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Blockchain Token Securities Law Framework

Coinbase blog: “Today, we’re excited to announce the release of a Blockchain Token Securities Law Framework. We’ve also created a Framework Tool as a guide for developers and users of blockchain tokens. As the development of blockchain tokens (also known as App Coins) continues to enable new decentralized business models, new legal issues come into… Continue Reading

Asylum Outcome Increasingly Depends on Judge Assigned

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The outcome for asylum seekers has become increasingly dependent upon the identity of the immigration judge assigned to hear their case. While judge-to-judge decision disparities have long existed, a detailed comparison of asylum decisions handed down by judges sitting on the same Immigration Court bench showed that differences in judge denial… Continue Reading

Testimony of Scott Amey about Burdens of Overclassification and Government Secrecy

Testimony of Scott Amey, General Counsel Project On Government Oversight (POGO) before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform “Examining the Costs of Overclassification on Transparency and Security” December 7, 2016. “…Thank you for inviting me to testify today about the state of the federal government’s classification system. I am Scott Amey, General Counsel… Continue Reading

Census Bureau Releases 2016 Determinations for Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

“The U.S. Census Bureau released today a list of 263 jurisdictions across the nation that must provide language assistance during elections for groups of citizens who are unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to participate in the electoral process. These determinations are pursuant to specifications, as amended in July 2006, in the Voting… Continue Reading

Chicago Taxi Data Released

November 16, 2016 news release – “Chicago residents and visitors took more than 27 million taxi rides in 2015, traveling 83 million miles and spending more than $400 million. The City of Chicago assures the quality and safety of those rides through its Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP).  We have long published the… Continue Reading

OPM Presidential Transition Guide

“The Office of the Executive Secretariat oversees Presidential Transition to ensure a smooth transition for both incoming and outgoing Administrations. OPM roles and responsibilities for Presidential Transition include conducting background investigations for lower-level positions and providing guidance to agencies as they prepare for thousands of departing/incoming political appointees; submitting a list of all presidential appointments… Continue Reading

Pew – U.S. Public Divides Over Food Science

Differing views on benefits and risks of organic foods, GMOs as Americans report higher priority for healthy eating, By Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy – “Food has become a flashpoint in American culture and politics. In the past generation, Americans have witnessed the introduction of genetically modified crops, the rise of the organic food industry,… Continue Reading

Oxford English Dictionaries Word of the Year

I took some time before posting this as I considered it appropriate to have a brief allbeit significant benchmark for the use of this new word to be acknowledged and actively used in the press and in academe. “The Word of the Year 2016 is…After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of… Continue Reading

Snowden interviewed by Yahoo News in Russia

“In an exclusive interview in Russia with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Edward Snowden, the fugitive whistleblower who leaked information about U.S. surveillance activities, says he is “kind of encouraged” by the idea that Russian President Vladimir Putin might return him to the U.S. to stand trial because that would show the world he’s… Continue Reading

WaPo reports on Pentagon study highlighting $125B in waste

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste, Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward: “The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by… Continue Reading

GPO Plum Book Released

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has made the United States Policy and Supporting Positions, or the “The Plum Book”, available in print, online and as an app. The publication lists more than 9,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the executive and legislative branches that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment. First… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – #GovDocs2Trump Tweetathon and End of Term Harvest

#GovDocs2Trump Tweetathon and End of Term Harvest – Debbie Rabina, Ph.D., Professor, Pratt Institute, School of Information posted this blog that merits sharing for both its intent, the use of Twitter to attract the attention of the President-Elect, and the crowd sourcing concept. Rabina states: America deserves a president who is well versed in the… Continue Reading