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April 15, 2015

“The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining the Commission’s preliminary view that the company is abusing a dominant position, in breach of EU antitrust rules, by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages in the European Economic Area (EEA). The Commission is concerned that […]

April 14, 2015

Membership of the 114th Congress: A Profile. Jennifer E. Manning, Information Research Specialist. March 31, 2015. “This report presents a profile of the membership of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, […]
Though visits, book circulation and program attendance are on the rise, New York City’s public libraries are open fewer hours than the state’s largest counties and trail behind cities throughout the nation – Center for Urban Funding, April 2015. “An assessment of posted library hours that we conducted over the past few months reveals that […]
2015 Annual Report: Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Other Financial Benefits, GAO-15-404SP: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. “In its 2015 report, GAO presents 66 actions that the executive branch or Congress could take to improve efficiency and effectiveness across 24 areas that span a broad range […]
sAir Traffic Control: FAA Needs a More Comprehensive Approach to Address Cybersecurity As Agency Transitions to NextGen, GAO-15-370: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. Broadcast Exclusivity Rules: Effects of Elimination Would Depend on Other Federal Actions and Industry Response, GAO-15-441: Published: Apr 14, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2015. F-35 Joint Strike […]
Terrorist Databases and the No Fly List: Procedural Due Process and Hurdles to Litigation. Jared P. Cole, Legislative Attorney. April 2, 2015. “In order to protect national security, the government maintains various terrorist watchlists, including the “No Fly” list, which contains the names of individuals to be denied boarding on commercial airline flights. Travelers on […]
IMF – Uneven Growth: Short- and Long-Term Factors – April 2015 “Global growth remains moderate, with uneven prospects across the main countries and regions. It is projected to be 3.5 percent in 2015, in line with forecasts in the January 2015 World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update. Relative to last year, the outlook for advanced economies […]
SPECIAL REPORT: 50 Years of Moore’s Law The glorious history and inevitable decline of one of technology’s greatest winning streaks, IEEE Spectrum – “Fifty years ago this month, Gordon Moore forecast a bright future for electronics. His ideas were later distilled into a single organizing principle—Moore’s Law—that has driven technology forward at a staggering clip. […]
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Three Central American countries — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — account for over a third (38 percent) of removal orders sought by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so far this fiscal year, according to the latest Immigration Court data covering the period through the end of March 2015. During […]

April 13, 2015

ALA News: “According to The State of America’s Libraries Report released today by the American Library Association (ALA), academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life […]
The London Manifesto: “Fair copyright across Europe is essential. Without it we will fail to adequately support research, innovation and growth, and hinder the ambition for a digital single market. With it we will better foster knowledge across borders, meet the needs of disabled people and take full advantage of the digital age. We are […]
Kaiser Fact Sheet: “President Obama’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 federal budget request, released on February 2, 2015, includes an estimated $31.7 billion for combined domestic and global HIV efforts. Domestic HIV is funded at $25.3 billion and global at $6.3 billion in the request.  The FY 2016 request represents a 3.1% increase ($956 million) over […]
NOAA: This is the first in a series of stories over the coming weeks looking at various topics related to the response, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment science, restoration efforts, and the future of the Gulf of Mexico.Oil spills raise all sorts of scientific questions, and NOAA’s job is to help answer them.  We have a […]
College-Educated Workers Now Produce More Than Half of the Nation’s Annual Economic Value, According to New Georgetown University study: “The findings contradict the fear that good manufacturing jobs of the past are being replaced with low – paid, dead-end service jobs (Washington, D.C., April 13, 2015) – College-educated workers make up only 32 percent of […]
IBM Software Thought Leadership White Paper. Financial malware explained – Explore the lifecycle of fraudulent transactions and how to take action against emerging threats. December 2014. “Financial malware—that is, malicious software designed to enable fraudulent transactions—is a growing concern for line-of- business executives, heads of retail and commercial banking, readers of global compliance operations, and […]
“H.R. 1560 would establish within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) a center that would be responsible for analyzing and integrating information from the intelligence community related to cyber threats. In addition, the bill would require the government to establish procedures for sharing information and data on cyber threats between the federal […]
Race to the Top: Education Could Better Support Grantees and Help Them Address Capacity Challenges, GAO-15-295: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015. Race to the Top: Survey of School Districts’ Capacity to Implement Reform (GAO-15-317SP, April 2015), an E-supplement to GAO-15-29, GAO-15-317SP: Published: Apr 13, 2015. Publicly Released: Apr 13, 2015. Race […]
Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Papers – Watering a Lemon Tree: Heterogeneous Risk Taking and Monetary Policy Transmission. April 2015   Number 724. Dong Beom Choi, Thomas M. Eisenbach, and Tanju Yorulmazer. “We build a general equilibrium model with financial frictions that impede the effectiveness of monetary policy in stimulating output. Agents with heterogeneous productivity can increase […]
Federal Reserve Bank of New York /staff Reports – Nonlinearity and Flight to Safety in the  Risk-Return Trade-Off for Stocks and Bonds. April 2015. Number 723. Tobias Adrian, Richard Crump, and Erik Vogt. “We document a highly significant, strongly nonlinear dependence of stock and bond returns on past equity-market volatility as measured by the VIX. We propose a […]

April 12, 2015

Elaine Maag – Urban Institute, April 09, 2015 “The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides substantial assistance to low-income working families with children. The credit encourages work for many, though may reduce work or wages for some. Counted in the poverty measure, the EITC would have been credited with lifting 6.5 million people out of […]