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Manufacturing & Technology News editors are constantly searching for and receiving new reports, analyses and books that readers would find helpful in their jobs. Here is our list of recent manufacturing and technology related reports that our editors have reviewed.

If you have a report you want to publicize in this list, please send it or an abstract to the editor via e-mail at editor @manufacturingnews.com (no space in the e-mail address) or go to our comments section. You can also send it by mail to Manufacturing & Technology News, P.O. Box 36, Annandale, VA 22003.



New Reports, Analyses & Resources -- 2005 

Radio Frequency Identification: Little Devices Making Big Waves, a 16-page report from the Progressive Policy Institute, is located at http://www.ppionline.org/ documents/RFID_1006.pdf.

Economic Impact of Inadequate Infrastructure for Supply Chain Integration, (190 pages) produced by RTI International for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is located at http://www.nist.gov/director/prog-ofc/report04-2.pdf.

The Best Manufacturing Practices Center of Excellence has released survey reports of Forest City Gear of Roscoe, Ill.; Tomak Precision of Lebanon, Ohio; and RB Tool and Manufacturing Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. The best practices surveys are on the BMP Web site by clicking on "Best Practices Surveys": http://www.bmpcoe.org.

Adding Value...Growing Careers, The Employment Outlook in Today's Increasingly Competitive IT Job Market, from the Information Technology Association of America, is located at http://www.itaa.org/eweb/upload/ 04workforcestudy.pdf.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified 14,000 workplaces with high injury and illness rates. These locations are prime targets for an OSHA inspection this year. The list is available for public viewing: http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/foia/hot_11.html. What Indiana Makes, Makes Indiana, a 19-page report from the Indiana Manufacturers Association describing the importance of manufacturing to Indiana's economy, is available at http://www.imaweb.com./news_pdfs /IN%20Mfg%20Report%20Exec%20Sum%20Final.pdf.

United States Patent and Trademark Office 2004 Performance and Accountability Report: http://www. uspto.gov/web/offices/com/annual/2004/index.html.

European Union's Technology Platforms program and the descriptions of "large-scale" research proposals for 22 industries: http://www.cordis.lu/technology-platforms/.

Costs of Developing a Foreign Market for a Small Business: The Market and Non-Market Barriers to Exporting by Small Firms, from the Small Business Administration, is located at http://www.sba.gov/advo /research/rs241tot.pdf.

Innovate America, National Innovation Initiative Report: Thriving In A World of Challenge and Change, from the Council on Competitiveness, is located at: http://www.compete.org/pdf/NII_Final_Report.pdf.

The AFL-CIO's Job Export Database Project (JEDP) has issued five state reports that list company layoffs and the number of jobs impacted in each of the states. The Ohio report is located at http://www.afl-cio.org/issuespolitics/ manufacturing/ upload/ohio_jobexports.pdf; Pennsylvania is at http://www.afl-cio.org/issuespolitics/manufacturing/ upload/pa_jobexports.pdf; Washington is at http://www.afl-cio.org/issuespolitics/manufacturing/upload/wa_jobexports.pdf; Wisconsin is at http://www.afl-cio.org/issuespolitics /manufacturing/ upload/wi_jobexports.pdf; and Minnesota is at http://www.afl-cio.org/issuespolitics/manufacturing /upload/mn_jobexports.pdf.

The 2005 Trade Policy Agenda and the 2004 Annual Report of the President on the Trade Agreements Program, a report from the United States Trade Representative, outlines the Bush administration's trade initiatives for the coming year. The report also contains the congressionally mandated five-year assessment of the World Trade Organization. It is located at: http://www.ustr.gov.

