End Notes and Further Reading


 
 
 
 

Government

State Spending Per Medicaid Enrolee
Disability spending curve

Improper payments large government programs

Whistleblowing

Teletech Post Office Account Lost

https://www.cnet.com/news/csc-inks-post-office-deal/  - Teletech customer service account lost to CSC

SEC Charges Royal Ahold With Fraud

https://www.sec.gov/news/press/2004-144.htm -  SEC charges Royal Ahold with fraud

Retaliation and Avoidance

Whistleblower retaliation is rampant, regularly goes unpunished at the Pentagon according to recent report. "Although the Pentagon inspector general’s office proved last year that the Army master sergeant was wrongly punished and the underlying allegations were true, the officials who retaliated had yet to face consequences. And it is not yet clear whether the damage they did to the soldier’s record has been fixed. The Pentagon IG’s office recounts that story and many more like it, with names and exact timelines removed, in a little-noticed report delivered to Congress in November. According to IG officials and data buried deep in the report, ordeals like that suffered by the master sergeant — a truthful disclosure followed by official retribution that usually goes unpunished — are repeated somewhere in the Defense Department more than three times a month on average." sunlightfoundation.com/2019/02/26/today-in-opengov-avoidance-strategies

Policy

Council For National Policy

Influential for preponderence of recent legislation.

Details emphasis of anti-gay attitude

a little-known club of a few hundred of the most powerful conservatives in the country

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/05/17/council-national-policy-behind-curtain

ALEC

The American Legislative Exchange Council is a nonprofit organization of conservative state legislators and like-minded business people

who draft and share model state-level legislation for distribution among state governments in the United States. Recently becoming more active in social issues.

DC Tax Credit For Low Earners

https://www.dcfpi.org/all/dcs-earned-income-tax-credit/\

DC refundable EITC available to workers without children who have incomes up $24,250 - with incomes up to $18,290 eligible to receive the maximum refund.

Implementaion Success Indicators

Article details that the following items affect implementation and success of policy: not implemented or executed according to their design; political interference; lack of motivation or incentive;a negative disposition among implementers; official commitment to statutory objectives the impact of economic, political and social conditions ; prevalence of self-serving goals of street-level bureaucrats and an absence of organisational willingness; and involuntary clients.

https://www3.mruni.eu/ojs/public-policy-and-administration/article/view/4439 -

FOIA

Running Out The Clock

Running out the clock — delaying responses in hopes the requester will give up — is a common tactic used by federal officials to avoid the law's requirement that public documents be released on request

Busness-Ethics

Use of Bio-ehicists for favorable review

Describes questionable behavior by Lilly and the use of bioethicists to deduce solutions that are in the corporations interest.

 

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/8146588_Businesses_are_buying_the_ethics_they_want

Lilly's use of homeless research subjects

 January 2002 Lilly sponsored study concluding it would be unfair NOT to include homeless people in research studies.

 

https://academic.oup.com/jmp/article/27/5/547/961630

Conflict of Interest

Details organizational conflicts of interests as well as requirement of existence of a comprehensive ethics program.

https://www.c2essentials.com/conflicts-of-interest-what-are-they-and-how-to-avoid-them/

Religion

Conservative Catholic Agenda
Below are hard right Catholic interests in the US:
* Catholic League
* Legatus
* Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute
* Catholic Vote
Catholicism Statistics

Covers specifics of Catholicism including: labor crisis of ministry as minor seminaries has no entrants; substantial lobbying at state and federal level to restrict pedophilia lawsuits; a third of the nation are baptised into the faith and 74m identify themselves as Catholic; over 6,800 Catholic schools (5% of the national total); 630 hospitals (11%) plus a similar number of smaller health facilities; and 244 colleges and universities;  questionable financial management including diversion of funds; fraud and embezzlement at the parish level; and it is at least double the size of all US employers except one. Regarding Catholic Charities USA and its subsidiaries: employ over 65,000 paid staff and serve over 10m people; distributed $4.7 billion to the poor in 2010, of which 62% came from local, state and federal government agencies. The American church may account for as much as 60% of the global institution’s wealth.

 

https://www.economist.com/briefing/2012/08/18/earthly-concerns

 

Religion is US Politics

Details reasons for American religiosity. Specifies that US citizens 3 times as likely to describe religion as important.  Provides possible explanations including: exaggeration; a large immigrant population, and economical insecurity. Specifies religion as very influential in American politics compared to other developed countries. Details that evangelical Christians, the Moral Majority, can appeal to immigrants through a conservative religious message. This consequently causes  Democrats to emphasize religion.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/nigel-barber/why-religion-rules-americ_b_1690433.html

Charitable Choice policy

Cites that protections needed to be put in place that prohibit coercion while providing services. Need to respect personal choices regarding theism. Concern regarding hiring practices, maintenance of religious content. Does not find a bias towards religious organizations, rather collaboration and mutual dependence. Finds that only 2% of non-governmental funds usually used for social service. Advises “To the extent that charitable choice efforts amount to privileging religious organizations rather than removing discrimination against them, they should be resisted both on empirical grounds (there is no good reason to think these organizations do things better than secular organizations) and on normative grounds (in a religiously pluralistic society, it is a bad idea to make religious differences salient in competitions for scarce resources, especially for scarce resources distributed by government). Privileging religious organizations ignores the core sociological wisdom behind the First Amendment”.

https://ssir.org/articles/entry/debunking_charitable_choice

 

Prevelance of Fraud

95% of fraud in churches goes unreported.(approx 6%-8% of donations) Finds fraud prevalent in religious organizations noting that due to no financial reporting and accountability. Major crimes often attempted to be kept private.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterpavlo/2013/11/18/fraud-thriving-in-u-s-churches-but-you-wouldnt-know-it/#10120f75d9d4

Corruption

Citizen perception of Corruption

75% in U.S. See Widespread Government Corruption

news.gallup.com/poll/185759/widespread-government-corruptionaspx

State rankings For Corruption

publicintegrity.org/accountability/how-does-your-state-rank-for-integrity/

publicintegrity.org/accountability/new-york-gets-d-grade-in-2015-state-integrity-investigation/

 
New York
GRADE:D-(61)
Public Access to Information
GRADE:F(55)
 
Executive Accountability
GRADE:d+(68)
Legislative Accountability
GRADE:d-(62)
Judicial Accountability
GRADE:F(43)
State Budget Processes
GRADE:F(52)
State Civil Service Management
GRADE:c-(72)
Procurement
GRADE:F(49)
Internal Auditing
GRADE:b+(89)
Lobbying Disclosure
GRADE:c+(77)
Ethics Enforcement Agencies
GRADE:F(51)
Transparency international Corruption index

US drops out of global corruption index top-20, scores four points lower than 2017

Analysis highlights crucial role of tackling corruption in defending democracy

https://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/us_drops_out_of_global_corruption_index_top_20_scores_four_points_lower_tha