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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Measuring America: Why We Ask

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Population/Census

http://www.census.gov/library/infographics/why_we_ask.html?eml=gd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Infographic that explains what the American Community Survey asks and the uses that are made of the answers.  Covers questions on employment, education, veterans, income, housing, commuting, disability, health insurance, and people.  From the Census Bureau

 

VigiAccess

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,United Nations

http://www.vigiaccess.org/

This database allows you to browse and view data on suspected side-effects from various medicinal products (also known as adverse drug reactions.  From the World Health Organization

 

National Senior Investment Initiative

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

http://www.sec.gov/ocie/reportspubs/sec-finra-national-senior-investor-initiative-report.pdf

Focuses on the types of securities purchased by senior investors, the suitability of recommended investments, the training of brokerage representatives, marketing and other aspects of how investment firms deal with seniors.  From the Securities and Exchange Commission

 

Analyze Trends: Drinking Water Dashboard

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

http://echo.epa.gov/trends/comparative-maps-dashboards/drinking-water-dashboard

Provides an overview of the Safe Drinking Water Act regulatory activities of EPA and information about which public water systems are regulated, how many have been inspected, how many have failed inspections, and how many have returned to compliance.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Factsheet on EU Security Measures in Civil Airliners

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,European Union,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-4724_en.htm?locale=en

Covers the current rules regarding crew members in the cockpit, pending legislation relating to medical fitness of airline pilots,  safety and security rules for cockpit doors, and other matters related to the recent downing of the German plane.  From the European Commission

 

Retail Food Service Inspections

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition

http://www.inspectionrepo.com/

Collects inspection information developed by local public health departments and offers information about restaurants and violations via an interactive database.  Developed by students at the University of Maryland

 

CFPB Considers Proposal to End Payday Debt Traps

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-considers-proposal-to-end-payday-debt-traps/

Agency press release about plans to develop regulations that protect consumers against predatory lending practices.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Virginia 2013 Toxics Release Inventory Report

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

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/AirQualityPlanningEmissions/SARATitleIII/SARA313ToxicsReleaseInventory/VA2013ToxicsReleaseInventoryReport.aspx

Full report with links to all 13 appendices with details on site releases.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

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