Republicans Blast Democrats' Effort to Boost Ethics in Government

Government Executive | February 06, 2019

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday condemned a Democratic bill that includes vast new oversight to ensure ethical behavior by federal employees, though their criticism focused primarily on other provisions of the sweeping reform package rather than those aimed at the civil service. Much of the commentary on the parts of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) concerning the federal workforce were positive, especially from the ethics and good-government experts who delivered testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. While the hearing was aimed specifically at examining those provisions, large portions of the debate broke down over political allegations about perceived hidden intentions.

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Pension systems around the world all face a common problem – the strain put on existing promises for retirement because of increases in life expectancy. The retirement savings gap is quite large in some countries already, and on a global scale is projected to grow significantly larger1 by the year 2050. In prior research we determined that in order to close the gap we need to: expand coverage of savings systems to more individuals; use technology to increase the level of savings; and employ techniques to incentivize more savings while being cognizant that individuals may have more demands on their finances than only retirement.

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Pension systems around the world all face a common problem – the strain put on existing promises for retirement because of increases in life expectancy. The retirement savings gap is quite large in some countries already, and on a global scale is projected to grow significantly larger1 by the year 2050. In prior research we determined that in order to close the gap we need to: expand coverage of savings systems to more individuals; use technology to increase the level of savings; and employ techniques to incentivize more savings while being cognizant that individuals may have more demands on their finances than only retirement.

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Convergint | September 13, 2022

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Booz Allen Hamilton Partners with Acalvio to Provide Advanced Cyber Deception Capabilities

Booz Allen | July 26, 2022

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PARAGON SYSTEMS | September 26, 2022

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