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Daily Archives: December 3, 2015

The Best and Worst Run States in America: A Survey of All 50

24/7 Street: “How well run is your state? Assessing a state’s management quality is no simple task. The current economic climate and standard of living in any given state are not only the results of recent policy choices and developments, but may also be dependent on forces outside a state’s control and, often, decisions made decades ago. For each of the past six years, 24/7 Wall St. has attempted to answer this question by surveying various characteristics of each state. To determine how well states are managed, we examine key financial ratios, as well as social and economic outcomes. This year, North Dakota is the best-run state in the country for the fourth consecutive year, while New Mexico replaced Illinois as the worst-run state. Click here to see how your state performs.”

Project to Annotate All Knowledge

“As accessing information becomes less challenging for most of the world, new problems emerge. Discovering, evaluating, and most importantly, connecting relevant knowledge is overwhelming. There hasn’t been a way to bridge the chasm between isolated communities with their specific knowledge base and the rest of us – until now! launched a mission driven coalition:… Continue Reading

From Education to Housing Costs, the American Community Survey Provides 10 Years of Local Statistics for Every Community Nationwide

“For 10 years, the American Community Survey has provided U.S. communities with detailed information critical for making informed decisions about their people, places and economy. Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest American Community Survey five-year statistics, allowing users for the first time to compare two nonoverlapping five-year data sets: 2005-2009 and 2010-2014. Users… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Afghanistan, Maritime Transportation

Afghanistan: State and USAID Should Evaluate Actions Taken to Mitigate Effects of Attrition among Local Staff, GAO-16-100: Published: Dec 3, 2015. Publicly Released: Dec 3, 2015: “Resignations of Afghan local staff at the Department of State (State) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) after receiving a special immigrant visa (SIV) reached their highest… Continue Reading

Pew – Today’s Washington Press Corps More Digital, Specialized

D.C.-based newspaper staff focus on Congress, but wire services account for most of what readers see – December 3, 2015. “The story of who is covering federal government is a striking illustration of the shifting power dynamics within American journalism at large. Reporters for niche outlets, some of which offer highly specialized information services at… Continue Reading

Billionaire Bonanza: The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us

Institute for Policy Studies – “This report – The Forbes 400 and the Rest of Us (December 2015) – exposes the extreme wealth concentrated within the fortunes of the 400 wealthiest Americans and compares this wealth to the much more meager assets of several different segments of American society. The report proposes several solutions to… Continue Reading