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February 2, 2016

“In advance of the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9, the U.S. Census Bureau presents a variety of statistics that give an overall profile of the state’s voting-age population and industries. Statistics include: Voting-age population and estimate of eligible voters (i.e., citizens age 18 and older). Breakdown of voting-age population by race and Hispanic origin […]
“The Census Bureau today released the 2015 Parallel Survey Research File and a detailed health insurance table based on this file. The Parallel Survey uses the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement health insurance questions prior to 2013. See below for tables:

February 1, 2016

“The Berklett Cybersecurity Project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to announce the publication of a new report entitled “Don’t Panic: Making Progress on the ‘Going Dark’ Debate.” The report examines the high-profile debate around government access to encryption, and offers a new perspective gleaned from the discussion, […]
“The Library of Congress today released statistics for fiscal year 2015. Its collection now comprises more than 162 million physical items in a wide variety of formats. The daily business of being the world’s largest library, the home of the U.S. Copyright Office and a supportive agency to the U.S. Congress resulted in the Library […]
Bank for International Settlements (BIS) – Bank standalone credit ratings by Michael R King, Steven Ongena and Nikola Tarashev, Working Papers No 542, February 2016. “We study a unique experiment to examine the importance of rating agencies’ private information for bank shareholders. On July 20, 2011, Fitch Ratings refined their bank standalone ratings, which measure […]
EIA report, February 1, 2016 – “On October 23, 2015, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) detected a major leak at Aliso Canyon, an underground natural gas storage facility located 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The Aliso Canyon storage facility, which has 115 wells, is the second-largest natural gas storage field in the western United […]
“We are excited to announce the launch of a new Budget and Economic Data page on our website. The new page, which can be accessed from our home page, features links to Excel spreadsheets containing budget and economic projections regularly released in CBO’s Budget and Economic Outlook and Updates and in the associated supplemental material. […]
Census – “The roots of National Women’s History Month go back to March 8, 1857, when women from New York City factories staged a protest over working conditions. International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of […]
“This report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a comprehensive comparison between detailed manufacturing product class data and associated import and export data. The data are published on a North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) basis from the 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures, presented with official U.S. export and import merchandise trade statistics.”
State Marijuana Legalization: DOJ Should Document Its Approach to Monitoring the Effects of Legalization, GAO-16-1: Published: Dec 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 2016. “Officials from the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) reported monitoring the effects of state marijuana legalization relative to DOJ policy, generally in two ways. First, […]

January 31, 2016

Presentation by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLC – snipped – Introduction – U.S. prudential regulators (the OCC , Federal Reserve, FDIC, FCA and FHFA) and the CFTC have finalized uncleared swap margin , capital and segregation requirements (the “PR rules,” and “ CFTC rules,” respectively, and the “final rules,” collectively [note – The CFTC has […]
IMF – “The January 2016 issue of the Global Housing Watch Quarterly Update includes: An update of the five core charts: the Global House Price Index, real house price growth , real credit growth, house price-to-income ratio , and house price-to-rent ratio across countries (pages 1 to 6); A summary of a recent conference that […]
“Israel’s economy has strong fundamentals, but the country needs to address productivity, inequality and poverty if it wants to improve well-being and reduce socio-economic divides, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Israel. The release coincided with the fifth anniversary of Israel’s accession to the OECD. The Survey was presented by OECD Secretary-General, Angel […]
“Summary:  On the 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Obama is announcing new actions the Administration is taking to advance equal pay for all workers…The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, is publishing a proposal to annually collect summary pay data by gender, race, and […]
Wiggins, Rosalind Z. and Metrick, Andrew, The Federal Reserve’s Financial Crisis Response E: The Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (January 27, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: “Securitization is a process that allows banks and other lenders to package loans and sell them as bonds called asset-backed securities (ABS), removing them from their balance […]
“Erik T. Mitchell wrote Library Technology Reports (vol. 50, no. 5), “Library Linked Data: Research and Adoption,” published in July 2013. This report, ALA TechSource, Vol 52, No. 1 (2016) revisits the adoption of Linked Data by libraries, archives, and museums, identifying current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field. By looking at services and […]
Via Motherboard – Pssst, Your PGP Is Leaking: “Ever since the Snowden revelations, more and more people have been educating themselves on how to use encryption. One of the first programs people might turn to is Pretty Good Privacy, or PGP, a version of which was thrust further into the public consciousness when it was […]

January 30, 2016

“Strategic, underwriting, cybersecurity, compliance, and interest rate risks lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) supervisory concerns in its Semiannual Risk Perspective for Fall 2015, released [December 15, 2015]. The report noted that the risks associated with underwriting and cybersecurity are increasing, while strategic, compliance, and interest rate risks remain stable. Highlights […]
Kofele-Kale, Ndiva and Gonzaga, Fausto Mendanha, International Law and Domestic Legislation in the Sustainable Management of Transboundary Watercourses: The Case of the Amazon River Basin (2011). Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2011; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 235. Available for download at SSRN: “The […]
DHS Needs to Enhance Capabilities, Improve Planning, and Support Greater Adoption of Its National Cybersecurity Protection System, GAO-16-294: Published: Jan 28, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2016. “What GAO Found The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) is partially, but not fully, meeting its stated system objectives: Intrusion detection: NCPS provides […]