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Center for Research Libraries Moves to Open Source Collections to Public Domain Access

Bernard F. Reilly, President, Center for Research Libraries:  “…as of January 1, 2017, all digital materials hosted on the web by CRL, that derive from source materials in the public domain or for which CRL has secured the requisite rights and permissions, will be available without restriction. This decision has important implications for CRL, and the move… Continue Reading

Financial State of the States 2015

Truth in Accounting: “Government reports are complicated, long documents. At Truth in Accounting (TIA), we believe that citizens deserve easy-to-understand, truthful, and transparent financial information from their governments. Without this, how can they participate in democracy? In order to give citizens the government financial information they deserve, Sheila Weinberg founded TIA in 2002. At TIA’s… Continue Reading

CRS Report – FDA Regulation of Medical Devices

FDA Regulation of Medical Devices, Judith A. Johnson, Specialist in Biomedical Policy, September 14, 2016. “Prior to and since the passage of the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, Congress has debated how best to ensure that consumers have access, as quickly as possible, to new and improved medical devices and, at the same time, prevent… Continue Reading

Advocacy Groups to Congress – Strengthen Congressional Oversight of Intelligence Community

September 13, 2016 via 33 organizations: “Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi, We write to express our concerns about congressional oversight of intelligence activities. Congress is responsible for authorizing and overseeing these programs. In recent years, experts and policymakers have expressed concern that congressional oversight efforts are falling short. Experts have put forth reform… Continue Reading

Corporate Tax Chartbook: How Corporations Rig the Rules to Dodge the Taxes They Owe

Economic Policy Institute Report By Frank Clemente, Hunter Blair, and Nick Trokel, September 16, 2016. “In recent years, corporate profits have reached record highs, and so too has the amount of untaxed profits U.S. corporations have stashed offshore: $2.4 trillion. And it is estimated corporations could owe as much as $700 billion on those profits.… Continue Reading

CDC – More than 1 in 4 US adults over 50 do not engage in regular physical activity

“Despite the many benefits of moderate physical activity, 31 million Americans (28 percent) age 50 years and older are inactive – that is, they are not physically active beyond the basic movements needed for daily life activities. This finding comes from a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in… Continue Reading

The Economic Impact of Conflicts and the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East and North Africa

World Bank, September 16, 2016: “In recent decades, the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) has experienced more frequent and severe conflicts than in any other region of the world, exacting a devastating human toll. The region now faces unprecedented challenges, including the emergence of violent non-state actors, significant destruction, and a refugee crisis… Continue Reading

GAO – Patent Office Has Opportunities to Further Improve Application Review and Patent Quality

Intellectual Property: Patent Office Has Opportunities to Further Improve Application Review and Patent Quality, GAO-16-883T: Published: Sep 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2016. “U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examiners face a variety of challenges in reviewing patent applications and issuing high quality patents. Some challenges affect examiners’ ability to complete a thorough review… Continue Reading

Agency chief info officers – roles and challenges reviewed by GAO

Federal Chief Information Security Officers: Opportunities Exist to Improve Roles and Address Challenges to Authority, GAO-16-686: Published: Aug 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2016. “Under the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA 2014), the agency chief information security officer (CISO) has the responsibility to ensure that the agency is meeting the requirements… Continue Reading

Study – Political Dysfunction Makes America Less Competitive

Dina Gerdeman – “The American economy is a mess, and our broken political system is largely to blame, according to a Harvard Business School US Competitiveness Project report released today. Harvard’s Michael E. Porter, Jan W. Rivkin, and Mihir A. Desai say American economic performance peaked in the late 1990s and since then has experienced… Continue Reading

OECD Education at a Glance 2016

“Education at a Glance is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. It provides key information on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of… Continue Reading

Forcibly Displaced: Toward a Development Approach Supporting Refugees, the Internally Displaced, and Their Hosts

“Forced displacement is a crisis centered in developing countries, which host 89 percent of refugees and 99 percent of internally displaced persons, says a new World Bank report. At its root are the same 10 conflicts which have accounted for the majority of the forcibly displaced every year since 1991, consistently hosted by about 15… Continue Reading