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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Two new NOAA reports show strong economic gains from fishing, continued improvement in fish stocks

“U.S. commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of seven percent over the previous year, with the economic impact of fishing jobs increasing three percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a new NOAA Fisheries economics report. Further, two more fish stocks were rebuilt to target levels in… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity Procurement Language for Energy Delivery Systems

Energy Sector Control Systems Working Group (ESCSWG) April 2014: “Energy delivery systems are critical to the effective and reliable operation of North America’s energy infrastructure. Our twenty-first-century way of life is made possible by the vast network of processes enabled by these systems, as well as the interconnected electronic components, communication devices, and people who monitor and control those… Continue Reading

Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data

Census: “The Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for the defined benefit public pension systems. Data are shown for individual pension systems as well as at the national, state, and local level. There were 227 state-administered and 3,771 locally-administered defined benefit public pension… Continue Reading

Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment

“U.S. Arctic waters north of the Bering Strait and west of the Canadian border encompass a vast area that is usually ice covered for much of the year, but is increasingly experiencing longer periods and larger areas of open water due to climate change. Sparsely inhabited with a wide variety of ecosystems found nowhere else,… Continue Reading

The Low-Wage Recovery: Industry Employment and Wages Four Years into the Recovery

“This report updates NELP’s previous industry-based analyses of job loss and job growth trends during and after the Great Recession. The report shows that low-wage job creation was not simply a characteristic of the early recovery, but rather a pattern that has persisted for more than four years now. We find that during the labor market downturn (measured… Continue Reading

Pew – Public strongly backs affirmative action programs on campus

“The use of affirmative action programs in college admissions has roiled campuses and the public for years, leading to state-passed laws banning the practice and to the April 22nd Supreme Court ruling upholding a Michigan voter initiative banning the use of racial preferences. But while the debate and the battles continue, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – Regulators’ Foreclosure Review, DHS Acquisitions, Weapons Systems Management

FORECLOSURE REVIEW: Regulators Could Strengthen Oversight and Improve Transparency of the Process, GAO-14-376: Published: Apr 29, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2014: “Rather than defining specific objectives for the $6 billion in foreclosure prevention actions regulators negotiated with servicers, regulators identified broad principles, including that actions be meaningful and that borrowers be kept in their homes. To inform… Continue Reading

The Federal Reserve’s Discount Window and TAF Programs

Berger, Allen N. and Black, Lamont K and Bouwman, Christa H. S. and Dlugosz, Jennifer, The Federal Reserve’s Discount Window and TAF Programs: ‘Pushing on a String?’ (April 25, 2014). Available at SSRN: “The Federal Reserve injected unprecedented liquidity into banks during the crisis using the discount window and Term Auction Facility. We examine these… Continue Reading

Paper – The Grey Web

The Grey Web – Dataveillance Vision Fulfilled through the Evolving Web. Richard Gomer, University of Southampton; Natasa Milic-Frayling, Microsoft Research; m.c. schraefel, University of Southampton. 2014. “Over the past three decades, Web has evolved from an information medium to an intricate economic ecosystem. Initially focused on supporting the transition from traditional business practices to e-commerce, the Web has given rise to new,… Continue Reading

Study – The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard

All these years of writing longhand now supported by a scientific study [and I have used the same fine pen for years]  – The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking, Psychological Science,  0956797614524581, first published on April 23, 2014 – by Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer “Taking notes on laptops rather than in longhand is… Continue Reading

Implications of accelerated power plant retirements

EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2014 – Jeffrey Jones/Michael Leff: “In 2012, coal-fired and nuclear power plants together provided 56% of the electricity generated in the United States. The role of these technologies in the U.S. generation mix has been changing since 2009, as both low natural gas prices and slower growth of electricity demand have altered their… Continue Reading

Report – Preliminary findings on monitoring “preservation health” of digital repositories

Via OCLC Research: “National libraries, government archives, broadcasting archives, scientific data archives, and university repositories are all investing substantial resources in the creation and maintenance of preservation metadata for the curation and long-term preservation of their digital collections. This preservation metadata is often considered as “contingency information” that is stored and maintained in the event… Continue Reading