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GAO Reports – Statutory Copyright Licenses, Military Readiness, Rural Housing Service, Municipal Freshwater Scarcity, Technology Assessment, U.S. Postal Service

  • Statutory Copyright Licenses: Stakeholders’ Views on a Phaseout of Licenses for Broadcast Programming, GAO-16-496: Published: May 4, 2016. Publicly Released: May 4, 2016.
  • Military Readiness: Progress and Challenges in Implementing the Navy’s Optimized Fleet Response Plan, GAO-16-466R: Published: May 2, 2016. Publicly Released: May 2, 2016
  • Rural Housing Service: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of the Single Family Mortgage Guarantee Program, GAO-16-193: Published: Mar 31, 2016. Publicly Released: May 2, 2016.
  • Municipal Freshwater Scarcity: Survey of Technology Adoption by Municipal Water Utilities (GAO-16-588SP, April 29, 2016), an E-supplement to GAO-16-474, GAO-16-588SP: Published: Apr 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2016.
  • Technology Assessment: Municipal freshwater scarcity: Using technology to improve distribution system efficiency and tap nontraditional water sources, GAO-16-474: Published: Apr 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2016
  • U.S. Postal Service: Post Office Changes Suggest Cost Savings, but Improved Guidance, Data, and Analysis Can Inform Future Savings Effort, GAO-16-385: Published: Apr 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2016.

Final Annual Estimates for 2015 of Housing Units Authorized by Building Permits at the National, State and Local Level

“Final annual estimates for 2015 of housing units authorized by building permits for the U.S. and by census region, census division, state, metropolitan area, county and permit-issuing place are now available at”

UN-Habitat Urban Data Portal

UN-Habitat Urban Data – Free and open access to data about countries and cities around the globe. “The urban indicators data available here are analyzed, compiled and published by UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory which supports governments, local authorities and civil society organizations to develop urban indicators, data and statistics. Urban statistics are collected through householdContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Subject Series: Accommodation and Food Services – ZIP Code Statistics

“This release contains a data file on the accommodation and food services sector for the entire United States. These statistics are limited to a count of the establishments in each industry by sales-size range of establishments. These ZIP codes are reported by businesses or coded from addresses. They are not the ZIP Code Tabulation AreasContinue Reading

Economist – Worldwide Cost of Living Report 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit [reg req’d]: “The Worldwide Cost of Living is a twice yearly Economist Intelligence Unit survey that compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services. These include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs. TheContinue Reading

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement April 27 2016

“Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that labor market conditions have improved further even as growth in economic activity appears to have slowed. Growth in household spending has moderated, although households’ real income has risen at a solid rate and consumer sentiment remains high. Since the beginning of theContinue Reading

Atlantic article calls out the financial fragility of America’s majority

The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans, Neal Gabler: “Since 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.” Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth-shattering: 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their currentContinue Reading

Six of the Government’s Best Mobile Apps

“There’s an app for everything in this digital age, including hundreds developed by the federal government. Here are six apps that we found especially useful. Smart Traveler – Planning a trip out of the country this year? Smart Traveler by the State Department is great for all your trips abroad. Get the latest travel alertsContinue Reading

Goldman Sachs Agrees to Pay More than $5B in Connection with Sale of Residential Mortgage Backed Securities

DOJ news release, April 11, 2016: “The Justice Department, along with federal and state partners, announced today a $5.06 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs related to Goldman’s conduct in the packaging, securitization, marketing, sale and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) between 2005 and 2007.  The resolution announced today requires Goldman to pay $2.385 billionContinue Reading

GAO Reports – FEMA, Federal Real Property, IRS InfoSec and ID Theft, Resolution Plans, Presidential Drawdowns, Terrorism Risk Insurance

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Progress and Continuing Challenges in National Preparedness Efforts, GAO-16-560T: Published: Apr 12, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2016. Federal Real Property: Improving Data Transparency and Expanding the National Strategy Could Help Address Long-standing Challenges, GAO-16-275: Published: Mar 31, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 2016. Information Security: IRS Needs to Further ImproveContinue Reading

Searching for Fair Housing

Fennell, Lee Anne, Searching for Fair Housing (April 10, 2016). Boston University Law Review, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “There is a blind spot in the scholarly and legal treatment of housing discrimination: the racial biases of home seekers. Search strategies routinely incorporate information about neighborhood racial composition, either as a proxy orContinue Reading

GAO Report – Nonbank Mortgage Servicers

Nonbank Mortgage Servicers: Existing Regulatory Oversight Could Be Strengthened, GAO-16-278: Published: Mar 10, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2016: “The share of home mortgages serviced by nonbanks increased from approximately 6.8 percent in 2012 to approximately 24.2 percent in 2015 (as measured by unpaid principal balance). However, banks continued to service the remainder (about 75.8Continue Reading