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GAO Reports – Defense Health Care, Indian Health Service, SEC InfoSec, Missile Defense, Public Transit, Veterans Justice, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Defense Health Care: DOD Is Meeting Most Mental Health Care Access Standards, but It Needs a Standard for Follow-up Appointments, GAO-16-416: Published: Apr 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Indian Health Service: Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Patient Wait Times, GAO-16-333: Published: Mar 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2016. Information Security: OpportunitiesContinue Reading

Facebook Government Requests Report

Report, July 2015-December 2015: “United States Law Enforcement Requests for Data – We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague. Total Requests – 19,235 Users / Accounts RequestedContinue Reading

2016 Data Breach Investigations Report

Via Verizon: “For the ninth time, the 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) lifts the lid on what’s really happening in cybersecurity. The 2016 dataset is bigger than ever, examining over 100,000 incidents, including 2,260 confirmed data breaches across 82 countries. With data provided by 67 contributors including security service providers, law enforcement and governmentContinue Reading

Reduced Disparities in Birth Rates Among Teens Aged 15–19 Years — United States, 2006–2007 and 2013–2014

CDC – “Births among Hispanic and black teens have dropped by almost half since 2006, according to a new analysis published by CDC. This mirrors a substantial national decline: births to all American teenagers have dropped more than 40 percent within the past decade. Despite this progress, key challenges persist for many communities, according toContinue Reading

Economist – Worldwide Cost of Living Report 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit [reg req’d]: “The Worldwide Cost of Living is a twice yearly Economist Intelligence Unit survey that compares more than 400 individual prices across 160 products and services. These include food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, home rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs. TheContinue Reading

New Health Data Available in Social Explorer Maps

Via Social Explorer: “County level health data from 2010 to 2015 are available on our site are now available as maps, in addition to reports. Start exploring a variety of health factors including obesity, smoking, excessive drinking, access to healthy foods and medical care. These data were compiled by the County Health Rankings and RoadmapsContinue Reading

Learn About the New $20, $10, and $5 Notes

Via Treasury: “Our currency is more than paper money and coins—it reveals who we are as a nation. The new $20, $10, and $5 notes will feature people, monuments, and symbols reflecting one our most celebrated values: democracy. Learn more about the new notes and the history behind them.”

Spring Cleaning? Start with Your Medicine Cabinet Right Away

“Have you checked on your medications lately? Are they expired or are you no longer taking them? This Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Collect your leftover prescription drugs and take them to a local site for a safe way to dispose of medication. Learn more about why discarding old or unused medication is important.”

Employment as Fiduciary Relationship

Bodie, Matthew T., Employment as Fiduciary Relationship (April 25, 2016). Georgetown Law Journal, 2017. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2770072 “Under traditional agency law doctrine, employees are agents of their employers and owe an agent’s concomitant fiduciary duties. Employers, in turn, are merely principals and have no corresponding fiduciary duties. A new wave of thinkingContinue Reading

Graphic: Bike to Work Day

“To commemorate Bike to Work Week (May 16-20) and Bike to Work Day (May 20), the U.S. Census Bureau presents a graphic showing the percentage of people biking to work in cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The percentages are derived from the 2014 American Community Survey. Internet address: www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2016/comm/bike2work.html.”

Sydney Opera House on the Google Cultural Institute

Via Google Blog: “Experience 60 years of history and stories through 50 online exhibits, a new online archive of 1,000 rare and rarely seen materials, and 360° panoramic imagery. The story begins here: https://goo.gl/Oturtl. Download our Google Arts & Culture app to enjoy more Sydney Opera House from your mobile: Android (https://goo.gl/UoVxfe) / iOS (https://goo.gl/3GIXBa).”

DoD Proposes Increasing Employee Micro-purchase Spending Limits

Via POGO: “The Department of Defense has proposed legislation to increase the “micro-purchase threshold” from $3,000 to $10,000. The micro-purchase threshold is essentially the maximum amount that government employees can charge to their government issued credit cards—called purchase cards—without being required to go through a more rigorous acquisition process. The micro-purchase threshold also applies toContinue Reading