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Treasury launches upgraded federal spending website

“ is the new official source of accessible, searchable and reliable spending data for the U.S. Government. Treasury released this new version of the site in accordance with the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) requirements. The “Beta” site will run concurrently with the previous version of the website over the summer… Continue Reading

CRS – Job Creation in the Manufacturing Revival Marc Levinson Section

Job Creation in the Manufacturing Revival, Marc Levinson, Section Research Manager. May 5, 2017. [via FAS] “The health of the U.S. manufacturing sector is of ongoing interest to Congress. Numerous bills aimed at promoting manufacturing are introduced in each Congress, often with the stated goal of creating jobs. Implicit in many of these bills is… Continue Reading

CRS – Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects

Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects. May 5, 2017. [via FAS] “Then federal agencies and programs lack funding after the expiration of full-year or interim appropriations, the agencies and programs experience a funding gap. If funding does not resume in time to continue government operations, then, under the Antideficiency Act, an agency… Continue Reading

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

Brewster Kahle, March 13, 2017 – Educase Review:”Today, people get their information online — often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. Yet much of modern knowledge still exists only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, e-book… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports – How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy

How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy Expanded health insurance helped cut the number of filings by half by Allen St. John May 02, 2017: “As legislators and the executive branch renew their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this [past] week, they might want to keep in mind a… Continue Reading

Report – High Finance, Political Money, and the U.S. Congress Report

The Roosevelt Institute: “Social scientists have traditionally struggled to identify clear links between political spending and congressional voting, and many journalists have embraced their skepticism. A giant stumbling block has been the challenge of measuring the labyrinthine ways money flows from investors, firms, and industries to particular candidates. Ferguson, Jorgensen, and Chen directly tackle that… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – 9 Ways to Deal With Robocalls

Have you terminated your land line to end unwanted spam calls only to have them move to your cell phone? Some good ideas to help you minimize the invasion of robocals Via 24/7 Wall St:  “According to the Federal Communications Commission, 2.4 billion automated marketing calls are made every month, the equivalent of the more… Continue Reading

Ex libris: Books Recently Published with NEH Support

Funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is targeted to be eliminated in Trump’s new budget proposal, among a group of 19 agencies deemed to be unnecessary that focus on the arts, humanities, libraries, museums, economic development in Appalachia, and peace. On the list of NEH’s current publication are 6 prize winning books… Continue Reading

Fed Chair Yellen on women and workplace equal opportunity past and present

So We All Can Succeed: 125 Years of Women’s Participation in the Economy – Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet L. Yellen At “125 Years of Women at Brown Conference,” sponsored by Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. “…The gap in earnings between women and men, although smaller than it was years ago, is still significant; women… Continue Reading

Trump budget would effectively end work of Office of National Drug Control Policy

Trump budget would effectively kill drug control office, Dan Diamond, Politico: “President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget would cut about 95 percent of funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, effectively ending its mission as the lead agency in charge of combating the opioid crisis and other drug epidemics, according to an internal… Continue Reading

More common now for young adults to live at home and for longer stretches

“Through both recession and recovery, the share of young adults living in their parents’ home continues to rise. Today’s young adults are also more likely to be at home for an extended stay compared with previous generations of young adults who resided with their parents, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. census… Continue Reading

OECD Skills Outlook 2017

“Since the 1990s, the world has entered a new phase of globalisation. Information and communication technology, trade liberalisation and lower transport costs have enabled firms and countries to fragment the production process into global value chains (GVCs). Many products are now designed in one country and assembled in another country from parts manufactured in several… Continue Reading