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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 01, 2012 As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price
QUOTE: states, counties and cities are giving up more than $80 billion each year to companies. The beneficiaries come from virtually every corner of the corporate world, encompassing oil and coal conglomerates, technology and entertainment companies, banks and big-box retail chains. The cost of the awards is certainly far higher....A portrait arises of mayors and governors who are desperate to create jobs, outmatched by multinational corporations and short on tools to fact-check what companies tell them....Many of the officials said they feared that companies would move jobs overseas if they did not get subsidies in the United States. Over the years, corporations have increasingly exploited that fear, creating a high-stakes bazaar where they pit local officials against one another to get the most lucrative packages.
New York Times Oct 06, 2011 Fired IT workers fight back against H-1B visa abuse: Hindi-only meetings and mass firings of experienced U.S. workers for cheaper foreign labor just as tech job demands grow
QUOTE: Skilled IT workers in the United States are fired and replaced with low-paid overseas employees and holders of H-1B visas....the story of Molina is a bit different than the usual outsourcing horror stories we hear all too often. Workers at Molina are fighting back with a lawsuit...
InfoWorld Jun 21, 2011 Indian Company Under Scrutiny Over U.S. Visas
QUOTE: A giant Indian outsourcing company with thousands of employees in the United States is facing an expanding federal investigation prompted by claims from an American whistle-blower that it misused short-term visitors’ visas to bring in low-cost workers from India. Accusations that the company, Infosys Technologies, repeatedly violated the terms of business visitor visas...
New York Times May 11, 2011 Next Up, a Crackdown on Outside-Expert Firms
QUOTE: In several indictments involving expert networks, authorities claim that hedge fund managers paid outside consultants handsome fees for providing nonpublic information. The government has also charged executives at the expert network firms, the ones who brokered the connections, with knowingly facilitating the exchange of illegal stock tips.
New York Times Feb 22, 2011 Workers Sickened at Apple Supplier in China
QUOTE: 137 workers at a factory here had been seriously injured by a toxic chemical used in making the signature slick glass screens of the iPhone... But in interviews last weekend, nearly a dozen employees who say they were harmed by the chemical said they had never heard from anyone at Apple.
New York Times Apr 22, 2010 Is Google the new Rome? Cloud computing may be leading to a federation-like worldview on data management, but national laws will be a major obstacle
QUOTE: Google's Rome-like worldview extends to how it will treat the location of customer data. Google is not offering U.S. businesses any specific assurance that their data will be stored in a U.S.-based data center.
InfoWorld Mar 29, 2010 Afghan corruption: How to follow the money?
QUOTE: a Defense Department contract worth up to $360 million to transport U.S. military goods through some of the most insecure territory in Afghanistan. But his company has no trucks. Instead, Wardak sits atop a murky pyramid of Afghan subcontractors who provide the vehicles and safeguard their passage. U.S. military officials say they are satisfied with the results, but they concede that they have little knowledge or control over where the money ends up.
Washington Post Oct 23, 2009 Arizona May Put State Prisons in Private Hands
QUOTE: It is the first effort by a state [Arizona] to put its entire prison system under private control.
New York Times Oct 01, 2009 America's High-Tech Sweatshops: U.S. companies may be contributing unwittingly to the exploitation of workers imported from India and elsewhere by tech-services outfits
QUOTE: While many [tech-service] outfits operate legally and provide high-quality talent, there is growing evidence that others violate U.S. laws and mistreat their recruits.
BusinessWeek Sep 02, 2009 Report Details Misbehavior by Kabul Embassy Guards
QUOTE: Private security contractors who guard the U.S. Embassy in Kabul have engaged in lewd behavior and hazed subordinates, demoralizing the undermanned force and posing a "significant threat" to security at a time when the Taliban is intensifying attacks in the Afghan capital, according to an investigation
Washington Post Jan 19, 2009 Drug Making’s Move Abroad Stirs Concerns
QUOTE: experts and lawmakers are growing more and more concerned that the nation is far too reliant on medicine from abroad... “The lack of regulation around outsourcing is a blind spot that leaves room for supply disruptions, counterfeit medicines, even bioterrorism,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio...
New York Times Dec 20, 2008 Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge: Students in Montgomery County, Maryland use fake license plates to send speed camera tickets to enemies.
