Ed. Note:This roundup is currently being curated. New items are added daily. The most recent completed roundup includes more than 100 items and can be accessed here.
State of Antarctic Penguins Report 2017 (via Oceanites)
8 pages; PDF.
Worldwide Threat Assessment
Statement for the Record
Lt Gen Vincent Stewart
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency
Senate Armed Services Committee
May 23, 2017
30 pages; PDF.
The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first six months of FY 2017 the government reported 152 new environment prosecutions. If this activity continues at the same pace, the annual total of prosecutions will be 304 for this fiscal year. According to the case- by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this estimate would be the lowest ever recorded since the Justice Department started tracking its environmental prosecutions over two decades ago.
This report analyzes the overstay rates to provide a better understanding of those who overstay and remain in the United States beyond their period of admission with no evidence of an extension to their period of admission or adjustment to another immigration status. DHS has determined that there were 50,437,278 in-scope nonimmigrant admissions to the United States through air or sea POEs who were expected to depart in FY 2016, which represents the majority of annual nonimmigrant admissions. Of this number, DHS calculated a total overstay rate of 1.47 percent, or 739,478 individuals. In other words, 98.53 percent of the in-scope nonimmigrant.
Part of the nonimmigrant population in this year’s report includes visitors who entered on a student or exchange visitor visa, F, M, or J visa, respectively. DHS has determined there were 1,457,556 students and exchange visitors scheduled to complete their program in the United States. However, 5.48 percent stayed beyond their authorized window for departure at the end of their program.
College Enrollment in October 2016 (via BLS)
Note: Detailed data can be accessed in “College Enrollment and Work Activity of 2016 High School Graduates” (via BLS)
Global Trends in Climate Change Legislation and Litigation
27 pages; PDF.
- The Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
- Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the
- Environment/London School of Economics
- Sabin Center/Columbia Law School
- The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Lessons from Russia’s Operations in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine
128 pages; PDF.
This report assesses the annexation of Crimea by Russia (February–March 2014) and the early phases of political mobilization and combat operations in Eastern Ukraine (late February–late May 2014). It examines Russia’s approach, draws inferences from Moscow’s intentions, and evaluates the likelihood of such methods being used again elsewhere.
Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community
Statement for the Record
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Daniel R. Coats
Director of National Intelligence
May 11, 2017
32 pages; PDF.
UK General Election 2017 Timetable (via UK Parliament Library)
Released on April 20, 2016. 3 pages; PDF.
Full Text Report: “An Intelligence in Our Image: The Risks of Bias and Errors in Artificial Intelligence (via Rand Corporation) ||| Summary/Recommendations
45 pages; PDF.
See Also: Brexit: Implications for National Security (via UK House of Commons Library)
24 pages; PDF.
See Also: Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk Triggering Article 50
March 29, 2017.
+ Key findings and background blog post.
Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report
76 pages; PDF. 10th Annual Report.
Direct to Full Text Report
54 pages; PDF.
- For the first time since 2006, and only the second time since 1991, the United States is not among the world’s five biggest executioners.
- The fall in executions worldwide is largely driven by drops in Iran (down 42% from at least 977 to at least 567) and Pakistan (73%, from 326 to 87).
- In sub-Saharan Africa fewer executions were recorded but the number of death sentences more than doubled, largely due to a steep rise in Nigeria.
- In the Middle East and North Africa the number of executions decreased by 28%, but Iran and Saudi Arabia remained among the top executioners.
- Two countries abolished the death penalty for all crimes (Benin and Nauru); Guinea abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes only.
First Time Asylum Applications in the EU, 2016
Trade in Goods By Top 5Partners of the EU28, 2016 (via Eurostat)
The Future of Food: Trends and Challenges (via FAO)
180 pages; PDF. ||| Infographic also available.
- Full Text Report
286 pages; PDF.
