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Geographic Differences in the Relative Price of Healthy Foods

Geographic Differences in the Relative Price of Healthy Foods

by Jessica E. Todd, Ephraim Leibtag, Corttney Penber
Paperback, 40 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437988352

Although healthy foods can be affordable, if less healthy foods are cheaper, individuals may have an economic incentive to consume a less healthful diet. Using the Quarterly Food-at-Home Price Database, the authors explore whether a select set of healthy foods (whole grains, dark green vegetables, orange vegetables, whole fruit, skim and 1% milk, fruit juice, and bottled water) are more expensive than less healthy alternatives.

They find that not all healthy foods are more expensive than less healthy alternatives. They also find considerable geographic variation in the relative price of healthy foods. This price variation may contribute to geographic variation in diet and health outcomes. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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August 3, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Organized Retail Crime (ORC): Private Sector and Law Enforcement Collaborate to Deter and Investigate Theft

Organized Retail Crime (ORC): Private Sector and Law Enforcement Collaborate to Deter and Investigate Theft

by Eileen R. Larence
Paperback, 49 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437987577

Each year organized groups of professional shoplifters steal or fraudulently obtain billions of dollars in merchandise to resell in an activity known as ORC. These stolen goods can also be sold on online marketplaces, a practice known as “e-fencing.” This report assessed ORC and e-fencing.

It addresses: (1) types of efforts that select retailers, state and local law enforcement, and federal agencies are undertaking to combat ORC; (2) the extent to which tools or mechanisms exist to facilitate collaboration and info. sharing among these ORC stakeholders; and (3) steps that online marketplaces have taken to combat ORC and e-fencing, and additional actions retailers and law enforcement think may enhance these efforts. Illus. This is a print on demand report.

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August 2, 2011 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress (6th ed.)

2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress (6th ed.)

by Jill Khadduri and Dennis Culhane
Paperback, 195 pages, 2011, $35.00
ISBN: 9781437987591

The AHAR provides the results of local counts of people homeless on a single night in January, as well as estimates of the number, characteristics, and service patterns of all people who used residential programs for homeless people during the 2010 federal Fiscal Year (Oct. 2009-Sept. 2010).

Also, for the first time, this year’s AHAR includes info. about the use of permanent supportive housing programs and the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.

This is the first report to provide national estimates on the use of the full continuum of homeless assistance programs — from homelessness prevention to homeless residential services to permanent supportive housing. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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August 1, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Ali v. Rumsfeld: U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Decision

Ali v. Rumsfeld: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Decision

by Karen LeCraft Henderson
Paperback, 27 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988091

This legal decision affirms that Donald Rumsfeld has qualified immunity from a suit brought by Abu Ghraib prisoners.

Four Afghan and five Iraqi citizens captured and subsequently held in Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S. military sued Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense, and three Army officers under the 5th and 8th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the Alien Tort Statute, and the 3rd and 4th Geneva Conventions, seeking damages and declaratory relief as the result of their treatment while in U.S. custody.

The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss all 6 claims and the plaintiffs appealed the dismissal. This decision sets forth the reasons why the U.S. Court of Appeals affirms the district court’s judgment. A print on demand report.

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July 29, 2011 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform: Congressional Testimony

Flood Insurance: Public Policy Goals Provide a Framework for Reform: Congressional Testimony

by Orice Williams Brown
Paperback, 21 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988024

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has been on the high-risk list since 2006, when the program had to borrow form the U.S. Treasury to cover losses from the 2005 hurricanes.

The outstanding debt is $17.8 billion as of June 2011. This sizeable debt, plus operational and mgmt. challenges at FEMA, which administers NFIP, have combined to keep the program on the high-risk list. NFIP’s need to borrow to cover claims in years of catastrophic flooding has raised concerns about the program’s long-term financial solvency.

This testimony: (1) discusses ways to place NFIP on a sounder financial footing; and (2) highlights operational and mgmt. challenges at FEMA that affect the program. This is a print on demand report.

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July 28, 2011 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Department of Defense’s Military Cash Incentives

Military Cash Incentives: DOD Should Coordinate and Monitor Its Efforts to Achieve Cost-Effective Bonuses and Special Pays

by Brenda S. Farrell
Paperback, 43 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437988016

Assesses DoD’s use of cash incentives to recruit and retain highly qualified individuals for service in the armed forces.

It: (1) identifies recent trends in DoD’s use of enlistment and reenlistment bonuses; (2) assesses the extent to which the services have processes to determine which occupational specialties require bonuses and whether bonus amounts are optimally set; and (3) determines how much flexibility DoD has in managing selected special and incentive pays for officer and enlisted personnel.

The report analyzed service data on bonuses and special and incentive pays, and reviewed relevant guidance and other documentation from DoD and the services. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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July 27, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Government Report: Medical Devices: FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Recalls

Medical Devices: FDA Should Enhance Its Oversight of Recalls

by Marcia Crosse
Paperback, 57 pages, 2011, $25.00
ISBN: 1437988067

Recalls are an important tool to mitigate serious health consequences associated with defective or unsafe medical devices. Typically, a recall is voluntarily initiated by the firm that manufactured the device. The FDA oversees implementation of the recall. FDA classifies recalls based on health risks of using the recalled device. FDA also determines whether a firm has effectively implemented a recall, and when a recall can be terminated.

This report identifies: (1) the numbers and characteristics of medical device recalls and FDA’s use of this info. to aid its oversight; and (2) the extent to which the process ensures the effective implementation and termination of the highest-risk recalls. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.

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July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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