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GAO Highlights Problems with Speeding Disaster Help to Disadvantaged Areas

Quickly getting critical help to rural and disadvantages communities following a disaster is a challenge. In fact, the Government Accountability Office has reported on this issue three times between 2019 and today. According to the GAO, small towns, rural and tribal areas, underserved and disadvantaged communities and the people who live there have a hard time accessing federal disaster recovery…

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OMB Issues 11 Action Items for 2021 Data Strategy With 2 Months Left in the Year

The Office of Management and Budget issued a late release of the Federal Data Strategy 2021 Action Plan. With little more than two months left in the year, the list of mandatory action items focuses on building on progress with—or catching up to—the first Action Plan, issued in 2020. The Federal Data Strategy was finalized in late December 2019 with…

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Blackburn Grills TikTok On CCP Ties, Invasion Of Privacy: ‘You’re Making Our Children The Product’

Sen. Marsha Blackburn tore into TikTok’s Head of Public Policy Michael Beckerman in a recent hearing, grilling him on the company’s invasion of user data and its connections with the Chinese Communist Party. Blackburn began by pointing out that although the social media giant had previously promised that it would never share user data with the Chinese government, their privacy…

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LGBTQ+ People of Color Face Greatest Risk from Spike in Hate Crimes. Why Doesn’t FBI Data Include Them?

Originally published by The 19th More Americans were attacked based on their race, ethnicity and sexual orientation in 2020 than they were in 2019, according to new data on hate crimes released by the FBI on Monday.  The jump in hate crimes targeting people of color and LGBTQ+ people stands against a stark backdrop: an ongoing rise in attacks against…

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No, Pandemic Babies Do Not Have Lower IQs

In the latest episode of pandemic fear-porn, media outlets have grabbed onto a new study claiming babies born during the last 18 months, in the midst of global masks and lockdowns, have lower IQ scores. A range of media outlets from The Guardian to Fox News grabbed on to the sensational headline, leaving many parents worried but also confused as…

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How FAA’s Latest Challenge Looped in Data Newbies

Submissions are in for the Federal Aviation Administration’s latest data visualization challenge, which officials hope will result in a new, dynamic way for the public to review important information about the national airspace and get more agency employees involved in working with data. The Administrator’s Fact Book Viz Challenge asks teams to take a static PDF document known as the…

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Coast Guard Deploys COVID-19 Data Visualization Tools to Manage Workforce, Operational Readiness

The U.S. Coast Guard is deploying COVID-19 data visualization tools to help leaders make informed decisions on everything from vaccine distribution to operational readiness and has taken steps to ensure the new systems don’t compromise guardsmen’s privacy and security. “The pandemic impact to the USCG is widespread and touches all aspects of USCG’s responsibilities of maritime safety, security, and stewardship…

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GAO: Tech, Automation Improved Decennial Census Productivity

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