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April 17, 2015

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3 Key success factors for Major Programs that Leverage IT — The “7 – S for Success” Framework “Any major program, project, or transformation involving information technology (IT) brings great potential for positive change and benefits, but also risks that the program will not produce the outcomes envisioned. Such risks can be introduced due to […]
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“State government tax revenue increased 2.2 percent, from $847.1 billion in fiscal year 2013 to $865.8 billion in 2014, the fourth consecutive increase, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections. General sales and gross receipts taxes drove most of the revenue growth, increasing from $258.9 billion to $271.3 […]
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Mayo Clinic Proceedings – The Problem of Publication-Pollution Denialism, Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, Division of Medical Ethics, Langone Medical Center, New York University, New York, NY, Published Online: April 03, 2015 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2015.02.017 “The world is facing a huge threat from pollution. The scientific community seems unable or unwilling to do anything about the problem […]

April 16, 2015

17:59
Elizabeth Shogren – High Country News – April 14, 2015 – “The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. When the companies pump oil, water from deep in the earth comes up too. This water can […]
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Louisa Quittman is the Director of the Office of Financial Education at the U.S. Treasury Department 4/16/2015 – “As part of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission’s (Commission) efforts to share information and research that can help prepare young people for their financial lives, we recently worked with the Journal of Consumer Affairs to solicit […]
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“GrowthPolicy.org pulls together recent research by Harvard faculty about economic growth. Our goal is to disseminate Harvard research to a broad audience in order to inform debate about the role of policy in achieving stability in our financial systems and shared, sustainable economic prosperity. GrowthPolicy.org is a project of: The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & […]
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“Afshinnekoo et al. describe a city-scale molecular profile of DNA collected from a city’s subway system, public surfaces, and one waterway. These data enable  baseline analysis of bacterial, eukaryotic, and aracheal organisms in the built environment of mass transit and urban life.” Afshinnekoo et al., 2015, CELS 1, 1–15 July 29, 2015.  Highlights: Almost half […]
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Bureau of Land Management: More Information Needed to Implement the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013, GAO-15-394: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Federal Workforce: Preliminary Observations on Strengthening Employee Engagement During Challenging Times, GAO-15-529T: Published: Apr 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2015. Information Technology: Additional OMB and Agency Actions Needed to […]
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Fifth Annual Update on the Retirement Preparedness of the Boomer Generation April 2015 –  Insured Retirement Institute “Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2015 – Each year the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) conducts a survey to measure the retirement preparedness of the Boomer generation. This report, the fifth in the series, summarizes the results of the 2015 […]
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“Current e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Findings from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey show […]
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By David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy:  “The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises […]
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John Metcalfe: “Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone—not counting private properties and parks—there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. […]

April 15, 2015

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Global Commission on Internet Governance -“The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) was established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. In recent deliberations, the Commission discussed the potential for a damaging erosion of trust in the absence of a broad social agreement on norms for […]
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Deloitte – “Global organizations today navigate a “new world of work”—one that requires a dramatic change in strategies for leadership, talent, and human resources. More than 3,300 organizations from 106 countries contributed to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015 survey, assessing the importance of specific talent challenges and their readiness to meet them. This report […]
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EPIC – “Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have convened to rework the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The Act, introduced by Reps. Blackburn and Welch, would require businesses to notify consumers of a data breach “unless there is no reasonable risk of identity theft or financial harm.” The bill would also preempt […]
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Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office 2015 Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer Report to the Attorney General of the United States March 2015. “The Report summarizes the Department’s accomplishments in achieving its strategic goals related to transparency, openness, and implementing FOIA from March 2014 through March 2015…a word about the backlog: As has been […]
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Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions by Federal Reserve District: “Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicate that the economy continued to expand across most regions from mid-February through the end of March. Activity in the Richmond, Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts grew at a moderate pace, while New York, Philadelphia, […]
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Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse? by Juan M. Sánchez and Lijin Zhu in Economic Synopses, 2015, No. 7. St. Louis Fed. “A delinquency rate of 15 percent for all student loan borrowers implies a delinquency rate of 27.3 percent for borrowers with loans in repayment. Over the past decade, the percent of […]
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Amphibious Combat Vehicle Acquisition: Marine Corps Adopts an Incremental Approach, GAO-15-385: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. Export-Import Bank: Status of Actions to Address GAO Recommendations since the Bank’s 2012 Reauthorization, GAO-15-557T: Published: Apr 15, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 2015. National Nuclear Security Administration: Observations on Management Challenges and Steps Taken […]
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“Verizon’s “2015 Data Breach Investigations Report,” released today, reveals that cyberattacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, but that many criminals still rely on decades-old techniques such as phishing and hacking. According to this year’s report, the bulk of the cyberattacks (70 percent) use a combination of these techniques and involve a secondary victim, adding complexity to […]