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Daily Archives: January 7, 2016

Pew – Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring

“The widespread adoption of various digital technologies by today’s teenagers has added a modern wrinkle to a universal challenge of parenthood – specifically, striking a balance between allowing independent exploration and providing an appropriate level of parental oversight. Digital connectivity offers many potential benefits from connecting with peers to accessing educational content. But parents have also voiced concerns about the behaviors teens engage in online, the people with whom they interact and the personal information they make available. Indeed, these concerns are not limited to parents. Lawmakers and advocates have raised concerns about issues such as online safety, cyberbullying and privacy issues affecting teens. A Pew Research Center survey of parents of 13- to 17-year-olds finds that today’s parents take a wide range of actions to monitor their teen’s online lives and to encourage their child to use technology in an appropriate and responsible manner.”

Using Data to Improve Defense Acquisitions: Background, Analysis, and Questions for Congress

CRS – Using Data to Improve Defense Acquisitions: Background, Analysis, and Questions for Congress. Moshe Schwartz, Specialist in Defense Acquisition. January 5, 2016. “Many analysts believe that data analysis is a critical element in making smart, informed, policy decisions and in managing government programs. Without data, there may not be an appropriate basis for making… Continue Reading

The Animal Welfare Act: Background and Selected Animal Welfare Legislation

CRS – The Animal Welfare Act: Background and Selected Animal Welfare Legislation, Tadlock Cowan, Analyst in Natural Resources and Rural Development. January 5, 2016. “In 1966, Congress passed the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act (P.L. 89-54) to prevent pets from being stolen for sale to research laboratories, and to regulate the humane care and handling of… Continue Reading

National Instant Crime Background Check System

The FBI maintains statistical reports on firearm background checks via the National Instant Crime Background Check System.  These statistics do no represent every weapon purchased in the United States during each respective year as referenced. The reports do show a steady and significant rise in the number of weapons purchased – in 2015 the number… Continue Reading

People who are not in the labor force: why aren’t they working?

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Steven F. Hipple – “People who are neither working nor looking for work are counted as “not in the labor force,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 2000, the percentage of people in this group has increased. Data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and its Annual… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Acquisitions, TSA Acquisitions

Federal Acquisitions: Use of ‘Other Transaction’ Agreements Limited and Mostly for Research and Development Activities, GAO-16-209: Published: Jan 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 7, 2016: “Federal agencies use a variety of acquisition and financial assistance mechanisms, such as contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, to help meet their missions. Some federal agencies have received authorization to… Continue Reading

2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

“The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines is designed to help Americans eat a healthier diet. Intended for policymakers and health professionals, this edition of the Dietary Guidelines outlines how people can improve their overall eating patterns — the complete combination of foods and drinks in their diet. This edition offers 5 overarching Guidelines and a number of… Continue Reading