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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

Ken Burns new PBS documentary on Cancer

Fortune: “Cancer is the fastest growing disease on Earth. It plagues nearly 1.7 million Americans each year, and over the next two years it’s expected that more people will die from the disease than were killed in combat in all the wars the U.S. has fought — combined. These facts set the stage for theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Children’s Health Insurance, NASA, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Children’s Health Insurance: Coverage of Services and Costs to Consumers in Selected CHIP and Private Health Plans in Five States, GAO-15-323: Published: Feb 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2015. NASA: Assessments of Selected Large-Scale Projects [Reissued on March 26, 2015] GAO-15-320SP: Published: Mar 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2015. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute:Continue Reading

Studying the air above oil and gas production areas in the western United States

NOAA and CIRES lead airborne field campaign to look at climate and air quality impacts: “Vast regions west of the Mississippi River are under development for oil and gas extraction, and the associated equipment has become a familiar sight on any cross-country road trip or flight.  But while one focus is on what comes outContinue Reading

Bioethics Commission Releases Gray Matters, Vol. 2

“Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second volume of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, seeks to clarify the scientific landscape, identify common ground,Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Security, Denali Commission, Health Care Funding

Aviation Security: TSA’s Managed Inclusion Process Expands Passenger Expedited Screening, But TSA Has Not Tested Its Security Effectiveness, GAO-15-465T: Published: Mar 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2015. Denali Commission: Options Exist to Address Management Challenges, GAO-15-72: Published: Mar 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2015. Health Care Funding: Federal Obligations to and Expenditures byContinue Reading

Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

“For patients and their loved ones, no care decisions are more profound than those made near the end of life. Unfortunately, the experience of dying in the United States is often characterized by fragmented care, inadequate treatment of distressing symptoms, frequent transitions among care settings, and enormous care responsibilities for families. According to this report,Continue Reading

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