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Current Economic Conditions By Federal Reserve District – Beige Book October 14 2015

Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District – Prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and based on information collected on or before October 5, 2015. This document summarizes comments received from businesses and other contacts outside the Federal Reserve and is not a commentary on the views of Federal Reserve officials. Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts point to continued modest expansion in economic activity during the reporting period from mid-August through early October. The pace of growth was characterized as modest in the New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Chicago, and St. Louis Districts, while the Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts described growth as moderate. Boston and Richmond reported that activity increased. Kansas City, on the other hand, noted a slight decline in economic activity. Compared with the previous report, the pace of growth is said to have slowed in the Richmond and Chicago Districts. A number of Districts cite the strong dollar as restraining manufacturing activity as well as tourism spending. Business contacts across the nation were generally optimistic about the near-term outlook…”

GPO to Digitize Two Million Pages of the Federal Register

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public.  A total of 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized.  GPO employees will hand pack and catalogue every issue. The project… Continue Reading

Final Report of Defense Science Board 2012 Summer Study on Strategic Surprise

Via FAS: Office of the Secretary of Defense, February 26, 2015 – Memorandum for Chairman, Defense Science Board / Subject: Final Report of the Defense Science Board 2012 Summer Study on Strategic Surprise “The final report of the Defense Science Board 2014 Summer Study on Strategic Surprise is attached. In accordance with its charter, the… Continue Reading

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

CRS – Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response, October 9, 2015” “The rise of the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS, aka the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL/ISIS) and Russia’s military intervention on behalf of the Syrian government have reshaped debates over U.S. policy toward the… Continue Reading

Mississippi River Watershed Report Card

“The Nature Conservancy played a pivotal role in the creation of America’s Watershed Initiative and the initiative’s new Report Card for the 31-state Mississippi River Watershed, which stretches from Montana to West Virginia and from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Water that flows in the heartland rivers within America’s Watershed is used to produce… Continue Reading

CBO Releases Updated Report on the Debt Limit

CBO Releases Updated Report on the Debt Limit, Posted by Keith Hall on October 14, 2015 “In March, the ceiling on federal debt was reached, and the Secretary of the Treasury announced a “debt issuance suspension period.” During such a period, existing statutes allow the Treasury to take a number of “extraordinary measures” to borrow… Continue Reading

GAO Reports -Defense Additive Manufacturing, Federal Real Property, School Nutrition, Sole Source Contracting, Department of Energy

Defense Additive Manufacturing: DOD Needs to Systematically Track Department-wide 3D Printing Efforts, GAO-16-56: Published: Oct 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015. Federal Real Property: Performance Goals and Targets Needed to Help Stem GSA’s Reliance on Lease Extensions and Holdovers, GAO-15-741: Published: Sep 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2015. School Nutrition: USDA Has Efforts… Continue Reading