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Banking agencies issue joint report to Congress under Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996

“Continuing their efforts to reduce regulatory burdens while ensuring the safety and soundness of the nation’s financial institutions, member agencies of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) today issued a joint report to Congress detailing their review of rules affecting financial institutions. The review was conducted as part of the Economic Growth and Regulatory… Continue Reading

Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures

“Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures was written by the participants in the Library, Archives and Museum Conference Exchange project, in which 18 librarians, archivists and museum professionals explored cross-sector practices and culture, and potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and http://Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures was written… Continue Reading

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce:

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here? (2017): “Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with profound impacts on society. Technology is transforming the way we work, play, and interact with others. From these technological capabilities, new industries, organizational forms, and business… Continue Reading

The Happiest and Unhappiest Countries in the World

Gallup – “Last summer, Brexit shocked the world. Few global experts saw it coming. In their defense, most economic indicators didn’t point to a political upheaval. Gross domestic product in the U.K. was growing at about 2%, and unemployment had dropped to 4.9%. From a data perspective, things seemed OK. Another metric, however, showed something… Continue Reading

Paper – Environmental Personhood

Gordon, Gwendolyn, Environmental Personhood (March 7, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2935007 “Environmental personhood is the nascent notion of designating parts of nature as legal persons entitled to independent regard and consideration. Several jurisdictions, including areas in the United States, have developed versions of legal regimes granting rights directly to nature in and for itself. Protecting… Continue Reading

Paper – The Role of Human Rights in EU-US Bilateral Relations

Unger, Anna and Wallace, Stuart and Ziegler, Tamas Dezso, The Role of Human Rights in EU-US Bilateral Relations (August 31, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2935031 “This report aims to analyse the different dimensions and levels of EU-US relations, to survey the instruments the EU uses in this relation and to provide some recommendations for future… Continue Reading

NYT – UK to Start Brexit on March 29 by Invoking Article 50

Stephen Castle, The New York Times: “The British government said on Monday that it intended to formally notify the European Union on March 29 of its intention to leave the bloc, putting the country on track to complete a withdrawal by early 2019. David Davis, the cabinet minister responsible for negotiating the exit, said that… Continue Reading

NY Fed – Consumers Seeking Credit Feel Increasingly Discouraged

“The SCE Credit Access Survey queries respondents every four months about their experiences and expectations of applying for and obtaining credit. February results show an increase in the unmet credit demand of U.S. consumers compared with October levels. The proportion of consumers feeling “discouraged” when seeking credit rose. Both application rates and rejection rates declined.… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board’s website has a new design

“The Federal Reserve Board’s website has a new design and additional features to improve the experience of visitors seeking information about the Federal Reserve and its actions. Visitors will now find the site easier to view on mobile devices, and restructured navigation menus make information easier to find. The News & Events section now includes… Continue Reading

Memo in CREST shows Agency considered employing semantics to get around ban on destroying damaging material

Muckrock report and documents: “Declassified records recently unearthed in CREST show the CIA waffled on a promise to obey the law in destroying records of Agency’s illegal activities and wrongdoing In 1976, Congresswoman Bella Abzug wrote to CIA Director George H.W. Bush about the existing moratorium on the destruction of CIA files. As the Chairwoman… Continue Reading

Women’s and Men’s Earnings by Occupation From the 2015 American Community Survey

“In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Census Bureau released today a graphic showing median earnings by detailed occupation from the 2015 American Community Survey. The occupation table shows the male-to-female earnings ratio for full-time, year-round workers in the past 12 months. Internet address: www.census.gov/people/io/.” Continue Reading

Antibiotic Resistance: More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals

Antibiotic Resistance: More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals, GAO-17-192: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2017. “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are one of the biggest threats to global health, sickening an estimated 2 million people in the United States each year. There is strong evidence that some resistance… Continue Reading