Cities battle for cyber dollars
With cyber the new security frontier, Australian cities and ministers are pushing their claims as the big international vendors invest heavily in local infrastructure and skills.
How many consultants does government need?
A stoush in NSW over ballooning fees to high priced consultants has again put the spot light on this perennial issue.
Sixth Circuit Rejects Law Prof's Claim That 'Satanic' $666 Merit Pay Raise Was Retaliation For His Union Activities
A most unlikely collection of suspects — law schools, their deans, U.S. News & World Report and its employees — may have committed felonies by publishing false information as part of U.S. News' ranking of law schools. The possible federal felonies include mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, racketeering, and making false statements. Employees of law schools and U.S. News who committed these crimes can be punished as individuals, and under federal law the schools and U.S. News would likely be criminally liable for their agents' crimes.
Capitalism and Poverty Matt Bruenig, Jacobin (micael)Most families are nearly back to 2007 income levels, but inequality continues to grow in 2016 Economic Policy InstituteClass Clowns Jacobin
David Hasen (Colorado), Taxation and Innovation: A Sectorial Approach, 2017 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1043:
OECD Econ. Dep't Working Paper No. 1407, The Capacity of Governments to Raise Taxes:
Whose Time Will Never Come." Here I would just point out the obvious problem: the outsourcing creates the potential for massiveconfusion directed a the taxpayer population most vulnerable to that confusion. The National Taxpayer Advocate has posted a really good report on that aspect of the program.
The very thin silver lining is that many practitioner groups and individuals have gathered at the site of the upcoming train wreck to render aid. The National Taxpayer Advocate and her office has laid out all kinds of help for taxpayers in a page titled Private Debt Collection Program - What You Need to Know." Sure, it's hard to find and it's buried under two layers of webpages, but hey, it's there. And just because the taxpayers most likely subject to PCA's probably don't dive into the IRS website to find the TAS page, much less the subpages that have the help, does not mean the help may not be useful to some small portion who find their way to a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic or some other practitioner who might be more up on the issue. Similarly, those readers who will be attending the ABA Tax Section Fall Meeting in Austin will find CLE on PCA's at 9:45 am on Saturday morning at the Pro
Bono and Tax Clinic committee meeting. Panelists there will be Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate Josh Beck from TAS; Bill Banowsky from the IRS; and Mandi L. Matlock from Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.
Russia considering response to FBI probe into RT and Sputnik The Duran (micael)Senators propose 9/11-style commission on Russian interference The Hill (UserFriendly). Given how well that commission performed, that’s not a threat to anyone.US Seeks to Monopolize CyberwarfareNear Eastern Outlook
The High Price of Overly Prescriptive HR Policies
Move away from rules and toward common sense (HBR)
What to do when a media release gets personal
I’m working in a media unit and I’ve been asked to develop a press release that incorporates some personal material that I think might be sensitive. What should I do?