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Geospatial Resolution of Human and Bacterial Diversity with City-Scale Metagenomics

“Afshinnekoo et al. describe a city-scale molecular profile of DNA collected from a city’s subway system, public surfaces, and one waterway. These data enable  baseline analysis of bacterial, eukaryotic, and aracheal organisms in the built environment of mass transit and urban life.”

  • Almost half of all DNA present on the subway’s surfaces matches no known organism.
  • Hundreds of species of bacteria are in the subway, mostly harmless. More riders bring more diversity.
  • One station flooded during Hurricane Sandy still resembles a marine environment.
  • Human allele frequencies in DNA on surfaces can mirror US Census data.”
  • See also – How Bacteria in New York City’s Subways Brought Scientists and Journalists Together

New GAO Reports – BLM, Federal Workforce, Information Technology, Persons with HIV

Bureau of Land Management: More Information Needed to Implement the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, GAO-15-394: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Federal Workforce: Preliminary Observations on Strengthening Employee Engagement During Challenging Times, GAO-15-529T: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Needed toContinue Reading

E-cigarette use triples among middle and high school students in just one year

“Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey showContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition, Export-Import Bank, National Nuclear Security Administration, Small Business Research Programs, Sole Community Hospitals

Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition: Marine Corps Adopts an Incremental Approach, GAO-15-385: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. Export-Import Bank: Status of Actions to Address GAO Recommendations since the Bank’s 2012 Reauthorization, GAO-15-557T: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. National Nuclear Security Administration: Observations on Management Challenges and Steps TakenContinue Reading

GAO Report – Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits

2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-15-404SP: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. “In its 2015 report, GAO presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 24 areas that span a broad rangeContinue Reading

U.S. Federal Funding for HIV/AIDS: The President’s FY 2016 Budget Request

Kaiser Fact Sheet: “President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 federal budget request, released on February 2, 2015, includes an estimated $31.7 billion for combined domestic and global HIV efforts. Domestic HIV is funded at $25.3 billion and global at $6.3 billion in the request.  The FY 2016 request represents a 3.1% increase ($956 million) overContinue Reading

Enrollment in Private Health Insurance Exchanges Doubled

“A new report by Accenture estimates 6 million people enrolled in private health insurance exchanges for their 2015 employer benefits. These findings show private health insurance exchanges – an online marketplace for people to choose their employer-sponsored benefits – doubled enrollment this year, up from 3 million in 2014. Accenture’s findings show midsize employers, definedContinue Reading

True Levels of Government and Social Expenditures in Advanced Economies

Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economic: “One of the most contentious issues in contemporary politics revolves around the optimal size of the government in society, the services that government provides the public, and the revenue raised to finance these services. Advanced economies differ over the aggregate scope of generalContinue Reading

Census Bureau Releases Updated Tables on Fertility

“The U.S. Census Bureau released new tables and figures today using the 2014 Current Population Survey’s Fertility Supplement, which includes fertility and relationship data for women age 15 to 50. The tables include information on children ever born, rates of childlessness, and relationship status at first birth for women with selected demographic characteristics. In addition,Continue Reading

Financial Analysis of United States Postal Service

Financial Analysis of United States Postal Service Financial Results and 10 – K Statement Fiscal Year 2014, April 1, 2015 – “In FY 2014, the Postal Service recorded its eighth consecutive financial loss, bringing the total net deficit since FY 2007 to $51.7 billion. This growing net deficit has negatively affected liquidity, depleted available borrowingContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Protective Service, Info Technology and Copyright Office, Children’s Health Insurance

Federal Protective Service: More Effective Management Needed in Delegating Security Authority to Agencies, GAO-15-271: Published: Mar 31, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2015: “FPS lacks reliable data, as called for by federal Standards for Internal Control, to accurately identify all the delegations FPS is responsible for managing and overseeing to ensure the protection of federalContinue Reading

Facebook tracks all users in breach of EU law

theguardian, Samuel Gibbs: “Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU, extensive research commissioned by the Belgian data protection agency has revealed. The report, from researchers at the Centre ofContinue Reading