Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mercury Levels in Women of Childbearing Age Drop 34 Percent

"Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a study showing that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped 34 percent from a survey conducted in 1999-2000 to follow-up surveys conducted from 2001 to 2010. Additionally, the percentage of women of childbearing age with blood mercury levels above the level of concern decreased 65 percent from the 1999-2000 survey and the follow-up surveys from 2001-2010..."
Mercury

Census App Helps Users Find Local Statistics on the Go

"The U.S. Census Bureau today released dwellr, a new mobile app that delivers on-the-go access to key demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics for thousands of places across the nation.
dweller
Powered by American Community Survey statistics, dwellr can pull up a list of U.S. locations that matches users' preferences for such variables as city size, geographic region, job type and income. Users can also learn more about where they are by a simple tap of the screen that reveals educational levels, housing values and commute times..."
hwellr

Family Health History

"Because family health history is such a powerful screening tool, the Surgeon General created a free website to help make it fun and easy for anyone to create a portrait of their family's health. My Family Health Portrait is a secure tool that takes about 20 minutes to create a unique family health portrait..." 
Family health

National Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, Jan. 13-17, 2014

"The Federal Trade Commission has named Jan. 13-17, 2014, Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. The FTC will host national and regional events designed to raise awareness about tax identity theft and provide consumers with tips on how to protect themselves, and what to do if they become victims..."
Tax identiy theft

U.S. Ethanol Market Remains Unconcentrated

"The market for fuel ethanol in the United States is unconcentrated, with 156 firms nationwide either producing ethanol or likely to begin producing ethanol in the next 12 to 18 months, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2013 Report on the State of U.S. Ethanol Production. The lack of market concentration in this industry has been the case each year since the FTC began issuing reports in 2005..."
Ethanol industry

Where to insulate in a home

"For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be properly insulated from the roof down to its foundation. In addition to insulation, consider moisture and air leakage control in each area of your house. If radon is an issue where you live, you’ll also need to consider radon and radon-resistant construction techniques as you research foundation insulation options. In addition, if you live in an area with termites, you’ll have to consider how termite protection will affect the choice and placement of insulation in your home..."
Insulate home

Air Sealing your home

"Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less. Caulk is generally used for cracks and openings between stationary house components such as around door and window frames, and weatherstripping is used to seal components that move, such as doors and operable windows..."
Air sealing

Unemployment Insurance: Programs and Benefits

"Various benefits may be available to unemployed workers to provide income support. When
eligible workers lose their jobs, the Unemployment Compensation (UC) program may provide up
to 26 weeks of income support through the payment of regular UC benefits. Unemployment
benefits may be extended for up to 47 weeks by the temporarily authorized Emergency
Unemployment Compensation (EUC08) program. Unemployment benefits may be extended for
up to a further 13 or 20 weeks by the permanent Extended Benefit (EB) program under certain
state economic conditions..."
Unemployment insurance

Pay Equity: Legislative and Legal Developments

"The term “pay gap” refers to the difference in earnings between male and female workers. While
the pay gap has narrowed since the 1960s, female workers with a strong attachment to the labor
force earn about 77 to 81 cents for every dollar earned by similar male workers. Studies have
analyzed the earnings and characteristics of male and female workers and found that a substantial
portion of the pay gap is attributable to non-gender factors such as occupation and employment
tenure..." Pay equity

Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol - Impaired Driving

"This safety report represents the culmination of a year-long National Transportation Saf
ety Board (NTSB) effort focused on the problem of substance-impaired driving. The report addresses the necessity of providing all the following elements to achieve meaningful reductions in alcohol -
impaired driving crashes: stronger laws, improved enforcement strategies, innovative adjudication programs, and accelerated development of new in vehicle alcohol detection technologies..."
Eliminate alcohol impaired driving

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts of Kennedy's Assassination

Take a look at selected video relating to the Kennedy assassination.
Kennedys Assassination

Wisconsin Driving Conditions

Now that the winter driving season is here, one might want to contact the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation's  Wisconsin 511 Driving Conditions site for the most recent driving conditions information.
Driving conditions

