Australian Open Government National Action Plan

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Australia is a successful and stable democracy, with relatively low levels of corruption and a range of institutions and laws which promote open and accountable government.
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This article gives a baseline assessment of social capital in the UK using the latest data available. The data are based on the draft headline measures proposed by ONS in July 2014, and further developed following user consultation (ONSb, November 2014). The 25 measures have been developed using a framework that covers four key aspects of social capital: personal relationships, social network support, civic engagement and trust and cooperative norms. In general terms, social capital represents social connections and all the benefits they generate. Social capital is also associated with civic participation, civic-minded attitudes and values which are important for people to cooperate, such as tolerance or trust. “Social capital is the glue that holds societies together and without which there can be no economic growth or human wellbeing” (Grootaert, 1998). Without the social connections that link people to each other and lead them to exchange resources, without trust and other cooperative norms of behaviours, society could not function. The networks of individual relationships with family and friends, local community and through civic engagement, form the fabric of a cohesive society.


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With the looming possibility of sequestration bringing uncertainty to agency spending, many companies are finding it more and more challenging to get a handle on the best way to do business with the government. This means businesses can no longer rely on traditional methods to weather the coming storm; instead, they need to think strategically to stay on top of emerging trends. Deltek’s Washington Management Group and Financial Transaction Services (FTS) describe how you can grow top-line revenue and profit—even in today’s challenging economic environment.

Protecting Privacy in State Government

California Department of Human Resources

Joanne McNabb became Director of Privacy Education & Policy in the newly created Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit in the California Department of Justice in 2012. The Unit protects Californians’ constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy through civil enforcement of state and federal privacy laws, educates consumers and businesses, and makes recommendations to the Attorney General on privacy matters.

The U.S. Ban on Forced Labor Imports

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President Obama has slammed shut a legal backdoor allowing importers of forced labor goods to place their products on the U.S. market. His government’s new law, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act 2015, has closed a loophole in the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930 that allowed forced labor imports in cases where consumer demand could not be met through alternative means. The bill was signed into law on February 24th and takes effect in early March.

The Pathway to IT Modernization in Government

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The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act is essential to Federal agencies’ mission-critical approaches to modernizing their data centers quickly and efficiently. Acquiring cloud-ready technologies for private, hybrid environments with an as-a-service approach can optimize MGT funding, accelerate data center modernization goals and enhance agencies FITARA scores.

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This article gives a baseline assessment of social capital in the UK using the latest data available. The data are based on the draft headline measures proposed by ONS in July 2014, and further developed following user consultation (ONSb, November 2014). The 25 measures have been developed using a framework that covers four key aspects of social capital: personal relationships, social network support, civic engagement and trust and cooperative norms. In general terms, social capital represents social connections and all the benefits they generate. Social capital is also associated with civic participation, civic-minded attitudes and values which are important for people to cooperate, such as tolerance or trust. “Social capital is the glue that holds societies together and without which there can be no economic growth or human wellbeing” (Grootaert, 1998). Without the social connections that link people to each other and lead them to exchange resources, without trust and other cooperative norms of behaviours, society could not function. The networks of individual relationships with family and friends, local community and through civic engagement, form the fabric of a cohesive society.

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