Nonprofits Say “Ahhhh…”

This tax season, nonprofit organizations will, for the first time, be required to undergo what K&L Gates health care attorney Ed Weisgerber describes as a “corporate endoscopy”: If the hospital has affiliated for-profit businesses, the IRS wants to know about them in detail. Do the executives fly first-class on business trips„ There’s a place for reporting that information. If two…

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Gov’t Accountability: Also Good for H.R.

A letter to the New York Times details another reason why accountability is critical for good government: the retention of talented career public servants. “…the biggest reason to pursue accountability: the morale of current and future career employees of the very agencies so poorly served by most government officials for most of the last eight years… For all the fickle…

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Data-Driven Decision Making

America has entered an era of government expenditure unheard-of since the 1960s, if not the 1930s, yet its cash reserves are lower than ever. The New York Times reports that China is losing its taste for U.S. debt, cutting off one huge supply of easy credit that fueled the massive expansion of government after September 11th. Obama warned of a…

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Rhiza’s Tools Used for Major Foundation Report on Impact of the Recession in Pa., Oh.

This past week, five area community foundations released a 28-page joint report entitled The Recession’s Impact on the Safety Net in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The result of a two-month study,the report was in part written using data generated by Rhiza Community Catalog. These data are publicly available under “Community Profiles” on HumanServices.net, an online tool implemented in partnership with 3rc…

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Data and Democracy

In June 2008, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain collaborated on a groundbreaking bill to post the full text of all federal contracts with private agencies online for public review. Senate Bill 3077, the Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008, died in committee and was stricken from the books when the 111th Congress met earlier this…

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