Wisconsin No Call List

For those wishing to add their telephone number to the Wisconsin no call list, the deadline for being added to the list effective on January 1, 2014 is December 1, 2013.
Wisconsin no call

Toy Recalls

Now that we are in the gift buying season,one might want to pay attention to toys that have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.
Recalls

World AIDS Day

"On December 1, people throughout the world observe World AIDS Day. The theme—"Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation"—highlights the global commitment needed to achieve that goal..."
World Aids Day

Epilepsy Often Comes With Other Health Issues

"Epilepsy affects about 2 million adults in the United States. New research from CDC shows that adults with epilepsy often have other health conditions that also need to be managed.

Some of the health conditions that are more common in adults with epilepsy include high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, obesity, and history of stroke. Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, migraine, arthritis and other pain are also more common in adults with epilepsy..."Epilepsy

HPV Vaccine is Recommended for Boys

"Why do I need to protect my son against HPV-related diseases?
A lot of parents know that HPV vaccine protects girls against cervical cancer. But did you know that vaccinating boys can protect them against cancer, too?.."
HPV Vaccine Boys

It's Turkey Time: Safely Prepare Your Holiday Meal

"Holidays are times we share the kitchen with family and friends. Make it a goal this year to also share good food safety practices. CDC is a partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is responsible for the safety of meat and poultry. Here are simple tips that all cooks in the kitchen can follow this holiday season for cooking a delicious and safely prepared turkey..."
Turkey Time

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

"Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
Many people prefer to remain indoors in the winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these steps to keep your home safe and warm during the winter months..."
Winter Weather

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Where Do You Want to Dwell?

"The Census Bureau’s new mobile app, dwellr, provides those on the go with immediate, personalized access to the latest demographic, socio-economic and housing statistics from the American Community Survey for neighborhoods across the nation. Using the level of importance you place on a location’s characteristics, the app generates a list of top 25 towns or cities most suitable for you..."
where-do-you-want-to-dwell

Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — US, 2013

"The factors that influence the socioeconomic position of individuals and groups within industrial societies also influence their health. Socioeconomic position has continuous and graded effects on health that are cumulative over a lifetime.
The socioeconomic conditions of the places where persons live and work have an even more substantial influence on health than personal socioeconomic position.."
Health disparities

At Nearly 100,000, Immigration Prosecutions Reach All-time High in FY 2013

"The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2013 immigration prosecutions reached an all-time high, with new cases being filed against 97,384 defendants. This number is up 5.9 percent over the past fiscal year, and up 22.6 percent over the past five years, according to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) and obtained from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys under the Freedom of Information Act..."
Immigration

U.S.-China Military Contacts: Issues for Congress

"This CRS report, updated as warranted, discusses policy issues regarding military-to-military (mil-to-mil) contacts with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and provides a record of major contacts and crises since 1993. The United States suspended military contacts with China and imposed sanctions on arms sales in response to the Tiananmen Crackdown in 1989. In 1993, the Clinton Administration reengaged with the top PRC leadership, including Chin’s military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)..."
U.S. -China Military Contacts

Data Visualization: HIV/AIDS Impact in Africa

"To mark World AIDS Day 2013 on Dec. 1, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing today two data visualizations that depict the impact that HIV/AIDS has made on the population of 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Census Bureau estimates and projects population numbers, population growth rate, fertility, life expectancy and infant mortality worldwide. In the mid-1980s, analysts began researching the potential demographic impact of a country's HIV/AIDS epidemic. The data visualizations show how much a country's population total has been altered by HIV and AIDS..."
HIV/AIDS in Africa

Friday, November 22, 2013

Managing your diabetes during holidays

"Preparation is the most important step in managing diabetes during holiday travel and festivities. Know what you'll be eating, how to enjoy a few traditional favorites while sticking with a healthy meal plan, and how to pack necessary supplies for a trip, and you're ready to celebrate!

Feasts and Parties

Before you go, take these steps to ensure you stick to your healthy meal plan.

