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Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

CRS Report – Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents, Rita Tehan, Information Research Specialist. March 30, 2016. “Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide. Attacks have been initiated against individuals, corporations, and countries. Targets have included government networks, companies, and political organizations, depending upon whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomaticContinue Reading

Paper – Notice and Takedown in Everyday Practice

Urban, Jennifer M. and Karaganis, Joe and Schofield, Brianna L., Notice and Takedown in Everyday Practice (March 29, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2755628 “It has been nearly twenty years since section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act established the so-called notice and takedown process. Despite its importance to copyright holders, online serviceContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Drinking Water, Financial Regulation, IRS Information Security

Drinking Water: EPA Needs to Collect Information and Consistently Conduct Activities to Protect Underground Sources of Drinking Water, GAO-16-281: Published: Feb 26, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2016: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not collected specific inspection and complete or consistent enforcement information, or consistently conducted oversight activities, to assess whether state and EPA-managedContinue Reading

Access to Government Information in the United States: A Primer

Via FAS – CRS Report – Access to Government Information in the United States: A Primer, Wendy Ginsberg – Analyst in American National Government; Michael Greene, Information Research Specialist. March 18, 2016. “…This report offers an introduction to the four access laws and provides citations to additional resources related to these statutes. This report includesContinue Reading

Annual Report to Congress: Federal Information Security Modernization Act

Submitted by OMB, March 18, 2016 – “The attached report is submitted pursuant to Section 3553 of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-283), which requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to submit an annual report on the effectiveness of information security policies and practices during the preceding year andContinue Reading

Former Presidents: Pensions, Office Allowances, and Other Federal Benefits

CRS Report via FAS – Former Presidents: Pensions, Office Allowances, and Other Federal Benefits, Wendy Ginsberg, Analyst in American National Government; Daniel J. Richardson, Research Assistant, March 16, 2016. “The President’s FY2017 budget request seeks $3,865,000 in appropriations for expenditures for former Presidents, an increase of $588,000 (17.9%) from the FY2016 appropriation level. The increaseContinue Reading

FHWA Announces New Safety Performance Measures, Including Bicycle-Pedestrian Safety

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) [March 14, 2016] published new safety performance measures as part of its national safety program, calling for state and regional targets to help reduce highway deaths and injuries, including for the first time, those among people walking and bicycling. The new regulations call for improved dataContinue Reading

Google Reverse image search

Google Search Help – ” You can use a picture as your search to find related images from around the web. How reverse image search works When you search using an image, your search results may include: Similar images Sites that include the image Other sizes of the image you searched for Search using anContinue Reading

The Political Economy of Corporate Financial Regulatory Legislation

Wilt, Michael Patrick, The Political Economy of Corporate Financial Regulatory Legislation (February 19, 2016). John Marshall Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 3, 2016. Available  for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2734991 “Every few years over the last several decades, Congress has been faced with the question of how to best regulate corporate financial activities. In the lateContinue Reading

CRS – The 2015 National Security Strategy

The 2015 National Security Strategy: Authorities, Changes, Issues for Congress – Nathan J. Lucas, Coordinator Section Research Manager; Kathleen J. McInnis Analyst in International Security. February 26, 2016, “The Obama Administration released a new National Security Strategy (NSS) on February 6, 2015. It was the second NSS document to be published by the Administration; theContinue Reading

France first country to ban supermarket food waste

News from theguardian.com: “France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks. Under a law passed unanimously by the French senate, as of Wednesday large shops will no longer bin good quality food approachingContinue Reading

Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan and Cost Analysis

“The U.S. Copyright Office has prepared a Provisional Information Technology Modernization Plan and Cost Analysis at the direction of the House Committee on Appropriations. See H. Rep. No. 114-110 (2015). The Committee directed the Register to advise on the IT upgrades, with a cost estimate, that are “required for a 21st century copyright organization.” TheContinue Reading