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    Recommendations for Improving the Recruiting and Hiring of Los Angeles FirefightersJanuary 22, 2015

    Reviews the Los Angeles Fire Department's hiring practices as of June 2014 and outlines a recommended new firefighter hiring process that is intended to increase efficiency of the hiring process, bolster the evidence supporting the validity of it, and make it more transparent and inclusive.

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    High-Priority Information Technology Needs for Law EnforcementJanuary 19, 2015

    This study reports on strategic planning activities supporting the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the area of information technology, collecting and analyzing data on law enforcement needs and identifying potential solutions through technology assessment studies, extensive outreach and liaison activities, and subject matter expert panels.

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    Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other JurisdictionsJanuary 16, 2015

    Marijuana legalization is a controversial and multifaceted issue that is now the subject of serious debate. In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill requiring the Secretary of Administration to produce a report about various consequences of legalizing marijuana. This resulting report provides a foundation for thinking about the various consequences of different policy options while being explicit about the uncertainties involved.

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    The Adoption of New Smart-Grid Technologies: Incentives, Outcomes, and OpportunitiesJanuary 15, 2015

    RAND Corporation researchers review the current technical, regulatory, and economic context of the electricity market and theoretical benefits of developing a smart grid; discuss some entrepreneurial opportunities associated with smart-grid data; examine empirical evidence related to smart-grid adoption and implementation; and offer policy suggestions for overcoming identified barriers.

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    Costs of Selected Policies to Address Air Pollution in ChinaJanuary 12, 2015

    Air pollution has been one of the most pernicious consequences of China's last three decades of economic transformation and growth. This report estimates the costs of three measures to reduce air pollution in China: replacing coal with natural gas for residential and commercial heating, replacing half of China‘s coal-fired electric power generation with renewables or nuclear power, and scrapping highly polluting vehicles.