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November 15, 2014

11:56
Pew Data Visualization and report – “The majority of Americans feel their privacy is being challenged in some fundamental ways, our new report finds. Select one of the nine profiles below to see the variety of perspectives our focus group respondents shared about privacy. Their answers are real, but they have been assigned a pseudonym.”

November 14, 2014

19:32
2013 Government Shutdown: Three Departments Reported Varying Degrees of Impacts on Operations, Grants, and Contracts. GAO-15-86, October 15. 2014 Department of Energy: Interagency Review Needed to Update U.S. Position on Enriched Uranium That Can Be Used for Tritium Production. GAO-15-123, October 14. Nuclear Commerce: Additional Actions Needed to Improve DOE’s Export Control Process. GAO-15-124, October […]
19:28
“The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, today announced a free online tool that compiles FDA Warning Letters sent to dietary supplement companies into a searchable database to help industry achieve better regulatory compliance. The database can be used to evaluate FDA’s warning letter […]
19:23
A white paper from Taylor & Francis, Ocotber 2014: “Just a decade ago, social media was seen by many as having little relevance for use in a professional context by librarians. In recent years there has been a seachange in attitudes. Social media is now widely used by librarians to fulfil a variety of objectives. […]
19:11
“The automotive industry is developing innovative technologies and services that promise to deliver substantial benefits and enhance the driving experience. These technologies and services may assist in enhancing safety, reducing the environmental impacts of vehicles, diagnosing vehicle malfunctions, calling for emergency assistance, detecting and preventing vehicle theft, reducing traffic congestion, improving vehicle efficiency and performance, delivering […]
18:45
November 14, 2014 news release – “Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US — representing about 95% of the market — lost about 150,000 net video subscribers in 3Q 2014, compared to a loss of about 25,000 video subscribers in 3Q 2013, and more net losses than […]
12:18
CRS – Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney; Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney. November 7, 2014. “Recent reports that certain entities continued to receive federal government contracts after reincorporating overseas have prompted questions about current and proposed restrictions on contracting with “inverted domestic corporations.” These questions are shaped, in part, by […]
11:48
CRS – Executive Discretion as to Immigration: Legal Overview. Kate M. Manuel, Legislative Attorney; Michael John Garcia, Legislative Attorney. November 10, 2014. “President Obama announced in June 2014 that he would seek “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own” through administrative action. Although the Obama Administration has not yet announced the specific immigration actions […]
11:02
Washington Post: “The Trump National Golf Club in Sterling poses one of the most dangerous threats to the quality of the Potomac River, according to a study published Tuesday by the Potomac Conservancy – 2014 State of the Nation’s River . The club’s move in 2011 to chop down 400 trees in order to give one […]
09:40
“Efforts to conserve parks and protected areas around the world are being aided by Earth observations from space-based sensors operated by NASA and other space agencies as well as commercial providers. A new book released this week highlights how the view from space is being used to protect some of the world’s most interesting, changing, […]

November 13, 2014

19:43
Jackson, Robert J. and Mitts, Joshua, How the SEC Helps Speedy Traders (November 6, 2014). Available for download at at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2520105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2520105 “We show that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s system for disseminating market-moving information in securities filings gives some investors an advantage over others. We describe two systems — the SEC’s file […]
19:07
Reducing excessive variability in banks’ regulatory capital ratios – “The Basel Committee’s report to G20 Leaders sets out the measures the Committee is taking to improve consistency and comparability in bank capital ratios, and thereby to restore confidence in risk-weighted capital ratios. These measures include: policy proposals to revise the standardised (non-modelled) approaches for calculating regulatory […]
19:03
“The Basel standards include a number of national discretions that allow countries to adapt the international standards to reflect differences in the structure and development of financial systems. However, the use of national discretions can also impair comparability across jurisdictions and has been found to be a driver of variability in risk-weighted assets. The Committee […]
19:00
Census Bureau: “An estimated 78.1 percent of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection last year, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, digital divides exist among the nation’s metropolitan areas and demographic groups. These statistics come from the American Community Survey, which collected data on this topic […]
16:47
Chronicle of Higher Education: “This table shows the “sticker prices”—published tuition and required fees—at more than 3,100 colleges and universities for the 2014-15 academic year. Click the institutions’ names to see historical data back to 1998. Related Article: “Forget the Rise in Tuition and Fees, What About Living Expenses?”
16:45
ALTERNATIVES TO DETENTION: Improved Data Collection and Analyses Needed to Better Assess Program Effectiveness, GAO-15-26: Published: Nov 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2014. FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Should Continue to Improve Its Monitoring of Environmental Commitments, GAO-15-161: Published: Nov 6, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 13, 2014. FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: U.S. Partners Are Addressing Labor Commitments, but […]
16:32
“Squeezed R&D budgets in the EU, Japan and US are reducing the weight of advanced economies in science and technology research, patent applications and scientific publications and leaving China on track to be the world’s top R&D spender by around 2019, according to a new OECD report. The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014 finds […]
16:29
Pew Research Journalism Project –  How do different social networking websites stack up when it comes to news? How many people engage with news across multiple social sites? And what are their news consumption habits on traditional platforms? As part of an ongoing examination of social media and news, the Pew Research Center in collaboration […]

November 12, 2014

18:48
New Member Pictorial Directory: 114th Congress. Prepared by the Committee on House Administration – Candice S. Miller, Chairman; Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania, Ranking Minority Member. November 10, 2014.
16:46
Navigating Information Governance – “In addition to managing the growing variety, velocity, and volume of data, they must: Meet information transparency objectives Respond quickly to eDiscovery requirements Manage Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and internal investigations Comply with records management regulations With data requirements skyrocketing, how can organizations leverage information governance to meet this […]