- Promote global health security
- Reinforce norms of safe and responsible conduct
- Obtain timely and accurate insight on current and emerging risks
- Take reasonable steps to reduce the potential for exploitation
- Expand our capability to prevent, attribute, and apprehend
- Communicate effectively with all stakeholders
- Transform the international dialogue on biological threat
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The government created a website to provide information about how stimulus money is being spent and track the effectiveness of stimulus programs. Users can find information on how money has been allocated, report jobs that have been saved, apply for funds, and report fraud or abuse of stimulus funding.
Learn more at: Recovery.gov
Monday, November 16, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
In Houston festivities are arranged around the theme Houston Salutes American Heroes. Activities start at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall, 901 Bagby. After an 11th hour ceremony, a Veteran's Day Parade will commence at 11:45 a.m. at Smith Street between Texas and Lamar. Free parking will be available for Veteran's Day activities between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in Theatre District parking.
Veterans at Rice will be honored at 11 a.m. with a ceremony in the Ray Courtyard of the Rice Memorial Center. Selected because of his outstanding contributions to Rice University and his military service, Dr. George Bennett from Biochemistry and Cell Biology will be this year's special honoree . Presidential Visiting Fellow Colonel Daniel Ragsdale and ROTC member Josh Kirlin will give remarks. The Shepherd School's Brenton Ryan will sing the national anthem, and the MOB will provide music.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
- League of Women Voters Guides for Harris County in English or Spanish and for Fort Bend County.
- Houston Chronicle Elections and Politics
Includes sample ballots for Houston-area counties.
- Can I Vote (for anywhere in the United States). Created by state election officials to help eligible voters check their registration status and determine how and where to vote.
- Harris County Voter Registration - Find your information by entering your name (last name first name with no punctuation between), your address (leave off street, drive, etc.), or your certificate number (just numbers, no dashes).
- Harris County - Find Your Election Day Poll and View Voter Specific Ballot - Choose this link listed right under November 3, 2009 Joint Election. Enter information as suggested immediately above.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Voter Registration Status
Friday, October 30, 2009
China specialists, policymakers, and information operation professionals, the report assesses China's capability "to conduct computer network operations (CNO) both during peacetime and periods of conflict."
Other reports about China are also available on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission website.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
According to the GPO press release,
"The authentic, electronic version is available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), named by Government Computer News as one of the Government’s best Web sites. GPO authenticated the document by digital signature. This signature assures the public that the document has not been changed or altered. A digital signature, viewed through the GPO Seal of Authenticity, verifies the document’s integrity and authenticity."
Interested individuals can download the bill here.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
In just one week Fall has spread across the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan areas. See these and other amazing images at NASA's website: Earth Obserbvatory.
Friday, October 09, 2009
- (1) submission to the Federal agency of an electronic version of the author's final manuscript of original research papers that have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals and result from research supported, in whole or in part, from funding by the Federal Government;
- (2) the incorporation of all changes resulting from the peer review publication process in the manuscript described under paragraph (1);
- (3) the replacement of the final manuscript with the final published version if--
- (A) the publisher consents to the replacement; and
- (B) the goals of the Federal agency for functionality and interoperability are retained;
- (A) the publisher consents to the replacement; and
- (4) free online public access to such final peer-reviewed manuscripts or published versions as soon as practicable, but not later than 6 months after publication in peer-reviewed journals;
- (5) production of an online bibliography of all research papers that are publicly accessible under the policy, with each entry linking to the corresponding free online full text; and
- (6) long-term preservation of, and free public access to, published research findings--
- (A) in a stable digital repository maintained by the Federal agency; or
- (B) if consistent with the purposes of the Federal agency, in any repository meeting conditions determined favorable by the Federal agency, including free public access, interoperability, and long-term preservation.
- (A) in a stable digital repository maintained by the Federal agency; or
In addition to the THOMAS (Library of Congress) version linked above, GovTrack.us provides updates about the status of S.1373: Federal Research Public Access of Act of 2009.
Monday, October 05, 2009
The City of Houston, City of Bellaire, Houston Community College System, Alief ISD, Channelview ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Houston ISD, Klein ISD, North Forest IDS, Spring ISD, Harris County Improvement District No. 3, Harris County MUD 127, Southwest Harris County MUD No. 1, and West Memorial MUD are all having elections. Ballots will also include state amendments.
