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Daily Archives: December 16, 2013

Annual Energy Outlook 2014 with projections to 2040 – Early Release

“Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) Reference case focus on the factors that shape U.S. energy markets through 2040, under the assumption that current laws and regulations remain generally unchanged throughout the projection period. The early release provides a basis for the examination and discussion of energy market trends and serves as a starting point for analysis of potential changes in U.S. energy policies, rules, or regulations or possible technology breakthroughs. Readers are encouraged to review the full range of cases that will be presented when the complete AEO2014 is released in 2014, exploring key uncertainties in the Reference case.”

New GAO Reports – Clinical Data Registries, Federal Employees Health Benefits, 401(k) Plans

CLINICAL DATA REGISTRIES – HHS Could Improve Medicare Quality and Efficiency through Key Requirements and Oversight, GAO-14-75, Dec 16, 2013 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS PROGRAM – Oversight of Carriers’ Fraud and Abuse Programs, GAO-14-39, Nov 14, 2013 FINANCIAL AUDIT – Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Fiscal Years 2013 and 2012 Financial Statements, GAO-14-170R, Dec 16, 2013 FINANCIAL AUDIT – Federal Housing Finance… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Give Open a Chance in Law

Via – Give Open a Chance in Law – Sarah Glassmeyer’s commentary challenges us to consider a Venn Diagram comprising the current state of legal education; the systematic failures surrounding issues of Access to Justice; and in the third circle is the Reinvent/Innovate/New Law world of individuals attempting to make the practice of law more efficient using technological… Continue Reading

Research Note on the Energy Infrastructure Attack Database

Research Note on the Energy Infrastructure Attack Database (EIAD), by Jennifer Giroux, Peter Burgherr, Laura Melkunaite. Vol 7, No 6 (2013) “The January 2013 attack on the In Amenas natural gas facility drew international attention. However this attack is part of a portrait of energy infrastructure targeting by non-state actors that spans the globe. Data drawn from… Continue Reading

Census Report – Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2012 Highlights

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE):  2012 Highlights. U.S. Census Bureau. Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division (SEHSD). Small Area Estimates Branch (SAEB) . Issued December 2013. “This document presents 2012 data released by the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program of the U.S. Census Bureau in December of 2013. The SAIPE program produces single-year poverty statistics for… Continue Reading

U.S. District Court Judge Opens Door on Fourth Amendment and NSA Metadata Collection

Politico:  A federal judge ruled Monday, December 16, 2013 that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.… Continue Reading

20 Innovations That Mattered in Government in 2013

The GovLoop Team: “Despite setbacks (eg. sequester and shutdown), public servants took innovation to another level during the past year. From mobile to big data, public servants were on the cutting edge of innovation in 2013. GovLoop is excited to share our annual list of the most impactful programs and projects in government. Our annual report,… Continue Reading

Annual Growth Survey 2014 – EU economic priorities

“The Annual Growth Survey launches the European Semester by setting out the broad EU economic priorities for the year to come. It is the first step in the annual cycle. The biggest challenge now facing Europe’s economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of the 2014 Annual Growth Survey adopted by… Continue Reading

EC – Businesses raise their internet profile by using social media

“This article presents recent statistics on the use of social media by enterprises in the European Union (EU) as part of their strategy for integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) in their business. Social media refer to internet based applications such as, for instance, social networks, blogs, multimedia content-sharing sites and wikis. In principle, enterprises use social media for image building… Continue Reading

DOD Base Structure Report FY 2013 Baseline

“The Base Structure Report (BSR) – FY 2013 Baseline is a snapshot of real property data collected as of September 30, 2012, and serves as the baseline for the start of the next fiscal year. This report has become a very popular item for many diverse users and we have tried to adjust the data displays to… Continue Reading