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National Taxpayer Advocate 2014 Annual Report to Congress

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Govt Finance,Taxes

http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/2014-Annual-Report/full-2014-annual-report-to-congress/

Discusses the 20 most serious problems facing taxpayers as federal budget cuts result in reduced services and tax law becomes more complex.  From the Internal Revenue Service

 

Consumers’ Mortgage Shopping Experience

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection,Housing/Homelessness

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201501_cfpb_consumers-mortgage-shopping-experience.pdf

Subtitled: A First Look at Results from the National Survey of Mortgage Borrowers.  Examines information related to consumers’ efforts to obtain a mortgage from initial searching through ultimate closing.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Stress and Relaxation Techniques

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/providers/digest/relaxation

Describes health conditions for which relaxation techniques may be useful.  From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

2014 Final Rule: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule

Text of the first federal regulation providing for the safe disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.  The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/12/18/2014-29628/recommendations-of-the-presidential-task-force-on-combating-illegal-unreported-and-unregulated

Offers recommendations that aim to aid legitimate fishermen, increase consumer confidence in the sustainability of seafood sold in the U.S., and ensure the vitality of marine stocks.  From the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Federal Register

 

Consumer Credit Reports: A Study of Medical and Non-Medical Collections

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Health/Medical

http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201412_cfpb_reports_consumer-credit-medical-and-non-medical-collections.pdf

Reports that roughly half of all items on credit reports involve debt collectors seeking to collect on medical bills owed to hospitals and other medical providers.  This paper describes characteristics of medical and nonmedical debts on consumers’ credit reports and the processes by which they appear and disappear.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Interim Update on 2013 Annual Hospital-Acquired Condition Rate and Estimates of Cost Savings and Deaths Averted from 2010 to 2013

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics

http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pfp/interimhacrate2013.pdf

Reports that 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and $12 billion in health care costs were saved  in 2010-2013 by avoiding adverse drug events, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections as hospitals concentrated on patient safety.  .  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 

Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/12/01/2014-27833/food-labeling-nutrition-labeling-of-standard-menu-items-in-restaurants-and-similar-retail-food

Final regulations which require that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants.  Similar information must be posted for food in vending machines.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

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