League of Women Voters guides are being prepared and will be available soon in Fondren's Kelley Center and online at the League's site.
Early voting begins Oct. 19 and ends Oct. 30. A list of early voting locations and times is available on Harris Votes. A variety of election information is also available on Fondren's elections page.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
- The Mayor Bill White Collection of 100 initial interviews of well-known political, business and civic leaders. These interviews are available in the digital archives of the Houston Public Library, and copies are deposited at the University of Houston.
- The Neighborhood voices recordings created in the summer of 2008 by citizens who came to Houston Public Library locations to record their recollections about life in Houston. These will be digitized in the near future.
- HMRC (Houston Metropolitan Research Center) Oral Histories. This research center of the Houston Public Library has digitized more than 200 oral histories of artists, musicians, civil rights activists, politicians and civic leaders from the 1970s and 1980s. Click on one of the 200 names listed on the website to listen to the interview. At present interviews for names listed in bold are accessible digitally.
The project has several Rice University connections. Historian Dr. Louis Marchiafava joined the project at Rice in l974 before moving to the Houston Public Library as director the their research center. Marie Wise, the Houston Public Library's digital projects manager, worked at Rice's Digital Media Center on the TIMEA (Travelers in the Middle East Archive) project. Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning worked with two middle school teachers at Hogg Middle School to teach middle school students how to interview WWII veterans from the Heights area. They created an oral history project entitled The Heights Remembers World War II. Melinda Wolfrum, a Rice University history major, edited the students' videotapes and interviewed them about what they learned in the process. Rice employees Tom Bisciglia and Eric Rombokas helped make excepts of the videos available on the Internet.
For more details about the Houston Oral History Project, see the Houston Chronicle's Sept. 29, 2009 story Homespun tales now on Web.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
- Releasing the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2008 early. Rulemaking under the Bush administration restricted the amount of toxic release information made available to communities and the public. This data release restores reporting to the levels that existed before that rulemaking.
- Releasing two sets of data about the herbicide atrazine which is commonly found in streams and groundwater but is toxic to humans and animals even at low levels. One data set is for drinking water monitoring and the other is for ecological monitoring.
- Making available online data about the air quality around selected schools.
- Publishing a list of the highest-risk coal-ash dumpsites in the nation.
On the cautionary side, however, OMB Watch notes that some data releases are the result of FOIA requests and lawsuits. The EPA also still lacks a permanent assistant administrator for the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) which plays a key role in releasing data to the public.
More information about each of these steps is available from the full article on OMB Watch.
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
As the foregoing demonstrates, despite numerous credible and detailed complaints, the SEC never properly examined or investigated Madofi's trading and never took the necessary, but basic, steps to determine if Madoff was operating a Ponzi scheme. Had these efforts been made with appropriate follow-up at any time beginning in June of 1992 until December 2008, the SEC could have uncovered the Ponzi scheme well before Madoff confessed.
I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.
He also stresses the importance of students' school success to the well being of our country:
We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.
President Obama's complete speech is available from the White House.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Family statement from Edward Kennedy's senate website:
Edward M. Kennedy—the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply—died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.
Statement from President Barack Obama on the death of Senator Ted Kennedy
Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.
For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.
I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.
An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.
And the Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times and bad.
Our hearts and prayers go out to them today--to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.
Edward (Ted) Kennedy's Biography from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Ted Kennedy's Speeches on the House and Senate floors for the 111th Congress, 2009-2010 from GovTrack.us
See tributes, videos, and pictures of the senator and share memories and sympathy with the Kennedy family at http://www.tedkennedy.org/.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Deborah Hersman, Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, reacted to the Welsh video by saying that it provides a powerful lesson. She said 40,000 people lose their lives each year because of distracted driving practices (cell phone use and texting). In a speech before the International Symposium on Distracted Driving held in Oct. 2008 in Arlington, Virginia, her predecessor, Mark Rosenker, acting Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board discussed the need for states to improve their impaired driving laws. Regarding teen drivers, he urged states to "enact graduated driver licensing legislation that teach teens to drive gradually, restrict the number of teen passengers traveling with young novice drivers, and prohibit use of wireless communications devices by young novice drivers."
