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Friday, September 22, 2006

Friday Resource Round-up

al Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat
A House Intelligence Committee which "addresses how five years after 9-11 al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist organizations remain determined to carry out attacks against the United States, our allies and U.S. interests abroad."

Alleged Misconduct by Senior DoD Officials Concerning the Able Danger Program and Lieutenant Colonel Anthony A. Shaffer, U.S. Army Reserve
A Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General investigation report.

Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering
"Eliminating gender bias in universities requires immediate overarching reform, as well as decisive action by university administrators, professional societies, government agencies, and Congress, says a new report from the National Academies."

The Booming Dynamics of Aging: From Awareness to Action
A report to the President and to Congress from the 2005 White House Conference on Aging.

Competing for the Retail Drug Market
A Statistics Canada report.

Crime in the United States: 2005
The latest report from the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Department of Justice Purchase Card Expenditures Related to Hurricane Recovery Efforts
A Justice Department audit.

Do Local Owners Deliver More Localism?: Some Evidence from Local Broadcast News
A working paper from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Effects of Measles-Control Activities - African Region, 1999-2005
A Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article.

Entrepreneurship: The Foundation for Economic Renewal in the Gulf Coast Region
Conference proceedings from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

EPA Needs to Conduct Environmental Justice Reviews of Its Programs, Policies, and Activities
An evaluation report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General.

Estimates of Maximum Underground Working Gas Storage Capacity in the United States
An Energy Information Administration (EIA) assessment.

Exposures to Environmental Toxicants and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in US Children
An Environmental Health Perspectives article.

The Government's Role in Aiding Small Business Federal Subcontracting Programs in the United States
An SBA report.

Health Benefits, Risks, and Cost-Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccination of Children
An article from the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Hunter Education Student Manual
Online guides for hunter safety produced by Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP).

Implementation of the Healthy Forests Initiative
A U.S. Department of Agriculture audit report.

Implementation of the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980: A Report to the Chief Justice
A judicial branch committee report.

Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey: MCPSS 2006 Results
"The Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) is one of the tools CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] will use to measure provider satisfaction levels, as a result of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003."

The Middle Class Squeeze
"A new report prepared for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Henry A. Waxman finds that working families have seen their real income drop by almost $1,300 since 2000, while the costs of health insurance, gasoline and home heating, and attending college have increased by almost $5,000 annually."

Mortgaging our Future: How Financial Barriers to College Undercut America's Global Competitiveness
A report of the Department of Education Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

Naval Operations Concept: 2006
This publications "describes how the Navy-Marine Corps team will contribute to the defense of our nation."

People, Places, and Things: The Social Process of Reentry for Female Ex-Offenders
A Department of Justice-funded report.

Perceived Barriers to Walking for Physical Activity
A research report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Promising Techniques Identified to Improve Drinking Water Laboratory Integrity and Reduce Public Health Risks
"Given the potential impact of poor quality data on human health, we [the EPA Office of Inspector General] recommend that EPA assess drinking water laboratory integrity and incorporate promising techniques to better identify inappropriate procedures and fraud into the laboratory oversight process."

Providing Services to Victims Viewing a Trial at Multiple Locations
An Office for Victims of Crime resource guide.

The Real ID Act: National Impact Analysis
"Based on the results of that survey, NGA, NCSL and AAMVA conclude that Real ID will cost more than $11 billion over five years, have a major impact on services to the public and impose unrealistic burdens on states to comply with the act by the May 2008 deadline."

Report on Integrity Threats to Hazardous Liquid Pipelines
This Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General report "found that hazardous liquid pipeline operators had repaired all 409 threats we examined, with about 98 percent of the repairs completed within established timeframes."

Restoring Honesty and Accountability in Washington
A report from the Democratic Staff of the House Committee on Government Reform.

The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon: Interim Report
A monograph available online from the National Academies Press.

Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Attempts, Major Depressive Episode, and Substance Use among Adults
A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report.

Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8
A National Academies Press publication.

A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education
The pre-publication edition of the final report of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education.