ADHD: Keeping Track of Numbers

"DHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood and often lasts into adulthood. More than 1 in 10 children, 4-17 years of age in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD by a health care provider, based on parent report Adobe PDF file [PDF - 1.81MB]External Web Site Icon.1 Costs associated with childhood ADHD have been conservatively estimated at $38 billion or more, annually.2

ADHD

A final rule that makes mortgage disclosure better for consumers

"Today, we’re issuing the TILA-RESPA final rule. This rule improves the way consumers receive information about mortgage loans, both when they apply and when they’re getting ready to close. Alongside the rule, we’re publishing information to help industry understand what the requirements are, such as how to fill out the disclosure forms. Helping with that understanding will be an ongoing process. We’re also publishing information about the project that got us here and what the new rule means for consumers..."
Mortgage rules

Local Area Personal Income:2012

Find new estimates of local area personal income from the Census Bureau.
Local Area Personal Income

Trends in Health Care Cost Growth and the Role of the Affordable Health Care Act

"The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed against a backdrop of decades of rapid growth in health care spending in the United States. While much of this historical increase reflects the development of new treatments that have greatly improved health and well-being (Cutler 2004), there is widespread agreement that the system suffered from serious inefficiencies that increased costs and reduced the quality of care that patients receive. A key goal of the ACA was to begin wringing these inefficiencies out of the health care system, simultaneously reducing the growth of health care spending and its burden on families, employers, and state and federal budgets–while increasing the quality of the care delivered.
This report analyzes recent trends in health care costs, the forces driving those trends, and their likely economic benefits..."
Health cost report

Infographic Profiles Young Adults Without Health Insurance

"In 2012, 27 percent of young adults (ages 19 to 34) lacked health insurance, although the rate varied widely from state to state, according to a new Census Bureau infographic, "The Young and Uninsured in 2012." The infographic looks at the characteristics of this group and their uninsured rate in states and the largest metropolitan areas..."
Uninsured youth

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dangers of Hookah Smoking

"Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco this is usually flavored. They are also called a number of different names, including waterpipe, narghile, argileh, shisha, hubble-bubble, and goza. Hookah smoking is typically practiced in groups, with the same mouthpiece passed from person to person..."
Hookah smoking

Antibiotics Aren't Always the Answer

"Colds and many other upper respiratory infections, as well as some ear infections, are caused by viruses, not bacteria. If antibiotics are used too often for things they can't treat—like colds or other viral infections—they can stop working effectively against bacteria when you or your child really needs them. Antibiotic resistance—when antibiotics can no longer cure bacterial infections—has been a concern for years and is considered one of the world's most critical public health threats..."
Antibiotics

Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys

"The holiday season is here, and that means many children will be given toys as gifts. While new toys are a holiday tradition, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with toys, including toy jewelry. Review these important facts to keep your children safe this holiday season..."
Lead InToys

Polio free US

"Thanks to effective vaccine, the United States has been polio-free since 1979. But poliovirus is still a threat in some countries. Be part of the success story and get your child vaccinated on schedule..."
polio

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New guidance limits antibiotics for common infections in children

 "Every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. Many of these infections are caused by viruses, which are not helped by antibiotics.
This overuse of antibiotics, a significant factor fueling antibiotic resistance, is the focus of a new report  Principles of Judicious Antibiotic Prescribing for Bacterial Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in PediatricsExternal Web Site Iconby the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)..." antibiotics guidelines

U.S. Forest Service Offers New Digital Maps for Mobile Devices

"The U.S. Forest Service now offers access to variety of visitor maps for people using Android and iOS devices.

"This mobile app makes it easier than ever to plan your visit to a national forest or grassland," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "By putting important forest information right at your fingertips, it will encourage more Americans to get outside and explore their forests."

