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March 5, 2014
Follow up to previous postings on license plate collection programs – see Shawn Musgrave’s article [editor of MuckRock via BetaBoston]: “Today, a legislative committee in Boston is scheduled to hold a hearing on a bill that would ban most uses of license plate readers, including the vehicle repossession business, making exceptions only for law enforcement, toll […]The post Report – vast hidden surveillance network runs across America, powered by the repo industry appeared first on beSpacific.
“As the rate of obesity among U.S. adults continues to increase across all 50 states, health issues and costs associated with the chronic diseases that can accompany obesity will continue to rise. Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data show Americans are not eating as healthily or exercising as often as in past years, which might play a role in the increase […]The post Gallup – Chronic diseases are more prevalent in the most obese states appeared first on beSpacific.
New GAO Reports – Expendable Launch Space Vehicle, International Food Aid, Retirement Security, Veterans, Workforce Investment Act
EVOLVED EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE: Introducing Competition into National Security Space Launch Acquisitions, GAO-14-259T: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2014. FISCAL YEAR 2015 BUDGET REQUEST: U.S. Government Accountability Office, GAO-14-403T: Published: Mar 5, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 2014. INTERNATIONAL FOOD AID: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed, GAO-14-277: Published: Mar 5, […]The post New GAO Reports – Expendable Launch Space Vehicle, International Food Aid, Retirement Security, Veterans, Workforce Investment Act appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Defense Department published a congressionally mandated, unclassified report on the Military and Security Developments involving the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today. The report is posted at http://www.defense.gov/pubs/North_Korea_Military_Power_Report_2013-2014.pdf.”The post DoD Releases Report on North Korea’s Military and Security Developments appeared first on beSpacific.
“Welcome to the Government Documents Round Table [GODORT] Government Information for Children [GIC] website. We are a group of government documents librarians who meet up and share the best info for students (of all ages) that comes from government sources. There are a wide variety of government generated documents covering all kinds of topics. This site is designed to […]The post Gov Docs for Kids appeared first on beSpacific.
March 4, 2014
MEDICARE: Contractors and Private Plans Play a Major Role in Administering Benefits, GAO-14-417T: Published: Mar 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014. NATIONAL DEFENSE: The Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Competitive Procurement, GAO-14-377R: Published: Mar 4, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014. COUNTERING OVERSEAS THREATS: DOD and State Need to Address Gaps in Monitoring of Security Equipment […]The post New GAO Reports – Medicare, National Defense, Overseas Threats, Climate Change appeared first on beSpacific.
“Open data—machine-readable information, particularly government data, that’s made available to others—has generated a great deal of excitement around the world for its potential to empower citizens, change how government works, and improve the delivery of public services. It may also generate significant economic value, according to a new McKinsey report. Our research suggests that seven sectors […]The post McKinsey – Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information appeared first on beSpacific.
“…NRDC is calling on EPA to re-examine the widespread use of glyphosate, commonly called Roundup, in light of its impacts on monarch butterflies. Glyphosate was last approved by EPA in 1993 before the adoption of genetically modified crops that are tolerant to its use, known as “Roundup Ready” crops. Now, however, Roundup Ready corn and […]The post NRDC Calls on EPA to Review Use of Pesticide that threatens monarch butterfly populations appeared first on beSpacific.
Fiscal Year 2015 Budget of the U.S. Government [previous fiscal year budgets are here]. The Budget of the U.S. Government and Appendix are currently available. Analytical Perspectives and Historical Tables will be available the week of March 10th. See also 2015 Budget Complete Coverage: WSJ’s Deep DiveThe post President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget appeared first on beSpacific.
HUMAN CAPITAL: Agencies Should More Fully Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Executive Training, GAO-14-132: Published: Jan 31, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2014. “Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) from 26 agencies reported that, from fiscal years 2008 through 2012, they spent almost $57 million (in constant 2012 dollars) on executive training provided by external providers. CHCOs reported […]The post Agencies Should More Fully Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Executive Training appeared first on beSpacific.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (February 28, 2014). The NSDUH Report: State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness from the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Rockville, MD. “Mental illness is a major public health concern in the United States. Information on the prevalence of mental […]The post Survey of Mental Health Throughout the United States appeared first on beSpacific.
“The quality of engineering in the United States will only be as good as the quality of the engineers doing it. The recruitment and retention of talented young people into engineering therefore need to be top national priorities, given the crucial importance of engineering to our prosperity, security, health, and well-being. Only 4.4 percent of […]The post The Importance of Engineering Talent to the Prosperity and Security of the Nation appeared first on beSpacific.
“Climate Change: Evidence and Causes is a jointly produced publication of The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals […]The post Climate Change: Evidence and Causes appeared first on beSpacific.
Association of College and Research Libraries - Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, February 2014 [snipped] “Introduction. The changes in higher education, coupled with a more complex information ecosystem than existed at the end of the last century, demand new engagement with the concept of information literacy. This Introduction explores the reasons for the dramatic shift […]The post New Draft of Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Department of Defense has released the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The QDR Factsheet can be found here. The news article is Quadrennial Defense Review Charts Strategy Evolution. he 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a legislatively-mandated (USC 10, Sec. 118 (a)) review of the Department of Defense (DoD) strategy and priorities… and outlines the strategic direction […]The post DOD Quadrennial Defense Review appeared first on beSpacific.
March 3, 2014
Tier 3 Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards Program: “Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature […]The post EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards appeared first on beSpacific.
“Carbon Tracker responds to the US Department of State’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) with our new research report KXL: The ‘significance’ trap. This report shows that the $8+ cost advantage KXL would bring over rail makes extra projects equivalent to the pipeline’s capacity break even. This market view confirms that KXL is significant for a […]The post Response to Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Project appeared first on beSpacific.
Negowetti, Nicole, Navigating the Pitfalls of Implicit Bias: A Cognitive Science Primer for Civil Litigators (March 3, 2014). St. Mary’s L.J. Legal Malpractice & Ethics, Forthcoming; Valparaiso University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-3. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2403938 “Cognitive science has revealed that past experiences and prior assumptions, even those of which we are not […]The post Navigating the Pitfalls of Implicit Bias: A Cognitive Science Primer for Civil Litigators appeared first on beSpacific.
“South Africa’s energy sector is critical to its economy, as the country relies heavily on its large-scale, energy-intensive coal mining industry. South Africa has limited proved reserves of oil and natural gas and uses its large coal deposits to meet most of its energy needs, particularly in the electricity sector. Most of the oil consumed […]The post EIA – South Africa Country Analysis Brief appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “More than three out of five noncitizens under age 35 have been in the U.S. for five years or more, with a majority coming before they were 18 years old, according to a new brief released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. Most of these immigrants — about 80 percent — were young […]The post Census Bureau Highlights Young Noncitizen Population in the U.S. appeared first on beSpacific.