QUOTE: High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera.
theNewspaper.com Dec 04, 2008 Discounters, Monitors Face Battle on Minimum Pricing
QUOTE: companies scour hundreds of thousands of Web sites daily, looking for retailers offering bargains below the "minimum advertised price," or MAP, set by manufacturers on an array of consumer goods....For discounters, the consequences of not respecting MAP are usually speedy and decisive. If the seller is an authorized dealer of the product in question (which means it is bound to honor a MAP agreement), it gets a notice from the manufacturer or NetEnforcers and typically brings its price into line within hours
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Aug 03, 2008 Work at Home? Your Employer May Be Watching (WORK & FAMILY)
QUOTE: In a budding trend some employment experts say is invasive, companies are stepping up electronic monitoring and oversight of tens of thousands of home-based independent contractors. They're taking photos of workers' computer screens at random, counting keystrokes and mouse clicks and snapping photos of them at their computers. They're plying sophisticated technology to instantaneously detect anger, raised voices or children crying in the background on workers' home-office calls. Others are using Darwinian routing systems that keep calls coming so fast workers have no time to go to the bathroom.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) May 23, 2008 Iraq Spending Ignored Rules, Pentagon Says
QUOTE: The new report is especially significant because while other federal auditors have severely criticized the way the United States has handled payments to contractors in Iraq, this is the first time that the Pentagon itself has acknowledged the mismanagement on anything resembling this scale.
New York Times May 13, 2008 A Usually Legal Practice That Wears Black Eyes
QUOTE: The [Clinton] campaign paid her and seven other members of her family $100 to $200 each to knock on doors, deliver fliers and get voters to the polls for the Democratic primary on March 4, which Mrs. Clinton narrowly won...The payments, known in the political vernacular as “street money,” are a legal but controversial tool that Mrs. Clinton employed at a time when she was desperately seeking a victory after losing 10 consecutive contests to Mr. Obama.
New York Times May 06, 2008 A Living, Breathing Lobby: Oxygen-Supply Firms Turn to Customers for Help on the Hill
QUOTE: pitting the multibillion-dollar industry that supplies oxygen to medical patients against a large number of lawmakers and Medicare, which said it was being charged many times more for oxygen equipment rentals than the actual cost.
Washington Post May 03, 2008 Despite Alert, Flawed Wiring Still Kills G.I.’s
QUOTE: The accidental [electrocution] deaths and close calls, which are being investigated by Congress and the Defense Department’s inspector general, raise new questions about the oversight of contractors in the war zone, where unjustified killings by security guards, shoddy reconstruction projects and fraud involving military supplies have spurred previous inquiries.
New York Times Mar 11, 2008 Blackwater's Employment Investigated
QUOTE: ...[Henry] Waxman (D-Calif.) questioned Blackwater's classification of its workers as "independent contractors" rather than employees. That designation, which the government has questioned in the past, has allowed the company to obtain $144 million in contracts set aside for small businesses and to avoid paying as much as $50 million in withholding taxes under State Department contracts, he said.
Washington Post Feb 13, 2008 Limbo for U.S. Women Reporting Iraq Assaults
QUOTE: ...a number of American women [have] reported that they were sexually assaulted by co-workers while working as contractors in Iraq but now find themselves in legal limbo, unable to seek justice or even significant compensation.
New York Times Jan 29, 2008 Can a Sandwich Be Slandered?
QUOTE: The dispute over an ad is fairly standard...but the [Quiznos] video contest [the rules of which made it clear that the videos should depict Quiznos sandwiches as “superior” to Subway’s] raises a novel legal question: Quiznos did not make the insulting submissions, so should it be held liable for user-generated content created at its behest?
New York Times Dec 01, 2007 Immigration Contractor Trims Wages
QUOTE: Workers who help process millions of visa and citizenship applications for a federal immigration agency are getting pay reductions just as the agency is facing an enormous surge in those applications.
New York Times Nov 24, 2007 Contracting? Cover Your Bases.
QUOTE: If you are planning to work with a construction or remodeling contractor, there are a number of steps you should take to protect yourself.
Washington Post Oct 14, 2007 Stripped-down student protesters rush Macy's aisles: Suppliers exploit Guatemala labor, demonstrators say
QUOTE: But a department store clerk is quick to pick up a phone when he or she sees a half-naked college student dash by complaining that the store's clothes "smell like blood." Sunday evening, store managers declined to comment on the demonstration, and it wasn't clear which -- if any -- of the store's wares were manufactured in the two Guatemalan factories.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct 01, 2007 Report Depicts Recklessness at Blackwater
QUOTE: The report, based largely on internal Blackwater e-mail messages and State Department documents, depicts the security contractor as being staffed with reckless, shoot-first guards who were not always sober and did not always stop to see who or what was hit by their bullets.