The PDF Maps Mobile App, developed by Avenza Systems Inc., is available as a free download from iTunes and the Android Play Store. The app provides access to Forest Service maps, such as motor-vehicle-use maps, which are free while pages from national forest atlases are 99 cents and forest visitor maps are $4.99..."
Forest Service digital maps

The War of the Currents: AC vs. DC Power

A brief discussion of the battle between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla over the adoption of AC vs DC electrical current.
AC vs DC Power

Poverty in the United States: 2012

"In 2012, 46.5 million people were counted as poor in the United States—the number, statistically unchanged over the past three years, is the largest recorded in the measure’s 54-year history. The poverty rate , or percent of the population considered poor under the official definition, was reported at 15.0% in 2012, a level statistically unchanged from the two previous years. The 2012 poverty rate of 15.0% is well above its most recent pre-recession low of 12.3% (2006) and
remains at a level not last seen since 1993.."Poverty

Federal Debt and the Statutory Limit, November 2013

"The debt limit—commonly referred to as the debt ceiling—is the maximum amount of debt that the Department of the Treasury can issue to the public and to other federal agencies. That amount is set by law and has been increased over the years in order to finance the government’s operations..."
Federal Debt

Mining in Wisconsin:state and local overnment documents

Find resources on mining in Wisconsin thanks to the efforts of  Beth Harper, UW-Madison Memorial Library's Federal Depository Librarian. 
Mining in Wisconsin

Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2011

"This report focuses on the child support income that  custodial parents reported receiving from noncustodial  parents living elsewhere, and other types of support,
such as health insurance and noncash assistance..."
Custodial mothers and fathers

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inside the Autopsy Room: The Details Doctors Gathered About JFK’s Assassination

 Read the notes and final report of President John F. Kennedy's autopsy.
President Kennedy's autopsy

Income of the Population 55 andolder: 2010

Find the latest data on income of the population 55 and over from the U.S. Social Security Administration.
Income Population 55+

Audio Tape Recording Post JFK Assassination Air Force One Flight Deck Recording

Listen to the audio recordings on the flight desk of Air One following the assassination of President John Kennedy.
Air Force One audio recordings

Warren Commission Report Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Access the Warren Commission report from the U.S. Government Printing Office's FDsys database.
Warren Commission Report

Food Safety and Security: What Consumers Need to Know

"For nearly a century, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been protecting the Nation's food supply. This long history has allowed USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to develop the expertise and systems to protect our Nation's supply of meat, poultry, and egg products against intentional and unintentional contamination..."
food safety

Navigating the Market: A comparison of spending on financial education and financial marketing Navigating the Market

"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the CFPB) looked at the information
sources consumers are exposed to when they make financial decisions. Empowering
consumers to make the financial decisions that will help them meet their own life goals is a
critical part of the mission of the CFPB. To understand the wide range of information sources
consumers could be exposed to in making financial decisions, the CFPB commissioned a study
of the size and scope of the financial information field..."

Navigating the market

Monday, November 18, 2013

Let’s Talk Turkey about USDA Poultry Grades

"With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is the perfect time to learn more about the quality grade standards for poultry products and the “Grade A” shield you might find on the label of your family’s main dish.  Most consumers are familiar with the USDA beef grades – Prime, Choice and Select.  But did you know USDA has similar grade standards for Poultry products?..."
Turkey grades

Stand by Your Pan: Thanksgiving Cooking Fire Prevention

"Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day.

Stand by your pan. In the event of a fire:
  • Cover the pan with a lid to smother the flames.
  • Turn off the stove.
  • Call 911.
  • Do NOT use water or flour on the fire. They can make the fire worse.
  • Keep an extinguisher nearby and use it if necessary..."
    Thanksgiving cooking

About 36 Million Americans Moved in the Last Year,

"The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 35.9 million U.S. residents, or 11.7 percent of all Americans, moved between 2012 and 2013.

The nation's mover rate is down from 12.0 percent in 2012. The decline in the nation's overall mover rate follows an uptick from the record low of 11.6 percent in 2011. That leaves the 2013 mover rate not statistically different from the 2011 rate. The number of people who moved in the past year was not statistically different from the corresponding 2012 number (36.5 million).

This information comes from Geographical Mobility: 2012 to 2013 [PDF], a collection of national- and regional-level tables from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey..." Geographic mobility

Invasive Species: Major Laws and the Role of Selected Federal Agencies

"All 50 states and the U.S. territories have at least some invasive plants and animals. A few (e.g., Hawaii, Florida, Louisiana, the Great Lakes states, and California) have so many harmful non- natives as to cause major ecological and economic damage to a variety of locations and industries.

