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New GAO Reports – Antipsychotic Drug Use, Defense Acquisitions, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Federal Research, Information Security, Medicaid Information Technology

  • Antipsychotic Drug Use: HHS Has Initiatives to Reduce Use among Older Adults in Nursing Homes, but Should Expand Efforts to Other Settings, GAO-15-211: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Defense Acquisitions: Better Approach Needed to Account for Number, Cost, and Performance of Non-Major Programs, GAO-15-188: Published: Mar 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Internal Control and Promote Transparency [Reissued on March 2, 2015], GAO-15-181: Published: Jan 20, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 2015.
  • Federal Research: DOE Is Addressing Invention Disclosure and Other Challenges but Needs a Plan to Guide Data Management Improvements, GAO-15-212: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Information Security: FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems, GAO-15-221: Published: Jan 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.
  • Medicaid Information Technology: CMS Supports Use of Program Integrity Systems but Should Require States to Determine Effectiveness, GAO-15-207: Published: Jan 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2015.

A Guide to the Supreme Court Argument in King v. Burwell

Kaiser Family Foundation – “On March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the availability of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) premium subsidies in states with a Federally-run Marketplace (including states with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) and states with a Partnership Marketplace). In addition to expandingContinue Reading

Amnesty International Annual Report 2014-2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International “Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world’s politicians have miserably failed to protect thoseContinue Reading

Kaiser – New Online Tool Gives Patients Insight Into The Cost Of Medical Care

Jay Hancock – Kaiser Health News: “Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. A tool that went online Wednesday is supposed to give patients a small peek at the products and prices before they openContinue Reading

Alaska Leads U.S. States in Well-Being for First Time

“This story is part of Gallup’s annual “State of the States” series, which reveals state-by-state differences on political, economic, religion and well-being measures.” “WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014, reaching the top spot for the first time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008. WestContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – DOD Acquisition Reform, Drug-Impaired Driving

Acquisition Reform: DOD Should Streamline Its Decision-Making Process for Weapon Systems to Reduce Inefficiencies, GAO-15-192: Published: Feb 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2015. Drug-Impaired Driving: Additional Support Needed for Public Awareness Initiatives, GAO-15-293: Published: Feb 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2015.

Occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in public transportation

“Injuries and illnesses to bus drivers endanger not only their lives but also the lives of their passengers. In 2013, approximately 5,780 transit and intercity bus drivers experienced a days-away-from-work injury or illness while on the job. This article explores occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities to bus drivers and urban transit workers and examines howContinue Reading

The Measles: Background and Federal Role in Vaccine Policy

CRS Report – The Measles: Background and Federal Role in Vaccine Policy. Matthew B. Barry, Section Research Manager; Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. February 9, 2015. “The earliest accounts of measles date back over 1,000 years. This report presents basic  information about this infectious disease, its history in the United States, available treatments to preventContinue Reading

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

National Geographic – March 2015: “We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge—from the safety of fluoride and vaccines to the reality of climate change—faces organized and often furious opposition. Empowered by their own sources of information and their own interpretations of research, doubters have declared war on the consensus of experts.Continue Reading

How Different Groups Think about Scientific Issues

Complete Pew Report – “…By a 57%-37% margin, the public believes that genetically-modified foods (GM foods) are generally unsafe to eat. This is a major contrast with scientists Pew Research surveyed. Some 3,748 U.S.-based members of the AAAS were surveyed from September 11 to October 13, 2014 and they said such foods were generally safeContinue Reading

Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

“The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) submitted the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Advisory Report) to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in February 2015. The purpose of the Advisory Report is to inform the Federal governmentContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Contingency Contracting, GAO Summary of Performance, TRICARE

Contingency Contracting: Contractor Personnel Tracking System Needs Better Plans and Guidance, GAO-15-250: Published: Feb 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 2015. GAO: Summary of Performance and Financial Information Fiscal Year 2014, GAO-15-2SP: Published: Feb 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 18, 2015. Improper Payments: TRICARE Measurement and Reduction Efforts Could Benefit from Adopting Medical Record Reviews,Continue Reading