Carnival of Hot Docs

Thanks to Lori Lester, our Government Documents Librarian, for sharing all of these government publications (and related publications; not all of these are from the government) available in our government document repository here in Henderson Library!  There’s something for everyone here.  (And watch this page for details of a major anniversary celebration for our repository, coming soon!)

SEC Madoff investigation report to be distributed in hardcopy to depositories!

The full report (“Investigation of Failure of the SEC to Uncover Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme”)  Is now on the SEC’s OIG website at http://www.sec.gov/news/studies/2009/oig-509.pdf.

The report will be available in paper format and classed at SE 1.2: at a later time.

CTC Report: Radical Islamic Ideology in Southeast Asia

(not a government publication)

The CTC is pleased to announce the release of its latest report, Radical
Islamic Ideology in Southeast Asia. The report can be found at:
http://www.ctc.usma.edu/publications/southeastasia.asp .

The 17 July 2009 terrorist attacks on two hotels in Jakarta, Indonesia
served as a vivid reminder of the breadth of the battle space and the
importance of constant vigilance. This break in Indonesia’s four-year
calm might be a one-time event or an indication of a resurgent regional
terror threat. With crude weapons and little logistical support, a small
group of people were capable of carrying out an attack that received
global media attention. The focus on the perpetrators of this attack may
also veil the importance of ideologies other than global jihadism to
political violence in the region, such as various strands of
ethno-nationalism. As this report highlights, global jihadism is not the
only ideology animating terrorist violence, and ethno-nationalism is
still a prevalent force in Southeast Asia.

This volume continues the CTC tradition of trying to understand actors
posing a real or potential threat to the United States and follows
projects such as The Militant Ideology Atlas and Cracks in the
Foundation. Edited by Dr. Scott Helfstein, this volume is an attempt to
gain greater granularity on the nature of jihadism in Southeast Asia.
The volume uses a country-based approach, focusing on jihadi ideology in
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. The final chapter looks
at jihadi content on the internet. We hope this report serves both the
academic and practitioner communities to better understand the landscape
of terrorism in Southeast Asia.

Unclassified Report on the President’s Surveillance
Program

The Inspectors General of the Departments of Defense and Justice, the
Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the
Office of the Director National Intelligence released an unclassified
report mandated by Congress on President Bush’s warrantless surveillance
program.

The report – “Unclassified Report on the President’s Surveillance
Program” can be found at
http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/IGTSPReport090710.pdf

Comments about the report can be found at The Gavel [Speaker Pelosi’s
blog site]
http://www.speaker.gov/blog/?p=1859

Need to save some money? Let this interactive government document help!
Saving money at the gas pump : a bumper-to-bumper guide

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/energysavings/savegas/flash.html

Check out these great tips for efficient operation of your vehicle, with links to additional documents on improving fuel efficiency provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

To find pamphlets in the series “Facts for Consumers”, enter this term in the title search in our catalog at https://gil.georgiasouthern.edu/ .

To find other great resources for consumers available through Henderson Library, search “Federal Trade Commission” as author in our catalog at https://gil.georgiasouthern.edu/ . Select “Sort by: Publish date (newest first)”. Click on the number to the left of the record you would like to view. Next “click here to access this resource online” for electronic resources, or find print copies in the library using the call number listed on the record.

Hot Docs: Meet FRED and ALFRED

http://api.stlouisfed.org//docs/fred/

FRED® stands for Federal Reserve Economic Data. FRED® contains frequently updated US macro and regional economic time series at annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily frequencies. FRED® aggregates economic data from a variety of sources- most of which are US government agencies. The economic time series in FRED® contain observation or measurement periods associated with data values. For instance, the US unemployment rate for the month of January, 1990 was 5.4 percent and for the month of January, 2000 was 4.0 percent.

http://alfred.stlouisfed.org/
ArchivaL Federal Reserve Economic Data (ALFRED®) allows you to retrieve vintage versions of economic data that were available on specific dates in history. In general, economic data for past observation periods are revised as more accurate estimates become available. As a result, previous vintages of data can be superseded and may no longer be available from various data sources. Vintage or real time economic data allows academics to reproduce others’ research, build more accurate forecasting models, and analyze economic policy decisions using the data available at the time.

Reforming the Nation’s Financial System: A Timeline (http://www.stlouisfed.org/regtimeline/index.cfm) is a new website designed to help the public keep track of major financial regulatory developments.  The site tracks Congressional and regulatory agency hearings and testimonies as well as key House and Senate committee member statements. The timeline begins with March 19, 2009, when the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs held its first hearing on Modernizing Bank Supervision and Regulation.   The timeline site is a companion to the Financial Crisis (http://timeline.stlouisfed.org/) site.

In addition, “Tracking the Global Recession” (http://research.stlouisfed.org/recession) has some nifty spider charts comparing the current recession with past recessions for the United States and other countries.

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