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City of Memphis, TN Police Director Candidates

“Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland released on Friday, July 15, the list of recommended candidates from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the permanent directorship of the Memphis Police Department.

Mayor Strickland will conduct interviews in August. Shortly after that, the mayor will announce his appointee. The appointment is subject to approval by the Memphis City Council.

The recommended candidates, along with bios, resumes and video clips, are listed below in alphabetical order.”-From the City of Memphis website.

Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data Summary Report: 2015 – Released June, 2016

Annual Survey of Public Pensions Report: 2015 [Released, June 2016]

This summary is part of a continuing series designed to provide information on the finances, including that of pension funds, of the United States’ over 90,000 state and local governments. The 2015 Annual Survey of Public Pensions provides data on membership, assets, revenues, and expenditures of state- and locally-administered defined benefit plans.”–From the website.


An Aging World : 2015 International Population Report Issue March 2016

“Worldwide, the 65-and-over population will more than double to 1.6 billion by 2050, according to An Aging World: 2015. This new report from the Census Bureau examines the continuing global aging trend and projected growth of the population age 65 and over, with an emphasis on the differences among world regions.”–From a U. S. Census Bureau News Release on this Report.


Earth Day, April 22, 2016

“April 22, 2016, marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day ― a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. Organizers started Earth Day in response to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969. In honor of Earth Day ― and Earth Week (April 18-22) ― this edition of Profile America Facts for Features includes examples of Census Bureau statistics pertaining to energy and the environment.”–From the website.

Who Are My Representatives/Elected Officials – Shelby County, TN

“Click here on the Shelby County Election Commission website to get to the Precinct Locator.  Then, just enter your street name and street name, and you will find the address of your precinct where you will vote.  And, you will get “Precinct Specific District Information”  For example:

Precinct Locator

Precinct Specific District Information
Congressional District: 09
State Representative: 096
Senate: 31
County Commissioner: 02
County SBD: 05
City SBD: N/A
City Council: 02

There is then a link that allows you to return to the Elected Officals Page, and from there you can go to the site and find out who your representatives are.

Travelers’ Health

“From the Centers for Disease Control, this is the site to go to in order to find health-related information related to a traveler’s destination anywhere in the world.”


Census Bureau reports at least 350 Languages spoken in U. S. Homes

“U.S. Census Bureau released a set of new tables today detailing hundreds of languages that U.S. residents speak at home. American Community Survey data on languages spoken at home were previously available for only 39 languages. These tables, based on American Community Survey data collected from 2009 to 2013, expand the languages and language groups tabulated to 350.”–From the Census Bureau News Room.


Geographic Mobility : 2015

“Historical and detailed tables on Geographical Mobility, a collection of national- and regional-level tables from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey, are now available. These detailed tables describe the movement of people in the United States, including type of move, reason for moving and selected characteristics of those who moved within the last year. The historical tables incorporate data from as far back as 1948.”-From Census Bureau Newsroom.


U. S. Federal Register to be digitized

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public. Approximately 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized. GPO employees will hand pack and inventory every issue. The digitization is expected to be completed in 2016. Currently, digital versions dating from 1994 to the present are available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys).”–From the FDLP.

Census Bureau Launches Instagram Account

“[T]he U.S. Census Bureau [has] created an official Instagram account. The account will provide an outlet for the public to view the story behind the numbers, starting with the 2015 Census Test in the Savannah, Ga., area. Follow the Census Bureau on Instagram at@uscensusbureau.”–From the website.

Smithsonian Announces Public Access Plan for Research

“The Smithsonian has released its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Through the new plan, all applicable publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research will be available through the Smithsonian Research Online (SRO) website or CHORUS, a nonprofit membership organization that helps federal entities increase public access to research. The plan will take effect Oct. 1 and apply to articles submitted to publishers on or after that date … The public will be able to access qualifying manuscripts through either SRO or CHORUS after a designated waiting period. SRO will archive accepted manuscripts collected under the plan. It will also archive PDF copies of final publications when permitted by publishers. — From the website

“ is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Publishing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC’s Congressional Research Service.”–From the website.


Enterovirus Information

A Fall Health alert relating to enterovirus infections is found here, as well as information on confirmed cases in two states.  Much information on a variety of topics relating to the enterovirus

Aviation Consumer Protection

“The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, including its Aviation Consumer Protection Division, monitors compliance with and investigates violations of the Department of Transportation’s (Department) aviation economic, consumer protection, and civil rights requirements. The Office also provides legal review and support on aviation economic licensing matters.”–From the website.  The link to where you can file an aviation complaint is found here, as our the monthly Air Travel Consumer Reports, and more.


FDA : For Consumers : Protecting Yourself

“Protect yourself with these resources including information about health fraud scams and tips for buying medication, medical devices, and radiation-emitting products online. Learn about enforcement actions taken by the FDA to protect the public.”–From the website.