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Daily Archives: November 27, 2013

New GAO Reports – U.S. Currency, Hurricane Sandy Relief, National Preparedness, Small Business

  • U.S. CURRENCY – Coin Inventory Management Needs Better Performance Information, GAO-14-110, Oct 28, 2013
  • HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF – Improved Guidance on Designing Internal Control Plans Could Enhance Oversight of Disaster Funding, GAO-14-58, Nov 26, 2013
  • NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS – Actions Taken by FEMA to Implement Select Provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, GAO-14-99R, Nov 26, 2013
  • SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING – Updated Guidance and Reporting Needed for Consolidated Contracts, GAO-14-36, Nov 26, 2013

CRS – Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments

Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments – Benjamin Collins, Analyst in Labor Policy; Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. November 22, 2013 “The term “pay gap” refers to the difference in earnings between male and female workers. While the pay gap has narrowed since the 1960s, female workers with a strong attachment to the labor force earn about 77 to 81 cents… Continue Reading

CRS – Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits

Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits – Julie M. Whittaker, Specialist in Income Security; Katelin P. Isaacs, Analyst in Income Security. November 20, 2013 “Various benefits may be available to unemployed workers to provide income support. When eligible workers lose their jobs, the Unemployment Compensation (UC) program may provide up to 26 weeks of income support through the payment of regular… Continue Reading

Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault 2013

“The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) measures the rates at which Americans are victims of crimes, including rape and sexual assault, but there is concern that rape and sexual assault are undercounted on this survey. BJS asked the National Research Council to investigate this issue and recommend best practices for… Continue Reading

Critical Aspects of EPA’s IRIS Assessment of Inorganic Arsenic

“The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program develops toxicologic assessments of environmental contaminants. IRIS assessments provide hazard identification and dose-response assessment information. The information is then used in conjunction with exposure information to characterize risks to public health and may be used in risk-based decision making, in regulatory actions, and… Continue Reading

New GAO Report – U.S. Currency

U.S. CURRENCY – Coin Inventory Management Needs Better Performance Information, GAO-14-110, Oct 28, 2013 “Efficiently managing the circulating coin inventory helps ensure that enough coins are available to meet public demand while avoiding unnecessary production and storage costs. The Federal Reserve fulfills the coin demand of the nation’s depository institutions (e.g., commercial banks and credit unions) by… Continue Reading