— Theodor Seuss Geisel, author of Dr. Seuss books
Almanac: C.S. Lewis on “hating the sin”
"Virtually all ‘great systems’ are hopelessly bureaucratic by year #10.”
—TOM PETERS of BC fame
Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight
Fees, Fines, and Penalties: Better Reporting of Government-wide Data Would Increase Transparency and Facilitate Oversight GAO-19-221: Published: Mar 7, 2019. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 2019.
“Federal agencies collect hundreds of billions of dollars annually in fees, fines, and penalties, such as national park entry fees and penalties for violations of federal telemarketing law. Government-wide data could help Congress identify trends in collections and significant changes that could be an indication of an agency’s performance. Currently, there is no comprehensive, government-wide report that identifies specific fees, fines, and penalties. We made 4 recommendations to enhance the Office of Management and Budget’s current reporting on these collections, such as making more specific data publicly available…”
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Economic profit impossible if the Murray-Darling keeps eroding
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An innovative step toward truly empowered citizen governance
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NSW SES commissioner resigns amid misconduct allegations
Movers & shakers: addendum
UPDATED: Jenny Atta confirmed as departmental secretary following last year’s post-election reshuffle.
MANDARIN EVENT: Facilitated by Editor of The Mandarin, Harley Dennett, this live online panel discussion will deep dive into this complex and wicked problem. Wednesday 20 March. Find out more.
VERONA BURGESS: Despite possessing so much interest and information, Australia isn't any closer to having to a long-term policy for handling climate change.
CSIRO staff ask chief executive to defy government over staffing levels
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WA commissioner to Japan fired on corruption investigation
Why releasing data alone is not effective
Making data available and accessible is an important part of public sector engagement. But ensuring the message is clearly understood can be the biggest challenge.
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Sven Bluemmel, Victorian Information Commissioner and Scott Miller, CEO of Volunteering Victoria discuss the need for greater trust and transparency, and how government can meet citizen expectations. Access the on-demand webcast today. Guy Debelle: climate change and the economy
The Reserve Bank will now factor climate change in as a "key policy concern" in monetary policy deliberations, says the RBA Deputy Governor in a keynote speech.
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