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4 Dec 0001, 4:00 pm by Adam H. Cutler
The shutdown of the federal government has effectively closed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for business. According to the EPA’s September 27, 2013 Contingency Plan for Shutdown, 94% of the agency’s 16,205 employees are being furloughed effective today. Essential personnel, such as project managers in the Superfund program and others performing functions necessary to ensure the safety of human life and protection of property, will remain on the job. Certain exempted positions,… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 5:22 pm by Marcia Oddi
In this post April 14th the ILB mentioned it wasn't able to find the case docket (CSS) for this lawsuit... [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 4:56 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly – April 11, 2014 / 63(14);312-318: ”The U.S. teen birth rate has continued to decline, from 84.1 births per 1,000 teens aged 15–19 years in 1991 to an all-time low of 29.4 in 2012 (1). Despite this trend, approximately 305,000 infants were born to teens aged 15–19 years in 2012 , and the U.S. teen birth rate remains higher than in other developed countries. Of particular concern are births to younger teens (those aged 15–17 years),… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 4:44 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
“In 2013, 12 states accounted for 80% of U.S. wind-generated electricity, according to preliminary generation data released in EIA’s March Electric Power Monthly report. Texas was again the top wind power state with nearly 36 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity. Iowa was second, with more than 15 million MWh, followed by California, Oklahoma, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, North Dakota, and Wyoming. These 12 states produced a combined 134… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 4:42 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
Meghan McGuinness: “Cyber attacks are an increasing risk for the US electric sector and have eclipsed terrorism as the primary threat, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team responded to 256 incidents that targeted critical infrastructure sectors in fiscal year 2013, and 59 percent of those incidents involved the energy sector. A large-scale cyber attack or combined cyber and physical attack could lead to… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 4:40 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
“The U.S. Census Bureau is unveiling a new Web-based analysis tool that provides access to the full Quarterly Workforce Indicators dataset. The tool — named QWI Explorer — includes measures on employment, job creation and destruction, hires and wages from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program. QWI Explorer allows users to compare, rank and aggregate indicators across time, geography and/or firm and worker characteristics. Potential analyses include a look over time… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 4:25 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
“In order to address the nation’s growing interest in and demand for the radio spectrum, NTIA, in consultation with the federal agencies, has developed a compendium of detailed narratives describing federal spectrum uses from 225 MHz to 5 GHz.  The narratives at the links below provide information for each frequency band in this range in which the Federal Government has significant operations.  In the bands depicted, the federal agencies generally have an exclusive or shared… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 3:59 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
“The Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) measures the rates at which Americans are victims of crimes, including rape and sexual assault, but there is concern that rape and sexual assault are undercounted on this survey. BJS asked the National Research Council to investigate this issue and recommend best practices for measuring rape and sexual assault on their household surveys. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 3:18 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
“This Basel Committee on Banking Supervision standard sets out a supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures. The framework is scheduled to take effect from 1 January 2019 and will supersede the Committee’s 1991 standard on this topic. Since publication of the original standard, the financial system has changed dramatically. While many jurisdictions modelled their national rules after the Committee’s 1991 guidance, there have been inconsistent… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 1:30 pm by Stephen Gottlieb
This is Passover, a holiday that comes straight out of the Bible, the Almighty commanding us to tell the story of the Exodus to each new generation as well as reminding ourselves. The Exodus, of course, is a story of freedom from slavery. The Biblical story is about the Hebrew exodus from slavery in Egypt. But we are very explicit about relating that story to the freedom of others. In truth, whoever our ancestors, some were probably slaves. Some were serfs in Europe. Women and African-Americans have… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 1:00 pm
Today, Pillsbury attorneys Julia Judish and Keith Hudolin published their advisory titled President Takes Action Meant to Increase Pay Equity for Employees of Federal Contractors. The Advisory discusses the April 8, 2014 Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum issued by President Obama aimed at "closing the persistent pay gap for women and minorities," at least for employees of federal contractors and subcontractors. These two executive actions direct the Department of Labor to issue new… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 11:38 am by David Ferriero
Photograph of Women Working at a Bell System Telephone Switchboard. National Archives Identifier 1633445.   The first of our new strategic goals is to “Make Access Happen.”  Increasingly, access means digital, online access. Our first goal has one objective, to make our records available to the public in digital form to ensure that anyone can explore, discover and learn from our records. Here are a few of the initiatives listed under this goal: First, we want to complete the… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 9:12 am by Irene
Here’s a shocker; countless programs operated by the bloated U.S. government overlap or are needlessly duplicated across a number of federal agencies, translating into huge losses of American taxpayer dollars. This is nothing new and has actually been well documented over the years in audits published by the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Nevertheless, the feds don’t seem terribly concerned about correcting the problem. Dozens of… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 8:07 am by Colin Zick
by Chris Hart Data breach law in the United States might have just become a lot less patchy, but a little more uncertain.  On April 7, 2014, the District Court of New Jersey decided FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., et al., No. 13-1887-ES.  This case arises out of a FTC action, brought under the deception and […] [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 6:42 am by On the Net
Newsmax:  “Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase . . . alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.  A little more than a year ago, the Social Security Administration put in a request for 174,000 rounds of “.357 Sig 125 grain bonded jacketed hollow-point” bullets.  Before that, it was the Department of Agriculture requesting 320,000 rounds. More recently, the Department of Homeland Security raised eyebrows with its request for… [read post]
15 Apr 2014, 3:00 am by Adrian Miedema
A corporate director of a stucco company has been fined $3,000.00 under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that workers used safety belts on elevated work platforms. An inspector caught workers not wearing safety belts attached to the elevated work platforms while using those platforms to perform stucco work on a five-storey office building.  The corporate director also owned the building. The corporate director pleaded guilty to the charge. This case is a… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 10:03 pm by News Desk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing final guidance on enforcement criteria for ackee products containing the toxin hypoglycin A. Ackee is a fruit native to West Africa but is also found in Central and South America, many Caribbean countries, and Southern Florida. Canned, frozen and other ackee products are marketed in the U.S., largely to people from Caribbean cultures, and most of the products are imported from tropical countries such as Jamaica, Belize and Haiti. In recent years,… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 10:01 pm by Lydia Zuraw
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow irradiation on crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish and prawns to control foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. After a safety assessment considered potential toxicity, the effect of irradiation on nutrients, and potential microbiological risk, the agency decided to amend current food additive regulations to allow “the safe use of ionizing radiation on crustaceans.” The change applies to raw, frozen, cooked, partially cooked, shelled, or… [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 6:08 pm by By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN
On April 15, as individual taxpayers file, taking a look at a few opportunities for corporations that they may find slightly irksome. [read post]
14 Apr 2014, 5:00 pm by Michel-Adrien
The Canadian government announced today that it has appointed Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years. He will take over at Library and Archives Canada effective June 23, 2014.He had been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since 2009. The CLA Government Library and Information Professionals Network has posted a biography of Dr. Berthiaume. [read post]