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Daily Archives: January 19, 2016

FBI Preliminary 2015 Crime Stats Released

“The FBI’s latest Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, which contains data from January to June of 2015, revealed overall declines in the number of property crimes and overall increases in the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement when compared to figures from the same time in 2014. According to the report, property crime was down 4.2 percent overall from 2014, and violent crime was up 1.7 percent overall. The publication features four tables—three which detail the percent change in offenses reported to law enforcement by population group, by region of the country, and by consecutive years back to 2011. The fourth table contains the number of offenses reported to law enforcement, by state, in cities with populations of more than 100,000. The full Crime in the United States, 2015 report will be released later this year.”

Report documents child labor in cobalt mining critical for global electronics trade

Amnesty International, 19 January 2016, Index number: AFR 62/3183/2016 – “This report documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using… Continue Reading

Summary of The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026

CBO – “In 2016, the federal budget deficit will increase, in relation to the size of the economy, for the first time since 2009, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates. If current laws generally remained unchanged, the deficit would grow over the next 10 years, and by 2026 it would be considerably larger than… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare and Medicaid, Offshore Oil and Gas Resources, Homeland Security

Medicaid Managed Care: Trends in Federal Spending and State Oversight of Costs and Enrollment, GAO-16-77: Published: Dec 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2016. Medicare and Medicaid: Additional Oversight Needed of CMS’s Demonstration to Coordinate the Care of Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries, GAO-16-31: Published: Dec 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2016. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources:… Continue Reading

EFF FOIA Filings Surface More Info on Zero Days

Via EFF – “In fact, in response to EFF’s FOIA suit to get access to the official U.S. policy on zero days, the government redacted every single reference to “offensive” use of vulnerabilities. …In response to EFF’s motion for summary judgment, the government has disclosed a new version of the Vulnerabilities Equities Process, minus many… Continue Reading

EPA and academic research documents on Flint Michigan drinking water

Via Patricia Kenly, Business Reference Librarian/Government Documents Coordinator – Georgia Institute of Technology Library: Flint Drinking Water Documents – EPA documents related to Flint drinking water “High Lead at Three Residences in Flint, Michigan” — Final Report (Nov. 4, 2015) [28 pages] – by Miguel Del Toral Virginia Tech researchers have a website –… Continue Reading