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April 13, 2014

Foreign Assistance to North Korea - Mark E. Manyin, Specialist in Asian Affairs; Mary Beth D. Nikitin, Specialist in Nonproliferation. April 2, 2014 “Food Aid. Large swathes of North Korea’s population have suffered from chronic malnutrition since the mid-1990s. Food aid—largely from China, South Korea, and the United States—has been essential in filling the gap between North Korea’s supply and demand, though […] The post CRS Report – Foreign Assistance to North Korea appeared first on beSpacific.
Inspectors General – DOJ, DHS, CIA: Unclassified Summary of Information Handling and Sharing Prior to the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings - As outlined in a May 21, 2013, memorandum from the participating Inspectors General, the objectives of this review were to determine: [1] The extent of the information available to the U.S. government concerning the relevant […] The post Report – Unclassified Summary of Information Handling and Sharing Prior to Boston Marathon Bombings appeared first on beSpacific.
One currency, two markets: the renminbi’s growing influence in Asia-Pacific by Chang Shu, Dong He and Xiaoqiang Cheng. “This study presents evidence of the renminbi’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. The CNH market – the offshore renminbi foreign exchange market in Hong Kong SAR – is found to exert an effect on Asian currencies that is distinct from that […] The post BIS – One currency, two markets: the renminbi’s growing influence in Asia-Pacific appeared first on beSpacific.
Bassok, Or, The Court Cannot Hold (April 10, 2014). Journal of Law and Politics, Vol. 30, 2014. Available at SSRN: “In recent decades the American Supreme Court has been struggling with two main issues: articulating America’s constitutional identity and the decline of legal expertise in the public mind. First, since American national identity is […] The post Law review article – The Court Cannot Hold appeared first on beSpacific.
“The New York Times recently released its coverage of the Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study, an annual study of CEOs at the 100 largest U.S. publicly-traded companies provided exclusively by Equilar. Over the past eight years, Equilar has been the preferred data provider to The Times for executive compensation information. As part of this collaboration, Equilar provides data on […] The post 2014 Equilar 100 CEO Pay Study appeared first on beSpacific.
Federal Reserve Board Governor Jeremy C. Stein At the International Research Forum on Monetary Policy, Washington, D.C. March 21, 2014 [identical remarks at the International Monetary Fund 2014 Spring Meetings on April 13, 2014] “I am going to try to make the case that, all else being equal, monetary policy should be less accommodative–by which I mean that […] The post Incorporating Financial Stability Considerations into a Monetary Policy Framework appeared first on beSpacific.
News release April 13, 2014: “A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing number of policies to reduce climate change. Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.  According to the Working […] The post IPCC: Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate despite reduction efforts appeared first on beSpacific.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Report - Governmentwide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government, April 2014 “Workforce Changes. We found that during the 20-year period from 1992 to 2012, the Federal Government workforce has undergone dramatic demographic changes. For example, there have been large shifts in the distribution of employees by occupational category and education […] The post OPM report: Government strategy on advancing pay equality in federal government appeared first on beSpacific.
Tom Hamburger, Matea Gold, Washington Post: “…Google — once a lobbying weakling — has come to master a new method of operating in modern-day Washington, where spending on traditional lobbying is rivaled by other, less visible forms of influence. That system includes financing sympathetic research at universities and think tanks, investing in nonprofit advocacy groups across the political […] The post Investigative Report Highlights Google as Washington Lobbying Powerhouse appeared first on beSpacific.

April 12, 2014

Via American Banker: “The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council said Thursday that it expects “financial institutions to incorporate patches on systems and services, applications, and appliances using OpenSSL and upgrade systems as soon as possible to address the vulnerability.” OpenSSL is open-source software that lets web sites encrypt communications with visitors. A vulnerability has been found […] The post Financial Institutions Directed to Respond to Hearbleed Attacks appeared first on beSpacific.
What it Means for Journalism and News Consumers by Mark Jurkowitz: ”At a time when print newsrooms continue to shed jobs, thousands of journalists are now working in the growing world of native digital news—at small non-profits like Charlottesville Tomorrow, big commercial sites like The Huffington Post and other content outlets, like BuzzFeed, that have moved […] The post Pew – The Growth in Digital Reporting appeared first on beSpacific.
The Guardian - A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees led, on Friday, to intensified pressure on the White House and the CIA to release the inquiry speedily and with a minimum of redactions. The classified study, prepared by the Senate select committee on intelligence, concluded that the […] The post Guardian – CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks appeared first on beSpacific.
“U.S. crude oil proved reserves rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2012, increasing by 15% to 33 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves (2012) report released April 10 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves were the highest since 1976, and the […] The post Crude oil reserves at start of 2013 reach highest level since 1976 appeared first on beSpacific.
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE: Actions Needed to Address Implementation Issues and Estimate Long-Term Costs for European Capabilities, GAO-14-314: Published: Apr 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2014. “The Department of Defense (DOD) met the presidentially announced time frame to deploy initial ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities in Europe under the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) but did not fully identify and […] The post GAO Report – Ballistic Missile Defense appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “If you’re thinking “Heartbleed” sounds serious, you’re right. But it’s not a health condition. It’s a critical flaw in OpenSSL, a popular software program that’s used to secure websites and other services (like VPN and email). If your company relies on OpenSSL to encrypt data, take steps to fix the problem and limit […] The post FTC- Heartbleed May Cause You Some Heartache appeared first on beSpacific.

April 11, 2014

Fixing the Drain on Retirement Savings - How Retirement Fees Are Straining the Middle Class and What We Can Do about Them, By Jennifer Erickson and David Madland | April 11, 2014 “Less than one in five American workers in private industry has access to defined benefit pension plans. As a result, most Americans’ quality of life during retirement depends on whether […] The post Center for American Progress – Fixing the Drain on Retirement Savings appeared first on beSpacific.
World Economic Outlook (WEO) Recovery Strengthens, Remains Uneven April 2014 “Global activity has broadly strengthened and is expected to improve further in 2014–15, according to the April 2014 WEO, with much of the impetus for growth coming from advanced economies. Although downside risks have diminished overall, lower-than-expected inflation poses risks for advanced economies, there is increased financial […] The post World Economic Outlook April 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
ComputerWorld: “The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities […] The post IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches appeared first on beSpacific.
“On September 30, 1822, Joseph M. Hernández began his service in Congress as Florida’s first Territorial Delegate, pioneering Hispanic-American representation in the American republic. Like other Hispanic Americans in the federal legislature during the 1800s, Hernández advanced from the periphery of the Union to hold a brief term in an office whose core duties were more diplomatic […] The post Hispanic Americans in Congress 1822-2012 appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today published a new report through its Regulatory Architecture Task Force with recommendations to make better sense of the fragmented U.S. financial regulatory system. The report is authored by the task force’s co-chairs Richard H. Neiman, former New York State Superintendent of Banks and member of the congressional Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) oversight panel; and Mark Olson, former […] The post Policy Center: New Recommendations to Streamline U.S. Financial Regulatory Structure appeared first on beSpacific.