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December 6, 2013
“Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 offers a warning that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world. More than two thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be […]The post Global Corruption: The 2013 Index by Transparency International appeared first on beSpacific.
Among the highlights of the Second National Action Plan for United States Open Government “We the People”: The White House will introduce new improvements to the We the People online petitions platform aimed at making it easier to collect and submit signatures and increase public participation in using this platform. Improvements will enable the public to perform data […]The post United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan appeared first on beSpacific.
FDIC Office of Audits and Evaluations Report No. AUD-14-001 - The FDIC’s Progress in Implementing Systemic Resolution Authorities under the Dodd-Frank Act, November 2013. “The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) created a comprehensive new regulatory and resolution framework designed to avoid the severe consequences of financial instability. Among other things, the Dodd-Frank Act gave the FDIC broad […]The post The FDIC’s Progress in Implementing Systemic Resolution Authorities under Dodd-Frank Act appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a rule today that allows the Bureau to supervise certain nonbank student loan servicers for the first time. The rule brings new oversight to the nation’s second largest consumer debt market – student loans – which have seen a rise in borrower delinquency in recent years. “Student […]The post CFPB to Oversee Nonbank Student Loan Servicers appeared first on beSpacific.
An International Review of OCC’s Supervision of Large and Midsize Banks, Recommendations to Improve Supervisor Effectiveness. December 4, 2013. “The U.S. financial supervisory system in which the OCC operates is complicated. Commercial banks in the United States, particularly the large complex institutions, may be subject to multiple supervisory agencies including the Federal Reserve Board and district Federal Reserve […]The post International Review of OCC’s Supervision of Large and Midsize Banks appeared first on beSpacific.
Keystone XL Pipeline Project: Key Issues - Paul W. Parfomak, Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy; Robert Pirog, Specialist in Energy Economics; Linda Luther, Analyst in Environmental Policy; Adam Vann, Legislative Attorney. December 2, 2013 “TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL Pipeline would transport oil sands crude from Canada and shale oil produced in North Dakota and Montana to a market hub in Nebraska […]The post CRS – Keystone XL Pipeline Project: Key Issues appeared first on beSpacific.
EDUCATION RESEARCH - Further Improvements Needed to Ensure Relevance and Assess Dissemination Efforts, GAO-14-8, Dec 5, 2013 GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION - OMB and Agencies Can Reduce Duplication by Making Coordination a Priority, GAO-14-226T, Dec 5, 2013The post New GAO Reports – Education Research, Geospatial Information appeared first on beSpacific.
December 5, 2013
Reverse the curse: Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies, by Richard Dobbs, Jeremy Oppenheim, Adam Kendall, Fraser Thompson, Martin Bratt, and Fransje van der Marel. December 2013 “Rising resource prices and expanded production have raised the number of countries where the resource sector represents a major share of the economy, from 58 in 1995 to 81 […]The post McKinsey – Maximizing the potential of resource-driven economies appeared first on beSpacific.
How Inequality Is Holding Back Our Economy By Ben Olinsky and Asher Mayerson | December 4, 2013 “For more than 30 years, conservative politicians have tried to sell Americans on the notion that giving tax cuts to the wealthy will spur economic growth and job creation, generating broad-based economic prosperity. Their marketing of this “trickle-down economics” has been successful: After decades of […]The post Trickle-Down Economics and Broken Promises appeared first on beSpacific.
Steve Crabtree and Anita Pugliese: “The scarcity of good jobs has been one of the most troubling aspects of the economic crisis facing southern Europe, particularly for younger people with little job experience. In 2013, nearly half of 15- to 29-year-olds in six southern European countries are underemployed — meaning they are either unemployed or […]The post Gallup – Nearly Half of Younger Southern Europeans Underemployed appeared first on beSpacific.
Cumming, Fergus and Noss, Joseph, Assessing the Adequacy of CCPs’ Default Resources (November 15, 2013). Bank of England Financial Stability Paper No. 26. Available at SSRN “Central counterparties (CCPs) maintain financial resources that can absorb losses in the event of their members defaulting. These include initial margin collected from members and default funds designed to […]The post Assessing the Adequacy of CCPs’ Default Resources appeared first on beSpacific.
Olivier Armantier, Giorgio Topa, Wilbert van der Klaauw, and Basit Zafar: “In the previous two blog postings in this series, we described the goals, structure, and content of the new FRBNY Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) and presented some findings regarding inflation expectations. In this third posting, we focus on the labor market component of […]The post Introducing the FRBNY Survey of Consumer Expectations: Labor Market Expectations appeared first on beSpacific.
“Despite the significance of the Great Recession’s impact on the economy, little research exists on how schools were affected. A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York attempts to fill this information gap by investigating the effect of the downturn and federal stimulus on New Jersey schools. In Precarious Slopes? The Great Recession, […]The post Measuring the Impact of the Great Recession on New Jersey Schools appeared first on beSpacific.
“The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today released its Salmonella Action Plan that outlines the steps it will take to address the most pressing problem it faces–Salmonella in meat and poultry products. An estimated 1.3 million illnesses can be attributed to Salmonella every year. “Far too many Americans are sickened by Salmonella every year. The aggressive and […]The post FSIS Releases Comprehensive Strategy to Reduce Salmonella appeared first on beSpacific.
“This fifth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national growth and the well-being of societies.It updates its regular set of region-by-region indicators, examining a wide range of policies and trends and identifying those regions that are outperforming or lagging behind in their country. The report covers all […]The post OECD Regions at a Glance 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
Taiwan: Major U.S. Arms Sales Since 1990. Shirley A. Kan, Specialist in Asian Security Affairs, November 27, 2013 This report, updated as warranted, discusses U.S. security assistance to Taiwan, or Republic of China (ROC), including policy issues for Congress and legislation. Congress has oversight of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), P.L. 96-8, which has governed arms sales to Taiwan […]The post CRS – Taiwan: Major U.S. Arms Sales Since 1990 appeared first on beSpacific.
“This fifth revision of the Guidelines for Business Information Responses is designed to assist information services staff in meeting user needs to resolve business information inquiries, as developed by members of the American Library Association. Serving as an enhancement to other Reference and User Services Association publications, including Definitions of Reference, Guidelines for Information Services, and Guidelines for Implementing and Maintaining […]The post Guidelines for Business Information Responses appeared first on beSpacific.
December 4, 2013
“Student Debt and the Class of 2012 is our eighth annual report on the cumulative student loan debt of recent graduates from four-year colleges. Our analysis finds that the debt levels of students who graduate with loans continue to rise, with considerable variation among states as well as among colleges. Seven in 10 college seniors who […]The post Student Debt and the Class of 2012 appeared first on beSpacific.
New Report Calls for Attention to Abrupt Impacts From Climate Change, Emphasizes Need for Early Warning System
“Climate change has increased concern over possible large and rapid changes in the physical climate system, which includes the Earth’s atmosphere, land surfaces, and oceans. Some of these changes could occur within a few decades or even years, leaving little time for society and ecosystems to adapt. A new report from the National Research Council extends this […]The post New Report Calls for Attention to Abrupt Impacts From Climate Change, Emphasizes Need for Early Warning System appeared first on beSpacific.
Jacob Kastrenakes: ”A fossil discovered in a Spanish cave has given researchers the oldest human DNA found to date. According to The New York Times, the DNA comes from a femur bone and is believed to be around 400,000 years old. But while it’s helping to shed light on early human evolution, it’s actually making matters more complicated. […]The post The Verge – Oldest ever human DNA found in Spain, raises new questions about evolution appeared first on beSpacific.