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Daily Archives: May 20, 2013

UNESCO to make its publications available free of charge as part of a new Open Access policy

New Policy: “UNESCO will make its digital publications available to millions of people around the world free-of-charge with an open license. Following a decision by the Organization’s Executive Board in April, UNESCO has become the first member of the United Nations to adopt such an Open Access policy for its publications. The new policy means that anyone will be able to download, translate, adapt, distribute and re-share UNESCO publications and data without paying.”

Kaiser – A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors

A State-by-State Snapshot of Poverty Among Seniors: Findings From Analysis of the Supplemental Poverty Measure. May 20, 2013 | Zachary Levinson, Anthony Damico, Juliette Cubanski and Patricia Neuman “During recent deficit reduction discussions, policymakers have debated whether to increase Medicare beneficiaries’ contributions toward their medical care and reduce the cost of living adjustment to Social… Continue Reading

DOJ IG Report of Investigation Concerning the Improper Disclosure of DOJ Information to a Member of the Media

U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General Report of Investigation Concerning the Improper Disclosure of U.S. Department of Justice Information to a Member of the Media, May 2013 “…In Section II of this report, we provide background information about the Dodson memorandum and the Department policies that govern the disclosure of information to… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports: Prescription Drug Pricing Comparison, DOD Business Systems Modernization

Prescription Drugs – Comparison of DOD and VA Direct Purchase Prices, GAO-13-358, Apr 19, 2013: “When GAO compared prices paid by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a sample of 83 drugs purchased in the first calendar quarter of 2012, DOD’s average unit price for the entire sample… Continue Reading

Brookings – Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

“It has been nearly a half century since President Lyndon Johnson declared his War on Poverty, setting in motion development of America’s modern safety net. Back in the 1960s, tackling poverty “in place” meant focusing resources in the inner city and in isolated rural areas. The suburbs were home to middle- and upper-class families—affluent commuters… Continue Reading

EIA UK Country Analysis Brief Overview

“The United Kingdom is the largest producer of oil and the second-largest producer of natural gas in the European Union. Following years of exports of both fuels, the UK became a net importer of natural gas and crude oil in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Although aggressive targets for renewable energy are in place, oil remains… Continue Reading

TRAC: Where Individuals Enter ICE Custody: State-by-State Details

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “On a typical work day Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took 1,509 individuals into custody, according to the latest available ICE data from November and December 2012. If activity continues at this pace, ICE will detain around 400,000 individuals during the current fiscal year. Seven out of every ten individuals were… Continue Reading

ArchiveGrid – collection of nearly 2 million archival material descriptions, including MARC records from WorldCat

“ArchiveGrid is a collection of nearly two million archival material descriptions, including MARC records from WorldCat and finding aids harvested from the web. It’s supported by OCLC Research as the basis for our experimentation and testing in text mining, data analysis, and discovery system applications and interfaces. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums,… Continue Reading

International Comparisons of Litigation Costs: Europe, the United States and Canada

International Comparisons of Litigation Costs: Europe, the United States and Canada by David L. McKnight and Paul J. Hinton, May 2013 “The purpose of this study is to compare liability costs – a phrase used here to describe the costs of claims, whether resolved through litigation or other claims resolution processes – as a fraction… Continue Reading

CBO – An Analysis of the President’s 2014 Budget

“This report by CBO presents an analysis of the proposals contained in the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2014. The analysis is based on CBO’s economic projections and estimating assumptions and models, rather than the Administration’s, and incorporates estimates by the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) for the President’s tax proposals.… Continue Reading

Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence

Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence, May 14, 2013: “Despite public health efforts over the past several decades to encourage people in the United States to consume less sodium, adults still consume an average of 3,400 mg/day, well above the current federal guideline of 2,300 mg or less daily. Evidence has shown that reducing… Continue Reading