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Federal Holidays

The 2013 Federal Holidays are set out on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Status & Schedules page. These days are established by 5 U.S.C. 6103. The designation of a day as a “Federal Holiday” only establishes rights for federal employees. Executive Order: No. 11582 (Feb 11, 1971), 36 F.R. 2957, (Feb. 13, …Read the Rest

Federal Trade Commission and Apps for Kids

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a second staff report on privacy and “apps” for kids, Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade. This report does not suggest a rulemaking on this issue, but rather makes recommendations to those involved in the industry. Agency actions will involve developing consumer educational material and investigations …Read the Rest

P(l)ain Dealing

On March 9, 2009, Douglas A. McIntyre, writing in an article about the ten most endangered newspapers in the United States, predicted that the Cleveland Plain Dealer would be shut down or go digital by the end of the next year. Although written for 24/7 Wall Street, Time Magazine posted the article on its website, linked to …Read the Rest

STATS is a non-profit organization created in 1994 “to correct scientific misinformation in the media and in public policy resulting from bad science, politics, or a simple lack of information or knowledge; and to act as a resource for journalists and policy makers on major scientific issues and controversies.” The organization has been affiliated with George Mason University …Read the Rest

Health Care Law Sources in the News

Recently, the Washington Post carried a story on the post-election regulations under the Affordable Health Care Act, “Health care law’s new regulations set soon.” The story referred to several documents and websites when discussing expected regulations dealing with medical device excise tax, insurance plans, and bundled payments. Below are links to these documents and sites. The …Read the Rest

Materials on ICTY and ICTR “Completion”

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) began prosecuting its final suspect on Oct. 15, 2012. Prosecutors charged Goran Hadzic with murder, torture, and forcible deportation of ethnic Croats in 1991. Eight cases and six appeals are under way at the Tribunal, which expects to finish its work by 2016. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has only one prosecution pending, against …Read the Rest