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April 13, 2014

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Report - Governmentwide Strategy on Advancing Pay Equality in the Federal Government, April 2014 “Workforce Changes. We found that during the 20-year period from 1992 to 2012, the Federal Government workforce has undergone dramatic demographic changes. For example, there have been large shifts in the distribution of employees by occupational category and education […] The post OPM report: Government strategy on advancing pay equality in federal government appeared first on beSpacific.
Tom Hamburger, Matea Gold, Washington Post: “…Google — once a lobbying weakling — has come to master a new method of operating in modern-day Washington, where spending on traditional lobbying is rivaled by other, less visible forms of influence. That system includes financing sympathetic research at universities and think tanks, investing in nonprofit advocacy groups across the political […] The post Investigative Report Highlights Google as Washington Lobbying Powerhouse appeared first on beSpacific.

April 12, 2014

Via American Banker: “The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council said Thursday that it expects “financial institutions to incorporate patches on systems and services, applications, and appliances using OpenSSL and upgrade systems as soon as possible to address the vulnerability.” OpenSSL is open-source software that lets web sites encrypt communications with visitors. A vulnerability has been found […] The post Financial Institutions Directed to Respond to Hearbleed Attacks appeared first on beSpacific.
What it Means for Journalism and News Consumers by Mark Jurkowitz: ”At a time when print newsrooms continue to shed jobs, thousands of journalists are now working in the growing world of native digital news—at small non-profits like Charlottesville Tomorrow, big commercial sites like The Huffington Post and other content outlets, like BuzzFeed, that have moved […] The post Pew – The Growth in Digital Reporting appeared first on beSpacific.
The Guardian - A leak of the major findings of a landmark Senate inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees led, on Friday, to intensified pressure on the White House and the CIA to release the inquiry speedily and with a minimum of redactions. The classified study, prepared by the Senate select committee on intelligence, concluded that the […] The post Guardian – CIA and White House under pressure after Senate torture report leaks appeared first on beSpacific.
“U.S. crude oil proved reserves rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2012, increasing by 15% to 33 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves (2012) report released April 10 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves were the highest since 1976, and the […] The post Crude oil reserves at start of 2013 reach highest level since 1976 appeared first on beSpacific.
BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE: Actions Needed to Address Implementation Issues and Estimate Long-Term Costs for European Capabilities, GAO-14-314: Published: Apr 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 2014. “The Department of Defense (DOD) met the presidentially announced time frame to deploy initial ballistic missile defense (BMD) capabilities in Europe under the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) but did not fully identify and […] The post GAO Report – Ballistic Missile Defense appeared first on beSpacific.
News release: “If you’re thinking “Heartbleed” sounds serious, you’re right. But it’s not a health condition. It’s a critical flaw in OpenSSL, a popular software program that’s used to secure websites and other services (like VPN and email). If your company relies on OpenSSL to encrypt data, take steps to fix the problem and limit […] The post FTC- Heartbleed May Cause You Some Heartache appeared first on beSpacific.

April 11, 2014

Fixing the Drain on Retirement Savings - How Retirement Fees Are Straining the Middle Class and What We Can Do about Them, By Jennifer Erickson and David Madland | April 11, 2014 “Less than one in five American workers in private industry has access to defined benefit pension plans. As a result, most Americans’ quality of life during retirement depends on whether […] The post Center for American Progress – Fixing the Drain on Retirement Savings appeared first on beSpacific.
World Economic Outlook (WEO) Recovery Strengthens, Remains Uneven April 2014 “Global activity has broadly strengthened and is expected to improve further in 2014–15, according to the April 2014 WEO, with much of the impetus for growth coming from advanced economies. Although downside risks have diminished overall, lower-than-expected inflation poses risks for advanced economies, there is increased financial […] The post World Economic Outlook April 2014 appeared first on beSpacific.
ComputerWorld: “The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged this week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support, and will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. Microsoft terminated Windows XP support on Tuesday when it shipped the final public patches for the nearly-13-year-old operating system. Without patches for vulnerabilities […] The post IRS misses XP deadline, pays Microsoft millions for patches appeared first on beSpacific.
“On September 30, 1822, Joseph M. Hernández began his service in Congress as Florida’s first Territorial Delegate, pioneering Hispanic-American representation in the American republic. Like other Hispanic Americans in the federal legislature during the 1800s, Hernández advanced from the periphery of the Union to hold a brief term in an office whose core duties were more diplomatic […] The post Hispanic Americans in Congress 1822-2012 appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today published a new report through its Regulatory Architecture Task Force with recommendations to make better sense of the fragmented U.S. financial regulatory system. The report is authored by the task force’s co-chairs Richard H. Neiman, former New York State Superintendent of Banks and member of the congressional Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) oversight panel; and Mark Olson, former […] The post Policy Center: New Recommendations to Streamline U.S. Financial Regulatory Structure appeared first on beSpacific.
“The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice today issued a policy statement on the sharing of cyber-security information that makes clear that properly designed cyber threat information sharing is not likely to raise antitrust concerns and can help secure the nation’s networks of information and resources. The policy statement provides the agencies’ analytical framework for […] The post FTC, DOJ Issue Antitrust Policy Statement on Sharing Cybersecurity Information appeared first on beSpacific.
“The global financial crisis challenged the existing monetary policy paradigm. Before the crisis, dangerous financial imbalances grew under stable output gaps and low inflation. After the bust, a massive stimulus mitigated the downturn, but could not prevent the deepest recession since the Great Depression, as policy rates rapidly hit the zero lower bound (ZLB), and […] The post IMF – Monetary Policy in the New Normal appeared first on beSpacific.

April 10, 2014

AIR FORCE: Actions Needed to Strengthen Management of Unmanned Aerial System Pilots, GAO-14-316: Published: Apr 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 2014: “The Air Force has managed its remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots using some strategic human-capital approaches, such as planning for the different levels of experience that it needs in these pilots. However, it continues to face […] The post New GAO Reports – Air Force, Inspectors General, KC-46 Tanker Aircraft, Presidential Helicopter Acquisition appeared first on beSpacific.
“Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, runs through the seven questions libraries need to address as they consider future services and their role for their patrons and communities, at the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference. He describes how project research about the changing role of technology in people’s lives affects the kinds […] The post The Future of Libraries – 7 Questions Librarians Need to Answer appeared first on beSpacific.
“An individual deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in fiscal year 2013 was most likely to be a Mexican male about 30 years old, according to examination of the latest available agency records obtained from ICE by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University under the Freedom of Information Act. However, the number […] The post ICE Deportation Data by Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship appeared first on beSpacific.
Women’s Work - The Economic Mobility of Women Across a Generation, April 2014. “This study demonstrates that women’s increased labor force participation and earnings have enabled some families to maintain their places on the economic ladder or, particularly among families at the bottom, to move up. But, as was the case for many women in the […] The post Pew – The Economic Mobility of Women Across a Generation appeared first on beSpacific.
Prosperity for All: Ending Extreme Poverty, April 10, 2014 “By 2010, global extreme poverty had declined to 17.7 percent, leaving still more than 1.2 billion people confined to live on less than $1.25 a day. In 1990, an estimated 1.9 billion people (or 36 percent of the world’s population) were living in extreme poverty. To stay on […] The post The World Bank – Ending Extreme Poverty appeared first on beSpacific.