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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Paper – Government Lawyers in the Trump Administration

Wendel, W. Bradley, Government Lawyers in the Trump Administration (January 31, 2017). Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2906422 “The words and actions of candidate, President-Elect, and now President Donald Trump indicate that this Administration will aggressively seek to use state power with little regard for the rule of law. A… Continue Reading

Paper – Crises and Tax

Blair-Stanek, Andrew, Crises and Tax (March 27, 2017). Duke Law Journal, Vol. 67, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2941772 “How can law best mitigate harm from crises like storms, epidemics, and financial meltdowns? This Article uses the law-and-economics framework of property rules and liability rules to analyze crisis responses across multiple areas of law, focusing particularly… Continue Reading

POGO’s 2017 Baker’s Dozen Wishlist for Congress

“The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has unveiled its biennial list of 13 policy areas ripe for Congressional action. It includes recommendations for legislative fixes to make the federal government more transparent, accountable, and ethical. Called the “Baker’s Dozen,” these are priorities demanding immediate attention by lawmakers who are serious about improving the effectiveness of government and saving taxpayers… Continue Reading

Science – USDA is not posting new animal inspections

Follow up to multiple postings addressed here – Some animal welfare data removed from USDA site is restored – news from Science [Meredith Wadman]  that “the Donald Trump administration appears to have reversed its decision to remove from public sight the results of past government inspections of animal research facilities. But getting hold of new… Continue Reading

2015 American Housing Survey National and Metropolitan Area Public Use File Microdata and Codebook

Today, the U.S. Census Bureau released the microdata and codebook for the 2015 American Housing Survey, which includes the National Public Use File. The release  contains records for the national sample and the 15 largest metropolitan areas, as well as the Metropolitan Public Use File containing records for 10 additional metropolitan areas. Microdata are files… Continue Reading

GAO Reports on WMATA’s SafeTrack Project Management

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Improved Planning of Future Rehabilitation Projects Could Prevent Limitations Identified with SafeTrack, GAO-17-519T: Published: Mar 29, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2017. “The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) planning of SafeTrack did not fully align with leading project management practices. While WMATA generally followed leading practices to coordinate with… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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