This report provides an overview of the federal laws and directives in the United States that govern invasive species, and the role of selected federal agencies. A summary of selected laws and agencies is provided in Appendix A . The patchwork of laws that currently govern invasive species in the United States also contribute to fundamentally different approaches to regulate invasive species, which is beyond the scope of this report..."
Invasive species

Thursday, November 14, 2013

People in Mexico Were Using Chili Peppers to Make Spicy Drinks 2400 Years Ago

Find information on the history of chili peppers' use in Mexico.
Chili peppers

Estimating Appliance and Home Electronic Energy Use.

Find formulas for estimating various home appliance and electronics energy use.
Appliance and Electronic Energy use

Written testimony of FEMA Office of Response and Recovery... “Progress Report: Hurricane Sandy Recovery – One Year Later”

Written testimony of FEMA Office of Response and Recovery Deputy Associate Administrator Elizabeth Zimmerman for a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing. dated November 14, 2013.
Hurricane Sandy

Home Value and Homeownership Rates: Recession and Post-Recession Comparisons From 2007–2009 to 2010–2012


"This report examines the differences in the median home value and homeownership rate across different geographies during and after the recession of 2007 through 2009. The data used in this report are from a 3-year period roughly encompassing part of the 2007–2009 recession and the 3 years following the recent recession (2010 through 2012) collected in the American Community Survey (ACS).."
Homeownership

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Options for Reducing the Deficit: 2014 to 2023

"This volume presents 103 options that would decrease federal spending or increase federal revenues over the next decade (see Table 1-1 on page 5). Those options cover many areas—ranging from defense to energy, Social Security, and provisions of the tax code. The budgetary effects identified for most of the options span the 10 years from 2014 to 2023 (the period covered by CBO’s May 2013
baseline budget projections), although many of the options would have longer-term effects as well.."
Reducing Deficit

Reported Tuberculosis in the United States: 2012

"Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2012 presents summary data for tuberculosis (TB) cases verified and counted in 2012..."
Tuberculosis


Sovereign Debt in Advanced Economies

"Sovereign debt, also called public debt or government debt, refers to debt incurred by governments. Since the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, public debt in advanced economies has increased substantially. A number of factors related to the financial crisis have fueled the increase, including fiscal stimulus packages, the nationalization of private-sector debt, and lower tax revenue..."
Sovereign debt

Find a housing counselor

"Housing counselors throughout the country can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. Using the search box below, you can find one near you. The counseling agencies on this list are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and they can offer independent advice about whether a particular set of mortgage loan terms is a good fit based on your objectives and circumstances, often at little or no cost to you..."
housing counselor

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The mix of fuels used for electricity generation in the United States is changing

"The mix of fuels used to generate the electricity in homes, factories, and businesses across the United States has changed in the past few years as coal, still the largest single fuel used for electricity, has lost some of its share of the generation market to natural gas and non-hydroelectric renewables..."
Fuels for electricity

Monday, November 11, 2013

GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE

"GAO recommends that EPA help ensure more comprehensive and
useful GLRI progress assessments and account for factors outside of the
Action Plan's scope that may affect the GLRI’s long-term success. EPA generally agreed with GAO’s recommendations..."
Great Lakes

Congress.gov Beta Legislative Site Readies for its Starring Role

"THOMAS.gov Will Redirect to Congress.gov Beginning Nov. 19

The free legislative information website, Congress.gov, is transitioning into its permanent role as the official site for federal legislative information from the U.S. Congress and related agencies.The site, which launched in beta form last fall and features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation, is replacing the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov..."
Congress.gov

Sexual Assault in the Military

"On behalf of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and pursuant to Public
Law 103-419, I am pleased to transmit our 2013 Statutory Enforcement
Report, Sexual Assault in the Military. The report is also available, in full, on
the Commission’s website. The purpose of the report is to examine how the Department of Defense and its Armed Services — the Army, Navy, Marine
Corps, and Air Force — respond to Service members who report having been sexually assaulted and how they investigate and discipline Service members accused of perpetrating sexual assault.."
Sexual Assault in Military

Veterans History Project:Helping tell the story of our Nation's veterans.


