Archive for July, 2017

What Is the CBO Scorecard?

Although we have been hearing a lot recently on “CBO Scores” or “CBO Scorecard”, these terms actually do not exist within the federal government. These terms are really shorthand for “cost estimates” that the Congressional Budget Office issues. Of late, with the various iterations to replace/repeal the Affordable Care Act, the CBO has issued reports on the impact of each one. To review these health care “scorecards”, please come here.

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Additional JFK Assassination Records Released

Ask anyone of a certain age “Where were you when President Kennedy was killed”, and you will get a detailed account of where that person was. The National Archives continues to open files associated with this traumatic event; these contain CIA and FBI records.

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United States Health Statistics, 2016

Health, United States, 2016 is the fortieth volume in this ongoing series of presenting vast amounts of data regarding the health of this country. Rather than plow through this voluminous report, selected topics are broken out and aggregated for ease of reading. This year the “chartbook” focuses on long-term trends in health.

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Here’s What the RAND Corporation Says About Transgender Military Personnel

The RAND Corporation is one of the most prestigious think tanks around. Read its report of transgender people serving in the military: Assessing the Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly. This CRS report – Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity in the Armed Services: Background and Issues for Congress – provides needed contextual information.


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Two New NCES Reports

Postsecondary Institutions and Cost of Attendance in 2016–17; Degrees and Other Awards Conferred, 2015–16; and 12-Month Enrollment, 2015–16

Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2017

The former report deals specifically with college-level indicators, while the latter report (all 180 pages of it) is replete with data and graphs dealing with preprimary to postsecondary education

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Online African Studies Journals

There are two sites I wish to recommend; both feature lengthy runs of English-language titles in various disciplines: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (along with links to other valuable resources) and the African e-Journals Project.

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Important Cybersecurity Documents

The National Security Archive has recently released its Cyber Vault Highlights: 40+ Primary Sources Every Cyber Student Needs; this electronic briefing book spans 50 years and contains seminal works every practitioner in the field should be aware of.

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