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EIA Brief on Qatar

“Qatar is the largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the world, and the country’s exports of LNG, crude oil, and petroleum products provide a significant portion of government revenues. Like many of its neighbors, Qatar relies on its energy sector to support its economy. According to the Qatar National Bank (QNB), Qatar’s earnings fromContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Management, Dodd-Frank Regulation, TARP Audit, Reverse Auctions

DEFENSE MANAGEMENT – Actions Needed to Ensure National Guard and Reserve Headquarters Are Sized to be Efficient, GAO-14-71, Nov 12, 2013 DODD-FRANK REGULATION – Agencies Conducted Regulatory Analyses and Coordinated but Could Benefit from Additional Guidance on Major Rules, GAO-14-67, Dec 11, 2013 FINANCIAL AUDIT – Office of Financial Stability (Troubled Asset Relief Program) Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 FinancialContinue Reading

Waste Lands – America’s forgotten nuclear legacy

WJS.com: “During the build-up to the Cold War, the U.S. government called upon hundreds of factories and research centers to help develop nuclear weapons and other forms of atomic energy. At many sites, this work left behind residual radioactive contamination requiring government cleanups, some of which are still going on. The Department of Energy saysContinue Reading

BIS – Property price statistics

“The property price statistics bring together data from different countries. The BIS, with the assistance of its member central banks, 1 has obtained approval of various national data providers to disseminate the statistics as long as the original national sources are clearly indicated. The sources and any relevant disclaimers are listed separately (sources of data). Copyright in theseContinue Reading

Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, September 2013

CBO – Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, September 2013 “The Congress has traditionally placed a limit on the total amount of debt that the Department of the Treasury can issue to the public and to other federal agencies. Law-makers have enacted numerous increases to the debt limit—commonly known as the debt ceiling—some of whichContinue Reading

CRS – Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress

Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Issues for Congress. Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Coordinator, Specialist in Nonproliferation; Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation; Andrew Feickert, Specialist in Military Ground Forces. September 12, 2013 “Syria has produced, stored, and weaponized chemical agents, but it remains dependent on foreign suppliers for chemical precursors. The regime of President Bashar al AsadContinue Reading

Law School News Aggregator

Elmer Masters: “Law School News. You can check it out at http://lsn.symphora.com/. In a nutshell it’s a site that aggregates RSS/Atom news feeds from just over 100 law schools in the US. There are more details about how it got built and what’s there on my blog at http://elide.us/2L.”

Removal of 190,000 Sought in US Immigration Courts in FY 2013

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “TRAC projects that in fiscal year 2013 the U.S. government will file actions in Immigration Court seeking to remove over 190,000 individuals from the country, according to the latest data extending through the end of August 2013. The estimated total does not count those individuals deported administratively by ICE or theContinue Reading

Tenure of American Workers

Steven F. Hipple and Emy Sok – BLS: “Information on employee tenure – the length of time that workers have been with their current employer – may not grab headlines or get mentioned in social media as frequently as other measures of the labor market, such as employment growth, the unemployment rate, or earnings trends.Continue Reading

Secrecy News – Military Tests Data Mining of Social Media for Special Ops

“The U.S. military has been investigating the use of sophisticated data mining tools to probe social media and other open sources in order to support military operations against money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorism and other threats.  But the window for doing so may be closing as the social media landscape changes, according to an internalContinue Reading

Gartner – Smartphone Sales Grew 46.5 Percent in Second Quarter of 2013

News release: “Worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 3.6 percent from the same period last year, according to Gartner, Inc. Worldwide smartphone sales to end users reached 225 million units, up 46.5 percent from the second quarter of 2012. Sales ofContinue Reading

Implementation monitoring of PFMIs

“Implementation monitoring of PFMIs – Level 1 assessment report: The Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have started the process of monitoring implementation of the Principles for financial market infrastructures (PFMIs). This report reviews jurisdictions’ progress towards adopting the legislation and other policies that will enable them to completelyContinue Reading