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Thursday, May 31, 2007

News from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty


In this Issue

  Mayor's Education Plan Passes Congress; Town Halls Begin

  Work Begins on Temporary Eastern Market

  Mayor Testifies on Voting Rights in Senate

  Get Up to $10,000 for College

  District Stars in Summer Movie Season

  Swim Time! District Pools Begin to Open

Mayor's Education Plan Passes Congress; Town Halls Begin

The United States Senate unanimously passed Mayor Fenty's education reform package, which now awaits President George W. Bush's signature. Meanwhile, the Administration has begun hosting town hall meetings across the District to gather input on improving the schools and set up an online form to collect feedback. Read more.

Work Begins on Temporary Eastern Market

Mayor Fenty, Councilmember Tommy Wells, Board of Education Member Lisa Raymond and others broke ground on a new temporary home for Eastern Market vendors. The interim site is at Hine Junior High School, a location Capitol Hill residents and Eastern Market vendors and merchants identified and approved as an appropriate venue during reconstruction of the permanent market.

Turner Construction Company will manage the development of the market, which is scheduled to open for business in July. Read more.

Mayor Testifies on Voting Rights in Senate

The United States Senate is considering the DC Voting Rights Act, which would give the District its first-ever voting member of the House of Representatives. The House passed a similar measure in April.

Mayor Fenty testified in support of the Senate bill before the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Read more.

Get Up to $10,000 for College

College-bound District students can receive up to $10,000 a year for their higher education expenses. Eligible schools include public universities and colleges across the United States, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and private universities in the District area. The DC State Education Office administers three college financial aid grants with a single application: the OneApp. The deadline is June 30. Read more.

District Stars in Summer Movie Season

Six movies opening this summer, all potential blockbusters, have one thing in common. They were shot in the District of Columbia! The District is gaining momentum in the movie business by serving as a backdrop for an increasing number of films. Read more.

Swim Time! District Pools Begin to Open

Cool off with a dip in the pool. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation has begun opening its outdoor pools for the season. Thanks to a partnership with Amerigroup Community Care, admission to the pools is free for District residents. In all, the District operates 33 pools in all 8 wards. Read more.

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Trellian Software Larry Mersman, Vice President, Trellian Software WebMama.com Barbara C. Coll, CEO, WebMama.com Inc.
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Digital Ventures Damian Voltes, Co-Founder and Director, Digital Ventures and Directa Network Media Contacts Brazil Sylvio Lindenberg, SEM & Center of Excellence Manager, Media Contacts Brazil
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Mercado Libre Francisco Ceballos, General Manager Mexico, MercadoLibre Otto Jonathan Mendez, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, OTTO Digital
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May 30, 2007

  • DOJ OIG Semiannual Report to Congress
  • DOJ OIG Announces Expansion of Probe into U.S. Attorney Firings
  • Federal Sentencing Trends Detailed in Sourcebook
  • OECD Economic Survey of the United States
  • GAO Correspondence on Selected Issues Concerning Banking Activities
  • DOD OIG Audit of Air Force KC-X Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft Program
  • People, Security and Borders: Impact of the WHTI on North America
  • New ATF National Firearms Act Handbook
  • USAID Releases 10th Edition of NGO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia
  • New Google Street View Lets Users Explore Neighborhoods Virtually
  • Recent CRS Reports on Iran, Food Safety, WTO, Lobbying Reform Legislation, Immigration Fraud, Africa Command
  • DHS OIG Report on 2004 Airline Security Incident Released Via FOIA Request

* DOJ OIG Semiannual Report to Congress
Office of the Inspector General Semiannual Report to Congress, October 1, 2006-March 31, 2007, released May 30, 2007.
  • PDF or HTML versions

  • * DOJ OIG Announces Expansion of Probe into U.S. Attorney Firings
    Press release: "The Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility sent the attached letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, notifying the Chairman and Ranking Member that the offices are expanding their investigation related to the firings of several U.S. Attorneys to include improper considerations in DOJ's hiring of career employees. The letter is available as a PDF."
  • Related postings on U.S. Attorney firings

  • * Federal Sentencing Trends Detailed in Sourcebook
    U.S. Courts: "Extensive information about criminal cases sentenced under the federal sentencing guidelines is contained in the U.S. Sentencing Commission's 2006 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics...In FY 2006, 86.7 percent of all federal offenders were men. The average age of offenders was 34.8 years. Thirty-six percent of all defendants sentenced under the guidelines were convicted of drug offenses...Other common crimes were immigration offenses (24.5 percent), firearms offenses (11.7 percent), fraud (9.7 percent), and non-fraud white collar offenses (4.8 percent)."

