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Derek Bok The 300th Anniversary University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University
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GAO Releases Report on Key Indicator Systems

Thumbnail of GAO Key Indicator Systems report“The U.S. has many indicators on a variety of topics such as the economy and health, but has no official vehicle for integrating and disseminating this information to better inform the nation about complex challenges,” the U.S. Government Accountability Office states at the beginning of a 100+ page report to Congress examining the experiences of national and subnational indicator systems. The report is meant to provide insight for a U.S. Key National Indicator System as required by recent legislation.

Congress Appoints Key National Indicators Commission

Congressional leaders name the eight members of a new bipartisan Commission on Key National Indicators. Members of the federally mandated commission will oversee implementation of the new Key National Indicator System of the United States, designed to help the American people better assess the nation's progress.

Comment Sought on KNIS Open Architecture Draft

KNIS_Update_Graphic.jpgState of the USA is seeking comment on this working draft of an enterprise architecture for the Web-based Key National Indicator System of the United States of America. The purpose is to create a dialogue to inform future drafts and further discussion, ultimately resulting in requirements, design and specifications for how best to start and then evolve the open architecture project.

Economy   A Portrait of the Recession: Jobs and Unemployment

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The recession officially ended in June of 2009, but unemployment remains high, according to Labor Department data and a recent report by the National Bureau of Economic Research. An interactive graph offers a look back at the unemployment rate and job growth since the start of the recession.

Arts and Culture   Smoking on the Silver Screen

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Recent research finds exposure to on-screen smoking in feature films increases the likelihood that young people will start smoking tobacco. An interactive chart looks at the percentage of movies with on-screen smoking, from 1999 to 2008.

Health   From Hundreds of Health Measures, 20 Seen as Key

IOMreportcoversm.jpgThe Institute of Medicine recommends focusing on 20 specific measures seen as 'yardsticks' for assessing the overall health and well-being of Americans.

Related: Working Toward a Key National Indicator system

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