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Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis

“Welcome to the FRA Office of Safety Analysis Web Site. The purpose of this site is to make railroad safety information including accidents and incidents, inventory and highway-rail crossing data readily available to the public.  Site users can run dynamic queries, download a variety of safety database files, publications and forms, and view current statisticalContinue Reading

Mobile Carriers Will Refund Current and Former Customers

“Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers: You may be entitled to refunds for illegal charges “crammed” onto your bills over the past five years. Both companies have agreed to pay back customers for letting third-party vendors charge them for unauthorized services like premium SMS or text messaging.If you don’t know whether you were billed for theseContinue Reading

GAO – Additional Actions Are Needed to Meet Requirements of Managing Government Records Directive

Information Management: Additional Actions Are Needed to Meet Requirements of the Managing Government Records Directive, GAO-15-339: Published: May 14, 2015. Publicly Released: May 14, 2015. “The federal government collects large amounts of information, increasingly in electronic form, to accomplish its missions. This greater reliance on electronic communication and information technology systems has, as a result,Continue Reading

NARA proposed rules – how Executive Branch offices and agencies handle Controlled Unclassified Information

NARA issues proposed rules on how Executive Branch offices and agencies handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). “President Obama issued a memorandum on January 21, 2009 that articulated his plan to make government activity more open and accessible to ordinary citizens. In that memo, the president explains that a fundamental characteristic of democracy is transparency andContinue Reading

Immigration Court Backlog Reaches Another New High

“The number of new cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts climbed to a new all-time high of 445,607 as of the end of April 2015, according to very timely government court data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The backlog has risen 9.2 percent since the start of FY 2015 and isContinue Reading

What Makes Lawyers Happy?: A Data-Driven Prescription to Redefine Professional Success

Professor Lawrence S. Krieger with Kennon M. Sheldon, Ph.D. 83 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 554 “This is the first theory-guided empirical research seeking to identify the correlates and contributors to the well-being and life satisfaction of lawyers. Data from several thousand lawyers in four states provide insights about diverse factors from law school and one’sContinue Reading

TRAC: Holding Federal Agencies Accountable for over 25 Years

“Syracuse University Magazine has just published an article celebrating TRAC’s 25th year as a unique university-based data research center focusing on the workings of federal agencies, federal district courts and immigration courts. We thought this well-written description of TRAC’s history, mission and offerings would be of interest to government officials, members of Congress, scholars, supporters,Continue Reading

Introduction: Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863-1945

Batlan, Felice, Introduction: Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863-1945 (2015). F. Batlan, Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863-1945, Cambridge University Press, 2015; Chicago-Kent College of Law Research Paper. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2605584 “Challenging our assumptions about the history of the legalContinue Reading

Freedom to Tinker

Samuelson, Pamela, Freedom to Tinker (May 11, 2015). Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2605195 “People tinker with technologies and other human-made artifacts for a variety of reasons: to have fun, to be playful, to learn how things work, to discern their flaws or vulnerabilities, to build their skills, to becomeContinue Reading

Appropriations for LC and CRS – no public access to CRS reports

LEGISLATIVE BRANCH APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2016 – spotlight on LIBRARY OF CONGRESS [via FAS]: “The Committee recommends $591,431,000 for the operations of  the Library of Congress. This is $33,071,000 below the budget  request and is $510,000 above the current level. In addition to  the appropriation, the Committee recommends offsetting  collections of $42,127,000. Established by Congress inContinue Reading

EFF Case Analysis: Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Records Dragnet is Illegal

Andrew Crocker – “We now have the first decision from a court of appeals on the NSA’s mass surveillance program involving bulk collection of telephone records under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, and it’s a doozy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion in ACLU v. Clapper holding thatContinue Reading

Consumer Watchdog Calls On Google To Release Driverless Car Accident Reports

“Consumer Watchdog today called on Google to release the reports of accidents involving its driverless cars that have been filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles and to commit to making public all future driverless car accident reports.  “It is important that the public know what happened,” wrote John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s PrivacyContinue Reading