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Daily Archives: January 11, 2017

GPO Begins Digital Release Of Historical Federal Register, 1990-1994 Available Today

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) start the digital release of historic issues of the Federal Register with issues from 1990-1994. The complete collection of 1990s Federal Registers are now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. This project will digitize a total of 14,587 individual issues, dating back to the first Federal Register in 1936. Nearly two million pages are being digitized. The 1990s era of Federal Registers cover the Administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and include such highlights as:

  • Nutrition Labeling Regulations
  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife/Plants Regulations
  • FEMA notices on changes to Hotel/Motel Fire Safety Act
  • 1991 Federal employee reported gifts from foreign Governments

“The digital versions of the Federal Register will give the public easy access on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers to the historic rules and regulations of our Government dating back to the Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt,” said GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks. “Today’s release is a milestone for the long-term relationship between the between GPO and the Office of the Federal Register in providing the American public with regulatory information in multiple platforms.”

MSPB – Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service

Preventing Nepotism in the Federal Civil Service – A Report to the President and the Congress of the United States by the Merit Systems Protection Board June 2016. “…As explained in this report, new political appointees whose backgrounds do not include prior public service may be unfamiliar with the rules for the civil service, including… Continue Reading

NPS – Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science Climate Change Response Program, December 2016. “The purpose of this Strategy is to set out the broad scope of cultural resources in relation to climate change and identify major directions of action in cultural resources and climate… Continue Reading

Valuing Climate Changes: Updating Estimation of the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

“The social cost of carbon (SC-CO2) is an economic metric intended to provide a comprehensive estimate of the net damages – that is, the monetized value of the net impacts, both negative and positive – from the global climate change that results from a small (1-metric ton) increase in carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions. Under Executive Orders… Continue Reading

Paper – The Foreign Emoluments Clause: Article I, Section 9, Clause

Tillman, Seth Barrett and Teachout, Zephyr, The Foreign Emoluments Clause: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 (August 8, 2016). Zephyr Teachout & Seth Barrett Tillman, The Foreign Emoluments Clause: Article I, Section 9, Clause 8, in The Interactive Constitution (National Constitution Center 2016); Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2820288. Available for download at… Continue Reading

Brookings Paper – The Emoluments Clause: Its Text, Meaning, and Application to Donald J. Trump

Brookings Paper – The Emoluments Clause: Its Text, Meaning, and Application to Donald J. Trump, December 16, 2016. Norman L. Eisen, Richard Painter and Laurence H. Tribe. Introduction – “Foreign interference in the American political system was among the gravest dangers feared by the Founders of our nation and the Framers of our Constitution. The… Continue Reading

Report – changing face of business and the part artificial intelligence has to play

Accenture via World Economic Fortune: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the single most disruptive technology the world has seen since the Industrial Revolution. Granted, there is a lot of hype out there on AI, along with doomsday headlines and scary movies. But the reality is that it will positively and materially change how we engage… Continue Reading

Office of Government Ethics – status of presidential transition

“The plan the [president-elect] has announced doesn’t meet the standards that the best of his nominees are meeting and that every president in the last four decades have met.We can’t risk the perception that government leaders would use their official positions for professional profit. Stepping back from running his business is meaningless from a conflict… Continue Reading