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Quarterly Release of Newly Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History

http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/02/237971.htm

Announces the first in a planned series of quarterly releases of digitized volumes of the Foreign Relations of the U.S. diplomatic series.  The first release covers events that occurred between 1948 and 1951 and were originally published as print volumes in the period 1973-1998.  From the State Department in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center.

 

U.S. Citizens Kidnapped by the Islamic State

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/terror/IN10167.pdf

Examines whether U.S. policy relating to kidnapped citizens and demands for ransom should be re-examined following the deaths of several hostages at the hands of Islamic extremists. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Anthem Data Breach: How Safe is Health Information Under HIPAA?

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/IN10235.pdf

Examines whether the security standards required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act are sufficient to protect sensitive patient health information in the wake of the Anthem incident.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Climate Change Adaptation by Federal Agencies: An Analysis of Plans and Issues for Congress

Categories: Climate Change,Homeland Security

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43915.pdf

Reviews current actions (as of January 2015) of selected federal agencies to adapt their missions, infrastructure, operations, and personnel to anticipated climate change threats as a response to Presidential Executive order 13653.  Includes summaries of adaptation plans for about 12 agencies.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Antipsychotic Drug Use

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Elderly,Health/Medical,Mental Health

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668221.pdf

Examines the use of antipsychotic drugs among elderly patients suffering from dementia, the dangers associated with such drug use, and what actions the federal government has taken to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs by older adults with dementia.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

 

Public Spending on Transportation and Water Infrastructure, 1956 to 2014

Categories: Govt Finance,Public Works,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/49910-Infrastructure.pdf

Covers the history of spending on 6 types of transportation and water infrastructure: highways, mass transit/rail, aviation, water transportation, water resources, and water utilities.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for … 2014

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Statistics

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-january-december-2014/sentinel-cy2014.pdf

Reports on more than 2.5 million consumer complaints received during 2014.  The complaints are sorted into 30 categories.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Identity Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories Again in 2014

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Statistics

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/02/identity-theft-tops-ftcs-consumer-complaint-categories-again-2014

Press release which lists the top ten consumer complaints with identity theft, debt collection, and imposter scams leading the list.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

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