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DATA Act: As Reporting Deadline Nears, Challenges Remain That Will Affect Data Quality

DATA Act: As Reporting Deadline Nears, Challenges Remain That Will Affect Data Quality, GAO-17-496: Published: Apr 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 2017. “Under the DATA Act, federal agencies must improve the federal spending data that are available to the public through the USASpending.gov website. We’ve reviewed the implementation of the DATA Act and found… Continue Reading

Access and analyze health data from US 500 largest cities

“From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the CDC Foundation, comes the 500 Cities Project, an interactive map that allows researchers to quickly access and analyze health data from the 500 largest cities in the United States. Visitors can browse this information, which is… Continue Reading

New Study Reveals Average Income According to Age

New Study Reveals Average Income According to Age (Results Are Alarming) For many people and families, age-based earnings don’t match cost of living.  “As a worker (or anyone, really), you know having some immediate cash flow is a given. But if you’re serious about financial planning, it’s crucial to have an idea of how big… Continue Reading

CRS – Mexico’s Free Trade Agreements

Mexico’s Free Trade Agreements, M. Angeles Villarreal, Specialist in International Trade and Finance, April 25, 2017. [via FAS] “Mexico has had a growing commitment to trade integration and liberalization through the formation of free trade agreements (FTAs) since the 1990s,and its trade policy is among the most open in the world. Mexico’s pursuit of FTAs… Continue Reading

How Libraries Became Public

Barbara Fister, April 26, 2017 – “Of all of our cultural institutions, the public library is remarkable. There are few tax-supported services that are used by people of all ages, classes, races, and religions. I can’t think of any public institutions (except perhaps parks) that are as well-loved and widely used as libraries. Nobody has… Continue Reading

Success of decades-long federal program to clean up Chesapeake Bay threatened by EPA $73M funding cut

Yale Environment 360 – “President Donald Trump’s first budget would eliminate all of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $73 million in annual funding for restoring Chesapeake Bay. It is a radical break with decades of federal policy that ironically comes just when investment in the nation’s largest estuary appears to be paying off. “After decades… Continue Reading

Estimates of U.S. Population by Age and Sex: April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2016

“A downloadable file containing estimates of the resident U.S. population by single year of age and sex is available on the Population and Housing Unit Estimates webpage at <www.census.gov/programs-surveys/popest.html>.  In the coming months, the U.S. Census Bureau will release 2016 population estimates for cities and towns, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin.” Continue Reading

U.S. Manufacturing: Federal Programs Reported Providing Support and Addressing Trends

U.S. Manufacturing: Federal Programs Reported Providing Support and Addressing Trends, GAO-17-240: Published: Mar 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 2017. “GAO identified 58 programs in 11 federal agencies that reported providing support to U.S. manufacturing by fostering innovation through research and development, assisting with trade in the global marketplace, helping job seekers enhance skills and… Continue Reading

2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs

The White House released a one page document pertaining to the new tax reform plan. The the only official document currently available – not including news articles reporting on the plan, is a photograph of the White House document, via @ZekeJMiller. See Tax Policy Center analysis – Trump’s Familiar Tax Plan Would Add Trillions To… Continue Reading

CRS – Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Background and Summary

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Background and Summary. Baird Webel, Coordinator, Specialist in Financial Economics. April 21, 2017. [via FAS] Beginning in 2007, U.S. financial conditions deteriorated, leading to the near-collapse of the U.S. financial system in September 2008. Major commercial banks, insurers, government-sponsored enterprises, and investment banks either failed or… Continue Reading

States Investing the Most and Least in Children

Wall St 24/7: “Most Americans agree that it is important to provide children with ample opportunities for success, regardless of where they live. To this end, state and local government budgets include provisions for children’s basic education, health care, social services, and other support programs. Still, children receive widely varying amounts of resources depending largely… Continue Reading

Pew – With Budget Debate Looming, Growing Share of Public Prefers Bigger Government

Most back more spending for veterans, education, infrastructure. “As Congress faces an April 28 deadline to fund government operations, the public is now split in their general preferences on the size and scope of government: 48% say they would rather have a bigger government providing more services, while 45% prefer a smaller government providing fewer… Continue Reading