More information about safe driving for teens is available from the following sites:
Friday, August 21, 2009
The document is one resource from the CDC's H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu):Resources for Child Care Programs, Schools, Colleges and Universities page. The page also provides an online toolkit entitled Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Institutions of Higher Education which contains fact sheets, a poster, a template letter, and a template announcement to use for communicating about H1N1 with students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The former portal, http://www.DefenseLink.mil, will now serve as a news Web site and will be accessible from Defense.gov.
Monday, August 10, 2009
- Provide early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts
- Assimilate and quality control data about droughts and models
- Provide information about risk and impact of droughts to different agencies and stakeholders
- Provide information about past droughts for comparison and to understand current conditions
- Explain how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts
- Provide a forum for different stakeholders to discuss drought-related issues
The portal includes the U.S. Drought Monitor and the Drought Impact Reporter which alternate on the screen and use a clickable color-coded United States map to provide a dramatic visual display. Drought conditions and impact statements for states and regions are available from a pull-down menu. Other features include forecasting, planning, research, and recovery information, and educational materials targeted to general audiences and to K-12 students and teachers.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
From the Library of Congress:
Links to pertinent information about Sonia Sotomayor and the confirmation process
Monday, August 03, 2009
Artist Maira Kalman's series on American democracy, "And the Pursuit of Happiness", begins with the inauguration of President Obama and continues with a new entry each month. The artwork is beautiful and the entries are thoughtful and inspiring.
For the RSS feed:
Friday, July 31, 2009
- Pregnant women
- Household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months
- Healthcare and emergency services personnel
- All people from 6 months through 24 years of age
- People aged 25 through 64 years of age who have health conditions that might make them more susceptible to medical complications from influenza
Although not expected, if there is a shortage of the H1N1 vaccine, the first three groups above are still targeted to receive the vaccine, but the last two groups change to:
- Children 6 months through 4 years of age
- Children 5 through 18 years of age who have chronic medical conditions.
For more information about the rationale behind selecting these groups, see the H1N1 vaccination recommendations press release.
The CDC stresses that this vaccine is not a substitute for the seasonal flu vaccine. Both may be administered on the same day.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
The CDC is concerned because being overweight or obese increases the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers. To help communities promote healthier eating and active living behaviors, the CDC has initiated the Common Community Measures for Obesity Prevention Project which recommends a set of 24 strategies and measurements for communities to use to "plan and monitor environmental and policy-level changes for obesity prevention." The 24 strategies fall under six general strategies:
- promote the availability of affordable healthy food and beverages
- support healthy food and beverage choices
- encourage breastfeeding
- encourage physical activity or limit sedentary activity among children and youth
- create safe communities that support physical activity
- encourage communities to organize for change.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Statistics that might be surprising include the current rate of growth of older people in developing countries is more than double that in developed nations. Also, the so-called "oldest old" or those 80 and above are the fastest growing portion of the total population in many countries. For more details about the report, see NIH News.
YouTube has made available videos of both the moon landing and Armstrong's speech. NASA has a link to the news conference of President Obama with Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins at 2:30 p.m. today. Also available through NASA is the text of President Kennedy's May 25, 1961 speech proposing to put a human on the Moon by the end of the decade and his Sept. 12, 1961 address at Rice University with his oft-quoted words "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
Given this Rice and Houston connection, SpaceFest is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a four day (July 17-20, 2009) celebration at Houston's downtown park, Discovery Green. Entertainment includes music, space films, historical exhibits, and activities for kids.
For more information about Rice University's extensive involvement in space initiatives, see the Rice News story "We choose to go to the moon."
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In order to achieve the core goal, the report lists the following objectives:
- Disrupting terrorist networks in Afghanistan and especially Pakistan to degrade any ability they have to plan and launch international terrorist attacks.
- Promoting a more capable, accountable, and effective government in Afghanistan that serves the Afghan people and can eventually function, especially regarding internal security, with limited international support.
- Developing increasingly self-reliant Afghan security forces that can lead the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism fight with reduced U.S. assistance.
- Assisting efforts to enhance civilian control and stable constitutional government in Pakistan and a vibrant economy that provides opportunity for the people of Pakistan.
