Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Survey of Public Pensions: State and Local data: 2012

"The Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for the defined benefit public pension systems. Data are shown for individual pension systems as well as at the national, state, and local level. There were 227 state-administered and 3,771 locally-administered defined benefit public pension systems, all of which are represented here..."
Pensions

Status of U.S. Fisheries

"Since 1996, NOAA Fisheries has reported on the status of U.S. fisheries, as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Reporting on the status of fish stocks provides fisheries managers and the public with an account of how well current fisheries management measures are working..."
Status of fisheries

FISHERIES OF THE UNITED STATES, 2012

 "This publication is a preliminary report for 2012 on commercial and a final report for recreational fisheries of the United States with landings from the U.S. territorial seas, the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and on the high seas..."
Fisheries

CBO's Major Recurring Reports

 "This page covers recurring reports that CBO has published since 2000. Some of the reports listed here have been published since the 1970s; those earlier reports are all available on CBO's web site but are not shown here..."
Recurring Reports

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Young-Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964–2012

"Traditionally in American elections, young people have stood out for their consistently low levels of electoral participation, but a shift has appeared in some years, at least in part, in the direction of greater engagement. The main questions addressed in this analysis concern how important
young-adult voting has been in the past, particularly recent presidential elections, and how important it may
become in the future..."
Young Adult Voting

Real Personal Income for States and Metropolitan Areas, 2008-2012

 "Today, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released real, price-adjusted estimates of personal income for states and metropolitan areas for 2008-2012...
The price-adjustments are based on regional price parities (RPPs) and on BEA’s national Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) price index. The RPPs measure geographic differences in the price levels of consumption goods and services relative to the national average, and the PCE price index measures national price changes over time (see Technical Note).."
Personal income; states and metros


Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation

"This report first reviews the “definition” of an executive order and how it is distinguishable from
other written instruments, and then provides an overview of the President’s constitutional
authority to issue such directives. Next, the report discusses the legal framework relied on by the
courts to analyze the validity of presidential actions, and also discusses the roles of the President
and Congress in modifying and revoking executive orders.."Executive Orders

Report shows 20-year US immunization program spares millions of children from diseases

"The CDC estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years. Despite the U.S. immunization program’s success, according to CDC officials, 129 people in the U.S. have been reported to have measles this year in 13 outbreaks, as of April 18..."
Immunization

Annual Energy Outlook: 2014

"The staged release of the full Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014) begins on April 7, expanding on the AEO2014 Reference case tables and highlights that were issued in December 2013. The April 7 release will include the first of eight Issues in Focus articles which will be released according to the schedule at right. The final components of the full AEO2014 will be released on April 30, 2014..."
Energy Outlook: 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Adopted Children and Stepchildren: 2010

"This report provides a portrait of adopted children and stepchildren in the household. Together, these children represent about 7 percent of the 64.8 million sons and daughters under age 18 in 2010..."

Adopted Children

Book of the States

A major reference resource, Book of the States, published by the Council of State Government is now available in as a archival document beginning with the 2000 edition.
Book of the States

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Progress Report

"The HAI Progress Report shows that significant reductions were reported in 2012 for nearly all infections. Central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections continue to approach the 5-year goals set in the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated InfectionsExternal Web Site Icon. The report shows minimal decreases for both hospital-onset C. difficile infections and hospital-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections increased. This signals a need for additional prevention efforts to meet the 5-year goals for these infections..."
Healthcare-associated Infections

Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2014

"The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have updated their estimates of the budgetary effects of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that relate to health insurance coverage. The new estimates, which are included in CBO’s latest baseline projections, reflect CBO’s most recent economic forecast, account for administrative actions taken and regulations issued through March 2014, and incorporate new data and various modeling updates..."
Affordable Care Act Estimates

Beta Release of Workforce Statistics Analysis Tool

"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. .. More information about this new tool is available here and a video tutorial is available here. Visit QWI Explorer to use the tool..."
Workforce Statistics Analysis

Monday, April 14, 2014

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

"Facts about Child Maltreatment
Child Maltreatment is a significant public health problem in the United States.
  • According to Child Protective Service agencies, more than 686,000 children were victims of maltreatment in 2012.
  • Another 1,640 children died in the United States in 2012 from abuse and neglect.
  • The financial costs for victims and society are substantial. A recent CDC study showed that the total lifetime estimated financial cost associated with just 1 year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment is $124 billion..."
Child abuse

Plan Ahead For You and Your Family

"Planning Ahead Can Be a Gift
  • A plan
  • Can be made at any time in your life.
  • Gives you and your loved ones peace of mind.
  • Helps prevent questions, confusion, and disagreements among family members.
  • Advises health care providers what you want if you are unable to speak for yourself..."
    Health planning

Celebrate National DNA Day on April 25th!

