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Daily Archives: November 16, 2013

New GAO Reports – DHS Financial Management, DC Opportunity Scholarship, Information Resellers

  • DHS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT – Continued Effort Needed to Address Internal Control and System Challenges, GAO-14-106T, Nov 15, 2013
  • DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in Administration and Oversight, GAO-13-805, Sep 30, 2013
  • INFORMATION RESELLERS – Consumer Privacy Framework Needs to Reflect Changes in Technology and the Marketplace – GAO-13-663, Sep 25, 2013


EPIC – Government Audit Finds TSA’s Behavioral Analysis Program “Ineffective”

“The Government Accountability Office issued a report to Congress finding that the Transportation Security Administration’s behavioral analysis program, known as “Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques” (SPOT), is ineffective. The GAO determined that there is no scientifically valid evidence for behavior indicators, and that TSA screeners cannot reliably interpret passenger behavior. The GAO report also notes that… Continue Reading

New England Journal of Medicine – Preventing Gun Deaths in Children

Preventing Gun Deaths in Children – Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., and Sean Palfrey, M.D. N Engl J Med 2013; 368:401-403 January 31, 2013 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1215606 “As practicing pediatricians who have lost patients to gun violence, we join our colleagues in mourning the 20 children and their teachers who were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Our sadness is… Continue Reading

UMD, Google and gov. create first detailed map of global forest change

News release: “A University of Maryland-led, multi-organizational team has created the first high-resolution global map of forest extent, loss and gain. This resource greatly improves the ability to understand human and naturally-induced forest changes and the local to global implications of these changes on environmental, economic and other natural and societal systems, members of the… Continue Reading

Commentary on Google’s latest transparency report – what is missing that they cannot reveal

Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic: “Today brings the release of the first Transparency Report since the Snowden revelations about widespread government surveillance, and Google’s tone has changed dramatically. In contrast with the warm glow of corporate benevolence Google has tended to exude in these moments, today’s Google Blog post announcing the new Report is a touch surly,… Continue Reading