Government Accountability Office Reports:

  • Defense Acquisitions: Changes in the Air Force's E-10A Acquisition Strategy Are Needed Before Development Starts, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05273.pdf.
  • Defense Microelectronics: DOD-Funded Facilities Involved in Research Prototyping or Production, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05278.pdf.
  • Brownfields Redevelopment: Stakeholders Report that EPA's Program Helps to Redevelop Sites, But Additional Measures Could Complement Agency Efforts, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0594.pdf.
  • Technology Development: New DOD Space Science and Technology Strategy Provides Basis for Optimizing Investments, But Future Versions Need to Be More Robust, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05155.pdf.
  • Tactical Aircraft: Air Force Still Needs Business Case to Support F/A-22 Quantities and Increased Capabilities, http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05304.pdf.

The Defense Department's Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy has recently issued the following reports: Industrial Capabilities Report to Congress (March, 2005); Defense Industrial Base Capabilities Study: Protection (Dec. 2004); Foreign Sources of Supply: Assessment of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base (Nov. 2004); Defense Industrial Base Capabilities Study: Force Application (Oct. 2004); The Vertical Lift Industrial Base: Outlook 2004-2014 (July 2004); and Defense Industrial Base Capabilities Study: Command & Control (June, 2004). They are located at http://www.acq.osd.mil/ip/.

EPA and States Not Making Sufficient Progress In Reducing Ozone Precursor Emissions in Some Major Metropolitan Areas (Report 2004-P-00033), a 103-page report from EPA's inspector general, is located at http://www.epa.gov/oig/reports/2004/20040929-2004-P-00033.pdf.

Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases 2003, from the Energy Information Administration, found that 234 U.S. companies and organizations initiated 2,188 projects to reduce emissions, resulting in the reduction of 268 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. The 90-page report is located at http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/1605/vrrpt/ pdf/0608(03).pdf.

Limiting Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Prices Versus Caps, a March 15, six-page Congressional Budget Office report, is located at http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/61xx/doc6148/03-15-PricesVSCaps.pdf.

An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century Final Report from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy is available at http://oceancommission.gov/welcome.html.

Federal Trade Commission rule changes regarding Hart-Scott-Rodino acquisitions and mergers have gone into effect and are located at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2005/ 02/fyi0516.htm.

Value Chain Analysis of the U.S. Propane Industry finds that the propane industry contributes $11.7 billion annually to the U.S. economy and employs 50,000 workers. The report, from the National Propane Gas Association, is located at http://www.npga.org.

An Integrated Plan for Development and Processing of Low-Cost Titanium Materials and Associated Manufacturing Processes, a report from the Department of Defense, can be received from Manufacturing & Technology News by sending a request to editor@ manufacturingnews.com.

Public Education Finances 2003 describes how much each state spends on public elementary school education. The 129-page report from the Census Bureau is located at http://ftp2.census.gov/govs/school/03f33pub.pdf.

Outsourcing America: How Outsourcing and Open Borders Are Destroying the American Middle Class, by Paul Streitz, a 341-page book, claims that outsourcing is "destroying the American middle class." The $22.50 book (including postage) can be purchased from Outsourcing America, P.O. Box 2360, Darien, Conn., 06820.

Firm Size Data from the Small Business Administration describes the number of establishments, employees and annual payroll by industry and state for various sizes of firms. The data show that the number of large companies declined, and the number of small businesses rose in 2002. The report is located at http://www.sba.gov/advo/ research/data.html.

2005 Index of Economic Freedom from the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal finds that the United States does not rank among the world's 10 freest economies in the world for the first time in the index's 11-year history. The U.S. is in 12th place. Hong Kong was first. Worldwide the scores of 86 countries improved, the scores of 57 declined and the scores of 12 remained the same. For a copy of the 414-page, $24.95 book, go to http://www.heritage.org/index.

The Standard of Living In Right To Work States finds that workers in right-to-work states -- typically southern states that are not conducive to the creation of unions -- have higher household incomes as compared to workers in "forced union" states, when adjusting for cost-of-living indexes and state and local taxes. The 23-page report from the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, is located at http://www.nilrr.org/ Poulson%20SOL%20Study.pdf.


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