- Report Overview
- Web Version
- E-book Version
- iOS App
- Press Release
- All HDR 2016 Data Assets (Dowload; xlsx)
- Table 1: Human Development Index and its components
- Table 2: Trends in the Human Development Index, 1990-2015
- Table 3: Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index
- Table 4: Gender Development Index
- Table 5: Gender Inequality Index
- Table 6: Multidimensional Poverty Index: developing countries
- Table 6A: Multidimensional Poverty Index: changes over time
- Dashboard 1: Life-course gender gap
- Dashboard 2: Sustainable development
2017 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 22 (via Symantec)
Released April 26, 2017.
Trends In World Military Expenditure, 2016 (via SIPRI)
Released April 24, 2017. 8 pages; PDF.
Also New From SIPRI:
New Fact Sheet: Women in Science (Global Data)
via UNESCO Institute for Statistics
4 pages; PDF.
The Typology of Modern Slavery, a first-of-its-kind classification system that identifies the 25 main types of human trafficking in the United States.”
“In order to develop this system, our research team analyzed more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris’s BeFree Textline — the largest data set on trafficking in the U.S. ever compiled and publicly analyzed.
See Also: Introductory Blog Post (via Polaris)
Research Brief: “Why Sleep Matters: The Economic Costs of Insufficient Sleep” (via RAND Europe)
New Full Text Report: Rolling Back the Islamic State (via RAND Corp.)
297 pages; PDF. Released April 25, 2017.
This report assesses the threat the Islamic State poses to the United States and examines four possible strategies to counter the group: disengagement, containment, rollback “light” (with a reliance on local forces backed by U.S. special operations forces, Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence assets, and airpower), and rollback “heavy” (adding the employment of American conventional forces in ground combat).
FAA FY 2017–2037 Aerospace Forecast (via Federal Aviation Administration)
89 pages; PDF. Downloadable data tables and previously released forecasts are also available.
Multiple Resources Available Including:
+ Summary Blog Post, Charts (via BEA Blog)
+ Impact of Arts and Culture on U.S. Economy in 2014
+ National Data for 2012-2014
+ Data Tables (.xls)
+ Summary Data Sheets for All 50 States and DC (.zip)
+ Previously Released Data, Definitions
Direct to Data File (.xls)
Department of Homeland Security Publishes 2016 Data Mining Report to Congress
Released on April 20, 2017. 77 pages; PDF.
Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States — 2017 Historical
Trend Report (via Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education)
Released April 25, 2017
US: A Quarter Century of Changes in the Elementary and Secondary Teaching Force: From 1987 to 2012 via National Center for Education Statistics)
80 pages; PDF.
Among the findings about changes in the teacher workforce over this 25 year period:
- The teacher work force grew by 46 percent between 1987-88 and 2011-12. Above average growth was seen among teachers in the fields of English as a Second Language, English language arts, mathematics, foreign language, natural science, and special education. Below-average growth was seen in the fields of general elementary education, vocational-technical education, and art/music.
- The growth in the teaching force varied across different types of schools. The teaching force in high-poverty public schools grew by nearly 325 percent while the number of teachers in low-poverty schools declined by almost 20 percent. The number of teachers in private schools grew at a higher rate than in public schools. However, private school teachers still account for only about 12 percent of the teacher work force; and
- The teacher force became more diverse. While minority teachers remain underrepresented in the teaching force, both the number and proportion of minority teachers increased. Between 1987–88 and 2011–12, the number of minority teachers grew by 104 percent, compared to 38 percent growth in the number of White teachers. The percentage of teachers who belonged to all minority groups increased from 12.4 percent in 1987-88 to 17.3 percent in 2011-12.
National Urban League Releases 2017 State of Black America Report
Released May 2, 2017. Multiple resources including National Equality Index available.
- Letter from President Donald Trump to James Comey
- Letter from Attorney General to Donald Trump
- Memorandum From Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
- Statement From White House Secretary
Reactions From Members of U.S. Congress
- Michael Bennet (D-CO)
- Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
- Cory Booker (D-NJ)
- Roy Blunt (R-MO)
- Richard Burr (R-NC)
- Bob Corker (R-TN)
- Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
- Dick Durbin (D-IL)
- Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
- Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Chuck Grassley (D-IA)
- Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
- Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
- James Lankford (R-OK)
- Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
- John McCain (R-AZ)
- Jack Reed (D-RI)
- Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
- Mark Warner (D-VA)
For MANY more statements from members of Congress, see this compilation from ProPublica
Resources for Grantseekers (Congressional Research Service via EveryCRS)
11 pages; PDF
||| HTML version also available.
