be indicative of a broaderContinue Reading

Gender and Dynamic Agency: Theory and Evidence on the Compensation of Top Executives

 Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report – Gender and Dynamic Agency: Theory and Evidence on the Compensation of Top Executives, March 2015. Stefania Albanesi, Claudia Olivetti, and María José Prados. “We document three new facts about gender differences in executive compensation. First, female executives receive a lower share of incentive pay in total compensation relative toContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Border Security, DOJ Budget, Medicare, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nuclear Waste, Private Health Insurance

Border Security: Additional Efforts Needed to Address Persistent Challenges in Achieving Radio Interoperability, GAO-15-201: Published: Mar 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2015. Department of Justice: Alternative Sources of Funding Are a Key Source of Budgetary Resources and Could Be Better Managed, GAO-15-48: Published: Feb 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2015. Medicare: Payment MethodsContinue Reading

New OECD report examines global outlook of social progress for children

Via GOOD and Quartz: ” That bullying is both a terrible and all too common feature of childhood is beyond question. But a recent report put out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) seeks not only to address the social and developmental realities of children around the world, but indexes exactly where in the world kids reported experiencing the mostContinue Reading

Brookings report on highest household incomes in 50 largest US cities

Alan Berube and Natalie Holmes – Some cities are still more unequal than others—an update [See also City Inequality 2013 Appendix] “More than five years after the end of the Great Recession, and three years since the Occupy movement took on Wall Street, high and growing levels of income inequality continue to animate debates onContinue Reading

Quantifying Uncertainty and Variable Sensitivity within the U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disaster Cost Estimates

Smith, Adam, Quantifying Uncertainty and Variable Sensitivity within the U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disaster Cost Estimates (March 11, 2015). Natural Hazards, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11069-015-1678-x. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2581699 “Research examining natural disaster costs on social and economic systems is substantial. However, there are few empirical studies that seek to quantify the uncertaintyContinue Reading

2013-2014: Financial Institution Consumer Complaints

Financial Instituiton Consumer Complaints presented in Tableau Public – users may download the workbook. The data source is the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) and the data is current as of March 20, 2015.

NASA – Climate change: How do we know?

NASA Global Climate Change: “The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era — and of human civilization. Most ofContinue Reading

The Shrinking Middle Class, Mapped State by State

Via Pew – “The struggles of middle-class American families and growing income inequality have risen to the top of the national agenda. A new Stateline analysis shows that in all 50 states, the percentage of “middle-class” households—those making between 67 percent and 200 percent of the state’s median income—shrunk between 2000 and 2013. The changeContinue Reading