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Daily Archives: May 9, 2014

New GAO Reports – Military Training, Economic Development

  • MILITARY TRAINING: DOD Met Annual Reporting Requirements for Its 2014 Sustainable Ranges ReportGAO-14-517: Published: May 9, 2014. Publicly Released: May 9, 2014.
  • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Overview of GAO’s Past Work on the National Flood Insurance ProgramGAO-14-297R: Published: Apr 9, 2014. Publicly Released: May 9, 2014.

U.S. Postal Service Records Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

News release: ” The U.S. Postal Service ended the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year (Jan. 1, 2014 – March 31, 2014) with a net loss of $1.9 billion. This marks the 20th of the last 22 quarters it has sustained a loss…The Postal Service also is working to increase its package delivery business by… Continue Reading

Suicide in the Military: Army-NIH Funded Study Points to Risk and Protective Factors

“The largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among U.S. military personnel today released its first findings related to suicide attempts and deaths in a series of three JAMA Psychiatryarticles. Findings from The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS ) include: the rise in suicide deaths from 2004 to… Continue Reading

Changing Climate Is Affecting Agriculture in the U.S. – USDA

“Climate change presents real threats to U.S. agricultural production, forest resources, and rural economies. These threats have significant implications not just for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, but for all Americans. Land managers across the country are already feeling the pressures of a changing climate and its effects on weather. As these risks continue and… Continue Reading

Strategic thinking strengthens intellectual capacity

Science Daily: “Strategy-based cognitive training has the potential to enhance cognitive performance and spill over to real-life benefit according to a data-driven perspective article. The research-based perspective highlights cognitive, neural and real-life changes measured in randomized clinical trials that compared a gist-reasoning strategy-training program to memory training in populations ranging from teenagers to healthy older… Continue Reading

Director of National Intelligence Requires Pre-Publication Review of all Info

Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News [snipped] : “All employees of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are required to obtain authorization before disclosing any intelligence-related information to the public. “All ODNI personnel are required to submit all official and non-official information intended for public release for review,” says ODNI Instruction 80.04 on “Pre-publication Review of Information to… Continue Reading

UN Mission on South Sudan Public Human Rights Reports

News release: “The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has today released a public report on the gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law that have occurred since the conflict in the world’s newest nation began on 15 December 2013. The report, entitled “Conflict in South Sudan: A Human Rights Report”, follows… Continue Reading