New York Times Sep 27, 2007 The Ethics of Outsourcing Customer Service: Sending jobs overseas may be good for the bottom line in the short term, but frustrated customers will vote with their wallets.
QUOTE: Showing a profound disrespect for customer satisfaction is why outsourcing customer service is unethical, and the damage that this practice does to a company's reputation and long-term financial prospects is why it is an unwise business move.
BusinessWeek Sep 03, 2007 Mid-Tier Contractors Getting Left Out: As Federal Contracts Grow, Medium-Size Firms Can't Keep Up
QUOTE: Despite a six-year boom in government contracting, the next generation of mid-size players is seeing its share of federal dollars erode. Larger companies increasingly dominate the service industry, which helps the government run its computers, analyze intelligence, conduct scientific research and even mop the floors.
Washington Post Jul 29, 2007 Cutting Costs, Bending Rules, And a Trail of Broken Lives: Ambush in Iraq Last November Left Four Americans Missing And a String of Questions About the Firm They Worked For
QUOTE: An investigation by The Washington Post found that Crescent violated U.S. military regulations while being paid millions of dollars to support the U.S.-led mission in Iraq.
Washington Post Jul 21, 2007 Bribery Network to Bloat War Costs Is Alleged
QUOTE: Federal investigators have uncovered what they describe as a sweeping network of kickbacks, bribes and fraud involving at least eight employees and subcontractors of KBR, the former Halliburton subsidiary, in a scheme to inflate charges for flying freight into Iraq in support of the war...
New York Times Jul 20, 2007 Medicaid Funding At Risk In D.C.: City Has Overpaid Firms $97 Million, According to Audit
QUOTE: The District wasted nearly $100 million over the past five years overpaying health care contractors for services that many Medicaid patients did not receive...
Washington Post Jul 19, 2007 NATION IN BRIEF: Contractors Decry Late FEMA Payments
QUOTE: some politicians fear that the red tape will discourage companies from bidding on the big rebuilding projects that lie ahead for New Orleans.
Washington Post Jul 18, 2007 Silent surge in contractor 'armies': A key support for US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, civilians have little oversight and, back home, little help.
QUOTE: Everything from who controls their activities to who cares for them when wounded remains unresolved, say experts in and out of the military. This has led to protests from families in the United States as well as concerns in military ranks about how contractors fit into the chain of command.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 15, 2007 Outsourcing Justice? That's Obscene.
QUOTE: LAS VEGAS Privatization is all the rage these days. ... But it's hard to top this step by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales: His Justice Department has put a privatized eye on American morality.
Washington Post Jul 12, 2007 Armored Vehicles Chronically Late: Inspector General Faults No-Bid Deals
QUOTE: The Pentagon inspector general's office has found that a program to deliver special armored vehicles to protect military personnel in Iraq from roadside bombs has been marred by delays and questionable contracting practices that may have endangered troops.
Washington Post Jul 08, 2007 Private Spies: Who Runs the CIA? Outsiders for Hire.
QUOTE: Intelligence professionals tell me that more than 50 percent of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) -- the heart, brains and soul of the CIA -- has been outsourced to private firms such as Abraxas, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.
Washington Post Jul 05, 2007 Danger in Uniform: An infrared patch that allows easy nighttime identification of U.S. soldiers is widely available in the United States. That's a big problem.
QUOTE: [an] important advantage over enemy forces could be eroded if a key component—infrared identification patches attached to combat fatigues that can be detected at night—were to fall into the wrong hands....Founded in 2001 with an exclusive contract to resell the military’s scrap metal and surplus merchandise, Government Liquidation has come under scrutiny from government watchdogs in the past.
Newsweek Jul 05, 2007 Contractors Back From Iraq Suffer Trauma From Battle
QUOTE: Contractors who have worked in Iraq are returning home with the same kinds of combat-related mental health problems that afflict United States military personnel...But, they say, the private workers are largely left on their own to find care, and their problems often go ignored or are inadequately treated.
New York Times Jun 28, 2007 A Call for Competition: As No-Bid Deals Soar, House Panel Wants More Oversight
QUOTE: Roughly half of the money spent on all federal contracts in 2006 was awarded with little or no competition, according to a congressional report released yesterday .... No-bid contracts alone amounted to $103 billion in 2006, a 43 percent jump from the previous year, the report said.