- Involving the international community to actively assist in addressing these objectives for Afghanistan and Pakistan, with an important leadership role for the UN.
The 76 page report includes an executive summary, acronyms, statistics and tables, and discussion about strategies to meet the objectives.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
This program has already proven beneficial for the Utah Department of Health which received a call from a person concerned about incidents of cancer in his neighborhood. Instead of taking a year to complete a study, in less than a day the tracking program was able to determine the likelihood of cancer in his area was no greater than in the state as a whole.
In addition to the press release and site, A YouTube video is available with more details about the program.
Monday, June 15, 2009
The 2010 Census kicks off in January 2010 in remote Alaskan villages. In late March most Americans will receive their census forms by mail or in person. An advance letter will inform people that the census is about to begin. Census forms will be available by request in five languages other than English: Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian.
It is important for everyone to complete census forms since data collected from the census are used to decide how many Congressional seats a state gets as well as what community services and how much federal funding local, state, and tribal governments will receive.
For those interested in a job with the census, peak recruitment begins in the fall of 2009 with most hiring occurring in the spring of 2010. For more information and for a link to a practice test for potential census workers, access the 2010 Census Job site.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
- Leading from the Top
- Building Capacity for a Digital Nation
- Sharing Responsibility for Cybersecurity
- Creating Effective Information Sharing and Incident Response
- Encouraging Innovation
To read other publications by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, access their Reports and Publications page.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
GAO found the following common themes in the 10 cases of restraint or seclusion they examined that resulted in either a criminal conviction, a civil or administrative liability finding, or a large financial settlement:
- they involved children with disabilities who were restrained and secluded often in cases where they were not physically aggressive and their parents did not give consent
- restraints that block air to the lungs can be deadly
- teachers and staff in the cases were often not trained on the use of seclusions and restraints
- teachers and staff from at least 5 of the 10 cases continue to be employed as educators.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The SCAP complements the Treasury's Capital Assistance Program (CAP) whose function is to make capital available to financial institutions "as a bridge to private capital in the future."
Both the Overview of Results (333 KB PDF)and a statement by Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben S. Bernanke are available.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
- What factors in the external security environment should inform U.S. policy and strategy?
- How has U.S. nuclear and strategic policy evolved since the end of the Cold War?
- What role should nuclear weapons and U.S. strategic military capabilities more generally (including missile defense) play today in U.S. military strategy and national security strategy?
- How should U.S. forces be postured? How many nuclear weapons are “enough?”
- How can political instruments be used to shape the security environment? What can arms control contribute? How can nonproliferation be strengthened?
- What is the most efficient and effective way to maintain a safe, secure,
and reliable deterrent?
Monday, May 04, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services (HCPHES) has created a Swine and Pandemic Flu Resources page to provide information for businesses, healthcare providers, first responders, educators, and the public.
The Texas Department of Health Services also has an extensive listing of resources on its swine flu page including information for professionals and news releases about precautions such as school closures.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a wide variety of frequently updated multi-media links about flu/swine flu (now called by them H1N1 flu).
The World Health Organization provides constant updates about the threat of an influenza pandemic.
EBSCO Publishing announced that its DynaMed is providing free swine flu information to health care providers and institutions throughout the world. DynaMed's Swine Influenza resource helps medical care providers stay current "with recommendations for monitoring, diagonosing, and treating patients with flu-like illnesses."
Gale Cengage Learning is providing free access to dozens of eBooks in Gale Virtual Reference Library and to its newly created Swine Flu Portal in Global Issues in Context which is updated daily.
CDC frequent updates about H1N1 has a comprehensive list of links about H1N1 Virus plus the latest updates including the 5/5/09 update about recommendations concerning closing schools.
5/4/09 Links for special populations/situations in addition to the ones listed several days ago are:
- Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines for First Responders
- Interim Guidance for Cleaning Medical Emergency Service (EMS) Transport Vehicles during an Influenza Pandemic
Texas and Area Cases
- Cases by Texas Counties
- Houston Area school closings provided by newspaper or public radio sources.
As of 4/30/09 some of the latest links from the CDC include:
- Antiviral Drugs
- Facemasks and Respirators
- Interim Guidance - Pregnant Women and Swine Influenza: Considerations for Clinicians
The following links are taken from a swine flu information packet annotated and emailed by the CDC to various agencies.
