Thursday, October 31, 2013

Replace Your Smoke Alarm and CO Alarm Batteries This Sunday

"Who doesn’t love fall Time Change Sunday? We get an extra hour. What are you going to do with your newfound time?

Here’s a thought: When you wake and find yourself with that extra hour, change all of the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms. Talk about time well spent.

Yes, it’s that important safety time of year, when we government folks, along with fire and other safety officials around the country, recommend that you spend some time focused on safety. There’s good reason for this, as these alarms save lives. Remember, they can only do their job if you do yours..."

replace smoke-alarm & co-alarm-batteries

FAA to Allow Airlines to Expand Use of Personal Electronics

"The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance..."
Personal Electronics on Airlines

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cybersecurity: Authoritative Reports and Resources

"Cybersecurity vulnerabilities challenge governments, businesses, and individuals worldwide.
Attacks have been initiated by individuals, as well as countries. Targets have included
government networks, military defenses, companies, or political organizations, depending upon
whether the attacker was seeking military intelligence, conducting diplomatic or industrial
espionage, or intimidating political activists.."Cybersecurity

Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy

"The United States and its partner countries are reducing military involvement in Afghanistan as
Afghan security forces assume lead security responsibility throughout the country. The current
international security mission will terminate at the end of 2014 and likely transition to a far
smaller mission consisting mostly of training and mentoring the Afghanistan National Security
Forces (ANSF)..."Afghanistan, Taliban

Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2012

"In 2012, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $691. On average in 2012, women made about 81 percent of the median earnings of male full-time wage and salary workers($854). In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women earned 62 percent of what men earned..."
Women's earnings

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

 "Even though the United States plans to reduce the number of warheads deployed on its long-range missiles and bombers, consistent with the terms of the New START Treaty, it also plans todevelop new delivery systems for deployment over the next 20-30 years. The 113th Congress will continue to review these programs during the annual authorization and appropriations process.."
 Strategic Nuclear Forces

Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits This Fall

Find tips to follow when visiting animal exhibits this fall.
Animal Exhibits

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

"About 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States—half are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).1 It can be difficult to distinguish SIDS from other sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) such as accidental suffocation. Often autopsy alone cannot explain these infant deaths without investigation of the scene and a review of the medical historY..."

Prevent Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning

"Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 3, 2013. As you prepare to set your clocks back one hour, remember to change the batteries in your CO detector. If you don't have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, now is a great time to buy one. More than 500 people die each year in the US from unintentional, non-fire related CO poisoning..."
CO poisoning

What You Need to Know about ADHD

"ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood and often lasts into adulthood. About 1 in 10 children in the United States, 4-17 years of age, have been diagnosed with ADHD, based on parent report. Costs associated with childhood ADHD have been conservatively estimated at $38 billion or more, annually1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to understand how this disorder affects children and families, so that more can be done for treatment and prevention..."

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cyber Tips

Find cyber security tips from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

How Much Do We Really Know About Pocahontas

From the Smithsonian's 101 Objects that Made America series, comes a brief review of Pocahontas which attempts shed some light on the many myths surrounding her life.  

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Why Judges Wear Black Robes

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor traces the origin of the use of black robes by judges.

Wood and Pellet Heating

Find tips installation and use of wood and pellet heating appliances from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Wood & pellet heating

Weatherization Saves Families Energy and Money

Find weatherization tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Updating the Statutory Framework for Communications for the Digital Age: Issues for Congress

"The statutory framework for the communications sector largely was enacted prior to the commercial development and deploy ment of digital technology, In ternet Protocol (IP), broadband networks, and online voice, data, and video services. These new technologies have drivenchanges in market structure throughout the communications sector.."
Statutory Framework for Communications

Join the White House Fall Garden Instagram Meetup

"Today, we're excited to announce an opportunity for our Instagram followers to take a special tour of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and the South Lawn, including the  White House Kitchen Garden on Sunday, October 27th.  
Interested in joining? Be sure to follow @WhiteHouse or @MichelleObama on Instagram..."
White House Fall Garden meetup

Farm to School Census

"To determine the prevalence of farm to school programs in the United States, USDA surveyed an estimated 13,000 public school districts..."
Farm to school

Income and Earnings Estimates: 2011

"Annual and monthly estimates by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender, race and ethnicity, age, marital status and highest level of educational attainment, are reported..."
Income and earnings

Dads’ Guide To “Fix” the Kids!

Find safety tips for Fathers when handling your baby.  
Dads Guide Fix Kids

Bullying Prevention Monty, Oct. 2013

"October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month - when individuals, families, schools, and communities across the nation help to raise awareness about bullying prevention.  Bullying remains a widespread problem with nearly 30 percent of adolescents in the U.S. reporting some experience with bullying, whether as the victim, the bully or both.  An infographic  developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) highlights important facts and information about bullying prevention..."

