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Daily Archives: March 20, 2017

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce:

Information Technology and the U.S. Workforce: Where Are We and Where Do We Go from Here? (2017): “Recent years have yielded significant advances in computing and communication technologies, with profound impacts on society. Technology is transforming the way we work, play, and interact with others. From these technological capabilities, new industries, organizational forms, and business… Continue Reading

The Happiest and Unhappiest Countries in the World

Gallup – “Last summer, Brexit shocked the world. Few global experts saw it coming. In their defense, most economic indicators didn’t point to a political upheaval. Gross domestic product in the U.K. was growing at about 2%, and unemployment had dropped to 4.9%. From a data perspective, things seemed OK. Another metric, however, showed something… Continue Reading

Paper – Environmental Personhood

Gordon, Gwendolyn, Environmental Personhood (March 7, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2935007 “Environmental personhood is the nascent notion of designating parts of nature as legal persons entitled to independent regard and consideration. Several jurisdictions, including areas in the United States, have developed versions of legal regimes granting rights directly to nature in and for itself. Protecting… Continue Reading

Paper – The Role of Human Rights in EU-US Bilateral Relations

Unger, Anna and Wallace, Stuart and Ziegler, Tamas Dezso, The Role of Human Rights in EU-US Bilateral Relations (August 31, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2935031 “This report aims to analyse the different dimensions and levels of EU-US relations, to survey the instruments the EU uses in this relation and to provide some recommendations for future… Continue Reading

NYT – UK to Start Brexit on March 29 by Invoking Article 50

Stephen Castle, The New York Times: “The British government said on Monday that it intended to formally notify the European Union on March 29 of its intention to leave the bloc, putting the country on track to complete a withdrawal by early 2019. David Davis, the cabinet minister responsible for negotiating the exit, said that… Continue Reading

NY Fed – Consumers Seeking Credit Feel Increasingly Discouraged

“The SCE Credit Access Survey queries respondents every four months about their experiences and expectations of applying for and obtaining credit. February results show an increase in the unmet credit demand of U.S. consumers compared with October levels. The proportion of consumers feeling “discouraged” when seeking credit rose. Both application rates and rejection rates declined.… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board’s website has a new design

“The Federal Reserve Board’s website has a new design and additional features to improve the experience of visitors seeking information about the Federal Reserve and its actions. Visitors will now find the site easier to view on mobile devices, and restructured navigation menus make information easier to find. The News & Events section now includes… Continue Reading

Memo in CREST shows Agency considered employing semantics to get around ban on destroying damaging material

Muckrock report and documents: “Declassified records recently unearthed in CREST show the CIA waffled on a promise to obey the law in destroying records of Agency’s illegal activities and wrongdoing In 1976, Congresswoman Bella Abzug wrote to CIA Director George H.W. Bush about the existing moratorium on the destruction of CIA files. As the Chairwoman… Continue Reading

Women’s and Men’s Earnings by Occupation From the 2015 American Community Survey

“In honor of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Census Bureau released today a graphic showing median earnings by detailed occupation from the 2015 American Community Survey. The occupation table shows the male-to-female earnings ratio for full-time, year-round workers in the past 12 months. Internet address: www.census.gov/people/io/.” Continue Reading

Antibiotic Resistance: More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals

Antibiotic Resistance: More Information Needed to Oversee Use of Medically Important Drugs in Food Animals, GAO-17-192: Published: Mar 2, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2017. “Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are one of the biggest threats to global health, sickening an estimated 2 million people in the United States each year. There is strong evidence that some resistance… Continue Reading

Federal Telework: Additional Controls Could Strengthen Telework Program Compliance and Data Reporting

Federal Telework: Additional Controls Could Strengthen Telework Program Compliance and Data Reporting, GAO-17-247: Published: Feb 17, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2017. “How are federal agencies managing their 400,000+ teleworkers? The 4 agencies we reviewed (Ed, GSA, Labor & SEC) generally met the reporting requirements in the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. However we found… Continue Reading

March is Women’s History Month

“The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.” Thank you, this month, and every month,… Continue Reading