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Daily Archives: May 16, 2013

NASA Technical Reports Server Has Limited Content Availability Until Further Notice

“The U.S. Government Printing Office has been informed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that users of certain electronic NASA documents are not to share documents that are marked publicly available in the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) until further notice. The documents cannot be shared with non-U.S. citizens. NASA staff members are reviewing all documents that were previously marked “publicly available” and were loaded on the NTRS to determine if the documents have an approved NF-1676 (Document Availability Authorization) with export control signature and approval. Robert Lightfoot, NASA Associate Administrator, ordered that the NTRS be taken down and the following message was approved for release by John Hall, Export Control and Interagency Liaison: “The NASA technical reports server will be unavailable for public access while the agency conducts a review of the site’s content to ensure that it does not contain technical information that is subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations and that the appropriate reviews were performed. The site will return to service when the review is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.” During this time, PURLs that GPO has created for the electronic versions of NASA Technical Reports found in cataloging records accessed through the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) may not link to the documents that the catalog record describes. GPO has been asked to suspend any activity related to making these documents available if they have not been reviewed. When NASA makes full content on NTRS available once again, the database will be redesigned and have enhanced features for access.”

The Biggest Bang Theory: How to get the most out of the competitive search for STEMM employees

“Individuals with science, technology, engineering, mathematical and medical (STEMM) skills play a key role in helping our government fulfill its critical missions and foster America’s global competitiveness. However, as the demand for STEMM talent increases and the supply shrinks, the ability for government to fill these critical positions is at risk. In this hyper-competitive environment,… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Management, Diversity Management, Elder Justice, K-12 Education, Oil and Gas Management

Defense Management – Additional Information Needed to Improve Military Departments’ Strategies for Corrosion Prevention and Control, GAO-13-379, May 16, 2013 Diversity Management – Trends and Practices in the Financial Services Industry and Agencies after the Recent Financial Crisis, GAO-13-238, Apr 16, 2013 Elder Justice – Federal Government Has Taken Some Steps but Could Do More… Continue Reading

New study links multiple concussions sustained in combat with increased suicidal risk

Alan Zarembo, “The U.S. military has faced two epidemics over the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. One is suicide. The annual rate of military personnel taking their own lives has doubled to about 20 per 100,000. That translated to a record 324 suicides in the Army last year. The other is… Continue Reading

CRS – Regulation of Fertilizers: Ammonium Nitrate and Anhydrous Ammonia

Regulation of Fertilizers: Ammonium Nitrate and Anhydrous Ammonia, May 9, 2013 “The explosion on April 17, 2013, at the West Fertilizer Company fertilizer distribution facility in West, TX, has led to questions about the oversight and regulation of agricultural fertilizer. Facilities holding chemicals must comply with regulations attempting to ensure occupational safety, environmental protection, and… Continue Reading

EPIC – Amendment to Immigration Bill Seeks to Limit Drone Surveillance on Border

EPIC: “The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved an Amendment to the immigration bill to limit the range of drones surveillance in the United States. The immigration bill grants the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection authority to operate surveillance drones continuously within the border region. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) Amendment reduces the patrol area of… Continue Reading

The Informed Brain in a Digital World: Interdisciplinary Team Summaries

“Digital media provide humans with more access to information than ever before—a computer, tablet, or smartphone can all be used to access data online and users frequently have more than one device. However, as humans continue to venture into the digital frontier, it remains to be known whether access to seemingly unlimited information is actually… Continue Reading

New Best Places to Work Analysis: Most Innovative Agencies

“In this uncertain environment, many federal employees are facing the same challenge: do more with less and do it better. The Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte’s new Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® analysis found that the vast majority of federal workers want to be innovative and are looking for ways to… Continue Reading

Survey of UK Academics covers resource discovery and current awareness, library collections and content access, the print to electronic format transition

“The UK Survey of Academics 2012, conducted by Ithaka S+R, Jisc, and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), examines the attitudes and behaviours of academics at higher education institutions across the United Kingdom. Our objective is to provide the entire sector, including universities, learned societies, scholarly publishers, and especially academic libraries, with timely findings and analysis that… Continue Reading

Kaiser – Health Insurance Subsidy Calculator

Health Insurance Subsidy Calculator – Estimate impact based on income, family size, age, and tobacco usage “This tool illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning in October 2013, middle-income people under age 65, who… Continue Reading

Six Months Before Open Enrollment Begins, Many Americans Remain Unaware Of, Or Confused About, The ACA

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – April 2013: “As government officials, community organizations and advocates gear up the consumer information and assistance efforts that will surround this fall’s open enrollment for the health insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), much of the public remains confused about the status of the health law, according… Continue Reading

Pew – Warming Oceans Are Reshaping Fisheries

“For the first time, scientists have shown that ocean warming has had a global impact on the mix of species caught by fishermen. Previous studies indicated that some species are shifting location in response to temperature increases, with fish gradually moving away from the equator into cooler waters. However, research published in May 2013 in… Continue Reading