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Consumer Expenditures in 2011

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/cex/csxann11.pdf

Reports that consumer spending increased for the first time in three years with average annual expenditures at $49,705, up 3.3% from the previous year.  Shows average annual expenditures by various categories of spending such as housing, food, transportation and so on.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Program Integrity: Gainful Employment

Categories: Careers,Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2012/notice-proposed-rulemaking-march-14-2014.pdf

Announces intention to propose rules that educational institutions must meet if they sponsor programs which prepare students for employment in certain occupations.  Failure to meet the rules might end their eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs. The rules are intended to protect students from poor-performing career colleges.  From the U.S. Education Department

 

Consumer Action Handbook 2014

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection

http://publications.usa.gov/USAFileDnld.php?PubType=P&PubID=5131&httpGetPubID=0&PHPSESSID=1fb29c75q9a94tdd016rqmdtc2

Tips on preventing identity theft, understanding credit, filing consumer complaints, and key consumer information resources.  From the General Services Administration.gov

 

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January – December 2013

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

http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/consumer-sentinel-network-data-book-january-december-2013/sentinel-cy2013.pdf

Reports on the number and types of consumer complaints received by the online database for 2013.  The network received over 2 million complaints during 2013 with identity theft the leading category with 14% of the complaints.  From the Federal Trade Commission

 

Massage Therapy for Health Purposes: What You Need to Know

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/massage/massageintroduction.htm

Describes what it is, what science says is effective about treatment for pain, what licensing and certification is required, and where people can find more information.  From the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

 

Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels

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

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-04387.pdf

Official wording from the Federal Register notice about the proposed rule changes relating to food labels. From the Food and Drug Administration

 

FDA Proposed Updates to Nutrition Facts Label on Food Packages

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

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm387418.htm

Press release with details and examples of current and new proposed label formats.  From the Food and Drug Administration

 

Credit Cards: Marketing to College Students Appears to Have Declined

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Financial Crisis/Markets

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/661121.pdf

Examines trends in marketing of credit cards and college affinity cards to students since credit card legislation was passed in 2009 and the effect of the use of such cards on student debt.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

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