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2017 State of the Services Economy Report

The 2017 State of the Services Economy Report Presented by Mavenlink & Gigaom “It’s clear that opportunities for services providers have never been greater. In 2016, IBS estimated that the global services economy will represent a staggering $3 trillion in commercial opportunity. And its rapidly growing. However, there is also overwhelming consensus that the industry… Continue Reading

Sunlight Foundation tracking Trump conflicts of interest

“Sunlight and the public are still waiting for answers on what open government will look like in the White House of President-Elect Donald J. Trump. What we do know is that the president-elect has not only failed to set up a true blind trust for his assets, but in the weeks since Election Day has… Continue Reading

Factors Affecting Revenue Estimates of Tax Compliance Proposals

Janet Holtzblatt (CBO) and Jamie McGuire (JCT) “This paper examines various factors that affect estimates made by the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation of the budgetary savings from tax compliance proposals. Affecting the current law baseline, against which proposed changes are measured, are the size of the tax gap… Continue Reading

Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2016

“The CAF World Giving Index is a leading study on global generosity. Now in its seventh year, it provides a picture of charitable behaviour around the world. The CAF World Giving Index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger. This year, 140 countries were surveyed, representing around 96% of the world’s… Continue Reading

Senators Warren and Cummings Ask GAO to Review Trump Transition

News release: “United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, today sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a review of President-elect Donald Trump’s “chaotic” transition. The lawmakers asked GAO to examine conflicts of interest related to… Continue Reading

BLS – Highlights of women’s earnings in 2015

BLS Reports November 2016: “In 2015, women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings that were 81 percent of those of male full-time wage and salary workers. In 1979, the first year for which comparable earnings data are available, women’s earnings were 62 percent of men’s. Since 2004, the women’s-to-men’s… Continue Reading

Search platform allows investors to identify investments in deforestation funds

“Deforestation Free Funds is a search platform that enables people to find out if their money, in the form of individual investments or an employer-provided 401(k), may be causing tropical deforestation through investment in companies that produce, consume, or finance palm oil – the fastest growing cause of rainforest destruction today. Palm oil is not… Continue Reading

Unique Identification Codes for Federal Contractors : DUNS Numbers and CAGE Codes

Unique Identification Codes for Federal Contractors: DUNS Numbers and CAGE Codes, L. Elaine Halchin, Specialist in American National Government. November 21, 2016.” An essential element of the federal government’s acquisition system is the capability to identify the businesses, and other types of entities, that do work for the government. Accurate identification of potential contractors and… Continue Reading

The Man Who Knew wins 2016 Business Book of the Year

“November 23, 2016 – Eight years on, the legacy of the financial crisis continues to reverberate, in economics and politics. How did it happen? What lessons can we learn? The winner of this year’s Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year award, Sebastian Mallaby‘s The Man Who Knew, adds to the debate by… Continue Reading

Kasier – Key Medicaid Questions Post-Election

“Medicaid covers about 73 million people nationwide.  Jointly financed by the federal and state governments, states have substantial flexibility to administer the program under existing law.  Medicaid provides health insurance for low-income children and adults, financing for the safety net, and is the largest payer for long-term care services in the community and nursing homes… Continue Reading

Survey – A Quarter of American Adults Volunteered in 2015

“Approximately a quarter of all American adults volunteered through an organization in 2015, while nearly two-thirds helped their neighbors in some manner, an annual report from the Corporation for National and Community Service finds. According to the report, Volunteering and Civic Life in America, 62.6 million adults (24.9 percent) volunteered in 2015, providing nearly 7.8… Continue Reading

Enhanced Cyber Risk Management Standards: Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (collectively, the agencies) are inviting comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) regarding enhanced cyber risk management standards (enhanced standards) for large and interconnected entities under their supervision. The agencies… Continue Reading