- Swine Flu Video Podcast: In this video, Dr. Joe Bresee, with the CDC Influenza Division, describes swine flu - its signs and symptoms, how it's transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill.
- All you have to do is wash your hands Podcast: Teaches children how and when to wash their hands properly.
- Ounce of Prevention: Tips and streaming video for parents and children about the steps and benefits of effective hand washing.
- CDC TV - Put Your Hands Together: (Video) Improper handwashing may transmit up to 80% of all infections.
- Swine Flu Key Facts: Provides facts about Swine Influenza
- Swine Flu and You: Provides answers to questions about Swine Influenza
- Swine Flu RSS feed: Receive automatic updates on Swine Flu from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention right on your desktop or browser.
- INFLUENZA: Pigs, People and Public Health: Public Health Fact Sheet from National Pork Board
- Cover your Cough Posters: Stop the Spread of Germs that Make You and Others Sick! ... Printable formats of "Cover Your Cough". Posters only available as PDF files.
The CDC also has resources organized especially for children in schools and child care settings, for health care workers, and for the workplace in general.
Schools/Child Care Facilities
- The Flu: A Guide for Parents: Questions and answers about the flu, how to protect your child, treatment, and more
- Preventing the Spread of Influenza (the Flu) in Child Care Settings: Guidance for Administrators, Care Providers, and Other Staff: Flu recommendations for schools and child care providers
- Questions and Answers: Information for Schools: Printable version of answers to questions commonly asked by school administrators, teachers, staff, and parents
- Protecting Against the Flu: Advice for Caregivers of Children Less Than 6 Months Old: Research has shown that children less than 5 years of age are at high risk of serious flu-related complications.
- Stopping Germs at Home, Work and School: Fact Sheet
- BAM! Body and Mind. Teacher's Corner: In this activity, students will conduct an experiment on washing their hands. They will learn that "clean" hands may not be so clean after all and the critical importance of washing their hands as a way to prevent the spread of disease.
- Questions and Answers: Information for Schools: Information about preventing the spread of flu in schools
- CDC - Be a Germ Stopper: Posters and Materials: For Community and Public Settings Like Schools and Child Care Facilities).
- Stop the Spread of Germs: "Be a Germ Stopper" posters and screensavers. Simple reminders for good hygiene for use in classrooms, cafeterias or laminated for bathrooms.
- Cover Your Cough: Access posters and flyers formatted for use in schools.
- Scrub Club: The site features a fun and educational animated Webisode with seven "soaper-heros" who battle nasty villains who represent germs and bacteria. Kids learn the six key steps to proper handwashing through a webisode, handwashing song, interactive games, and activities for kids, and educational materials for teachers are also available to download.
Health Care Settings
- Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools for Professionals: Resources to help hospital administrators and state and local health officials prepare for the next influenza pandemic.
- Patient Education Materials: This season’s materials reflect outreach to high-risk groups, including caregivers and parents of infants...
- Cough Etiquette in Health Care Settings: Tips to prevent the spread of germs from coughing; Information about Personal Protective Equipment Demonstrates the sequences for donning and...
- Seasonal Flu Information for Workplaces & Employees: Resources for Workplaces & Employees
- Workplace Planning: Includes flyers and posters, in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese...
- Antiviral Drugs
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The press release describes the following available reports:
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1 (1863–1894). This was the first NAS publication series, and it includes information about the Academy's early work for the government on topics such as how to prevent compass deviation which sent iron warships off course, whether the metric system of weights and measures should be adopted, and how the new U.S. Geological Service should be organized.
- Investigation of the Scientific and Economic Relations of the Sorghum Sugar Industry (1882). This report was the Academy's first self-initiated study, produced by the first committee to include non-Academy members.
- Proposed U.S. Program for the International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958. American participation in the International Geophysical Year – a historic, worldwide scientific effort that investigated the workings of the Earth and saw the launch of the first satellites – was guided and coordinated by a committee of the Academy.
- The Polar Regions and Climatic Change (1984) Changes in Earth's polar regions are widely covered in the news today, but the Academies have been studying this phenomenon for more than 20 years.
