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NRC Staff Issues Volume 3 of Yucca Mountain Safety Evaluation Report

News release: “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has published Volume 3 of its safety evaluation  report on the proposed underground geologic nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev. Volume 3 covers the period after a repository at Yucca Mountain would be permanently closed should NRC authorize construction following completion of the remaining steps in the licensing process.Continue Reading

RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response

Via Cornell University Library Open Access e-prints: RAPPOR: Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response. Úlfar Erlingsson, Vasyl Pihur, Aleksandra Korolova (Submitted on 25 Jul 2014 (v1), last revised 25 Aug 2014 (this version, v2)). “Randomized Aggregatable Privacy-Preserving Ordinal Response, or RAPPOR, is a technology for crowdsourcing statistics from end-user client software, anonymously, with strong privacy guarantees. In short, RAPPORsContinue Reading

Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People – ODNI

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) – Safeguarding the Personal Information of all People, July 2014. “As the President said in his speech on January 17, 2014, “the challenges posed by threats like terrorism, proliferation, and cyber-attacks are not going away any time soon, and for our intelligence community to be effective over theContinue Reading

Consultative Document: Recovery and Resolution Planning for Systemically Important Insurers

“The Financial Stability Board (FSB) is launching today a public consultation on guidance for the identification of the critical functions and critical shared services for systemically important insurers. The guidance should assist national authorities in implementing the recovery and resolution planning requirements set out in the FSB Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for FinancialContinue Reading

Corporate governance principles for banks – consultative document

“The Basel Committee’s revised principles on corporate governance at banks build on the Committee’s 2010 document Principles for enhancing corporate governance. Specifically, the revised principles: strengthen the guidance on risk governance, including the risk management roles played by business units, risk management teams, and internal audit and control functions (the three lines of defence) andContinue Reading

Energy for growing and harvesting crops is a large component of farm operating costs

EIA: “The U.S. agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion British thermal units (Btu) of energy in 2012, or about as much primary energy as the entire state of Utah. Agricultural energy consumption includes energy needed to grow and harvest crops and energy needed to grow livestock. Crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations,Continue Reading

Struggling private student loan borrowers are still searching for help

CFPB: “In the years leading up to the financial crisis, many of the same subprime lending practices that led to troubles in the mortgage market also existed in the private student loan market. Like the homeowners who turned to their mortgage servicer to modify their loans but ran into customer service dead ends, lost paperworkContinue Reading

Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action

“The Georgetown Climate Center released 100 recommendations … to improve federal programs that could be used to prepare for climate change. The new report will inform the White House State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The report, Preparing Our Communities for Climate Impacts: Recommendations for Federal Action, draws from a seriesContinue Reading

How Do Liquidity Conditions Affect U.S. Bank Lending?

NY Fed: Ricardo Correa, Linda Goldberg, and Tara Rice  “The recent financial crisis underscored the importance of understanding how liquidity conditions for banks (or other financial institutions) influence the banks’ lending to domestic and foreign customers. Our recent research examines the domestic and international lending responses to liquidity risks across different types of large U.S.Continue Reading

USA v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling: Selected Case Files

Via FAS, there are several dozen documents in this compendium including: On January 6, 2011, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of former CIA officer Jeffrey A. Sterling on charges of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information. A trial date has been set for January 14, 2015 (jury selection on January 8, 2015). Selected CaseContinue Reading

DoD Contract Spending and the Industrial Base, 2000–2013

A Report of the CSIS National Security Program on Industry and Resources, October 2014 “Over the past decade, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has issued a series of analytical reports on federal contract spending for national security and across the government. This latest report analyzes contracting for products, services, and research and developmentContinue Reading

Employer Progress on Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed

Companies that signed on to best practices for recruiting and hiring the long-term unemployed in January are already reporting progress, October 15, 2014. In January, the Administration engaged with America’s businesses to develop best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed to ensure that these candidates receive a fair shot during the hiring processContinue Reading