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February 4, 2016

20:12
Center for Public Integrity – A persistent problem in nuclear weapons work crops up again “…In June 2014, a worker at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee was surprised to find U.S. nuclear secrets inside a trash bag marked for disposal along with standard rubbish. Taking a closer look, the worker found 19 more […]
13:23
NOAA news release: “Today, the National Ocean Council Committee to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud announced its proposal for creating a U.S. seafood traceability program — the next step the U.S. government is taking to ensure that global seafood resources are sustainably managed and not fraudulently marketed.  The proposal, a major […]
13:18
Report via Center for American Progress – “On Friday, February 5, 2016 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the employment report for the month of January. This month’s report will be an important indicator of whether the volatility in financial markets reflects underlying trends in the real economy—specifically, the labor market. With the […]
10:37
Fact Sheet: “After the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, the United States is in the midst of the longest streak of private-sector job growth in our history, with more than 14 million new jobs created during the past 70 months. But for too many young people, getting a first job—a crucial step in starting […]
10:33
Rudesill, Dakota S., Coming to Terms with Secret Law (January 6, 2015). 7 Harvard National Security Journal, 2015, Forthcoming; Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 321. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2687223 “The allegation that the U.S. government is producing secret law has become increasingly common. This article evaluates this claim, examining the available […]
10:31
CRS report via FAS – The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strategic Implications, February 3, 2016. “…Although most U.S. observers agree it is in the U.S. interest to lead in establishing global and regional trade rules, less consensus exists on what those rules should be, yielding some criticism on the strength and breadth of various TPP provisions. In […]
09:51
“About theDataMap – theDataMap™ is an online portal for documenting flows of personal data. It tells you where your data goes. The goal is to produce a detailed description of personal data flows in the United States. The effort started with health data and is expanding to all other kinds of personal data. The motivation […]
09:44
“Virtual currencies offer countries a cost-effective, fast and accessible alternative to settling financial payments, but unclear laws and regulations are preventing their responsible development and encouraging their exploitation by criminals, says a new Commonwealth report. Virtual currencies, which allow funds to be transferred, traded or stored electronically, have seen exponential growth in recent years, however, […]

February 3, 2016

19:38
Center for Biological Diversity, January 29, 2016 – “The federal government must stop approving offshore fracking from oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel under a legal settlement filed today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. The agreement resolves a Center for Biological Diversity lawsuit that challenged the U.S. Department of the Interior’s practice […]
19:25
Social Security Data Tool:  “Search, visualize, and download data about the Social Security system, with an emphasis on the disability insurance program.”
19:21
[January 26, 2016] “the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections issued a set of bold recommendations to reform the federal justice system, enhance public safety, and save the government billions of dollars. In a new report, Transforming Prisons, Restoring Lives, the Congressionally mandated blue-ribbon panel released the findings of its year-long investigation into the […]
19:16
Coast Guard Acquisitions: Enhanced Oversight of Testing Could Benefit National Security Cutter Program and Future DHS Acquisitions, GAO-16-314T: Published: Feb 3, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2016. Telecommunications: Additional Coordination and Performance Measurement Needed for High-Speed Internet Access Programs on Tribal Lands, GAO-16-222: Published: Jan 29, 2016. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 2016 Building Partner Capacity: […]
15:54
Environ. Res. Lett. 11 (2016) 015004 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/015004. Linking ‘ toxic outliers ’ to environmental justice communities, Mary B Collins, Ian Munoz and Joseph JaJa “Several key studies have found that a small minority of producers, polluting at levels far exceeding group averages, generate the majority of overall exposure to industrial toxics. Frequently, such patterns go […]
15:50
“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launches www.govinfo.gov and ushers in a new, dynamic way for the public to  discover and access Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government.  govinfo is a user-friendly, modernized site that provides an easy to use navigation system accessible on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers.  GPO […]
15:44
“Today, Sunlight is launching Hall of Justice, a robust, searchable data inventory of nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Hall of Justice is the culmination of 18 months of work gathering data and refining technology. The process was no easy task: Building […]

February 2, 2016

17:11
Ben Wildavsky [via Brookings] director of higher education studies at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York, and policy professor at SUNY-Albany: “Forty-five years ago, when Britain’s Open University (OU) began broadcasting its first lectures over BBC television and radio, there were many reasons to discount its importance. For one thing, the […]
17:03
SSRN – Gregg Gordon:  “If you’ve seen my talks about information overload and discovery then you may recognize the image above. It’s borrowed from the Eigenfactor Mapping Science research done by Carl Bergstrom, Jevin West and Martin Rosvall. We’ve done some work with the Eignenfactor at SSRN and understand the benefits of applying eigenvectors to […]
16:52
“In a report that comes one year after the publication of its Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday detailed the progress made and outlined anticipated steps for moving forward with its initiative to enhance payment system speed, efficiency, and security. To date, the January 2015 initiative has resulted in […]
16:44
WSJ Law Blog: “For Sale: 61 years of Supreme Court oral arguments, including audio, transcripts and a suite of multimedia tools. It’s not on Craigslist yet, but Jerry Goldman says options are narrowing for Oyez.org, the private online archive of Supreme Court materials he has been building since the early 1990s and providing free to […]
16:23
“The early 21st century has witnessed a sea change in the nature of employment and in the shape of the corporation in the United States. Employment has shifted from the career, to the job, to the task. In this paper, Jerry Davis argues that the death of the career and the rise of the gig […]