The National Academies is made up of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Although private nonprofit institutions, they operate under a congressional charter to provide science, technology, and health policy advice to the nation. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln "signed into being" the National Academy of Science to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" when asked by any department of the government. Expansions included the National Research Council in 1916, the National Academy of Engineering in 1964, and the Institute of Medicine in 1970.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
According to the NIH Public Access Policy, "Final, peer-reviewed manuscripts must be posted to the NIHMS upon acceptance for publication, and be made publicly available on PMC no later than 12 months after the official date of publication."
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Previous annual reports from 2002-2008 about the military capability of the People's Republic of China are also available.
Monday, March 09, 2009
IRS Information Related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 highlights the following topics:
- COBRA: Health Insurance Continuation Subsidy
- Tax credit of up to $8,000 for first-time home buyers
- Tax credit of $400 or $800 for many taxpayers
- $250 payment to Social Security Recipients, Veterans and Railroad Retirees
- Deductions for state and local sales taxes for purchasing certain new 2009 vehicles
- Tips to avoid Recovery Rebate Credit confusion
FinancialStability.gov from the U.S. Department of the Treasury contains links about making housing affordable, the Consumer and Business Lending Initiative (TALF), the Capital Assistance Program (CAP), the Financial Stability Plan, fact sheets, and press releases and statements.
The fiscal year 2010 budget overview from the Office of Management and Budget describes the Obama Administration's fiscal policies and major budgetary initiatives.
State Economic Stimulus Plans from the National Conference of State Legislatures provides details about state-level stimulus plans for 16 states.
Stimulus Watch describes projects that are candidates for funding by federal grant programs once the stimulus bill passes. This site allows people with local knowledge about the proposed projects in their cities to find, discuss, and rate the projects.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The press release explains:
The TALF is designed to catalyze the securitization markets by providing financing to investors to support their purchases of certain AAA-rated asset-backed securities (ABS). These markets have historically been a critical component of lending in our financial system, but they have been virtually shuttered since the worsening of the financial crisis in October. By reopening these markets, the TALF will assist lenders in meeting the borrowing needs of consumers and small businesses, helping to stimulate the broader economy.
On March 17, 2009 the program will accept subscriptions for funding and on March 25 the new securitizations will be funded, creating new lending capacity for additional future loans. Funding should continue on a monthly basis through December 2009 or longer at the discretion of the Federal Reserve Board.
See http://www.financialstability.gov/ for additional information about the TALF and the CBLI (Consumer Business Lending Initiative).
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
SIGAR's (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction) second quarterly report to Congress (Jan. 2009) about Afghanistan summarizes oversight reports on reconstruction since 2002, discusses observations about challenges to reconstruction, and outlines SIGAR's methodology for oversight.
SIGIR's (Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction) Jan. 2009 quarterly report about Iraq "examines the obligation and expenditure of the four major U.S. reconstruction accounts, updates progress on significant projects in the provinces, and reviews key political, economic, and security developments that will affect the U.S. program in Iraq during 2009." It also makes the following recommendations:
- Expeditiously appoint new leadership and clearly articulate policy and budget direction.
- Re-evaluate and re-shape the reconstruction management structure to fit the new era in Iraq.
- More efficiently integrate civil and military management structures.
- Effectively manage the security situation in accord with the terms of the new Security Agreement.
- Urge the Government of Iraq to embrace and sustain its primary role in reconstruction.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The IRS has also created a page of "what-if" scenarios listing possible consequences for topics ranging from losing a job or losing a home through foreclosure to filing for bankruptcy protection, withdrawing money from an IRA, or facing drops in value for a 401k.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Previous quarterly reports are also available.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
- Future of war
- Unconventional weapons and technology proliferation
- Nuclear proliferation-a special case
- Unconventional operational concepts and the homeland
- What we know and don't know about adversary capabilities: intelligence
- Fighting through asymmetric counterforce
- Strategic communication--another instrument of U.S. power
A December 2008 report also addressed nuclear weapons:Permanent Task Force on Nuclear Weapons Surety Report: Nuclear Weapons Inspections for the Strategic Nuclear Forces. An April 2008 related report dealt with unauthorized movement of nuclear weapons.