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Do We Know What We Owe? Consumer Debt as Reported By Borrowers And Lenders

News release: “A new Federal Reserve Bank of New York study finds a striking level of accuracy in the correspondence between debt-holding patterns implied by the borrower-reported Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) and the lender-reported Consumer Credit Panel (CCP). Some exceptions do exist, and chief among them is credit card debt, which appears to beContinue Reading

Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Federal Aggravated Identity Theft

CRS report vai FAS – Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: Federal Aggravated Identity Theft – Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law. August 20, 2015. “Aggravated identity theft is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment for two years or by imprisonment for five years if it relates to a terrorism offense. At least thusContinue Reading

Intelligence Community and Its Use of Contractors: Congressional Oversight Issues

CRS via FAS – The Intelligence Community and Its Use of Contractors: Congressional Oversight Issue. L. Elaine Halchin, Specialist in American National Government. August 18, 2015. “Contractors have been and are an integral part of the intelligence community’s (IC’s) total workforce (which also includes federal employees and military personnel). Yet questions have been raised regardingContinue Reading

App adds features to Westlaw and Lexis – makes legal research faster and easier

Bestlaw, a robot for legal research [via Bob Ambrogi] “Features – When you read a document—like a case, statute, or law review article—Bestlaw adds a toolbar with these features: Copy a perfect Bluebook citation with one click Read documents in a clean, readable view with beautiful typography Prevent getting automatically signed off Collapse and expand statutoryContinue Reading

Study – Estimates of Pain Prevalence and Severity in Adults: United States 2012

Journal of Pain – Richard L. Nahin – National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Published Online: May 28, 2015. Highlights 2012 estimates of pain prevalence and severity are presented for U.S. adults. A simple, 2-item measure for categorizing pain severity is introduced. Pain persistence and bothersomeness designate 5Continue Reading

GPO and National Archives Make eCFR available for bulk download in XML

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make the electronic Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR) available in XML format for bulk data download from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). OFR provides eCFR files to GPO and then GPO converts files into XML. The eCFRContinue Reading

New on LLRX – The Beginning of Information Illiteracy (Part 1 of 5)

Via LLRX.com – The Beginning of Information Illiteracy (Part 1 of 5) – In Part 1 of her 5 part series, Lorette Weldon, Librarian and Adjunct Professor in Developmental Reading, discusses the reasons for and challenges of entering college freshmen who cannot read or write. Her emphasis is on the value of implementing developmental readingContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go”: Still Rings True Today

Via LLRX.com – Seuss’ “Oh the Places You’ll Go”: Still Rings True Today – Cheryl Niemeier answers the questions many members have following the decision to change the name of the Private Law Libraries-Special Interest Section (PLL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) to the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals-Special Interest SectionContinue Reading

Reports from grantees in National Digital Newspaper Program

Spotted on the Government Attic Web Site:  All semi-annual progress reports from grantees in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), 2014-2015 and National Digital Newspaper Program Impact Study 2004-2014, September 2014, released by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – [PDF 57 MB 24-Aug-2015] NOTE: This is a large file; 57 Megabytes http://tinyurl.com/nvwmj5d

Eurostat – Your key to European statistics

“Eurostat’s mission: to be the leading provider of high quality statistics on Europe. Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions. This is a key task. Democratic societies do not functionContinue Reading

Case Study: Porsche versus Volkswagen

Baur, Dirk G., Case Study: Porsche versus Volkswagen (August 21, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=26491 “This case study describes Porsche’s attempt to acquire Volkswagen. It covers the timeline of events and major press releases, the history of the two companies, their operating and financial performances and ownership structures. The case also illustrates theContinue Reading

GAO Report – SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Initial Disclosures Indicate Most Companies Were Unable to Determine the Source of Their Conflict Minerals. GAO-15-561: Published: Aug 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 2015. “According to a generalizable sample GAO reviewed, company disclosures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the first time in 2014 in response toContinue Reading