Ward off Energy Waste

Find energy saving tips for winter heating from the U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Waste

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults: United States: 2011-2012

"The health risks associated with obesity make reducing the high prevalence of obesity a public health priority.  Previous publications have shown both racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence and no change in the prevalence of obesity among adults since 2003–2004.."
Obesity in the United States

Tubercclosis in the United States: 2012

Find the latest statistics on tuberculosis in the United States.
Tuberculosis in the U.S.

Ten Leading Cause of Death and Injury

Find data on the leading causes of death and injury from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control.
Leading Causes Death

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fluorescent Lighting

Find energy saving tips on fluorescent lighting from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Fluorescent lighting

Libya Country Analysis Brief, 2013

"Libya is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the holder of Africa's largest proved oil reserves, and an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude oil.."
Libya: Country Analysis Report

Constitution of the United States: Annotated

"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law..."
Constitution annotated

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Government Shutdown Research Guide (UW-Madison)

Beth Harper, Government Information Librarian, UW - Madison - Memorial Library  has created a research guide to find federal information resources during the time that federal agencies are shutdown.
Government Shutdown Research Guide

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Wisconsin Blue Book: 2013-2014 ed.

The latest edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book has been posted on the Wisconsin  Legislative Reference Bureau's web site.
Wisconsin Blue Book

Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act

Find the full text of the recently passed law(H.R. 3223) to give furloughed federal employes retroactive pay. 
Federal Employee Retroactive Pay

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Are Diesel Exhaust Fumes to Blame for Honeybee Colony Collapse?

"New research, though, suggests there may be an overlooked problem: the exhaust fumes produced by diesel-powered engines. As described in a study published today in Scientific Reports, a group of researchers from the UK’s University of Southampton found that the pollution produced by diesel combustion reduces bees’ ability to recognize the scent of various flowers—a key sense they use in navigating and finding food sources..."
Diesel Exhaust and Honey Bees

The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases

"Total federal debt can increase in two ways. First, debt increases when the government sells debt to the public to finance budget deficits and acquire the financial resources needed to meet its obligations. This increases debt held by the public. Second, debt increases when the federal government issues debt to certain government accounts, such as the Social Security, Medicare, and Transportation trust funds, in exchange for their reported surpluses. This increases debt held by government accounts..."
Debt Limit

Race to Equality:A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County

 "The following Baseline Report, authored by the Race to Equity Project team, summarizes our first year of data collection, analysis and community feedback -- all aimed at promoting greater public awareness and understanding of the depth and breadth of the racial disparities that differentiate the white and black experience in Dane County, Wisconsin..."
Race to Equality

100 Questiosn and Answers about Buying a New Home

Find answers to key questions about buying a new home.
100 questions... buying new home

Buying Your Home:Settlement Costs and Information

As part of the Buying Your Home series from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, find information on settlement costs.
Settlement Costs

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown (

"What's Affected by a Government Shutdown?
Below, find an overview of some of the government services and operations that will be impacted until Congress passes a budget to fund them again. For detailed information about specific activities at Federal agencies, please see federal government contingency plans..."


Breast Cancer Awareness Month:Oct. 2013

"The best way to find breast cancer early is with a mammogram. If you are a woman age 50 years or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years..."
Breast Cancer

Childhood Obesity

 "Obesity now affects nearly 18% of all children and adolescents in the United States, and since 1980, the number has almost tripled. The good news is there are a number of strategies communities, states, schools, and parents can use to combat the childhood obesity epidemic..."
Childhood Obesity

Fall Prevention

"We all want to protect our older family members and help them stay safe, secure, and independent. Knowing how to reduce the risk of falling, a leading cause of injury, is a step toward this goal..."
Preventing falls

Second Hand Smoke

"Learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke and what can be done to limit exposure where you live, learn, work, and play..."

Got Mice? Seal, Trap, and Clean Up to Control Rodents

"It is getting colder outside – rodents may enter your home for food or shelter! Seal up holes or gaps in your home, trap any existing rodents, and clean up any sources of food or water and items that might provide shelter for them..."

FoodCORE: Enhancing foodborne disease outbreak response

"Each year, foodborne diseases cause illness in 1 in 6 Americans (or about 48 million people), resulting in about 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. FoodCORE is a program supported by CDC that helps states detect and respond to multistate foodborne disease outbreaks.."

Know Hepatitis B:Testing for Asisan Americans

"Know Hepatitis B is the first multi-lingual campaign from US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encouraging Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to get tested for Hepatitis B. AAPIs are disproportionately affected by Hepatitis B, and the campaign uses a variety of multi-media channels in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese to reach individuals in their native language..."

Government Shutdown:What's Closed, what's open

Find a list of government agencies that are closed and those that remain open.(via CNN)
Government Shutdown by agencies