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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

AP – USPS photographs each piece of mail processed

AP – “The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States — 160 billion last year — and keeps them on hand for up to a month.”

Brookings: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad

Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad: “In this report, Daniel Byman and Benjamin Wittes profile Anwar Awlaki and other suspected American terrorists who joined the jihadist cause from abroad, and they examine several distinct approaches the U.S. government can use to confront the threat of these U.S. citizen terrorist suspects.”

New GAO Reports – Private Health Insurance, Federal Housing Administration

Private Health Insurance  – The Range of Base Premiums in the Individual Market by State in January 2013, GAO-13-712R, Jul 23, 2013 Federal Housing Administration – Improving Disposition and Oversight Practices May Increase Returns on Foreclosed Property Sales, GAO-13-542, Jun 20, 2013

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Renews Authority to Collect Telephony Metadata

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Renews Authority to Collect Telephony Metadata – July 19, 2013 “As indicated by a previously classified court order disclosed by the media on June 5, 2013, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorization requiring the production of certain telephony metadata under the “business records” provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA),Continue Reading

Transforming Our Conversation of Information Architecture with Structure

Transforming Our Conversation of Information Architecture with Structure by Nathaniel Davis “Information architecture has been characterized as both an art and a science. Because there’s more evidence of the former than the latter, the academic and research community is justified in hesitating to give the practice of information architecture more attention. If you probe theContinue Reading

White House – Why Immigration Reform Is Good For Our Economy

White House White Board: Why Immigration Reform Is Good For Our Economy,” narrated by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

American Banker – Bring Back Glass-Steagall? Which Version?

Slideshow via American Banker (free to non-subscribers) – Bring Back Glass-Steagall? Which Version? See also 80 years on, Glass-Steagall staging a comeback (sub. req’d) Glass-Steagall, reanimated

USDA People’s Gardens Initiative and Interative Maps

“WHAT IS THE PEOPLE’S GARDEN INITIATIVE? Secretary Vilsack began the People’s Garden Initiative – named in honor of President Lincoln’s description of USDA as the “People’s Department” – in 2009 as an effort to challenge employees to create gardens at USDA facilities. It has since grown into a collaborative effort of over 700 local andContinue Reading

Center for an Urban Future – Innovation and the City

Innovation and the City: “New York’s next mayor will need to address a number of critical challenges facing the city. This report spotlights 15 innovative policies from cities across the U.S. and around the globe that could serve as a model.” June 2013

New GAO Reports –

CHEMICAL REGULATION Observations on the Toxic Substances Control Act and EPA Implementation, GAO-13-696T, Jun 13, 2013 EXPORT-IMPORT BANK Recent Growth Underscores Need for Improved Risk Management and Reporting, GAO-13-703T, Jun 13, 2013 FEDERAL JUDICIARY Efforts to Consolidate and Share Services between District and Bankruptcy Clerks’ Offices  GAO-13-531, Jun 13, 2013 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS Causes and Consequences of Recent Community Bank Failures, GAO-13-704T, Jun 13,Continue Reading

EPA Survey Shows $384 Billion Needed for Drinking Water Infrastructure by 2030

News release: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released results of a survey showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation’s drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans. EPA’s fifth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment identifies investments needed overContinue Reading