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Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

GPO’S Federal Digital System Reaches 500 Million Retrievals

Gary Somerset: “The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) has achieved the milestone of 500 million document retrievals. FDsys is a one-stop site for authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. Retrievals are measured by the number of times content is viewed or downloaded from FDsys. GPO launched FDsys in January 2009 and since that time it has expanded to include 800 thousand searchable titles. Examples of content found on FDsys include: the post-President Kennedy’s assassination tape recordings, President Nixon’s Watergate grand jury testimony, the Budget of the U.S. Government, the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and congressional bills, hearings, and reports. GPO is continually adding content and working with agencies on new collection opportunities.”

World Report on Child Labour

World Report on Child Labour: Economic vulnerability, social protection and the fight against child labour – How can we reduce child labour in the less favourable circumstances of a global economic slowdown? [30 April 2013] “This new report is the first in a series to be published annually by the ILO’s International Programme on the… Continue Reading

Pew – Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading, by Carolyn Miller, Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell. May 1, 2013 “The vast majority of parents of minor children — children younger than 18 — feel libraries are very important for their children. That attachment carries over into parents’ own higher-than-average use of a wide range of library… Continue Reading

Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues

Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues, Amy F. Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy. April 26, 2013 Prompt global strike (PGS) would allow the United States to strike targets anywhere on Earth with conventional weapons in as little as an hour. This capability may bolster U.S. efforts to deter and… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Capitol Preservation Fund, CMS, Medicaid

Capitol Preservation Fund – Audit of Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012 Transactions, GAO-13-489R, May 1, 2013 CMS – Activities, Staffing, and Funding for the Center for Strategic Planning, GAO-13-377R, Apr 1, 2013 Medicaid – Enhancements Needed for Improper Payments Reporting and Related Corrective Action Monitoring, GAO-13-229, Mar 29, 2013 Senate Preservation Fund, Audit of Fiscal… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

News release: “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March suggests that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate pace. Labor market conditions have shown some improvement in recent months, on balance, but the unemployment rate remains elevated. Household spending and business fixed investment advanced, and the housing sector has strengthened… Continue Reading

Interview: Telling the Life Story of Ginkgo, the Oldest Tree on Earth

Ginkgo: The Life Story of The Oldest Tree on Earth – Revered for its beauty and its longevity, the ginkgo is a living fossil, unchanged for more than 200 million years. Botanist Peter Crane, who has a written what he calls a biography of this unique tree, talks to Yale Environment 360 about the inspiring… Continue Reading

Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies

Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies, Claudia Copeland. Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy, April 29, 2013 “Mountaintop removal mining involves removing the top of a mountain in order to recover the coal seams contained there. This practice occurs in six Appalachian states (Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Ohio). It creates an immense… Continue Reading

CRS – Iraq: Politics, Governance, and Human Rights

Iraq: Politics, Governance, and Human Rights. Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, April 26, 2013 “Ten years after the March 19, 2003 U.S. military intervention to oust Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, increasingly violent sectarian divisions are undermining the fragile stability left in place after the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq will collapse. Sunni Arab… Continue Reading

Pew – A Demographic Portrait of Mexican-Origin Hispanics in the United States

A Demographic Portrait of Mexican-Origin Hispanics in the United States, by Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Mark Hugo Lopez, May 1, 2013 “A record 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Pew Research Center. This estimate includes 11.4 million immigrants born in… Continue Reading

Google Transparency Report

“Transparency is a core value at Google. As a company we feel it is our responsibility to ensure that we maximize transparency around the flow of information related to our tools and services. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual. In this report, we disclose:… Continue Reading