Washington Post Jun 22, 2007 Norton to Offer Bill Barring Felons From Running Security Firms
QUOTE: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said yesterday that she would introduce a bill to prevent felons from running government security contractors after one such company failed to pay its guards at federal buildings in the Washington area for several weeks.
Washington Post Jun 19, 2007 State Dept. Faulted on Hill for Passport Delays
QUOTE: The State Department did not head off a massive backlog of passport applications before this summer's peak travel season...Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said the State Department should consider refunding a fee to applicants who paid an extra $60, on top of the regular $97 passport fee, for expedited processing.
Washington Post Jun 07, 2007 Contractor Says Army Unfairly Closed Bidding
QUOTE: A British firm said the U.S. military improperly excluded it from bidding on the largest security contract in Iraq, blaming the U.S. government for what it calls an "arbitrary and capricious" decision that could cause "harm to U.S. policy and goodwill" in Iraq, according to newly released court documents.
Washington Post Jun 01, 2007 The corporate takeover of U.S. intelligence: The U.S. government now outsources a vast portion of its spying operations to private firms -- with zero public accountability.
QUOTE: The federal government relies more than ever on outsourcing for some of its most sensitive work, though it has kept details about its use of private contractors a closely guarded secret. Intelligence experts, and even the government itself, have warned of a critical lack of oversight for the booming intelligence business.
Salon May 24, 2007 Rules Skirted, Millions Wasted on Navy Boat Barriers
QUOTE: auditors concluded that NCIS hired companies that did little or no significant work on the boat barriers yet collected millions of dollars in fees.
Washington Post May 23, 2007 Changes Spurred Buying, Abuses: Taxpayers Overcharged Millions in Sun Deal, Auditor Says
QUOTE: [Renewing the contract with Sun Microsystems] meant the government's leading contracting agency would be able to continue collecting millions of dollars in what are called industrial funding fees from Sun under rules that permit the GSA to take a percentage of every sale made to the government. It also meant that taxpayers would pay millions more than necessary, according to congressional investigators.
Washington Post May 13, 2007 In Private Sector, Giuliani Parlayed Fame Into Wealth: Candidate's Firm Has Taken On Controversial Executives, Clients
QUOTE: On Dec. 7, 2001, nearly three months after the terrorist attack that had made him a national hero and a little over three weeks before he would leave office, New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani took the first official step toward making himself rich.... Giuliani, grounded in the intricately connected world of New York politics, has been more than adept at making the system work for his clients.
Washington Post May 07, 2007 Roads to Riches: Why investors are clamoring to take over America's highways, bridges, and airports—and why the public should be nervous
QUOTE: There are some advantages to private control of roads, utilities, lotteries, parking garages, water systems, airports, and other properties .... But are investors getting an even better deal? .... The aggressive toll hikes embedded in deals all but guarantee pain for lower-income citizens—and enormous profits for the buyers.
BusinessWeek May 06, 2007 Free Trade's Great, but Offshoring Rattles Me
QUOTE: The offshoring of service jobs from rich countries such as the United States to poor countries such as India may pose major problems for tens of millions of American workers over the coming decades .... The reason for my alleged apostasy is that the nature of international trade is changing before our eyes.
Washington Post Jan 27, 2007 Labor Union, Redefined, for Freelance Workers
QUOTE: Unlike traditional unions, the Freelancers Union has no intention of bargaining with employers. Still, Ms. Horowitz says her group’s main goal is identical to that of all unions — providing mutual aid, in this case health benefits, to their members.
New York Times Dec 25, 2006 Interior, Pentagon Faulted In Audits: Effort to Speed Defense Contracts Wasted Millions
QUOTE: The Defense Department paid two procurement operations at the Department of the Interior to arrange for Pentagon purchases totaling $1.7 billion that resulted in excessive fees and tens of millions of dollars in waste...."routinely violated rules designed to protect U.S. Government interests,"...
Washington Post Oct 28, 2006 U.S. Finds Too Many KBR Reports 'Proprietary'
QUOTE: Under federal law, contractors are allowed to mark some documents proprietary, especially when they are bidding on a deal. But auditors for the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction found Halliburton subsidiary KBR Inc. was using that stamp even with such basic records as daily head counts of how many people ate at the company's dining facilities.
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