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Daily Archives: March 28, 2017

European Data Protection Supervisor – New Website

“Our website has undergone quite a makeover! With new features and drop down menus, we present you our new look website to share information about who we are and what we do. Read how the EDPS is organised under the About EDPS section; for detailed information on our data protection work, Ethics, IPEN, Big Data and more, go to our Data Protection section. Look in our Press & Publications section for our newsletter, blog, press releases, press kit and speeches. Happy browsing!”

Youth Banking Resource Center

“The FDIC is sharing resources to encourage banks and schools to work together to improve the financial skills and experiences of youth. Financial education and school-based savings programs introduce young people to financial services at an early age, while helping youth learn how to manage their money more effectively. Youth savings programs not only encourage… Continue Reading

Statement on ‘Bringing Justice Closer to the People: Examining Ideas for Restructuring the Ninth Circuit’

Hellman, Arthur D., Statement on ‘Bringing Justice Closer to the People: Examining Ideas for Restructuring the Ninth Circuit’ (March 16, 2017). Hearing Before the House Committee on the Judiciary — Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, March 16, 2017; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938699 “Congress… Continue Reading

Measuring What Matters: Diversity at Uber

News release: “Last week we laid out the three things we must improve to make Uber a truly great company: leadership and accountability; our relationship with drivers; and our culture and organization. While there are many things we need to change about our culture, I believe that making Uber a more diverse and inclusive workplace… Continue Reading

New Web Service Accurately Counts Item Downloads from Institutional Repositories

OBrien, Patrick, Kenning Arlitsch, Jeff Mixter, Jonathan Wheeler and Leila Belle Sterman, “RAMP – the Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal: A prototype web service that accurately counts item downloads from institutional repositories,” Library Hi Tech, Vol. 35 Iss: 1 (2017): 144–158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0122. “Researchers from Montana State University, OCLC Research, the University of New Mexico and the Association of Research Libraries… Continue Reading

Implementation of IT Reform Law and Related Initiatives Can Help Improve Acquisitions

Information Technology: Implementation of IT Reform Law and Related Initiatives Can Help Improve Acquisitions, GAO-17-494T: Published: Mar 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2017. “The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) was enacted in December 2014 to improve federal information technology (IT) acquisitions and can help federal agencies reduce duplication and achieve cost savings.… Continue Reading

A New Home for Google Open Source

Google Open Source Blog: “Free and open source software has been part of our technical and organizational foundation since Google’s early beginnings. From servers running the Linux kernel to an internal culture of being able to patch any other team’s code, open source is part of everything we do. In return, we’ve released millions of… Continue Reading

The Financial Action Task Force: An Overview

The Financial Action Task Force: An Overview, James K. Jackson, Specialist in International Trade and Finance, March 23, 2017. [CRS report via FAS] “The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, or the 9/11 Commission, recommended that tracking terrorist financing “must remain front and center in U.S. counter terrorism efforts” (see The 9/11… Continue Reading

Collective Bargaining and the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute: Selected Legal Issues

CRS – Collective Bargaining and the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute: Selected Legal Issues, Jon O. Shimabukuro, Legislative Attorney, March 21, 2017. [via FAS] “Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, commonly referred to as the “Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute” (FSLMRS), recognizes the right of most federal employees to engage in… Continue Reading

A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense – Issues for Congress

CRS – A Shift in the International Security Environment: Potential Implications for Defense–Issues for Congress, updated March 23, 2017. Ronald O’Rourke, Specialist in Naval Affairs. “World events have led some observers, starting in late 2013, to conclude that the international security environment has undergone a shift from the familiar post-Cold War era of the past… Continue Reading

Congressional Redistricting Law: Background and Recent Court Rulings

CRS – Congressional Redistricting Law: Background and Recent Court Rulings, March 23, 2017. [via FAS] “In addition to various state processes, the legal framework for congressional redistricting involves constitutional and federal statutory requirements.Interpreting these requirements, in a series of cases and evolving jurisprudence, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued rulings that have significantly shaped how… Continue Reading