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April 19, 2014

“Did you know as much as half of your household energy use goes to heating and cooling? Airflow problems can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency by up to 15% and contribute to carbon pollution. In fact, dirt and neglect are the top causes of heating and cooling system inefficiency and failure. Check out EPA’s A Guide to […] The post Earth Month Tip: Clean the area around the outdoor components of your HVAC system appeared first on beSpacific.
Donald Kohn, Brookings - Institutions for Macroprudential Regulation: The UK and the U.S. - ”The U.S. and the world economy still haven’t fully recovered from the global financial crisis that provoked the worst recession since the Great Depression. Nonetheless, a lot of effort already has gone into reducing the risk that we put the world through something […] The post Institutions for Macroprudential Regulation: The UK and the U.S. appeared first on beSpacific.
“This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America, a groundbreaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA is proud to announce the addition of six major new partners and […] The post Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its First Birthday appeared first on beSpacific.
Via Home Room – the official blog of the Dept. of Education: “Federal student loans can be a great way to help pay for college or career school. While you shouldn’t be afraid to take out federal student loans, you should be smart about it. Before you take out a loan, it’s important to understand that a loan […] The post 5 Things To Consider When Taking Out Student Loans appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) is an initiative to produce comparative data and knowledge on education policies and institutions, with the aim of helping countries systematically strengthen their education systems. SABER evaluates the quality of education policies against evidence-based global standards, using new diagnostic tools and detailed policy data collected for the […] The post World Bank – Systems Approach for Better Education Results appeared first on beSpacific.
“EFF and Sunlight Foundation published an open call for help testing a tool and populating an open data format that would make it easier for everyday people to contact members of Congress. We already had a prototype, but we needed volunteers to conduct tests on each and every Congressional website. We expected the project would take about two […] The post First-ever public domain database for submitting emails to members of Congress launched appeared first on beSpacific.

April 18, 2014

Allen, Kyle D. and Griffiths, Mark D. and Hein, Scott E. and Winters, Drew B., Why Is the Effective Fed Funds Rate So Low? (April 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: “Since December 18, 2008 when the Federal Reserve began paying 25 basis points (bps) on depository institution’s reserves, the effective federal funds rate has stayed […] The post Why Is the Effective Fed Funds Rate So Low? appeared first on beSpacific.
Graham, John R. and Leary, Mark T. and Roberts, Michael R., How Does Government Borrowing Affect Corporate Financing and Investment? (April 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: “Using a novel dataset of accounting and market information that spans most publicly traded nonfinancial firms over the last century, we find an economically large and robust negative relation […] The post How Does Government Borrowing Affect Corporate Financing and Investment? appeared first on beSpacific.
 National Women’s Law Center: ”Families depend on women’s wages more than ever, but the typical woman working full time, year round is paid less than the typical full-time, year-round male worker. These disparities exist in every state. However, as indicated in the map below, the size of the disparity varies by state. Additionally, women represent nearly […] The post The Wage Gap, State by State appeared first on beSpacific.
MARITIME INFRASTRUCTURE: Key Issues Related to Commercial Activity in the U.S. Arctic over the Next Decade, GAO-14-299: Published: Mar 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2014. MEDICARE IMAGING ACCREDITATION: Effect on Access to Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Is Unclear amid Other Policy Changes, GAO-14-378: Published: Apr 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 18, 2014. NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Technology Development Efforts for the Uranium Processing Facility, GAO-14-295: […] The post New GAO Reports: Maritime Infrastructure, Medicare Imaging Accreditation, Nuclear Weapons appeared first on beSpacific.
“In a letter to the White House, a coalition of US organizations urged the Administration to recognize the recent opinion by the Court of Justice, the highest court in Europe, that ended a European data retention mandate. The European law required telephone and internet companies to retain metadata on customers for national security purposes. The European Court of Justice […] The post Coalition Urges White House to Recognize EU Opinion; End NSA Telephone Records Program appeared first on beSpacific.
CRS - U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel - Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs, April 11, 2014 “This report provides an overview of U.S. foreign assistance to Israel. It includes a review of past aid programs, data on annual assistance, and an analysis of current issues. For general information on Israel, see CRS Report RL33476, Israel: Background and […] The post U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel appeared first on beSpacific.
How Americans Die, Matthew C. Klein, Bloomberg View, April 17, 2014 The post How Americans Die – Bloomberg Data Visualization Report appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 19th annual report of overall U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today, showing a 3.4 percent decrease in 2012 from 2011. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which is submitted annually to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, presents […] The post EPA Publishes 19th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory appeared first on beSpacific.

April 17, 2014

Science in the next 50 years, by Aaron Smith: “The American public anticipates that the coming half-century will be a period of profound scientific change, as inventions that were once confined to the realm of science fiction come into common usage. This is among the main findings of a new national survey by The Pew Research […] The post Pew – U.S. Views of Technology and the Future appeared first on beSpacific.
“As the result of a Freedom of Information Act request, EPIC has received several hundred pages of documents related to the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Facebook business practices. The documents include assessments by the FTC of Facebook’s privacy changes and communications with the company. EPIC has repeatedly pressed the Commission to enforce the 2012 Consent Order which barred the company from future […] The post EPIC Obtains Documents About FTC’s Facebook Investigation appeared first on beSpacific.
“This Data Point uses data from four administrations of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:2000, NPSAS:04, NPSAS:08, and NPSAS:12) to briefly present trends in out-of-pocket net price for college, the amount that students and their families must pay to attend college after subtracting grants, loans, work-study, and all other student aid from the total […] The post Out-of-Pocket Net Price for College appeared first on beSpacific.
Vinay Shet, Product Manager, reCAPTCHA: “Have you ever wondered how Google Maps knows the exact location of your neighborhood coffee shop? Or of the hotel you’re staying at next month? Translating a street address to an exact location on a map is harder than it seems. To take on this challenge and make Google Maps […] The post Report – Street View and reCAPTCHA technology just got smarter appeared first on beSpacific.
INFORMATION SECURITY: SEC Needs to Improve Controls over Financial Systems and Data, GAO-14-419: Published: Apr 17, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2014: “Although the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had implemented and made progress in strengthening information security controls, weaknesses limited their effectiveness in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of a key financial system. For this system’s […] The post New GAO Reports – Information Security at the SEC, IRS and Large Partnerships appeared first on beSpacific.
“This report by CBO presents an analysis of the proposals in the President’s budget request for fiscal year 2015, as submitted to the Congress on March 4, 2014. The analysis is based on CBO’s economic projections and estimating models (rather than the Administration’s), and it incorporates estimates of the effects of the President’s tax proposals […] The post CBO – An Analysis of the President’s 2015 Budget appeared first on beSpacific.