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Monthly Budget Review for April 2017

CBO: “The federal budget deficit was $348 billion for the first seven months of fiscal year 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimates—$5 billion less than the shortfall recorded during the same span last year. But that result was affected by shifts in the timing of certain payments that otherwise would have been due on a… Continue Reading

How CBO Analyzes the Economic Effects of Changes in Federal Subsidies for Education and Job Training

How CBO Analyzes the Economic Effects of Changes in Federal Subsidies for Education and Job Training Keith Hall on May 3, 2017 “The Congress requires the Congressional Budget Office, to the greatest extent practicable, to assess the effects on the economy of “major” legislation that Congressional authorizing committees approve and to incorporate those effects into… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nominations Tracker for Fin Reg positions

“The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Nominations Tracker allows you to monitor the status of pending nominations and open positions for select financial regulatory agencies. You can search records going back to 2000 by name, agency, position, or nomination status in the tracker and records going back to 1981 in the downloadable raw data. The search bar… Continue Reading

Comparing the Compensation of Federal and Private-Sector Employees, 2011 to 2015

“The federal government employs about 2.2 million civilian workers—1.5 percent of the U.S. workforce—spread among more than 100 agencies in jobs that represent over 650 occupations. As a result, the government employs workers with a broad complement of talents, skills, and experience, and it competes with other government and private-sector employers for people who possess… Continue Reading

The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training

Pew – May 3, 2017: The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training – “As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. There are two uncertainties: Will well-prepared workers be able… Continue Reading

The State of Black America Report

“The State of Black America®, the National Urban League’s seminal annual publication, now in its 41st edition, has become one of the most highly-anticipated benchmarks and sources for thought leadership around racial equality in America across economics, employment, education, health, housing, criminal justice and civic participation. Each edition of the State of Black America® contains… Continue Reading

Report – Insurgency, Terrorism and Organised Crime in a Warming Climate

Nett, Katharina and Lukas Rüttinger 2016: Insurgency, Terrorism and Organised Crime in a Warming Climate. Analysing the Links Between Climate Change and Non-State Armed Groups. Berlin: adelphi. “Over the past ten years, both our understanding and awareness of the links between climate change and security have increased tremendously. Today the UN, the EU, the G7… Continue Reading

Fortune Global 500

View the Full List of Fortune Global 500 Visualize The Global 500 – “People visit and revisit the Global 500 for lots of reasons, chief among them: job prospects, sales leads, corporate research and investor information. And bragging rights, of course. Below are two visualizations that allow you to explore the Global 500. On the… Continue Reading

Countries Spending the Most on War

24/7 Wall St: “The United States spent $611 billion on its military last year, up slightly from about $596 billion the year prior. American military spending dwarfs that of every other nation in the world.. Second-place China spent barely one-third as much on its armed forces. While it will not likely be surpassed any time… Continue Reading

Gallup – Americans Still Say They Like Saving More Than Spending

“Continuing a trend that took hold during the recession, Americans remain much more likely to describe themselves as the type of person who enjoys saving money rather than spending it. In the years before the recession, Americans were close to evenly split in how they described themselves.” 59% claim to be a person who enjoys… Continue Reading

Paper – The IMF and Financial Regulation

Feibelman, Adam, Law in the Global Order: The IMF and Financial Regulation (April 29, 2017). New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (JILP), Vol. 49, No. 3, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2960643 “It is widely accepted that the framework of international financial regulation does not rely on traditional international legal institutions or arrangements.… Continue Reading

US Government Ethics office letter to Congress on ethics laws, regs applicable to executive branch employees

BusinessInsider: “The ethics watchdog for government employees said it was not consulted about first daughter Ivanka Trump’s role in the White House. Office of Government Ethics director Walter M. Shaub Jr. sent a letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Thomas Carper, both of whom are Democrats, saying that while his office was not consulted,… Continue Reading