"Approximately 17 million American war veterans are living in the United States today.
Every one of them has a story.
For the past 13 years, the Veterans History Project (VHP) has been collecting the oral histories and personal documents of America’s war veterans, to ensure their stories are preserved in the Library of Congress so that future generations may better understand the realities of war..."
Veterans history project

Friday, November 8, 2013

U.S. Department of Education Announces Voluntary Resolution of Sun Prairie Area School District Compliance Review

"The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today the successful resolution of a compliance review of the Sun Prairie Area School District in Sun Prairie, Wis. The review examined whether the school district discriminates against black students on the bases of race or disability in the referral, evaluation and placement of these students in special education..."
Sun Prairie Area School

Rental Vacancy Rates

"The U.S. Census Bureau has added the rental vacancy rate to America's Economy, the Census Bureau's widely downloaded mobile app that provides constantly updated statistics on the U.S. economy, including monthly economic indicators and trends, along with a schedule of upcoming releases. This information allows the public to evaluate the housing market according to the latest housing trends..."
rental vacancies

What Is a Species? Insight From Dolphins and Humans

"New species of insects, worms and other creepy-crawlers are announced on a monthly basis. Similarly, just last week, two new humpback dolphin species splashed into the headlines. And in October, news broke that early humans may have included fewer species than previously thought. This forces the question: what does it take to be a distinct species?..."
What is a species

National Prematurity Awareness Month

"What is Premature Birth?
It is a birth that is at least three weeks before a baby's due date. It is also known as preterm birth (or less than 37 weeks—full term is 40 weeks). Important growth and development occur throughout pregnancy—especially in the final months and weeks..."
Premature Birth

Promoting Global Internet Freedom: Policy and Technology

"This report provides information about federal and private sector efforts to promote and support global Internet freedom and a description of Internet freedom legislation and hearings from the 113th and 112th Congresses. Three appendixes suggest further reading on this topic and describe censorship and circumvention technologies..."
Internet Freedom

Senate Intelligence Committee Approves FISA Improvements Act

"The Senate Intelligence Committee today approved the FISA Improvements Act by a vote of 11-4.
The bipartisan legislation increases privacy protections and public transparency of the National Security Agency call-records program in several ways, while preserving the operational effectiveness and flexibility of this vital national security program.."FISA Improvements Act

FDA reduce trans fats in processed foods

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels..."
Trans fats in foods

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nation's Report Card: Mathemathics and Reading, 2013.

"Explore interactive and dynamic graphics that illustrate the results of the 2013 mathematics and reading assessments.
Test yourself with actual National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) questions.
Watch videos for tips on how to explore and interpret results..."
Nation's Report Card

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses

"A priority of Obama Administration policy has been to reduce the perceived threat posed by Iran
to a broad range of U.S. interests. Well before Iran’s nuclear issue rose to the forefront of U.S.
concerns about Iran in 2003, the United States had seen Iran’s support for regional militant
groups, such as Lebanese Hezbollah, as efforts to undermine U.S. interests and allies..."Iran

Israel: Background and U.S. Relations

"Since Israel’s founding in 1948, successive U.S. Presidents and many Members of Congress have
demonstrated a commitment to Israel’s security and to maintaining close U.S.-Israel defense,
diplomatic, and economic cooperation. U.S. and Israeli leaders have developed close relations
based on common perceptions of shared democratic values and religious affinities. U.S. policymakers often seek to determine how regional events and U.S. policy choices may affect
Israel’s security, and Congress provides active oversight of executive branch dealings with Israel
and the broader Middle East..." Israel

National Average Wage Index

"The national average wage index for 2012 is 44,321.67. The index is 3.12 percent higher than the index for 2011..."
National wage index

Unemployment Insurance: Consequences of Changes in State Unemployment Compensation Laws

"This report analyzes several types of recent changes to state Unemployment Compensation (UC) programs. Three categories of UC state law issues are considered: (1) changes in the duration of state UC unemployment benefits; (2) changes in the UC weekly benefit amount; and (3) the enactment into state law of two trigger options for the Extended Benefit (EB) program.."
Unemployment insurance

