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Daily Archives: March 24, 2014

UK – Bring your own device (BYOD)

Bring your own device guidance: “Bring your own device is a term which refers to when employees use their personal computing devices (typically smart phones and tablets) in the workplace. Permitting devices which you do not have sufficient control over to connect to the corporate IT systems can introduce a range of security vulnerabilities and other data protection concerns if not correctly managed. This guidance explores what you need to consider if permitting the use of personal devices to process personal data for which you are responsible.”

Foreign exchange intervention and banking system balance sheet in emerging market economies

Foreign exchange intervention and the banking system balance sheet in emerging market economies (Working Paper) by Blaise Gadanecz, Aaron Mehrotra and Madhusudan Mohanty, March 24, 2014. “Large-scale forex intervention in emerging market economies (EMEs) aimed at resisting currency appreciation has major implications for the composition of banking system balance sheets. The domestic monetary consequences depend on the nature of central bank… Continue Reading

Key Academic Research on Detention and Asylum

Silverman, Stephanie J., Key Academic Research on Detention and Asylum (September 01, 2013). Detention and Asylum Research Cluster Publications, 2013. Available at SSRN: “This annotated bibliography is meant to serve as a resource for exploring academic work on detention and asylum. It is grouped thematically according to a series of overarching categories. A weakness… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Electronic Health Records, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: HHS Strategy to Address Information Exchange Challenges Lacks Specific Prioritized Actions and Milestones, GAO-14-242: Published: Mar 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2014: “Providers and stakeholders GAO interviewed in four states with ongoing electronic health information exchange efforts cited key challenges to exchange, in particular, issues related to insufficient standards, concerns about how privacy… Continue Reading

Suitability and Security Processes Review

Via FAS, Report to the President, February 2014. This work was carried out by the Suitability and Security Clearance Performance Accountability Council (PAC). “Government vetting processes generally involve two distinct activities: investigation activities which include application and information collection; and adjudication activities which include information assessment and decision making. A security investigation is defined as any investigation required… Continue Reading

Trends in Tuberculosis – United States, 2013

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Weekly, March 21, 2014 / 63(11);229-233. Trends in Tuberculosis — United States, 2013 “In 2013, a total of 9,588 new tuberculosis (TB) cases were reported in the United States, with an incidence rate of 3.0 cases per 100,000 population, a decrease of 4.2% from 2012. This report summarizes provisional TB surveillance data… Continue Reading

NACS v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System – Opinion

No. 13-5270 NACS, FORMERLY KNOWN AS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONVENIENCE STORES, ET AL., APPELLEES v. BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM, APPELLANT. Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (No. 1:11-cv-02075). Decided March 21, 2014. “TATEL, Circuit Judge: Combining features of credit cards and checks, debit cards have become not… Continue Reading

EPIC – Deadline Approaches for End of NSA’s Telephone Record Collection Program

“March 28 marks the deadline set by President Obama to end the NSA’s bulk collection of American’s telephone records. Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that the Justice Department is ready to meet the deadline that the President has set. After extensive meetings with leaders of the Intelligence Community, both the President’s Review Group and the Privacy and Civil Liberties… Continue Reading

Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test 2014 Revised Data

Follow up to Federal Reserve releases summary results of bank stress tests – see Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test 2014: Revised Projected Minimum Tier 1 Common Ratios. March 21, 2014. “The biggest change to the minimum Tier 1 common ratios was a 0.5 percentage point decline for American Express Co., followed by a 0.3 percentage point increase for both M&T Bank Corp., based… Continue Reading

Help Communities Eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa Dear Colleague Letter – Help Communities Eradicate the Emerald Ash Borer: “Dear Colleague, As you know the emerald ash borer, which was first identified in Michigan in 2002, is destroying trees in more than 20 states. This invasive species is not only a threat to our environment and urban shade, but a budget issue as it… Continue Reading