    * OECD Economic Survey of the United States
    Economic Survey of the United States, 29-May-2007: "The US economy continues to grow solidly, though at a slower pace than before. Long term challenges include labour force growth, fiscal sustainability, distortions in the housing market, performance of secondary schools and access to college."
  • Contents | Executive summary |

  • * GAO Correspondence on Selected Issues Concerning Banking Activities
    Information on Selected Issues Concerning Banking Activities, GAO-07-593R, April 30, 2007: "This letter responds to Congress's request for information on (1) selected federal expenditures, policies, and programs that affect the U.S. banking industry and (2) certain banking industry trends. These include the savings and loan industry crisis, trade finance, tax policies, and profits and executive compensation. Congress's letter also asked us for information on bank fees; as agreed with Congressional staff, we will discuss this topic in a separate report. On December 11, 2006, we briefed Congressional staff on information gathered during our preliminary work. This letter summarizes and updates the information presented at the briefing."

    * DOD OIG Audit of Air Force KC-X Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft Program
    D-2007-103 Air Force KC-X Aerial Refueling Tanker Aircraft Program, May 30, 2007 (Projects D2007-D000AB-0099.000 and D2007-D000PT-0110.000) PDF and Summary.

    * People, Security and Borders: Impact of the WHTI on North America
    "People, Security and Borders: The Impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on North America, a publication of the Network on North American Studies in Canada (NNASC). This study examines the potential security, technological, economic and political implications of the WHTI."
    The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative:
  • Information on the WHTI from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Information on the WHTI from the U.S. Department of State
  • Meet Me at the Border "is an information resource for the network of businesses, individuals, and governmental agencies in North America whose livelihood or way of life is connected to the Canada-U.S. border."

  • * New ATF National Firearms Act Handbook
    National Firearms Act Handbook - "ATF's National Firearms Act (NFA) Branch and the National Firearms Act Trade and Collectors Association (NFATCA) are pleased to announce the publication of the National Firearms Act Handbook. This handbook was developed in partnership by the NFA Branch and the NFATCA with the goal of providing timely and current information and procedures to the industry, the public, and government agencies, including ATF."
  • Download the National Firearms Act Handbook

  • * USAID Releases 10th Edition of NGO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia
    Press release: "The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the 10th Edition of the NGO Sustainability Index for Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Sustainability Index tracks sector progress of NGOs in 28 countries in Europe and Eurasia. This year's report identifies significant progress in Central Europe and highlights ongoing challenges to long-term development in parts of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Central Europe country reports demonstrate continued progress in financial viability stemming from increases in the availability and diversity of domestic funding. However, reports from Eastern Europe and Eurasia show some declines, as select countries placed additional legal and financial restrictions on civil society activity. Other regions of Europe covered in the Index remained relatively unchanged."
  • This following provides links to the complete report (262 pages, PDF), as well as Table of Contents and individual Country Overviews: 2006 NGO Sustainability Index For Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia

  • * New Google Street View Lets Users Explore Neighborhoods Virtually
    Press release: "...new innovations for Google Maps...offer a whole new perspective on search: Street View and Mapplets. Available on Google Maps at maps.google.com, Street View and Mapplets further Google's commitment to provide users with the most innovative maps available online and developers with new tools for creating and sharing geographic content. Street View is a new feature of Google Maps that enables users to view and navigate within 360 degree street level imagery of various cities in the US. Street View provides users with a rich, immersive browsing experience directly in Google Maps, enabling greater understanding of a specific location or area. Street View imagery will initially be available for maps of the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Las Vegas, Denver and Miami, and will soon expand to other metropolitan areas. By clicking on the "Street View" button in Google Maps, users can navigate street level, panoramic imagery. With Street View users can virtually walk the streets of a city, check out a restaurant before arriving, and even zoom in on bus stops and street signs to make travel plans."
    Topic(s): Search Engines

    * DHS OIG Report on 2004 Airline Security Incident Released Via FOIA Request
    Washington Times: The inspector general for Homeland Security late Friday released new details of what federal air marshals say was a terrorist dry run aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 29, 2004. Several portions of the report remain redacted. The release stems from a Freedom of Information request by The Washington Times in April 2006. The Times first reported on July 22 that this and other probes and dry runs were occurring on commercial flights since the September 11 terrorist attacks."
  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Review of Department's Handling of Suspicious Passengers Aboard Northwest Flight 327, March 30, 2006 (51 pages, PDF)

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