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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Vehicle Cybersecurity

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet,Transportation

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676064.pdf

Advanced software  code in vehicles supports safety features but leaves vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks.  This report covers key cybersecurity vulnerabilities in modern vehicles, key technologies to mitigate these vulnerabilities, stakeholder views on challenges related to vehicle cybersecurity, and federal efforts to protect vehicle cybersecurity.  From the Government Accountability Office

(consumer info/protection     science/technology     telecommunications/Internet     transportation)

Benefits of Competition and Indicators of Market Power

Categories: Antitrust/Monopoly,Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/page/files/20160414_cea_competition_issue_brief.pdf

Describes ways in which competition between business firms can create benefits for consumers and the economy and how those benefits are threatened when competition is impaired by business or government action.  Part of the Obama Administration’s initiative against anti-competitive behavior.  From the Council of Economic Advisers

 

Fact Sheet: Middle Class Economics: Strengthening Retirement Security by Cracking Down on Conflicts of Interest in Retirement Savings

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/06/fact-sheet-middle-class-economics-strengthening-retirement-security-0

Plain language explanation of the Conflict of Interest rule relating to retirement savings.  From the White House

 

Investment Advice—Conflict of Interest Final Rule

http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/regs/conflictsofinterest.html

New rule that would assist retirement savers by requiring that financial advisers and brokers put the clients’ interests first.  The so-called “fiduciary rule” would create a new standard stricter than current regulations, which call for advice that is “suitable, and avoid conflicts of interest.  Such conflicts cost savers an estimated $17 billion per year.  Includes final rule and related material.  From the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor

 

VA 2014 Toxics Release Inventory Report with 2014 Appendices

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityPlanningEmissions/SARATitleIII/SARA313ToxicsReleaseInventory/VA2014ToxicsReleaseInventoryReport.aspx

Includes link to the summary report plus links for 13 detailed appendices covering historical trends, facility and jurisdiction rankings, and information on individual facilities by locality.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

2014 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2014 Industry Reports

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Environment,Headlines,Manufacturing,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2014_TRI_Report.pdf

Virginia industries reported 917 million pounds of chemicals managed on-site, transferred off-site, or released to the environment in 2014.  This represents a 5.6% increase from the 2013 level, primarily due to increases in on-site management.  The report shows decreases in chemical releases to the air, water, or land.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Recommendations and Report for Financial Institutions on Preventing and Responding to Elder Financial Exploitation

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Elderly,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201603_cfpb_recommendations-and-report-for-financial-institutions-on-preventing-and-responding-to-elder-financial-exploitation.pdf

Offers recommendations and best practices for financial institutions to follow in trying to prevent elder financial abuse and to intervene effectively.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Guidance for Agency FOIA Regulations

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Information,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

https://www.justice.gov/oip/oip-guidance/guidance-agency-foia-regulations

Presents guidance and a template in seeking to bring about more uniformity in agency requirements dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests.  From the Justice Department

 

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