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December 10, 2014

Federal Inspectors General: History, Characteristics, and Recent Congressional Actions. Wendy Ginsberg, Analyst in American National Government; Michael Greene, Information Research Specialist. December 8, 2014. “Federal inspectors general (IGs) are authorized to combat waste, fraud, and abuse within their affiliated federal entities. To execute their missions, offices of inspector general (OIGs) conduct and publish audits and investigations—among other duties. Two major enactments—the Inspector General Act of […]
Part Four: Few fixes available for problem IGs, BY MARK FLATTEN | DECEMBER 4, 2014 | The president hires IGs for Cabinet-level agencies, and only the president can fire them. Part Three: Bad things happen to whistleblowers when watchdogs become attack dogs, BY MARK FLATTEN | 12/03/14. A whistleblower tried to report wrongdoing to the Veterans Affairs IG — and […]
Federal Retirement Processing: Applying Information Technology Acquisition Best Practices Could Help OPM Overcome a Long History of Unsuccessful Modernization Efforts, GAO-15-277T: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014. Immigration Benefits: Improvements Needed to Fully Implement the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, GAO-15-3: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014. Information Technology: HUD Can […]

December 9, 2014

Benjamin Goller and Douglas L. Altshuler – Published online before printDecember 8, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1415975111  PNAS December 8, 2014 “The avian brain has numerous specializations for navigation and processing visual information, but relatively little is known about how flying birds control their position in space. To study the role of vision in controlling hovering flight, we developed a virtual […]
“Today, the FBI released its annual Hate Crime Statistics report, which revealed that 5,928 hate crime incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported by our law enforcement partners to the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2013. These hate crime incidents impacted a total of 7,242 victims—which are defined as individuals, businesses, institutions, or society […]
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program. Foreword by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein. Findings and Conclusions – Executive Summary Approved December 13,2012. Updated for Release April 3, 2014. Declassifications Revisions December 3, 2014. “On April 3, 2014, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to send the Findings and Conclusions and […]
“Designed to help a broad audience of government leaders, employees and job seekers, the 2014 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government® rankings include the views of more than 392,700 civil servants on a wide range of workplace topics. More than 389 federal organizations are ranked according to overall employee satisfaction and commitment, as […]
Census: “Using four calendar years (2009-2012) of data from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents inequality metrics for annual estimates of personal, family and household income and earnings. The derived inequality measures for each calendar year are the Gini index, the mean log deviation, the Theil index and the […]
CBO – “Recent advances in combining two drilling techniques, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have allowed access to large deposits of shale resources—that is, crude oil and natural gas trapped in shale and certain other dense rock formations. As a result, the cost of that “tight oil” and “shale gas” has become competitive with the […]
New York Times: “While a major public health campaign has had some success in reducing the number of people who take potentially addictive narcotic painkillers, those patients who are prescribed the drugs are getting more of them for a longer time, according to a new study. Nearly half the people who took the painkillers for over […]

December 8, 2014

USGS News release: ” A newly released interactive California Drought visualization website aims to provide the public with atlas-like, state-wide coverage of the drought and a timeline of its impacts on water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey developed the interactive website as part of the federal government’s Open Water Data Initiative. The drought visualization page features high-tech […]
Via GPO Full Text in PDF – Hearing Before the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attacks on Benghazi, Libya – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – ONE HUNDRED THIRTEENTH CONGRESS SECOND SESSION – HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
“Rather than crushing them with too much information and making it hard to find useful material, most Americans say the internet and cell phones have brought benefits in learning, sharing and diversifying the flow of information into their lives. A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that the vast majority of Americans believe […]
Freshfields: “The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) has assessed the implementation of the Basel capital framework in the nine EU Member States that are members of BCBS and the US.  The assessments were conducted under the BCBS’ regulatory consistency assessment programme (RCAP), which assesses the consistency and completeness of a jurisdiction’s adopted standards and […]
Secrecy News – Steven Aftergood: For the next two years, Congress wants to receive quarterly reports from the Department of Defense on how the Pentagon is responding to leaks of classified information. The reporting requirement was included in the pending National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 (Sec. 1052). “Compromises of classified information cause indiscriminate and […]
“When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operating licenses for a period of 40 years. Beyond that, the reactors need license renewals, and the NRC has granted 20-year license renewals to 74 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States. These reactors may now operate […]
Gilens, Naomi, The NSA Has Not Been Here: Warrant Canaries as Tools for Transparency in the Wake of the Snowden Disclosures (April 2014). Available for dowload at at SSRN: “Technology companies are increasingly experimenting with “warrant canaries” as a means of increasing transparency around the national security orders they receive. A warrant canary is […]

December 7, 2014

Report by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS Office), October 2014. “The recent emergence of body-worn cameras has already had an impact on policing, and this impact will only increase as more agencies adopt this technology. The decision to implement body-worn cameras should […]
Creating growth: the challenge of buying well in today’s market: “Private equity has always focused on creating value and helping promote growth in portfolio companies. Since the industry began, private equity firms have tried many ways to meet this ultimate objective – and with varying success. Now, post the global financial crisis, the question being asked more than ever is: how […]
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, Posted September 2014, Revised September 2014: “Technological advances allow us to do many useful things and to simplify our daily tasks.  The flip-side of these advances in technology is the unprecedented ability to collect, store, manipulate, and disseminate virtually unlimited amounts of data about people.  Numerous companies known as data brokers have entered this […]