McConnell’s Calculation May Be That He Still Wins by Losing | The New York Times


When it comes to managing Republicans’ best interests, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, rarely loses.

So it is possible that Mr. McConnell views the potential failure of a hastily written health care bill as an eventual boon.

His presentation on Thursday of the Senate’s health care measure to Republican colleagues — after the White House and key lobbyists got a peek the night before — was met with something other than unbridled enthusiasm.

According to lawmakers who were at the unveiling, members from the left and right ends of the party’s spectrum were deeply critical of the effort.

Source: McConnell’s Calculation May Be That He Still Wins by Losing – The New York Times

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Telecom sector of India: Companies warn cut-throat telecom tariffs may lead to bloodbath


“Earlier there were 12 operators. We’re already down to six-seven. An operator with a strong balance sheet is shaking the industry, and the way it is going, it would be down to around three-four, including (state-owned) BSNL and MTNL,” Mittal is learnt to have said.

“The government needs to help… It has to decide on the level of competition that there should be in the sector,” SBI’s Sriram was cited as saying.

Source: Telecom sector of India: Companies warn cut-throat telecom tariffs may lead to bloodbath

Why Medicaid Is Worth Dying For | Pacific Standard


This morning, ADAPT, America’s leading direct-action disability rights group, seized the hallway and staged a die-in outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

There was literally blood on the floor. The images of disabled men and women being dragged from in front of McConnell’s office took over the Internet, just hours after the GOP revealed its health-care bill.

Source: Why Medicaid Is Worth Dying For – Pacific Standard

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Fight corruption and stay compliant with new global standard ISO 37001


Don’t underestimate the damage corruption inflicts upon the global economy. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund report that somewhere between 1 to 2 trillion US dollars in bribes are paid each year with the total economic loss from corruption estimated to be many times that amount.

Bribery undermines trust established with the public, employees and business partners. Not to mention the direct financial losses victims suffer by overpaying for goods and services or by receiving substandard quality.

More than any other type of occupational fraud, bribery leads to substantial financial and reputational damage according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Source: Fight corruption and stay compliant with new global standard ISO 37001 – Expert Blog

Clarity on Insurance | KPMG


Digital solutions are available to enhance almost any aspect of insurance business models. The options are almost endless.

It can be a huge task to analyze and assess them all, and that’s before we discuss implementation. At the same time, however, digital progress represents exciting new opportunities to create and sustain competitive advantage.

“Clarity on Insurance Digitalization” shows how digitalization will revolutionize Switzerland’s insurance industry and gives insights into key findings:

  • Only one-fifth of insurance companies are on track to become a digital leader.
  • No second chances in the moment of truth: Nowhere is the customer-insurer relationship more likely to suffer than when reporting a claim.

Source: Clarity on Insurance – Magazine | KPMG | CH

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An Insider’s Take on What Went Wrong with DHS’ Agile Contract | Nextgov.com


DHS launched Flexible Agile Support for the Homeland, or FLASH, last year. The contracting vehicle pre-approved 13 vendors that passed a technical development challenge to sell their services to DHS agencies.

Shortly after its launch, progress was halted by protests multiple times from multiple companies that didn’t make the cut and felt the selection process was unfair.

Last month, DHS moved to cancel the contract, still dogged by protests, citing concerns that it had not had enough information to “reasonably evaluate the offerors.”

DHS’ three-year, $1.5 billion contract was partially modeled after a similar effort at the General Services Administration. GSA’s tech consultancy 18F launched the Agile Blanket Purchase Agreement in 2015, which also pre-approved agile vendors, and DHS officials had adopted some of their practices when crafting FLASH, including evaluating them based on a technical development challenge instead of a lengthy proposal.

Source: An Insider’s Take on What Went Wrong with DHS’ Agile Contract – Nextgov.com

Britain’s Surprising Election: Austerity, Inequality And Angry Voters

Last year’s referendum on Brexit became an opportunity for some of Britain’s poorest citizens in its most depressed regions to express their fury at economic decline and the squeeze on incomes and public services.

Theresa May’s smart footwork in abandoning her pro-Remain stance and presenting herself as the leader to achieve a full-blooded Brexit could not entirely conceal her role as a major figure in the Conservative and coalition governments over this period.

May was a novelty in June 2016; by June 2017, she had become the incumbent, responsible for the NHS crisis, the social care crisis, the housing crisis, the wage freeze, and student debt.

The 2017 election, therefore, is beginning to look like yet another case of voters punishing incumbent governments for their failure to pull the economy out of the comatose state provoked by the financial crisis of almost a decade ago.

Source: Britain’s Surprising Election: Austerity, Inequality And Angry Voters

Interior Is Moving Forward With Buyouts, Leaves Door Open for RIFs | GovExec.com


Interior will rely on attrition, reassignments and separation incentives to reduce the size of its workforce, Secretary Ryan Zinke told a panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday.

Zinke noted the cuts may not go forward as requested but the department is planning to begin slashing its rolls regardless. Interior requested a 12 percent cut to its budget and a reduction of 4,100 employees.

Government Executive first reported Interior’s workforce plans last month.

Source: Interior Is Moving Forward With Buyouts, Leaves Door Open for RIFs – Management – GovExec.com

OMB Needs Bigger Budget So It Can Cut Other Agencies, Director Says | GovExec.com


Democratic lawmakers grilled the head of the Office of Management and Budget at a hearing Wednesday for boosting his own agency’s budget while slashing spending levels for most of the rest of government.

Source: OMB Needs Bigger Budget So It Can Cut Other Agencies, Director Says – Management – GovExec.com

Trumpcare secrecy: The Senate’s new AHCA health care bill is being written behind closed doors, unlike the ACA | Quartz


.. None of these critical features of democratic lawmaking—public education about the health care system, public debate between politicians over how to fix it, or basic knowledge of the political arrangements that drive lawmaking—are present now as the Senate prepares to vote on its health care bill.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has announced there will be just ten hours of debate on a bill that will affect the health of hundreds of millions of Americans, before a vote next week to meet the arbitrary deadline of a summer holiday.

This is no way to make policy.

And it would take just three of McConnell’s Republican colleagues to reveal what is happening behind closed doors.

Source: Trumpcare secrecy: The Senate’s new AHCA health care bill is being written behind closed doors, unlike the ACA — Quartz

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