Multiyear Procurement (MYP) and Block Buy Contracting in Defense Acquisition

"Multiyear procurement (MYP) and block buy contracting (BBC) are special contracting mechanisms that Congress permits the Department of Defense (DOD) to use for a limited number of defense acquisition programs. Compared to the standard or default approach of annual contracting, MYP and BBC have the potential for reducing weapon procurement costs by several percent..."
multiyear procurement

Native American Heritage Month: 2013

"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans..."
Native American Heritage

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hypertension Among Adults in the United States

Find the latest statistics on hypertension in the United States for the years 2011-2012.
Hypertension

What is the Supplemental Poverty Measure and How Does it Differ from the Official Measure

"The official poverty measure compares an individual’s or family’s before-tax cash income to a set of thresholds that vary by the size of the family and the ages of the family members. These official poverty calculations do not take into account the value of in-kind benefits, such as those provided by nutrition assistance programs, and housing and energy assistance. Nor do they take into account regional differences in living costs or expenses, such as housing..." variation.
Supplemental poverty measure

New DOT rules to make flying easier for passengers with disabilities

"At DOT, we believe that all airline passengers deserve to be treated fairly when they fly. And we’ve been hard at work introducing consumer protections to ensure equal access to hassle-free transportation for all air travelers.
Today as part of that ongoing effort, we announced a new rule requiring airline websites and automated airport kiosks to be accessible to passengers with disabilities..."
passengers and disabilities

4 Things You Need to Know About Repaying Your Student Loans

Find key points to remember when repaying your student loan.
student loans

Veterans Day 2013 (November 11)

Find facts and features from the U.S. Census Bureau highlighting Veterans   Day.
Veterans Day

FTC Poses Eight Questions to Ask When Choosing a College After Military Service

"
The Federal Trade Commission is advising servicemembers, veterans, and their families that some for-profit schools may be more interested in gaining access to their post 9/11 GI Bill benefits than helping them fulfill their education goals. To help servicemembers identify a school that will meet their needs as they transition to student status, the FTC released a new tip sheet. 
The guidance, 8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a College, encourages servicemembers, veterans and their families to carefully assess the schools they’re interested in attending, whether working toward a certificate or a higher degree..."veterans and college

Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

"Winter storms and cold temperatures can be hazardous, but if you plan ahead, you can stay safe and healthy. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on the elderly..."
Winter weather

Malaria Cases in U.S. Hit 40-Year High

"Increasing numbers of malaria cases reported in the U.S. serve as a reminder to travelers to countries with malaria: think ahead and take steps to protect yourself from this potentially fatal, but preventable disease..."
malaria

Pregnant? Get a Flu Shot!

"If you're pregnant, a flu shot is your best protection against serious illness from the flu.
Flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu, which can lead to hospitalization or even death.."Pregnancy and Flu

Mumps: Be Sure Your Child Is Fully Immunized

"Puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw—that's what many people think when they hear about mumps. This disease used to be common in infants, children, and young adults in the United States. But now, mumps is not very common in this country. That's because the mumps vaccine is widely used..."
Mumps

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage

"American Indians and Alaska Natives have profoundly shaped our country's character and our cultural heritage. Today, Native Americans are leaders in every aspect of our society -- from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the battlefield. This month, we celebrate and honor the many ways American Indians and Alaska Natives have enriched our Nation, and we renew our commitment to respecting each tribe's identity while ensuring equal opportunity to pursue the American dream..."
American Indian heritage

Lung Cancer Awareness

"Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this disease. Deaths from lung cancer represent about one out of every six deaths from cancer in the U.S..."
Lung Cancer

Diabetes Awareness

"Diabetes: if you don't live with it yourself, then it's likely you have a family member or friend who does. This November during National Diabetes Month, ask yourself if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes and take steps to prevent it. Diabetes affects 26 million Americans, with 19 million people diagnosed and 7 million undiagnosed. And an estimated 79 million American adults aged 20 years or older have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the disease..."
Living with Diabetes