"National DNA Day is a special day when teachers, students, and the public can learn more about genetics and genomics. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health has sponsored DNA Day for the past ten years, to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and of Watson and Crick's discovery of the double helix structure of DNA..."
DNA day

U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves

"U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves increased year-over-year by 4.5 billion barrels (15.4%) because of a large volume of extensions to existing fields (5.2 billion barrels) particularly in Texas and North Dakota.
  • U.S. wet natural gas proved reserves decreased 26 trillion cubic feet (7.5%) in 2012. Low natural gas prices, reflected in a 34% decline in the 12-month, first-of-the-month, average spot price of natural gas at the Henry Hub between 2011 and 2012, led to large negative net revisions (-45.6 trillion cubic feet) to the reserves of existing fields that offset almost all gains from extensions of existing fields.
    Crude oil reserves

IPCC: Greenhouse gas e missions accelerate despite reduction efforts

"A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that global emissions of greenhouse gases have risen to unprecedented levels despite a growing
number of policies to reduce climate change . Emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010
than in each of the three previous decades.." Climate control

Foreign Assistance to North Korea

"Between 1995 and 2008, the United States provided North Korea with over $1.3 billion in
assistance: slightly more than 50% for food aid and about 40% for energy assistance. Since early
2009, the United States has provided virtually no aid to North Korea, though episodically there
have been discussions about resuming large-scale food aid. Additionally, the Obama
Administration officials have said that they would be willing to consider other types of aid if
North Korea takes steps indicating that it will dismantle its nuclear program, a prospect that most
analysts view as increasingly remote..."
Foreign Assistance to North Korea

Friday, April 11, 2014

ICE Deportations: Gender, Age, and Country of Citizenship

"Case-by-case records on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during FY 2012 and FY 2013 provide a more complete portrait of the demographic composition of recent deportees. These results are based upon analyses of ICE records recently obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University through TRAC's requests to ICE under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)[1]..."
Immigration deportation

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act at the LBJ Presidential Library

Review the week long celebration at he Lyndon Johnson Library in Austin, Texas of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
50th anniversary civil rights act

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Monitoring the Future 2013 Survey Results

"Since 1975 the MTF survey has measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Overall, 41,675 students from 389 public and private schools participated in this year's Monitoring the Future survey. The survey is funded by the NIDA, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and conducted by the University of Michigan..."
Monitoring future 2013

New Medicare Data Offers Unprecedented Transparency for Consumers

"Today, the Administration took another historic step in making data open and accessible to the public, when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released information for the first time about the types and frequency of medical services that doctors and health care providers deliver to people with Medicare and about how much providers are paid—all while maintaining the privacy of beneficiaries..."
Medicare data and transparency

Crib mattress dangers

"Babies spend over 50 percent of their day sleeping.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) Nordic Research Opportunity-funded researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have discovered that while infants sleep, they also breathe in high levels of chemicals released from crib mattresses.

The team analyzed the foam padding in 20 new and old crib mattresses and found they emit significant amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), potentially harmful chemicals also found in household cleaners and scented sprays..."
crib mattress dangers

Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators: Progress Update

"The Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) are a select subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives chosen to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them. There are 26 LHIs organized into 12 topics. On April 8, 2014, Healthy People 2020 unveiled a report highlighting the progress made within each of these LHIs through the first third of the decade..."
Healthy People 2020 update

Where can I read the Affordable Care Act?

Find the full text of the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Healthcare Act

To Make Beautiful the Capitol: Rediscovering the Art of Constantino Brumidi

"To Make Beautiful the Capitol offers the latest scholarship on Constantino Brumidi, the artist whose elaborate wall and ceiling murals give the U.S. Capitol its distinctive appearance. Prepared by the Office of Senate Curator under the direction of the U.S. Senate Commission on Art..."
Constantino Brumidi

Changes in the Arctic

"The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has
heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. The United States, by virtue of
Alaska, is an Arctic country and has substantial interests in the region. On May 10, 2013, the
Obama Administration released a national strategy document for the Arctic region. On January
30, 2014, the Obama Administration released an implementation plan for this strategy..."Arctic

The Centenarian Population: 2007–2011

"Centenarians, people 100 years or older, made up a very small portion of the total population in the
2007–2011 ACS, accounting for 55,000 people (0.02 percent).  By comparison, the 65 years and over 
population accounted for 40 million people or 13 percent of the total population..."

Centenarian Population

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Liquid Laundry Packets: An Update

"About a year and a half ago, we began warning you about dangers connected to single-load liquid laundry packets. These packets are filled with highly concentrated, toxic chemicals. A 7-month-old in Florida died from swallowing the soap.

