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GAO Reports – Credit Rating Analysts, Facial Recognition Technology, Federal Autism Research, Hurricane Sandy, Nuclear Weapons Sustainment

  • Credit Rating Analysts: Views Varied on Merits of a Professional Organization, but Creating One Now Viewed as Premature, GAO-15-591: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law, GAO-15-621: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Federal Autism Research: Updated Information on Funding from Fiscal Years 2008 through 2012, GAO-15-583R: Published: Jun 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Improved Data Collection and Reporting Would Enhance Oversight, GAO-15-526: Published: Jul 21, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Hurricane Sandy: An Investment Strategy Could Help the Federal Government Enhance National Resilience for Future Disasters, GAO-15-515: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Management Report: Improvements Needed in Controls over the Processes Used to Prepare the U.S. Consolidated Financial Statements, GAO-15-630: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Medicaid: Key Issues Facing the Program, GAO-15-677: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Medical Device Companies: Trends in Reported Net Sales and Profits Before and After Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, GAO-15-635R: Published: Jun 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.
  • Nuclear Weapons Sustainment: Improvements Made to Budget Estimates, but Opportunities Exist to Further Enhance Transparency, GAO-15-536: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015.

UNAIDS announces goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met

UNAIDS: “The AIDS targets of MDG 6—halting and reversing the spread of HIV—have been achieved and exceeded, according to a new report released today by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). New HIV infections have fallen by 35% and AIDS-related deaths by 41%. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million newContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Defense Energy, Facilities Modernization, International Insurance Capital Standards, Mortgage Reforms, Prescription Drugs

Defense Energy: Observations on DOD’s Investments in Alternative Fuels, GAO-15-674: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. Facilities Modernization: DOD Guidance and Processes Reflect Leading Practices for Capital Planning, GAO-15-489: Published: Jul 27, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 27, 2015. International Insurance Capital Standards: Collaboration among U.S. Stakeholders Has Improved but Could Be Enhanced,Continue Reading

NIST – Securing Electronic Health Records on Mobile Devices

“Stolen personal information can have negative financial impacts, but stolen medical information cuts to the very core of personal privacy. Medical identity theft already costs billions of dollars each year, and altered medical information can put a person’s health at risk through misdiagnosis, delayed treatment or incorrect prescriptions. Yet, the use of mobile devices toContinue Reading

Google bio tech firm will mine Ancestry.com data for longevity gene

Via Calico: ” AncestryDNA, an industry leader in consumer genetics, and Calico, a company focused on longevity research and therapeutics, today announced an effort to investigate human heredity of lifespan. Together, they will evaluate anonymized data from millions of public family trees and a growing database of over one million genetic samples. Financial terms haveContinue Reading

GAO Report – Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine: Federal Investment, Information Sharing, and Challenges in an Evolving Field, GAO-15-553: Published: Jun 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 23, 2015. “Seven federal agencies invested—that is, conducted or funded—approximately $2.89 billion in regenerative medicine research in fiscal years 2012 through 2014. Most (88 percent) was invested by the National Institutes of Health. Agencies fundedContinue Reading

Report – choosing the right surgeon can prevent risk of medical errors

ProPublica investigative report, by Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce:  “It’s conventional wisdom that there are “good” and “bad” hospitals — and that selecting a good one can protect patients from the kinds of medical errors that injure or kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. But a ProPublica analysis of Medicare data found that,Continue Reading

HHS – Aging.gov

“More than 10,000 people turn 65 every day in the United States, and people are living longer, healthier lives. Healthy lifestyles, planning for retirement, and knowing your options for health care and long-term care are more important than ever before.” Resources available on Aging.gov include the following: Healthy Aging Health Issues Long-Term Care Elder JusticeContinue Reading

CDC Reports on Heroin Epidemic

CDC – “Most demographic groups are increasingly using heroin and other drugs. During the past decade, heroin use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels, with some of the greatest increases occurring in demographic groups that have had historically lower rates of heroin use, accordingContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Biosurveillance, Crude Oil Export Restrictions, Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, Info Sec, Medicaid, SBA

Biosurveillance: Additional Planning, Oversight, and Coordination Needed to Enhance National Capability, GAO-15-664T: Published: Jul 8, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2015: “Naturally-occurring infectious disease or the intentional use of a biological agent to inflict harm could have catastrophic consequences.” Crude Oil Export Restrictions: Studies Suggest Allowing Exports Could Reduce Consumer Fuel Prices, GAO-15-745T: Published: JulContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Bureau of Reclamation, Medicare Part B Drugs, Troubled Asset Relief Program

Bureau of Reclamation: Financial Information for Three California Water Programs, GAO-15-468R: Published: Jun 4, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2015. Medicare Part B Drugs: Action Needed to Reduce Financial Incentives to Prescribe 340B Drugs at Participating Hospitals, GAO-15-442: Published: Jun 5, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 2015. Troubled Asset Relief Program: Treasury Could More ConsistentlyContinue Reading

GAO Reports – VA Disability Benefits, Navy Working Capital Fund, Electricity, Federal Transit Benefits, Medicaid, Youth Athletes

Veterans’ Disability Benefits: VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported, GAO-15-464: Published: Jun 2, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 2, 2015. Navy Working Capital Fund: Budgeting for Carryover at Fleet Readiness Centers Could Be Improved, GAO-15-462: Published: Jun 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2015. Electricity: Generation Mix Has Shifted, and Growth in ConsumptionContinue Reading