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Daily Archives: March 9, 2017

Chaffetz, Cummings Urge Compliance with Federal Recordkeeping Laws

Letter to White House and agencies requests information on procedures for proper preservation – “House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to the White House and 55 federal agencies requesting information on how each entity is complying with the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and… Continue Reading

Welcome to the New InfrastructureReportCard.org

“Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report  card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.” Continue Reading

Mapping the Global Legal Landscape of Blockchain Technologies

Maupin, Julie A., Mapping the Global Legal Landscape of Blockchain Technologies (February 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2930077 “Blockchain technologies are beginning to push a broad array of global economic activities away from centralized and toward decentralized market structures. Governments should tackle the new regulatory conundrums of an increasingly disintermediated global economy by focusing on… Continue Reading

Hawaii v. Trump

“Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin announced today that the state of Hawaii has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order in its federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump, following the new executive order banning travel from six Muslim-majority nations issued earlier this week. Today’s filings ask the court to declare that sections 2 and… Continue Reading

CRS Report – News and Transcript Resources

News and Transcript Resources: Fact Sheet, Laura L. Monagle, Technical Information Specialist March 2, 2017 [via FAS] “Searching for news items can sometimes be challenging. Despite the apparent ease of free online resources like Google News, there is a significant amount of news coverage (especially older or fee-based content) that is not freely available online,… Continue Reading

CIA Asserts State Secrets Privilege in Torture Case

Via Secrecy News, Steven Aftergood – please read the entire posting here: “The Central Intelligence Agency formally asserted the state secrets privilege this week in order to prevent disclosure of seven categories of information concerning its post-9/11 interrogation program, and to prevent the deposition of three CIA officers concerning the program. The move was first… Continue Reading

The Other Animal-Welfare Documents APHIS Deleted

Follow up to previous postings, Animal welfare information wiped from USDA website and Some animal welfare data removed from USDA site is restored – via AltGov2 (kudos and thanks to Russ Kick and note that AltGov 2 is another new website project by Russ) “They did it again. At the beginning of February, the USDA’s… Continue Reading

ALA Sends Out Press Release About National Library Week

There’s a lot going on….“Libraries Transform:” Join us in celebrating National Library Week 2017 (April 9-15) Get ready for 2017’s National Library Week (April 9-15)! During this week and throughout April, U.S. libraries of all types host special events to highlight the unique role libraries play in people’s lives and to promote library use and… Continue Reading

AHIP Infographic – Where Does Your Premium Dollar Go?

This infographic, Where Does Your Premium Dollar Go? by the America’s Health Insurance Plans association, actually refutes cost savings claims of the newly introduced legislative replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – referred to as Obamacare. Continue Reading

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch Nominee to be Associate Justice for Supreme Court of the United States

Senate Judiciary Committee – Judge Neil M. Gorsuch Nominee to be Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Questionnaire & other Nomination Materials – This link will be updated as material is received. Instructions for Media Covering the Hearing “On January 31, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced… Continue Reading

DOJ 2016 Litigation and Compliance Report

“Yesterday OIP posted the Department’s 2016 Litigation and Compliance Report. In accordance with the FOIA, the Department submitted this Report to Congress and the President detailing our efforts to encourage agency compliance with the FOIA, as well as a listing of all FOIA litigation cases received and decided in the prior calendar year. The report… Continue Reading

The 100 Best Companies to Work For: Why They Matter

Fortune – The 100 Best Companies to Work For: Why They Matter:”Since 1998, Fortune has been publishing a list of employees’ 100 favorite companies in the country. The result has been a two-decade tour de force showcasing industry-leading benefits, like Adobe’s six-month paid maternity leave, and mind-bending perks, like Publix’s holiday bonus of up to… Continue Reading