CPSC has received about 1,230 reports of children unintentionally injuring themselves with packets. Injuries include swallowing the detergent and getting the chemical in their eyes or on their skin. The Poison Help Line reports even more: Nearly 17,500.

Several companies that make these packets—Cot ‘n Wash, Dial, Procter & Gamble, and Sun Products—have agreed to make some changes to begin addressing these safety concerns. We want you to know about these changes, as CPSC was a driving force in making them happen. Importantly, though, we believe more must be done, and we’re continuing to call on companies to build more safety into these products more quickly and more robustly..."
Liquid laundry packets

Farmers Market Managers: Update or Add Your Listing to the National Directory

Find a listing of local farmer's markets throughout the United states
The directory, maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, is designed to provide consumers with convenient access to information about your farmers market listing including: market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Thousands of farmers market managers around the country are taking a few minutes to update their market listing. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/04/04/farmers-market-managers-update-or-add-your-listing-to-the-national-directory/#sthash.9eEgqHkN.dpuf
The directory, maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, is designed to provide consumers with convenient access to information about your farmers market listing including: market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Thousands of farmers market managers around the country are taking a few minutes to update their market listing. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/04/04/farmers-market-managers-update-or-add-your-listing-to-the-national-directory/#sthash.9eEgqHkN.dpuf
The directory, maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, is designed to provide consumers with convenient access to information about your farmers market listing including: market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Thousands of farmers market managers around the country are taking a few minutes to update their market listing. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/04/04/farmers-market-managers-update-or-add-your-listing-to-the-national-directory/#sthash.9eEgqHkN.dpuf
The directory, maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service, is designed to provide consumers with convenient access to information about your farmers market listing including: market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Thousands of farmers market managers around the country are taking a few minutes to update their market listing. - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/04/04/farmers-market-managers-update-or-add-your-listing-to-the-national-directory/#sthash.9eEgqHkN.dpuf
Farmers market managers

Counterfeit Drugs

"The World Health Organization recently issued an alert [PDF - 652KB]External Web Site Icon about counterfeit antimalarial medications being sold in West and Central Africa. Travelers should be aware that drugs purchased in other countries may be counterfeit.

Counterfeit (or fake) medicines are manufactured using incorrect or harmful ingredients. These medicines are then packaged and labeled to look like real brand-name and generic drugs. Counterfeit medicines are unsafe because they may not be effective or may even harm you..."
Counterfeit Drugs

Minority Health and HPV

"The Impact of HPV
Human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, does not discriminate. Almost everyone who is sexually active will be infected with HPV sometime in his or her life. Most of the time, the infection goes away on its own, but sometimes HPV infections can lead to cancer. This happens among people in all communities, including in communities of color. Every year in the United States, about 17,500 women and 9,300 men are diagnosed with cancers probably caused by HPV..."
HPV and minorities

Free Tools to Track Your Child’s Development

"Do you know all the ways to measure your child's growth?
We often think of height and weight, but from birth to age 5, your child should reach specific milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Not reaching a milestone in any of these areas could be a sign of a developmental problem, even autism. The good news is, the earlier it's recognized the more you can do to help your child reach his or her full potential.."
Track milestones

On a Budget? Learn Cheap Ways to Be Healthy

"Any time is a good time to save money, be healthy, and be informed. Making healthy choices may help prevent injury, disease, and disability. Stay healthy on the cheap by including smart choices that are low-cost or free. Many are simple too, such as the following..."
Health and budgets

Traveler's Helath: 2014

As part of your travel plans, take a look at the CDC's Traveler's Health page for information on shots needs and health conditions in counties throughout the world.
Travel and health

Social Security Handbook:

"The Social Security Handbook includes the provisions of the Social Security Act (the Act), regulations issued under the Act, and precedential case decisions (rulings). It is one of numerous publications about the Social Security programs. It is a readable, easy to understand resource for the very complex Social Security programs and services..."
Social Security Handbook

World Factbook

"The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.."
World Factbook

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

"Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Some of these benefits may be utilized while on active duty. These benefits are codified in Title 38 of the United States Code. This booklet contains a summary of these benefits effective Jan. 1, 2013. For additional information, visit www.va.gov..."
veteran benefits

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): A Legal Analysis

"This report provides an overview of the regulatory structure of consumer finance under existing
federal law before the Dodd-Frank Act went into effect and examines arguments for modifying
the regime in order to more effectively regulate consumer financial markets. It then analyzes how
the CFP Act changes that legal structure, with a focus on the Bureau’s organization; the entities
and activities that fall (and do not fall) under the Bureau’s supervisory, enforcement, and
rulemaking authorities; the Bureau’s general and specific rulemaking powers and procedures; and
the Bureau’s funding..."
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

