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Report – The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

The Demolition of Workers’ Comp Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR March 4, 2015. “Over the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ compContinue Reading

The Hidden Costs of Unused Leave: Balancing Employee Needs with Business Liabilities

Project: Time Off – “There’s a hidden cost lurking on the balance sheets of American companies. It is nearly half the size of the current federal deficit, larger than the Gross State Product of half of U.S. states and 24 times the annual revenue of the NFL. The source may surprise many U.S. companies. InContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Science and Technology, Drug Shortages, Government Efficiency and Effectiveness, Healthcare.gov, Indian Irrigation Projects, Motor Carrier Safety, Whistleblower Protection

Defense Science and Technology: Further DOD and DOE Actions Needed to Provide Timely Conference Decisions and Analyze Risks from Changes in Participation, GAO-15-278: Published: Mar 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2015. Drug Shortages: Better Management of the Quota Process for Controlled Substances Needed; Coordination between DEA and FDA Should Be Improved, GAO-15-202: Published: FebContinue Reading

U.S. Bicycling Participation Benchmarking Report

“When PeopleForBikes launched 16 years ago as Bikes Belong, we established the mission of “getting more people riding bikes, more often.” This goal remains central in all of our work today. As we’ve grown, and as we’ve evaluated the progress of our key projects, we’ve often been frustrated by not being able to confidently answerContinue Reading

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: MarContinue Reading

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