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Daily Archives: January 20, 2016

World Bank Group Launches New Gender Data Products

Identifying gaps between males, females is key to new gender equality strategy – “The World Bank Group today relaunched its popular Gender Data Portal, comprising current and historical data on topics ranging from health and education to jobs, assets, and political participation—all broken down by sex. The Bank Group is also launching its Little Data Book on Gender 2016 alongside new online tables—to be updated quarterly—linked to the latest World Development Indicators, making it easier than ever to see how women and men are faring across a range of global indicators. In addition to standard demographic and economic information, new indicators include the percentage in a given economy of businesses with female ownership or top management, percentage of men and women holding mobile phone accounts, percentage of men and women who saved any money over the preceding year, and proportion of women in ministerial-level government posts.”

Census Bureau Releases New Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support Report

“Today the U.S. Census Bureau released the Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013 report, which presents a snapshot of custodial parents and child support payments — either legal or informal — that were reported as received from noncustodial parents living outside the home. The report also sheds light on child support income… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Border Security, Federal Research Opportunities, Foreign Assistance, Information Quality Act

Border Security: Actions Needed by DHS to Address Long-Standing Challenges in Planning for a Biometric Exit System Federal Research Opportunities: DOE, DOD, and HHS Need Better Guidance for Participant Activities, GAO-16-128: Published: Jan 20, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 20, 2016. Foreign Assistance: USAID Venture Capital Approach Relies on Evidence of Results but Could Strengthen Collaboration… Continue Reading

CRS – Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons

Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons, Paul K. Kerr, Analyst in Nonproliferation; Mary Beth Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation. January 14, 2016: “Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal probably consists of approximately 110-130 nuclear warheads, although it could have more. Islamabad is producing fissile material, adding to related production facilities, deploying additional nuclear weapons, and new types of delivery vehicles. Pakistan’s nuclear… Continue Reading

November and year-to-date 2015 were warmest on record for globe

NOAA – “The November average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.75°F (0.97°C) above the 20th century average. This was the highest for November in the 1880–2015 record, surpassing the previous record set in 2013 by 0.27°F (0.15°C), and marking the seventh consecutive month a monthly global temperature record has been broken…” Continue Reading

A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State

Via FAS – CRS report – A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Issues and Current Proposals, Matthew C. Weed, Specialist in Foreign Policy Legislation, January 15, 2016. “As military action against the Islamic State has evolved and increased, many observers, including a number of Members of Congress, have raised… Continue Reading

Prosecution of Corporate Crime Varies Widely by Location, Program and Agency

“Federal prosecutors routinely fail to send agency referrals of alleged corporate criminal conduct on to the courts, according to an analysis of hundreds of thousands of Justice Department records for the five-year period covering fiscal years 2010 through 2014. The study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) also found very wide variations in the… Continue Reading

Criminal Immigration Prosecutions Fall 22 Percent

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during November 2015, the government reported 4,861 new immigration prosecutions. This represents a drop of 13.2 percent from the previous month, and is down 22.3 percent from November 2014. The top five districts for criminal immigration prosecutions continue to be… Continue Reading

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Law Librarianship

Wheeler, Ronald E., Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Law Librarianship (January 15, 2016). Law Library Journal, Vol. 107:3 [2015-22]; Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 16-04. Available for download at SSRN: “Professor Wheeler discusses the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. He posits that racialized fear is part… Continue Reading