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World Bank Releases 2017 Global Economic Prospects Report

“The January 2017 Global Economic Prospects forecasts a subdued recovery in 2017 after the weakest year since the financial crisis. The pickup in growth is expected to come from the receding of obstacles that have recently held back growth among commodity exporters, and from solid domestic demand in commodity importers.  Major emerging economies—including Russia and… Continue Reading

Interactive Maps: Estimates of Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces and Medicaid Expansion

“As the 115th U.S. Congress deliberates the future of the Affordable Care Act, an interactive map from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides estimates of the number of people in each congressional district who enrolled in a 2016 ACA marketplace health plan and the political party of each district’s representative as of January. The analysis also… Continue Reading

Boundaries of Law: Exploring Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight of Government Surveillance Regimes

Korff, Douwe and Wagner, Ben and Powles, Julia and Avila, Renata and Buermeyer, Ulf, Boundaries of Law: Exploring Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight of Government Surveillance Regimes (January 5, 2017). Global Report – January 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2894490 “Modern information technologies have given governments an unprecedented ability to monitor our communications. This capability can be… Continue Reading

Military Personnel: DOD Has Processes for Operating and Managing Its Sexual Assault Incident Database

DOD Has Processes for Operating and Managing Its Sexual Assault Incident Database, GAO-17-99: Published: Jan 10, 2017. Publicly Released: Jan 10, 2017. “As of October 2013, the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Sexual Assault Incident Database (DSAID) was fully implemented and in use across the military services, and DOD had taken several steps to standardize… Continue Reading

How Classified Presidential Library Records are Released to the Public

Nate Jones Via Redacted – This a version of this article originally appeared in The Federalist, Newsletter of the Society for History in the Federal Government “The Presidential Records Act of 1978 (PRA) established that the papers of U.S. Presidents legally belong to the American people. According to the law, the Archivist of the United States… Continue Reading

BEA’s API Expands Access to International Services Trade Data

BEA Blog: “The most detailed data on U.S. international trade in services published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis are now accessible through our application programming interface, or API. This includes detailed annual statistics on U.S. trade in services by type of service for 90 countries and areas, including new estimates of trade related to… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Retirement Security and Risky Investments

Retirement Security: Improved Guidance Could Help Account Owners Understand the Risks of Investing in Unconventional Assets, GAO-17-102: Published: Dec 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2017. “People who invest their retirement accounts in unconventional assets—such as real estate or virtual currency—may be placing their savings at risk. Retirement accounts allowing such unconventional investments increase owners’… Continue Reading

News Reporters Drive Growth in Media FOIA Litigation

“The number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases brought by reporters and news organization has substantially increased during the last four years. Media-filed lawsuits which represented 3.5 percent of total federal filings during earlier years jumped to comprise more than one out of every ten FOIA suits (10.8%) at their peak in FY 2015.… Continue Reading

MA Office of Consumer Affairs Business Reg Introduces Web-Based Data Breach Notification Archive

Mass.gov: “The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation today announced the online public availability of its Data Breach Notification Archive.  The Massachusetts Data Security Law (M.G.L. c.93H) requires any entity that keeps a Massachusetts resident’s personal information to notify affected residents, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, and the Attorney General’s Office… Continue Reading

Atlantic Council Top 10 Risks 2017

“The Obama-to-Trump transition will be at least as momentous with Europe and Russia also as the backdrop. If the Kennedy years, after this false start, ultimately signaled a segue to what historians now regard as a less dangerous phase of the Cold War, Trump’s coming to power may catapult us to a wholly different kind… Continue Reading

Paper – Foreclosure Sales and Recourse

Westrupp, Victor, Foreclosure Sales and Recourse. (September 15, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2893468 “I document the imbalance of foreclosure sales with respect to recourse laws applied to primary mortgages in the U.S. using geographic state borders as exogenous variation combined with individual transaction data located close to the border. Under a regression discontinuity… Continue Reading

Paper – The Real Effects of NASDAQ Delistings

Liu, Karen, The Real Effects of NASDAQ Delistings (November 14, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2893493 “It is claimed that exchange listing of its stock benefits a firm by improving its stock liquidity and access to capital, thereby affecting real decisions and consequent outcome variables. Testing this claim empirically encounters obvious and formidable endogeneity… Continue Reading