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New GAO Reports – Broadcast TV and Radio, FSOC, Land Use Agreements

BROADCAST TELEVISION AND RADIO: Disclosure Requirements for Broadcasted Content, GAO-14-738: Published: Sep 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2014. FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL: Status of Efforts to Improve Transparency, Accountability, and Collaboration, GAO-14-873T: Published: Sep 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2014. LAND-USE AGREEMENTS: Department of Veterans Affairs Needs to Improve Data Reliability and Monitoring, GAO-14-501: Published: Aug 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 17,Continue Reading

FBI Says Biometric Database has Reached “Full Operational Capability”

“The FBI announced that the Next Generation Identification system, one of the largest biometric databases in the world, has reached “full operational capability.” In 2013, EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit about the NGI program. EPIC obtained documents that revealed an acceptance of a 20% error rate in facial recognition searches. Earlier this year, EPIC joined a coalition ofContinue Reading

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the U.S.: 2013

“The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006, while there was no statistically significant change in either the number of people living in poverty or real median household income. In addition, the poverty rate for children under 18 declined fromContinue Reading

BIS Quarterly Review September 2014

The BIS Quarterly Review for September 2014 says volatility stirs, markets unshaken. Press Release 14 September 2014 Related information - Notations used in the Quarterly Review Statistical data Statistical data behind all September 2014 Quarterly Review graphs (xls) Statistical annex: summary tables (PDF, 20 pages) Statistical annex: detailed tables (PDF, 152 pages) International banking statistics

Basel III Monitoring Report as of 31 December 2013

“This report presents the results of the Basel Committee’s Basel III monitoring exercise. The study is based on the rigorous reporting process set up by the Committee to periodically review the implications of the Basel III standards for banks. The results of previous exercises in this series were published in March 2014, September 2013, March 2013, September 2012 and April 2012. A totalContinue Reading

Diplomatic and Embassy Security Funding Before and After the Benghazi Attacks

CRS - Diplomatic and Embassy Security Funding Before and After the Benghazi Attacks, Susan B. Epstein, Specialist in Foreign Policy. September 10, 2014  “As Congress investigates the issues surrounding the September 11, 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, some Members have questioned whether security funding was adequate or was a factor that may have contributed to inadequateContinue Reading

NOAA, UNC-Wilmington study finds warming Atlantic ocean temps could increase expansion of invasive native species

News release: “Warming water temperatures due to climate change could expand the range of many native species of tropical fish, including the invasive and poisonous lionfish, according to a study of 40 species along rocky and artificial reefs off North Carolina by researchers from NOAA and the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The findings, reported forContinue Reading

Global growth continuing at a moderate pace, OECD says

“A moderate expansion is underway in most major advanced and emerging economies, but growth remains weak in the euro area, which runs the risk of prolonged stagnation if further steps are not taken to boost demand, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. While the global recovery continues at a moderate rate, the outlook is uneven acrossContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Critical Infrastructure Protection, EPA Regs and Electricity

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION: DHS Action Needed to Enhance Integration and Coordination of Vulnerability Assessment Efforts, GAO-14-507: Published: Sep 15, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2014: “DHS is not positioned to manage an integrated and coordinated government-wide approach for assessments as called for in the NIPP because it does not have sufficient information about the assessment tools andContinue Reading

California – carpooling via all ride-share services illegal

Dara Kerr: “California regulators have sent warning letters to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to say that their new carpool features are illegal. Sidecar revealed Thursday that it received the letter from the California Public Utilities Commission, which said the ride-sharing service was breaking the law by testing its new Shared Rides, or carpool, feature. A Lyft spokesperson told CNETContinue Reading

Nations Trying to Stop Their Citizens From Going to Middle East to Fight for ISIS – NYT

Somini Sengupta: “Lawmakers around the world are debating laws intended to stop citizens from going abroad to fight, and to punish them if they do…France wants more power to block its citizens from leaving the country, while Britain is weighing whether to stop more of its citizens from coming home. Tunisia is debating measures to makeContinue Reading

Bridging the Disconnect – New York City is facing a youth unemployment crisis

“New York City is facing a youth employment crisis, with unprecedented numbers of young people reaching adulthood without the skills or experiences to secure career-track jobs that pay a living wage. Since 2000, the percentage of 16 to 24 year olds across the five boroughs participating in the labor market has fallen from 45 percentContinue Reading