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Sea-Level Rise and U.S. Coasts: Science and Policy Considerations

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44632.pdf

Although the extent and pace of future sea-level rise remains uncertain, the phenomenon is expected to contribute to floods, erosion, saltwater intrusion into coastal freshwaters, and changes in coastal terrestrial and estuarine ecosystems.  Considers the causes, the effects on U.S. coasts, and the policy questions for Congress.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Bringing Calm to Chaos: A Critical Incident Review of the San Bernadino Public Safety Response to the December 2, 2015 Terrorist Shooting Incident at the Inland Regional Center

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Terrorism

http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/outside.asp?http://ric-zai-inc.com/Publications/cops-w0808-pub.pdf

Describes the police response to the terrorist shootings in San Bernadino which killed 14 people.  The report focuses on six themes including exercising a unified command approach and improving response time through training.  From the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the Department of Justice

 

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015

Categories: Children,Elderly,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-258.pdf

The SPM extends the official poverty measure by measuring the effect of government assistance programs.  Reports that under the SPM measure 45.7 million individuals in the U.S. fell below the poverty line in 2015 including 11.9 million children and 6.5 million adults age 65+.  From the Census Bureau

 

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2015

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-257.pdf

Presents statistics on health insurance coverage in 2015, as well as changes in insurance coverage rates from 2013 to 2014 and 2015.  Reports the uninsured rate dropped by 1.3%  and the percentage of people without insurance all year was down to 9.1% of the population from 10.4% in 2014.  From the Census Bureau

 

 

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-256.pdf

Presents data on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the U.S.  Reports that median household income was up 5.2%  to $56,516 in 2015, compared to the previous year of $53,718.  The official poverty rate was 13.5%, down 1.2% from 2014.  From the Census Bureau

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa

Categories: Africa,Congress,Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History

https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1977-80v16

Documents the efforts of the Carter Administration to counter Cuban influence in southern Africa, especially Angola, while dealing with Congressional prohibitions against U.S. covert actions in the region.  Also focuses on the challenge of the apartheid regime in South Africa.  From the State Department

The OPM Data Breach: How the Government Jeopardized Our National Security for More Than a Generation

Categories: Govt Personnel,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Telecommunications/Internet

https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/The-OPM-Data-Breach-How-the-Government-Jeopardized-Our-National-Security-for-More-than-a-Generation.pdf

Committee staff report on the hacking of Office of Personnel Management data bases by foreign sources in 2015.  The report blames the agency for failing to heed repeated warnings about inadequate security and for misleading the public on the extent of the damage.  From the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform

 

Head Start Performance Standards

Categories: Children,Education-Higher,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/09/06/2016-19748/head-start-performance-standards

Text of the final rule which revised the Head Start Standards.  From the Office of the Federal Register and the Children and Families Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services

 

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