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Monthly Archives: October 2015

GAO – Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement in Indonesia and Vietnam

Southeast Asia: Trends in U.S. and Chinese Economic Engagement in Indonesia and Vietnam, GAO-16-186: Published: Oct 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2015. “Indonesia. In 2014, China’s imports from, and exports to, Indonesia exceeded the United States’ (see figure). The United States and China compete more often with other countries than with each other in… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Nuclear Nonproliferation, Disability Insurance, Medical Devices, Southeast Asia, Space Acquisitions

Nuclear Nonproliferation: NNSA’s Threat Assessment Process Could Be Improved, GAO-16-118: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. 2013 Sequestration and Shutdown: Selected Agencies Generally Managed Unobligated Balances in Reviewed Accounts, but Balances Exceeded Target Levels in Two Accounts, GAO-16-26: Published: Oct 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2015. VA Health Care: Oversight Improvements… Continue Reading

Guiding Principles on Privacy and Security of Personal Wellness Data

Consumer Electronics Association: “Wellness-related wearable devices represent one of the fastest-growing segments of the Internet of Things. Consumers now harness data about themselves — calories, steps, heart rate, and more — to improve their well-being. In the future, these devices will tell consumers even more about themselves, providing analytics and insights that will empower them… Continue Reading

Women’s Rights Online: Translating Access into Empowerment

“New research by the Web Foundation shows that the dramatic spread of mobile phones is not enough to get women online, or to achieve empowerment of women through technology. The study, based on a survey of thousands of poor urban men and women across nine developing countries*, found that while nearly all women and men… Continue Reading

Oceana Reveals Mislabeling of America’s Favorite Fish: Salmon

“Oceana study reveals mislabeling of America’s favorite fish – salmon. Oceana collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that most of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as wild-caught product. Oceana found mislabeled salmon everywhere it tested, including… Continue Reading

McKinsey Quarterly 2015 Number 3

“Introduces McKinsey’s metric for a company’s digital maturity: the Digital Quotient. Also examines a new approach to business-model innovation, simple rules for breakthrough ideas, and a guide to machine learning.” Issue contents: Digital Quotient •    Raising your Digital Quotient •    An executive’s guide to machine learning •    Repelling the cyberattackers •    Getting a sharper picture… Continue Reading

New free online repository –

“ is an online repository of publicly available contracts for large-scale land, agriculture, and forestry projects. The repository includes the full text of contracts; plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human rights, fiscal, and operational terms; and tools for searching and comparing contracts. Launched in October 2015, promotes greater transparency of… Continue Reading

Breast cancer statistics, 2015: Convergence of incidence rates between black and white women

“In this article, the American Cancer Society provides an overview of female breast cancer statistics in the United States, including data on incidence, mortality, survival, and screening. Approximately 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among US women in 2015. Breast cancer incidence rates increased among… Continue Reading

OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015

Governments should do more to improve the design and delivery of new laws, as even small efforts to fix regulatory shortcomings can have a tangible positive impact on economic activity and well-being, according to a new OECD report. The OECD Regulatory Policy Outlook 2015 – the first effort to track how OECD countries develop, implement… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – SBA, VA Mental Health, Combating Nuclear Smuggling, Electronic Health Records, Federal Supply Chains

Amphibious Combat Vehicle: Some Acquisition Activities Demonstrate Best Practices; Attainment of Amphibious Capability to be Determined, GAO-16-22: Published: Oct 28, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015. Small Business Administration: Leadership Attention Needed to Overcome Management Challenges, GAO-15-347: Published: Sep 22, 2015. Publicly Released: Oct 28, 2015. Small Business Administration: Views on the Operational Effects of… Continue Reading