Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

High Risk Series: An Update

Categories: Govt Finance

This biennial update describes the current status of federal government programs listed as financial high-risk areas in 2013 and identifies new high-risk areas needing attention by the legislative and executive branches.  From the Government Accountability Office


2013-14 Degree Completions by In-State Undergraduate Students

Categories: Education-Higher,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Covers degrees earned by in-state undergraduates at public and private colleges and universities.  Includes comparisons to past years and progress toward planned goals.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Use of Complementary Health Approaches Among Children Aged 4-17 Years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012

Categories: Children,Health/Medical,Statistics

Identifies only one significant change in the use of nonconventional health methods for children over the past five years—a slight decrease in the use of traditional healers.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Trends in the Use of Complementary Health Approaches Among Adults: United States, 2002-2012

Categories: Health/Medical,Statistics

Describes the prevalence of adults in the U.S. to use nonconventional health methods and the sociodemographic characteristics of such users over the last decade.  The nonconventional approaches include acupuncture, biofeedback, dietary supplements, homeopathic treatment, meditation and others. From the National Center for Health Statistics


Redistricting Data: Voting Age Population by Citizenship and Race (CVAP)

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Population/Census,Statistics

Provides estimates of the voting age population by citizenship status and race for various geographies ranging from the nation and states down to the block group level.  Data is provided in both CSV and SAS zipped formats.  From the Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data Office


Will the Check Be in the Mail? An Examination of Paper and Electronic Transactional Mail

Categories: Postal Service,Telecommunications/Internet

Examines three months of billing data from a major U.S. utility and finds that people prefer to receive bills via traditional mail but to pay bills electronically.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service


Big Data and Differential Pricing

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Examines how corporate use of big data may lead to different prices for different groups of consumers and raise questions of discrimination.  Includes an overview of the economics of differential pricing, how sellers use data to create personalized marketing campaigns and pricing strategies and how such strategies relate to the existing framework of antidiscrimination and consumer protection laws.  From the Council of Economic Advisers