2013 Status of the Nation's Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions & Performance

"This edition of the C&P report is based primarily on data through the year 2010; consequently, the system conditions and performance measures presented should reflect effects of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), which authorized Federal highway and transit funding for Federal fiscal years 2005 through 2009 (and extended through fiscal year 2012), as well as some of the impact of the funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). None of the impact of funding authorized under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) is reflected. In assessing recent trends, this report generally focuses on the 10-year period from 2000 to 2010. The prospective analyses generally cover the 20-year period ending in 2030; the investment levels associated with these scenarios are stated in constant 2010 dollars..."
Nation's Highwys, Bridges

Paying for College

"Get help to make informed financial decisions about how to pay for college. Start by comparing financial aid offers or understanding student loan repayment options..."
College financial aid

Saturday, April 5, 2014

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Syllabus M C CUTCHEON ET AL . v . FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

Find text of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McCutheon et al v Federal Election Commission regarding campaign finance reform.
Campaign Finance

Overview of Constitutional Challenges to NSA Collection Activities and Recent Developments

"Beginning in the summer of 2013, media reports of foreign intelligence activities conducted by
the National Security Agency (NSA) have been widely published. The reports have focused on
two main NSA collection activities approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
(FISC) established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978..."NSA

Reform of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts: A Brief Overview

"In the wake of recent disclosures concerning various National Security Agency (NSA)
surveillance and data collection programs, several legislative changes to the government’s
intelligence operations authority have been suggested. Under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) reviews government applications to conduct surveillance and engage in data collection for foreign intelligence purposes, and the FISA Court of Review reviews rulings of the FISC..."
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts

Unlawfully Present Aliens, Higher Education, In-State Tuition, and Financial Aid: Legal Analysis

"The existence of a sizable population of “DREAMers” in the United States has prompted
questions about unlawfully present aliens’ eligibility for admission to public institutions of higher
education, in-state tuition, and financial aid. The termDREAMer is widely used to describe aliens
who were brought to the United States as children and raised here but lack legal immigration
status..."Aliens

Carrying of Firearms and the Use of Force by DoD Personnel Engaged in Security, Law and Order, or Counterintelligence Activities

Find text of directive (DoD Directive 5210.56, April 1, 2011) on the use of Firearms by U.S. Department of Defense personnel.
Carrying firearm by DoD Personnel

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Minimum payment on credit cards


Credit cards

Contacted By a Debt Collector? Proceed with Caution

"Consumers who fall behind on credit card payments or other bills sometimes hear from a debt collector. But people who don’t even owe any money may find themselves contacted by a debt collector…or someone who falsely claims to be one. Here are key points to know.
  • If a third-party collector (not your original lender) contacts you about a debt you owe, federal law requires you to be treated fairly and without harassment.
  • If you are contacted about a debt owed by a deceased relative, be careful. You may not have any legal obligation to pay these debts. Don’t send any more until you verify these claims.
  • Be aware that con artists sometimes pose as debt collectors. They may even claim to be from the government, including law enforcement, when attempting to collect on a non-existent debt. Warning signs include a caller who is unwilling to provide written proof of a debt (the amount of the debt and the name of the creditor you owe), who won’t provide a mailing address, or who threatens jail or violence..."
    Debt collector

Autism Awareness Month-April

"Every day, the millions of Americans living with autism and their families face unique and daunting challenges that many of us will never fully appreciate. During National Autism Awareness Month, we renew our commitment to better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and improve the lives of individuals living with it.
A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with ASD. This latest estimate makes it clear that autism affects the lives of millions of Americans – our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members..."
Autism Awareness Month

HHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages

"Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step HHS is taking in response to the June 26, 2013 Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, which held section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Because of this ruling, Medicare is no longer prevented by DOMA from recognizing same-sex marriages for determining entitlement to, or eligibility, for Medicare..."
Medicare-same sex marriages

FTC Updates Energy Labeling Rule To Reflect Energy Department TV Testing Procedure

"The Federal Trade Commission is issuing final amendments to its Energy Labeling Rule so that its television testing and reporting requirements conform to a new Department of Energy (DOE) test procedure. The final amendments replace the Rule’s reference to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR test with the new DOE test.

The Energy Labeling Rule requires manufacturers to attach yellow stating an annual operating cost and an energy consumption rating, and a range for comparing the highest and lowest energy consumption for all similar models. EnergyGuide labels appear on televisions, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, room air conditioners, central air conditioners, furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and pool heaters..."
Televison energy label



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Keeping Backyard Poultry

"An increasing number of people around the country are choosing to keep live poultry, such as chickens or ducks, as part of a greener, healthier lifestyle. While you enjoy the benefits of backyard chickens and other poultry, it is important to consider the risk of illness, especially for children, which can result from handling live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam..."
Poultry disease