Updated May 28, 2017; RL34012
“This report describes key sources of information on government and private funding, and outlines eligibility for federal grants.”
Health and Health Care
Majority of U.S. Counties See Uninsured Rate for the Under Age 65 Population Drop From 2014 to 2015, Census Bureau Reports
The estimated uninsured rate for adults under age 65 decreased in 71.3 percent of the nation’s counties (2,239 counties) from 2014 to 2015, according to new statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau.
These findings come from the 2015 Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, which are the only source for single-year estimates of the number of people with health insurance for each of the nation’s 3,141 counties. The statistics are provided by age and sex groups and at income levels that reflect thresholds for state and federal assistance programs. State estimates include health insurance coverage data by race and Hispanic origin.
Today’s release includes a 2015 report that describes demographic and economic differences in health insurance status across states and counties, as well as trends in health insurance coverage. An interactive data and mapping tool is also available. This tool allows users to create and download state and county custom tables, thematic maps and time-trend charts for all concepts available annually for 2006 through 2015.An infographic also available.
Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities
CY2016 report released on May 2, 2017 by Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
2014 Data Added to the Federal Criminal Case Processing Statistics (FCCPS) Tool on BJS.gov
You can access data on suspects and defendants processed in the federal criminal justice system, including the areas of —
- federal law enforcement
- prosecution and courts
Federal Justice Statistics, 2013-2014 (via Bureau of Justice Statistics/DOJ)
44 pages; PDF.
+ Federal Justice Statistics, 2013-2014 (Summary)
+ Federal Justice Statistics, 2013 – Statistical Tables
+ Federal Justice Statistics, 2014 – Statistical Tables
Released March 23, 2017
FISA Courts Annual Report 2016 (Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on Activities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts for 2016) (via USCourts.gov)
Released on April 20, 2017. 4 pages; PDF.
Users can also look up data based on title and section of the U.S. Criminal Code. Data are from BJS’s Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center, which compiles comprehensive information describing persons processed in the federal criminal justice system, ranging from arrest to reentry.
The unemployment rate for foreign-born persons in the United States was 4.3 percent in 2016, down from 4.9 percent in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate of nativeborn persons fell to 5.0 percent in 2016 from 5.4 percent in the prior year. Data on nativity are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of approximately 60,000 households. The foreign born are persons who reside in the United States but who were born outside the country or one of its outlying areas to parents who were not U.S. citizens.
The foreign born include legally-admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents such as students and temporary workers, and undocumented immigrants. The survey data, however, do not separately identify the numbers of persons in these categories.
U.S. Women in the Labor Force: a Databook (via Bureau of Labor Statistics)
PDF version (212 pages).: W
U.S. Women in Management (U.S.) (via Bureau of Labor Statistics)
FY 2016 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military (via Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, U.S. Dept. of Defense)
Released May 1, 2017. 45 pages; PDF. News Release/Summary also available.
New Downloadable Dataset: Estimates of U.S. Population by Age and Sex: April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2016 (via U.S. Census)
Released on April 20, 2016. “…containing estimates of the resident U.S. population by single year of age and sex.”
Privacy (Facial Recognition)
Railroad Progress on Positive Train Control Implementation (via FRA)
Includes two infographics.
Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2015-17 ||| Data Tables ||| All Data Tables (.zip)
Total Federal Research and Development Funding Down 1% in FY 2015, but Funding for Research Up 1% (via NSF)
Document includes links to download data tables.
PDF version also available.
U.S. Companies Performed $73 Billion in R&D Outside the United States in 2013
Document includes links to download data tables.
PDF version also available.
USTR (US Trade Representative) Releases 2017 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights
82 pages; PDF. Released April 28, 2017. Also available, News Release/Report Highlights
Highways: 2015 State Statistical Abstract (via FHWA)
53 pages; PDF.