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Military Health System/Defense Health System: Ebola

October 21, 2014 Comments off

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The Military Health System published two new documents about the Ebola crisis:
– Fact sheet for families of Service members deploying to West Africa
– Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola

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DHS OIG — OIG Finds Improved Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children

September 2, 2014 Comments off

OIG Finds Improved Conditions at Detention Centers for Alien Children (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), today cited improved living conditions in the second in a series of reports on detention centers being used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to temporarily house Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).

The latest report is based on 60 unannounced site visits by OIG agents – to 41 CBP facilities and one other Federal site in Texas and New Mexico – conducted July 17 to August 20. The OIG’s findings are contained in a memorandum from Inspector General John Roth to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson (see attached).

+ Full Report (PDF)

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CDC Director Releases After-Action Report on Recent Anthrax Incident; Highlights Steps to Improve Laboratory Quality and Safety

July 16, 2014 Comments off

CDC Director Releases After-Action Report on Recent Anthrax Incident; Highlights Steps to Improve Laboratory Quality and Safety
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report today that reviews the early June incident that involved the unintentional exposure of personnel to potentially viable anthrax at the CDC’s Roybal Campus. The report identifies factors found to have contributed to the incident; and highlights actions taken by the agency to address these factors and prevent future incidents. Based on a review of all aspects of the June incident, CDC concluded that while it is not impossible that staff members were exposed to viable B. anthracis, it is extremely unlikely that this occurred. None of the staff who was potentially exposed has become ill with anthrax.

While finalizing this report, CDC leadership was made aware that earlier this year a culture of non-pathogenic avian influenza was unintentionally cross-contaminated at the CDC influenza laboratory with the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of influenza and shipped to a BSL-3 select-agent laboratory operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). There were no exposures as a result of that incident. The CDC influenza laboratory is now closed and will not reopen until adequate procedures are put in place. Further investigation, review, and action is underway.

As a result of these two incidents, CDC is issuing, effective immediately, a moratorium on the movement (i.e., transfer inside or outside the agency) of biological materials (i.e., infectious agents, active or inactivated specimens) from BSL3 or BSL-4 facilities. The moratorium will remain in place pending review by an advisory committee.

See also: CDC Media Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Specimens

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Infographic Profiles State Government Tax Collection Trends

June 10, 2014 Comments off

Infographic Profiles State Government Tax Collection Trends
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

A new “Measuring America” infographic focuses on the sources of state tax revenue and on the 2012-2013 changes for each state. The infographic draws on the state tax collection statistics previously released on April 8 (


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The career prospects of overeducated Americans

June 3, 2014 Comments off

The career prospects of overeducated Americans (PDF)
Source: National Bureau of Economic Research (preliminary draft)

In this paper we analyze career dynamics for the large share of U.S. workers who have more schooling than their peers in the same occupation. We use data from the NLSY79 combined with the CPS to analyze transitions into and out of overeducated employment, together with the corresponding effects on wages. Overeducation is a fairly persistent phenomenon at the aggregate and individual levels, with 66% of workers remaining overeducated after one year. Overeducation is not only more common, but also more persistent among blacks and low-AFQT individuals. Further, the hazard rate out of overeducation drops by about 60% during the first 5 years spent overeducated. However, the estimation of a mixed proportional hazard model suggests that this is attributable to selection on unobservables rather than true duration dependence. Finally, overeducation is associated with lower current as well as future wages, which points to the existence of scarring effects.

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DHS OIG — Semiannual Report to Congress

June 3, 2014 Comments off

Semiannual Report to Congress (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

This report, as you will see, contains some impressive numbers:

  • We initiated 238 and closed 380 investigations. We were responsible for 81 arrests, 45 indictments, 56 convictions, and 16 personnel actions. This led to $33 million in recoveries, fines, and restitutions.
  • In our 58 management and disaster relief fund reports, we identified $88.6 mill ion in questioned costs. We also issued 7 reports identifying $8.9 million in funds that could be put to bett er use.

These figures, which we are required to report, show that our office easily pays for itself, but they do not reflect our full contribution to the Department and the American people. We made 325 recommendations to improve Department programs and operations in which we identified waste and vulnerabilities. For example:

  • DHS components allowed certain employees to drive government vehicles to and from work, but did not ensure that such use is justified
  • In CBP’s acquisition of its Advanced Training Center, it did not develop and execute a multi-million dollar interagency agreement according to Federal, departmental, and component requirements.
  • CBP also approved millions of dollars worth of contract modifications without ensuring they were needed and reasonable.
  • FEMA gave inaccurate advice to its sub-grantees about requirements for spending Federal disaster relief money.DHS has had significant challenges in complying with Federal computer security requirements.

We cannot place a dollar figure on the value of these audits, but there is little question that, if our recommendations are followed, the Department can save hundreds of millions per year and more effectively execute its mission.

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Survey of Doctorate Recipients, 2010 (data tables)

May 10, 2014 Comments off

Survey of Doctorate Recipients, 2010
Source: National Science Foundation

  • Doctoral scientists and engineers: 2010
  • Employed doctoral scientists and engineers: 2010
  • Occupations of doctoral scientists and engineers: 2010
  • Median annual salaries of full-time employed doctoral scientists and engineers: 2010
  • Postdoctoral appointments of doctoral scientists and engineers: 2010
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