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April 15, 2014

Meghan McGuinness: “Cyber attacks are an increasing risk for the US electric sector and have eclipsed terrorism as the primary threat, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team responded to 256 incidents that targeted critical infrastructure sectors in fiscal year 2013, and 59 percent of those incidents involved the […] The post Pew – A new organization for cybersecurity across the electric grid appeared first on beSpacific.
“The U.S. Census Bureau is unveiling a new Web-based analysis tool that provides access to the full Quarterly Workforce Indicators dataset. The tool — named QWI Explorer — includes measures on employment, job creation and destruction, hires and wages from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program. QWI Explorer allows users to compare, rank and aggregate indicators […] The post Beta Release of Workforce Statistics Analysis Tool appeared first on beSpacific.
“In order to address the nation’s growing interest in and demand for the radio spectrum, NTIA, in consultation with the federal agencies, has developed a compendium of detailed narratives describing federal spectrum uses from 225 MHz to 5 GHz.  The narratives at the links below provide information for each frequency band in this range in […] The post Federal Government Spectrum Compendium appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) measures the rates at which Americans are victims of crimes, including rape and sexual assault, but there is concern that rape and sexual assault are undercounted on this survey. BJS asked the National Research Council to investigate this issue and recommend best practices for […] The post Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault (2014) appeared first on beSpacific.
“Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Each of these shifts would by itself be the defining demographic story of its era. The fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has […] The post Pew – The Next America appeared first on beSpacific.
“This Basel Committee on Banking Supervision standard sets out a supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures. The framework is scheduled to take effect from 1 January 2019 and will supersede the Committee’s 1991 standard on this topic. Since publication of the original standard, the financial system has changed dramatically. While many jurisdictions modelled their national rules […] The post Supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures – final standard appeared first on beSpacific.

April 14, 2014

Outside: “ If you’ve been looking for a natural pick-me-up, get like Thoreau and move to the woods. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that people who live in communities with more green space reported feeling lower levels of depression and anxiety. Kirsten Malecki, an assistant professor of population health sciences, and her team compared mental health data […] The post Exposure to Neighborhood Green Space and Mental Health appeared first on beSpacific.
“View the video or download the slides from the recent Inside the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series presentation in which DPLA  Executive Founding Director Dan Cohen explains how the DPLA was created, how it functions as a portal and platform, what the staff is currently working on, and what’s to come for the young project and organization.” The post OCLC Presentation – Inside the Digital Public Library of America appeared first on beSpacific.
Pew Research – Mary Madden – “As news of large-scale data breaches and vulnerabilities grows, new findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that growing numbers of online Americans have had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised.  Findings from a January 2014 survey show that: 18% of online adults have […] The post More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach appeared first on beSpacific.
Partnership for Public Service 2014 – “The managers and employees of well-run federal agencies are usually on the same page, sharing a common vision and working in sync to achieve mission results. But when there are considerable disparities in the viewpoints of these two groups, it could mean that your agency doesn’t agree on key […] The post 2013 Best Places To Work in the Federal Government Analysis appeared first on beSpacific.
“CBO and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have updated their estimates of the budgetary effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to health insurance coverage. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions […] The post Updated Estimates of Effects of Insurance Coverage Provisions of Affordable Care Act appeared first on beSpacific.
“The CDC National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report is a report that gives a closer look at the healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) most commonly reported to CDC using the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). This is an annual report that describes national and state progress in preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections […] The post CDC – Healthcare-associated Infections appeared first on beSpacific.
Trade linkages and the globalisation of inflation in Asia and the Pacific by Raphael Auer and Aaron Mehrotra. Working Papers No 447, April 2014 “Some observers argue that increased real integration has led to greater comovement of prices internationally. We examine the evidence for cross-border price spillovers among economies participating in the pan-Asian cross-border production networks. Starting with country-level data, we […] The post Trade linkages and the globalisation of inflation in Asia and the Pacific appeared first on beSpacific.
PETROLEUM REFINING: Industry’s Outlook Depends on Market Changes and Key Environmental Regulations, GAO-14-249: Published: Mar 14, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2014: “Stakeholders GAO contacted and information reviewed by GAO identified the following three major changes that have recently affected the domestic petroleum refining industry: Increased production. U.S. and Canadian crude oil production have increased, leading to lower costs […] The post GAO Report – Petroleum Refining appeared first on beSpacific.
EFF - “New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer. EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI)—the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on […] The post FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year appeared first on beSpacific.

April 13, 2014

Via - eCommerce Resources on the Internet - Marcus P. Zillman’s guide is a comprehensive, diverse and wide ranging listing of eCommerce Resources on the Web. These resources include those in a wide range of areas such as: associations, indexes, search engines as well as individual websites. The post New on LLRX – eCommerce Resources on the Internet appeared first on beSpacific.
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.