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May 19, 2015

Enoch, David, Tort Liability and Taking Responsibility (May 16, 2015). John Oberdeek (ed.) Philosophical foundations of the Law of Torts (OUP 2014). Available for download at SSRN: “Is anything missing, morally speaking, in a society that does not have any practice remotely resembling tort liability? If we take care of instrumental matters in some […]
Washington Post, Ellen Nakashima: “Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data. In a letter to be sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, a coalition […]
Liberty Street Economics – NY Fed –Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, May 15, 2015: “With the college graduation season well under way, a new crop of freshly minted graduates is entering the job market and many bright young minds are hoping to land a good first job. It’s no wonder if they are approaching […]
“According to a new Consumer Federation of America analysis of 1,163 of this year’s new vehicles, fuel efficiency continues to increase for 2015 on a model by model basis. However, individual car company fleets, are backsliding on their overall fuel economy performance. From 2014 to 2015, the percent of vehicles with an Environmental Protection Agency […]
“Alignment between IT and the business has progressed significantly according to the 2015 PMG IT and the UX Study. The survey of nearly 250 North American corporate IT professionals demonstrates that IT and business users are beginning to work together in a more cohesive manner. In fact, IT’s take on the mutual understanding of strategic […]
Testimony by CBO Director Keith Hall before the Committee on the Budget, United States Senate, May 19, 2015. “The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 instituted a formal process through which the Congress could develop, coordinate, and enforce its own budgetary priorities and created legislative institutions to implement the new Congressional budget process: the House and […]
Afghanistan: Embassy Construction Cost and Schedule Have Increased, and Further Facilities Planning Is Needed, GAO-15-410: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Nutrition Assistance: Actions Needed to Address Potential Online Sales of Infant Formula, GAO-15-605T: Published: May 19, 2015. Publicly Released: May 19, 2015. Rural Housing Service: Progress on GAO Recommendations and Preliminary […]

May 18, 2015

Finance and Economics Discussion Series Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs, Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C. The Evolution of Retirement Wealth. Sebastian Devlin-Foltz, Alice M. Henriques, and John Sabelhaus. 2015-009 “Is the current mix of tax preferences for employer-sponsoredpensionsand individual retirementsaving in the U.S. delivering the best possible retirement-preparedness across and within generations? […]
“In an e360 video, filmmaker Karim Chrobog looks at the staggering amount of food wasted in the U.S. – a problem with major human and environmental costs. The video focuses on Washington, D.C., which has taken steps to see that food ends up with those who need it rather than in landfills. First in a […]
Chilling Effects Team on May 13, 2015 [Chilling Effects is a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.] “We at Chilling Effects are thrilled to share Reddit’s announcement that the site has begun sharing takedown notices with us! Following on the heels of the release of its first transparency report earlier this year, […]

May 10, 2015

“The average person takes between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths a day. That is a lot of breaths…and each one is an opportunity to put pollutants into your lungs and body and to increase health risks if you are exposed to air pollution. For example: Research shows that air pollution is linked to health effects and […]
“In conjunction with the recent enactment of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) (Pub. L. 113-101) and our ongoing efforts to improve federal spending data under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), the federal government is working to establish government-wide financial data standards and increase the availability, accuracy, and usefulness of […]
Medicaid: A Small Share of Enrollees Consistently Accounted for a Large Share of Expenditures, GAO-15-460: Published: May 8, 2015. Publicly Released: May 8, 2015: “A small percentage of Medicaid-only enrollees—that is, those who were not also eligible for Medicare—consistently accounted for a large percentage of total Medicaid expenditures for Medicaid-only enrollees. In each fiscal year […]
“To commemorate this milestone anniversary of the Allied nations’ Victory in Europe (V-E) Day and Victory Over Japan (V-J) Day, the Census Bureau presents a wide range of statistics related to those who served in World War II. The topics covered include the number of living veterans at the time of each decennial census, a breakdown of those serving by […]
New York Review of Books – Mass Incarceration: The Silence of the Judges, Jed S. Rakoff, May 21, 2015 Issue. What Caused the Crime Decline? a report by Oliver Roeder, Lauren-Brooke Eisen, and Julia Bowling, with a foreword by Joseph E. Stiglitz and an executive summary by Inimai Chettiar Brennan Center for Justice, NYU Law School, […]
Via LLRX – How To Conduct Free Legal Research Using Google Scholar In 2015 (Part 2) – by Nicole L. Black. “Legal research is something lawyers do nearly every day. That’s why convenient, affordable access to legal research materials is so important. The advent of computer-based legal research was the first step toward leveling the […]
“Glossary of Library & Information Science is a glossary and dictionary of terms and acronyms of librarianship, library science, information science, and information technology. This is brought out by Salman Haider for the librarians all across the globe and the users of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog. Glossary will include everything from traditional library […]
Tell Us Your Experience with FOIA – Tell us about issues that you have had with Freedom of Information Act requests.  What Happened? Excessive or inappropriate redactions Lengthy delays Administrative closures Requests to narrow or limit the scope Delayed appeals or refusals to mediate Unreasonable denial of fee waivers Other…

May 9, 2015

IJDC | Peer-Reviewed Paper. Towards the Preservation of the Scientific Memory. Brian Matthews, STFC Scientific Computing Department, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory;  Shirley Crompton, STFC Scientific Computing Department, Daresbury Laboratory. The International Journal of Digital Curation. ISSN: 1746-8256. “In this paper we consider the requirements for preserving the memory of science. This is becoming more challenging as […]
Wasserman, Melissa F., What Administrative Law Can Teach the Trademark System (May 7, 2015). Washington University Law Review, Vol. 93, 2016, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: “In 2014, the Patent and Trademark Office (Trademark Office or Agency) made national headlines when it cancelled the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration. The Washington Redskins, a National […]