U.S. Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Regional Issues
A State Department publication.

Use of Polygraph Examinations in the Department of Justice
A Department of Justice Inspector General report.

Where has the Money Gone? Declining Industrial Support of Academic R&D
A National Science Foundation report on the decline in industrial funding for academic research and development since 2002.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Reports:
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation: June 2006
  • Mass Layoffs in August 2006
  • Occupational Outlook Quarterly: Fall 2006
  • Producer Price Indexes: August 2006
  • Regional and State Employment and Unemployment: August 2006
  • Workers with at least ten years of employee tenure, 2006

    Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Documents:
  • Alternatives for Connecting Remote Department of Defense Facilities to the Global Information Grid
  • Evaluating the Role of Prices and R&D in Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions

    Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports:
  • Federal Counter-Terrorism Training: Issues for Congressional Oversight
  • Free Mail for Troops Overseas
  • Homeland Security: Coast Guard Operations- Background and Issues for Congress
  • Homeland Security Research and Development Funding, Organization, and Oversight
  • Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses
  • Iran's Nuclear Program: Recent Developments
  • Iraq: Elections, Government, and Constitution
  • Legal Developments in International Civil Aviation
  • Science and Technology Policy: Issues for the 109th Congress
  • Steel: Price and Policy Issues
  • U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

    Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Reports:
  • Burglary at Single-Family House Construction Sites
  • Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs
  • Witness Intimidation

    Economic Research Service (ERS) Reports and Data:
  • Floriculture and Nursery Crops
  • Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook

    Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports:
  • Alternative Mortgage Products: Impact on Defaults Remains Unclear, but Disclosure of Risks to Borrowers Could Be Improved
  • Aviation Safety: FAA's Safety Efforts Generally Strong but Face Challenges
  • Business Tax Reform: Simplification and Increased Uniformity of Taxation Would Yield Benefits
  • Child Care and Early Childhood Education: More Information Sharing and Program Review by HHS Could Enhance Access for Families with Limited English Proficiency
  • Climate Change: Greater Clarity and Consistency Are Needed in Reporting Federal Climate Change Funding
  • Combating Nuclear Terrorism: Federal Efforts to Respond to Nuclear and Radiological Threats and to Protect Emergency Response Capabilities Could Be Strengthened
  • Defense Space Activities: Management Actions Are Needed to Better Identify, Track, and Train Air Force Space Personnel
  • The Federal Workforce: Additional Insights Could Enhance Agency Efforts Related to Hispanic Representation
  • Financial Restatement Database
  • Higher Education: School's Use of the Antitrust Exemption Has Not Significantly Affected College Affordability or Likelihood of Student Enrollment to Date
  • Information Quality Act: Expanded Oversight and Clearer Guidance by the Office of Management and Budget Could Improve Agencies' Implementation of the Act
  • Military Operations: Background Screenings of Contractor Employees Supporting Deployed Forces May Lack Critical Information, but U.S. Forces Take Steps to Mitigate the Risk Contractors May Pose
  • Military Personnel: DOD and the Services Need to Take Additional Steps to Improve Mobilization Data for the Reserve Components
  • Military Personnel: DOD Needs an Oversight Framework and Standards to Improve Management of Its Casualty Assistance Programs
  • No Child Left Behind Act: Education Actions Needed to Improve Implementation and Evaluation of Supplemental Educational Services
  • Nuclear Energy: Status of DOE's Effort to Develop the Next Generation Nuclear Plant
  • Reserve Forces: Army National Guard and Army Reserve Readiness for 21st Century Challenges

    National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Reports:
  • Dairy Products Prices
  • Potatoes: 2005 Summary
  • U.S. Hog Breeding Herd Structure

    United Nations Documents:
  • Human Rights Report: 1 July - 31 August 2006
  • Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development Annual Report: 2005
  • Midterm comprehensive global review of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010
  • Report of the Secretary-General on the Sudan
  • Uniting Against Terrorism: Recommendations for a global counter-terrorism strategy
  • World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation

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