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November 29, 2013
Broad Agency Announcement - Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC): Automated Cyber Reasoning. DARPA-BAA-14-05, Amendment 2, November 27, 2013. “The Department of Defense (DoD) maintains information systems using a software technology base comprised of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) operating systems and applications. This COTS technology base is common to the DoD, industry, and the Defense Industrial Base, […]The post Broad Agency Announcement Cyber Grand Challenge: Automated Cyber Reasoning appeared first on beSpacific.
Becoming the Fifth Branch, William A. Birdthistle; Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago-Kent College of Law, M. Todd Henderson, University of Chicago – Law School. Cornell Law Review, Vol. 99, 2013 and University of Chicago Institute for Law & Economics Olin Research Paper No. 618. “Observers of our federal republic have long acknowledged that a fourth branch of government comprising administrative […]The post Law Review article – Becoming the Fifth Branch appeared first on beSpacific.
November 28, 2013
The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) approved 18 draft resolutions today, including one on “The right to privacy in the digital age”. “Through this resolution, the General Assembly establishes, for the first time, that human rights should prevail irrespective of the medium and therefore need to be protected both offline and online,” Brazil’s representative […]The post UN General Assembly Third Committee Approves Text Titled ‘Right to Privacy in the Digital Age’ appeared first on beSpacific.
Report on the findings by the EU Co-chairs of the ad hoc EU-US Working Group on Data Protection. Council of the European Union, Brussels, 27 November 2013. “Under US law, a number of legal bases allow large-scale collection and processing, for foreign intelligence purposes, including counter-terrorism, of personal data that has been transferred to the US […]The post Report on the findings by EU Co-chairs of ad hoc EU-US Working Group on Data Protection appeared first on beSpacific.
Liz Bury – The Guardian: “Survey finds that 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents - Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or downloading the latest mobile apps, so it comes as a surprise to learn that 62% prefer print books to ebooks. Asked about preferences for physical […]The post Young adult readers ‘prefer printed to ebooks appeared first on beSpacific.
Intelligence Authorization Act for 2014. H.R. 113-227. November 25, 2013.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed Mr. Rogers of Michigan, from the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, submitted the following. HR 113-227 REPORT together with MINORITY VIEWS [To accompany H.R. 3381] [Including cost […]The post House Report on the Intelligence Authorization Act for 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
November 27, 2013
U.S. CURRENCY - Coin Inventory Management Needs Better Performance Information, GAO-14-110, Oct 28, 2013 HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF - Improved Guidance on Designing Internal Control Plans Could Enhance Oversight of Disaster Funding, GAO-14-58, Nov 26, 2013 NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS - Actions Taken by FEMA to Implement Select Provisions of the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, GAO-14-99R, Nov 26, 2013 SMALL BUSINESS […]The post New GAO Reports – U.S. Currency, Hurricane Sandy Relief, National Preparedness, Small Business appeared first on beSpacific.
Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments - Benjamin Collins, Analyst in Labor Policy; Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. November 22, 2013 “The term “pay gap” refers to the difference in earnings between male and female workers. While the pay gap has narrowed since the 1960s, female workers with a strong attachment to the labor force earn about 77 to 81 cents […]The post CRS – Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments appeared first on beSpacific.
Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments - Benjamin Collins, Analyst in Labor Policy; Jody Feder, Legislative Attorney. November 22, 2013 “The term “pay gap” refers to the difference in earnings between male and female workers. While the pay gap has narrowed since the 1960s, female workers with a strong attachment to the labor force earn about 77 to 81 cents for […]The post Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments appeared first on beSpacific.
Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits - Julie M. Whittaker, Specialist in Income Security; Katelin P. Isaacs, Analyst in Income Security. November 20, 2013 “Various benefits may be available to unemployed workers to provide income support. When eligible workers lose their jobs, the Unemployment Compensation (UC) program may provide up to 26 weeks of income support through the payment of regular […]The post CRS – Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits 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 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
“The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program develops toxicologic assessments of environmental contaminants. IRIS assessments provide hazard identification and dose-response assessment information. The information is then used in conjunction with exposure information to characterize risks to public health and may be used in risk-based decision making, in regulatory actions, and […]The post Critical Aspects of EPA’s IRIS Assessment of Inorganic Arsenic appeared first on beSpacific.
November 26, 2013
News release: “Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $36.0 billion in the third quarter of 2013, a $1.5 billion (3.9 percent) decline from the $37.5 billion in profits that the industry reported a year earlier. This is the first time in 17 quarters […]The post FDIC-Insured Institutions Earned $36 Billion in the Third Quarter of 2013 appeared first on beSpacific.
“Stephen J. Sedensky III, State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, today released his report on the investigation into the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a private residence in Newtown. Follow this link to download the State’s Attorney’s Report Follow this link to download the Appendix to the State’s […]The post Danbury State’s Attorney Releases Report on Sandy Hook Investigation appeared first on beSpacific.
A Way With Words: The Economics of the Fed’s Press Conference, by Fernando Duarte and Carlo Rosa “When central bankers speak, traders, journalists, and politicians listen with bated breath. The marked asset price reaction to Chairman Bernanke’s June press conference confirms the importance of his comments in the marketplace. The chart…shows the dynamics of U.S. asset […]The post Research – The Economics of the Fed’s Press Conference appeared first on beSpacific.
Making Nutritional Information Digestible: Effects of a Receipt-Based Intervention on Restaurant Purchases, by Kelly Bedard and Peter J. Kuhn. NBER Working Paper No. 19654, November 2013 “We study the effects of receipts that include personalized ordering suggestions designed to reduce fat and calorie consumption on purchasing behavior at a restaurant chain. We find that customers, in the aggregate, made most of […]The post Making Nutritional Information Digestible appeared first on beSpacific.
The Diagnosis Difference by Susannah Fox, Maeve Duggan, Nov 26, 2013 “45% of U.S. adults report that they live with one or more chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, but also less common conditions like lupus and cancer. They are more likely than other adults to be older, to have faced a medical emergency in the […]The post Pew – The Diagnosis Difference appeared first on beSpacific.
Chronicle of Higher Education: ”Moody’s Investors Service on Monday issued a negative outlook for higher education in 2014—which should come as a surprise to no one. The bond-rating agency’s report last week, a survey of net-tuition revenues, was grim, and its outlook for higher education in recent years has been mostly bleak. This year Moody’s cited a weak economy that will “affect […]The post Moody’s Issues a Negative Outlook for Higher Education appeared first on beSpacific.
“To mark World AIDS Day 2013 on Dec. 1, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing today two data visualizations that depict the impact that HIV/AIDS has made on the population of 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The Census Bureau estimates and projects population numbers, population growth rate, fertility, life expectancy and infant mortality worldwide. In the […]The post Data Visualization: HIV/AIDS Impact in Africa appeared first on beSpacific.
Addressing risks to financial stability - Speech by Jaime Caruana, General Manager of the Bank for International Settlements, to the 49th SEACEN Governors’ Conference and High-level Seminar, Kathmandu, Nepal, 21 November 2013 “Regulatory reforms, in particular more capital and new liquidity buffers for banks, have made the financial system more resilient. Nonetheless, regulation typically cannot keep up with […]The post Speech – Addressing risks to financial stability appeared first on beSpacific.