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The U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker

“The Kaiser Family Foundation has launched a new, interactive, online tool designed to provide the latest data on the U.S. government’s global health budget in an easy-to-access form. The U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker lets users follow the budget from the President’s budget request through the appropriations process in Congress, as well as see trends over time. DataContinue Reading

Talk with Me, Not at Me: Playing to Win with Social Media

Accenture, From Welcome to the Switching Economy: “Consumers everywhere have a wealth of information at their fingertips, giving them more control than ever regarding who gets their business. They know they have choices and switch providers when frustrated with their experiences. The result is the emergence of what Accenture calls the Switching Economy: the $5.9Continue Reading

Compensation Programs Falling Short at U.S. Employers – Survey

“Despite the importance of pay when it comes to attracting and retaining employees, companies are falling short in the delivery of their base pay and annual incentive programs, according to research from global professional services company Towers Watson. Further, while the competition for talent is heating up, companies are not differentiating pay for their bestContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Defense Planning, Education, DHS Training, USAID, Older Americans, Veterans Affairs

DEFENSE PLANNING: DOD Needs Specific Measures and Milestones to Gauge Progress of Preparations for Operational Access Challenges, GAO-14-801:  Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Status of Prior GAO Recommendations, GAO-14-848T: Published: Sep 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2014. DHS TRAINING: Improved Documentation, Resource Tracking, and Performance Measurement Could Strengthen Efforts, GAO-14-688: Published: Sep 10, 2014.Continue Reading

Paper- Changes to Equity Markets Require Structural Reforms

“Regulatory policy has not kept pace with the significant changes that have occurred in our stock market within the last few decades, according to a CFA white paper on market structure. The white paper analyzes those market changes and proposes reforms that are designed to foster transparency, ensure high market quality, minimize conflicts of interest, guaranteeContinue Reading

FindTheBest Launches Agency Spending Topic

Nina Quattrocchi - FindTheBest – A Research Engine: “The government awards trillions of taxpayer dollars every year in contracts, grants, and loans, and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of where that money is going. Thousands of new businesses are created in the US each year, and it’s hard for those young companies to know where toContinue Reading

Contribution of Exports to Economic Growth and Important Role of the Export-Import Bank

Joint Economic Committee, Vice Chair - The Contribution of Exports to Economic Growth and the Important Role of the Export-Import Bank, September 9, 2014. “Exports make a critical contribution to U.S. economic growth and job creation. Ninety-five percent of the world’s potential customers live outside of the United States, and exports offer an opportunity for AmericanContinue Reading

Consumer Expenditures – 2013

“Average expenditures per consumer unit (1) in 2013 were $51,100, little changed from 2012 levels, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. In 2013 spending decreased 0.7 percent during the same period that the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) increased 1.5 percent. In 2012 spending had increased 3.5 percent, outpacing the increase in prices. In 2013 average income perContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Land Reclamation, Clinical Trails, Contract Management, DHS, Export-Import Bank, Military Training

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION: Availability of Information on Repayment of Water Project Construction Costs Could Be Better Promoted, GAO-14-764: Published: Sep 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2014. CLINICAL TRIALS: Little is Known about Participation by Supplemental Security Income Recipients, GAO-14-734R: Published: Sep 9, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2014. CONTRACT MANAGEMENT: DOD’s Implementation of Justifications for 8(a) Sole-Source Contracts, GAO-14-721R: Published: Sep 9, 2014.Continue Reading

Assets and Liabilities of Commercial Banks in the United States

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Assets and Liabilities of Commercial Banks in the United States – H.8, Release Date: September 5, 2014.

CBO’s Projection of Federal Interest Payments

“Federal debt held by the public will reach about $12.8 trillion by the end of this fiscal year, an amount that equals 74 percent of the nation’s total output (gross domestic product, or GDP) this year. If current laws generally remained unchanged—the assumption that underlies CBO’s baseline projections—CBO projects that such debt would climb toContinue Reading

Follow the Money: Compensation, Risk, and the Financial Crisis

Larcker, David F. and Ormazabal, Gaizka and Tayan, Brian and Taylor, Daniel J., Follow the Money: Compensation, Risk, and the Financial Crisis (September 8, 2014). Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Closer Look Series: Topics, Issues and Controversies in Corporate Governance No. CGRP-43. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2493398 “This Closer Look illustrates theContinue Reading