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February 25, 2015

16:10
Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers: “The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with […]
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“Nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues – a surprising finding in the face of soaring consumer demand for food without agricultural chemicals. EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce calculates that USDA tests found a total 165 different pesticides on thousands of […]
15:58
African Growth and Opportunity Act: Lessons Learned from Other Countries’ Trade Arrangements with Sub-Saharan Africa, GAO-15-393R: Published: Feb 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2015. DOE Real Property: Better Data and a More Proactive Approach Needed to Facilitate Property Disposal, GAO-15-305: Published: Feb 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 2015. Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request: […]

February 24, 2015

18:09
FDIC news release: “Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) reported aggregate net income of $36.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, down $2.9 billion (7.3 percent) from earnings of $39.8 billion that the industry reported a year earlier. The decline in earnings was mainly attributable to a […]
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de Paula, Aureo and Hong, Harrison G. and Singh, Vishal, Hoard Behavior During Commodity Bubbles (February 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10441. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2569270 “Hoarding by large speculators is often blamed for contributing to commodity market panics and bubbles. Using supermarket scanner data on US household purchases during the 2008 Rice […]
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Eijffinger, Sylvester C. W. and Mahieu, Ronald and Raes, Louis, Hawks and Doves at the FOMC (February 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10442. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2569271 “In this paper we estimate ideal points of Bank Presidents and Board Governors at the FOMC. We use stated preferences from FOMC transcipts and estimate a […]
17:56
Office of Financial Research (OFR) Working Paper Series, February 11, 2015: “Financial instability often results from positive feedback loops intrinsic to the operation of the financial system. The challenging task of identifying, modeling, and analyzing the causes and effects of such feedback loops requires a proper systems engineering perspective lacking in the remedies proposed in […]
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Harvard Business Review – Henrik Bresman, February 23, 2015: “As more Millennials assume leadership positions around the world, organizations are becoming increasingly concerned with how to ensure their success. However, most existing research on those born between the early ‘80s and late ‘90s is skewed toward understanding what a narrow, typically Western, population wants. Conclusions […]
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“Five federal financial regulatory agencies today issued guidance to encourage federally insured depository institutions to offer youth savings programs to expand the financial capability of young people. The guidance also provides answers to frequently asked questions related to the establishment of these programs. Many financial institutions already collaborate with schools to establish programs that allow […]
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“This story is part of Gallup’s annual “State of the States” series, which reveals state-by-state differences on political, economic, religion and well-being measures.” “WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014, reaching the top spot for the first time since Gallup and Healthways began tracking well-being in 2008. West […]
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Kagan Media Appraisals: “Our assignment was to prepare an analysis of the financial capacity and competitive appetite of the wireless carriers, in particular AT&T and Verizon, to fully participate in back-to-back AWS-3 and 600 MHz Incentive auctions, assuming a 2016 start date for the 600 MHz Incentive Auction. This report is for informational purposes only […]
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“The MPI aims to deepen our understanding of economic prosperity. Housed at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, MPI’s mission is to develop a new understanding of, and inform, the broader public conversation about shared and sustainable prosperity that should be an essential part of democratic capitalism.” “Americans have become increasingly sorted over […]
16:43
Acquisition Reform: DOD Should Streamline Its Decision-Making Process for Weapon Systems to Reduce Inefficiencies, GAO-15-192: Published: Feb 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2015. Drug-Impaired Driving: Additional Support Needed for Public Awareness Initiatives, GAO-15-293: Published: Feb 24, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2015.
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“In December 2014, Facebook announced that it would revise its Data Use Policy and Terms of Service. At the request of the Belgian Privacy Commission, ICRI/CIR (KU Leuven), in cooperation with iMinds-SMIT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) conducted an extensive analysis of Facebook’s revised policies and terms. Facebook rolled out its new policies and terms on January […]
16:06
Eurofound (2015), Violence and harassment in European workplaces: Extent, impacts and policies. Dublin. “This report presents the extent of workplace violence and harassment in the EU28 and Norway. It is based on national – level surveys conducted between 2009 and 2013, as well as on results from Eurofound’s fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS). It […]

February 23, 2015

19:12
Prepared for the Indiana University Maurer School of Law by Hanover Research | February 2015 “This paper examines cyberlaw as a growing field of legal practice and the roles that lawyers play in helping companies respond to cybersecurity threats. Drawing on interviews with lawyers, consultants, and academics knowledgeable in the intersection of law and cybersecurity, […]
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Via GovFresh, GSA’s announcement – “The team communication platform, Slack, is a collaborative working area. The tool has an array of features – one-on-one messaging, private groups, persistent chat rooms, direct messaging – and is available as both an app and web platform. Users are able to search all of the content in a team’s […]
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“Determined and systemic action to implement a comprehensive reform agenda across a wide range of policy areas offers governments the best chance to boost weak demand, restore healthy economic growth, create jobs and ensure that the gains are broadly shared across society, according to the OECD’s latest Going for Growth report.  The report assesses and compares […]
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POGO: “More than 30 years after the $7,600 coffee pot and the $436 hammer, weapon spare parts overcharges remain the clearest example of how the Department of Defense (DoD) wastes billions in taxpayer dollars. Numerous audits by the DoD Inspector General (IG) have unearthed Boeing overcharging up to 177,000 percent for spare parts, Sikorsky charging […]
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“Injuries and illnesses to bus drivers endanger not only their lives but also the lives of their passengers. In 2013, approximately 5,780 transit and intercity bus drivers experienced a days-away-from-work injury or illness while on the job. This article explores occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities to bus drivers and urban transit workers and examines how […]