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UK — The economic impact of the motor vehicle full-service leasing and rental sector

January 13, 2015 Comments off

The economic impact of the motor vehicle full-service leasing and rental sector
Source: Oxford Economics

This study, commissioned by the BVRLA, the trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector, investigates the economic contribution the full-service leasing and rental sector makes to the UK economy. In 2013, the sector owned some 3.6 million vehicles (cars, light commercial and HGVs). This was over 10% of the vehicles on the UK’s roads that year. Of these, some 11 vehicles in every 100 were leased, with a further two rented.

In 2013, the sector supported a £24.9 billion gross value added of the individual impacts of the operations of the industry itself, the UK-made vehicles it purchases, the use of UK made engines, the activity in dealerships, and its impact on the used-car market. This is equivalent to the size of the economies of Edinburgh and Leicester combined.

The sector is estimated to support 317,000 people in employment in 2013. To place this in context, in the same year there were 270,000 people employed in the city of Sheffield. By supporting economic activity and employment the sector raised tax receipts for the Exchequer. In 2013, these receipts amounted to £81 for every UK resident, or some £5.2 billion in total. ​

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By the numbers: a 2014 money-in-politics index

December 31, 2014 Comments off

By the numbers: a 2014 money-in-politics index
Source: Center for Public Integrity

We crunch a lot of numbers at the Center for Public Integrity. These are some from 2014 that stand out.

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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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