Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unaccompanied Alien Children—Legal Issues: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

"Recent reports about the increasing number of alien minors apprehended at the U.S. border without a parent or legal guardian have prompted numerous questions about so-called unaccompanied alien children (UACs). Some of these questions pertain to the numbers of children involved, their reasons for coming to the United States, and current and potential responses of the federal government and other entities to their arrival. Other questions concern the interpretation and interplay of various federal statutes and regulations, administrative and judicial decisions, and settlement agreements
 pertaining to alien minors. This report addresses the latter questions, providing general and relatively brief answers to 14 frequently asked questions regarding UACs..."

alien children, illegal immigrants

Trends in producer prices between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail trade establishments

"Electronic retailing, or e-commerce, is becoming an increasingly important activity within the U.S. economy. As a component of the retail trade index within the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer
Price Index (PPI) program, the electronic retailing index measures changes in margins received by retailers who conduct sales transactions online..."

e-commerce, retail trade

Same-Sex Marriage: A Legal Background After United States v. Windsor

"In United States v. Windsor , a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court held that Section 3 of DOMA, which prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage, violated due process and equal protection principles. As such, federal statutes that refer to a marriage and/or spouse for federal purposes should be interpreted as applying equally to legally married same-sex couples recognized by the state. However, the Court left unanswered questions such as (1) whether same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry and (2) whether state bans on same-sex marriage are constitutionally permissible..."

Same-sex marriage

Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System

"On May 28, 2014, we published a preliminary report, Review of Patient Wait Times, Scheduling
Practices, and Alleged Patient Deaths at the Phoenix Health Care System – Interim Report, to ensure all veterans received appropriate care and to provide VA leadership with recommendations for immediate implementation. This report updates the information previously provided in the Interim Report to reflect the final results of our review. We focused this report on the following five questions
and identified serious conditions at the PVAHCS and throughout the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)..."
Veterans, VA

Monday, August 25, 2014

2012 Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Crash Facts

"This book contains statewide information about traffic crashes and their human
consequences. The statewide counts are parsed out in several levels of detail including: types of crashes, the county or municipality location of crashes, types of vehicles in crashes, severity of injuries, and age and gender of drivers..."
Wisconsin motor vehicle crashes

Wisconsin County Health Rankings and Roadmap

A collaborate effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the UW Population Health Institute, find health ranking  and scores for each county in the state and the related measures used in calculating the scores.  
Wisconsin county health rankings

Friday, August 22, 2014

Census Bureau Provides Informed Picture of the State of the U.S. Auto Manufacturing Industry

"Since its birth more than 100 years ago, the U.S. automobile manufacturing industry has experienced significant growth to not only become one of the largest U.S. manufacturing industries but also one of the biggest industries in the U.S. economy. The changes this industry has faced have included periods of decline as well as growth, such as the most recent recession and subsequent recovery. Throughout these years, the U.S. Census Bureau has provided consistent, comparable, and reliable statistics that are critical to understanding this industry.
The Annual Survey of Manufactures provides insight into the changes in this industry in the years between economic censuses..."
Automobile Industry

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Distribution of Household Wealth in the U.S.: 2000 to 2011

"Household net worth, or wealth, is an important indicator of  economic well-being in the United  States. Median household net  worth decreased by $5,046, or 6.8
percent, between 2000 and  2011..."
Household wealth

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Plan and protect your finances with a my Social Security account

"Whether you’re one of the millions of workers who pay Social Security taxes or the 50 million retired Americans and dependents who receive benefits, it’s good to keep track of your Social Security benefits. National My Social Security Week takes place August 17 to 23 — the perfect time to take a step toward creating an online account with the Social Security Administration at This account will give you secure and convenient online access to your personal Social Security information, including your earnings records and estimated benefits. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can change your address and phone number, get a benefit verification letter and start or change direct deposit information..."
mySocial security account

Telemarketing Regulation: National and State Do Not Call Registries

"The development and implementation of the national do not call list was not straightforward. No
single law creates the list. Instead, it developed from a combination of statutes and regulations over time, as Congress and the federal agencies tasked with the responsibility of regulating telemarketing developed strategies to better alleviate perceived consumer harm. This report will outline the laws underpinning the national do not call list; describe the regulations implementing
the list; answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to the list; and discuss the possible penalties for violating the rules.."


Economic Chcracteristics of Households in the United States:2008-2012

Find data on median household income and selected benefits by households for the periods 2008-2012.
Household Characteristics

Monday, August 18, 2014

School Meals: Child Nutrition Programs

"The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program.  Administered by State agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children..."
School meals


"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today unveiled its answer to a White House mandate to make the research papers it funds free for anyone to read: a Web portal that will link to full-text papers a year after they're published. Once researchers are up to speed and submitting their manuscripts, that will mean 20,000 to 30,000 new free papers a year on energy research, physics, and other scientific topics..."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Why Are People Afraid of Colgate Total Toothpaste?

"After reporting earlier this week about some disturbing information about a component of Colgate Total, Bloomberg is now reporting that some toothpaste buyers are choosing brands other than Colgate Total. The reason? An antibacterial agent called triclosan. 

You may have heard about triclosan before as a component of antibacterial soaps. But triclosan is actually in a bunch of products, and, according to studies by the CDC, shows up in 75 percent of people’s urine. Its effects on humans are unknown, but numerous studies have shown that it can act as an endocrine disruptor in animals. And new findings discussed this week at the American Chemical Society annual meeting provide preliminary evidence that it might cause endocrine disruption in fetuses..."
Colgate Total toothpaste