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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Appropriations Bill May Finally Make Congressional Research Reports Public

POGO: “The Project On Government Oversight has long advocated for free and open public access to the publicly funded Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, and is happy to say that the day anyone can access a CRS report may soon be here. In the proposed appropriations for the CRS released yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee directed the CRS to “make available to the public, all non-confidential reports,” and because the mandate is in a Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, these reports are only one successful House vote away from being publicly released…”

Health, United States annual report on trends in health statistics – 2016

“CDC today released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress. This year’s report features a Chartbook on Long-Term Trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years. From declines in cigarette… Continue Reading

Trump’s Election Integrity Commission seeks personal info on all US voters back to 2006

Washington Post – “The chair of President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission has penned a letter to all 50 states requesting their full voter-role data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of potentially every voter in the state. In the letter, a copy… Continue Reading

CRS – Reception and Placement of Refugees in the United States

Reception and Placement of Refugees in the United States, Andorra Bruno. Specialist in Immigration Policy, June 21, 2017. “The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which is managed by the Department of State (DOS), resettles refugees from around the world in the United States. Once a refugee case is approved for U.S. resettlement, the USRAP determines… Continue Reading

Google muscles in on Microsoft using Chromebooks and Google Earth Voyager

Google: “…Recently we announced a new browser-based version of Google Earth that makes it easier than ever for teachers to bring the world into the classroom using Chromebooks. Today we are excited to introduce 10 new stories in Google Earth Voyager, our new storytelling platform, built specifically for the classroom. We collaborated with National Geographic… Continue Reading

Study maps areas of high impact due to climate change in US

Where climate change will hit the U.S. hardest – “Left unmitigated, rising temperatures from climate change will increase inequality and mortality rates in the U.S. by the end of the 21st century, a team of economists and climate scientists warn in a study published today. It’s the first to project the impacts of climate change… Continue Reading

CRS – Global Research and Development Expenditures Fact Sheet

Global Research and Development Expenditures: Fact Sheet, John F. Sargent Jr., Specialist in Science and Technology Policy. June 16, 2017. “The United States emerged as a global leader in science and technology in the second half of the 20th century. During this period, U.S. public and private investments in R&D grew rapidly and helped to… Continue Reading

CRS report – Reception and Placement of Refugees in the United States

Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News:  “As of May 31, more than 46,000 refugees from around the world were received in the United States in FY 2017 and were settled in every state except for Wyoming, a new report from the Congressional Research Service found. Though that is a small number compared with the hundreds of thousands… Continue Reading

DIA releases new report – Russia Military Power 2017

Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News: “The Defense Intelligence Agency yesterday launched a new series of unclassified publications on foreign military threats to the United States with a report on the Russian military. “The resurgence of Russia on the world stage — seizing the Crimean Peninsula, destabilizing eastern Ukraine, intervening on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad,… Continue Reading

GPO Issues Digital Release of Historical Congressional Record for the 1950s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1951-1960 on GPO’s govinfo (www.govinfo.gov). This release covers debates and proceedings of the 82nd thru the 86th Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The final two years of… Continue Reading

Google News Redesigned

“Every day people come to Google News for a trusted view of the world. It’s there for everything from moments of political change to gripping sports events to daily local news. To make news more accessible and easier to navigate, we redesigned the desktop website with a renewed focus on facts, diverse perspectives, and more… Continue Reading

Survey of States With the Best and Worst Economies

The States With the Best and Worst Economies Samuel Stebbins, Thomas C. Frohlich, Evan Comen and Michael B. Sauter,June 27, 2017: “Is your state a drag on the American economy or a boon? The 50 states — as diverse as they are — each contribute something to the U.S. economy. Because of their diversity, state economies… Continue Reading