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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Strengthening Cultural Resources Stewardship in the National Park Service

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,History,Native Americans

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/foia/upload/EFMOAfterActionReview_AsReleased_August2016.pdf

An “after action” review of scandalous conditions at a National Park Service monument in Iowa results in sharp criticism of the management of the agency for lack of understanding and concern about the preservation of cultural resources. From the National Park Service

 

Trends in Family Wealth, 1989 to 2013

Categories: Income/Poverty,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51846-Family_Wealth.pdf

Examines aggregate family wealth in the U.S., the distribution of that wealth, and how the distribution has changed over the past quarter century.  Finds that the wealth of families at the 90th percentile of the distribution grew 54% greater, while that of families at the 25th percentile shrank by 6%.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Sexual Violence Data: Actions Needed to Improve Clarity and Addresses Differences Across Federal Data Collection Efforts

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt Information,Sex Issues,Statistics

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/678511.pdf

Concerns have grown about the incidence of sexual violence, especially among college students, military personnel, and incarcerated individuals.  This report examines current federal efforts to collect data on sexual violence and how differences in these collection efforts may affect the understanding of sexual violence.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

2016-17 Tuition and Fees at Virginia’s State-Supported Colleges and Universities

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Headlines,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD2482016/$file/RD248.pdf

Reports that tuition and required fees at Virginia’s public institutions of higher education will increase by an average of 4.6% for fall 2016.  The average increase for in-state students is 2.9%.  Also provides a summary of four items: board-approved tuition and fee increases for 2016-17, tuition and fee trends in Virginia over the past 25 years, the cost-sharing relationship between the state and students, and national tuition trends.  Includes tables showing charges and fees by school.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

 

New Drugs for Dementia

Categories: Elderly,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0535/POST-PN-0535.pdf

Provides an overview of dementia, current treatments, and potential new drugs.  Also examines the challenges in developing new drugs and ensuring patient access.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

Automation and the Workforce

Categories: Great Britain,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/POST-PN-0534/POST-PN-0534.pdf

Automation technologies can reduce costs and raise productivity but also threaten jobs.  This note provides a British overview of how these technologies are being used and their implications for employment, skills, education and inequality in the coming decades.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

OASDI Beneficiaries by State and County, 2015

Categories: Disability,Elderly,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/oasdi_sc/2015/oasdi_sc15.pdf

Annual publication which provides data on the Social Security population at the local level.  Presents statistics on the number and type of beneficiaries and the amount of benefits paid in each state and county.  Also shows the number of men and women aged 65 or older receiving benefits.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Federal Railroad Administration Status Update on Positive Train Control Implementation

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.fra.dot.gov/Elib/Document/16634

Describes the importance of positive train control as a safety feature, the growing calls for implementing such a system over the past 40 years, and the current status of each railroad’s progress towards implementing a PTC system.

 

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