Trust Digest 52 (June 10, 2014)


How Bill Gates Pulled Off the Swift Common Core Revolution
The pair of education advocates had a big idea, a new approach to transform every public-school classroom in America. By early 2008, many of the nation’s top politicians and education leaders had lined up in support. But that wasn’t enough. The duo needed money — tens of millions of dollars, at least — and they needed a champion who could overcome the politics that had thwarted every previous attempt to institute national standards. So they turned to the richest man in the world.
Key Words: Bill Gates, Philanthropy, Common Core
Trust Issues: Benevolence, Capability


Plaintiffs' Lawyers Take Aim at GM for Recall
Of all the problems haunting General Motors Co. [GM +0.14%] over its handling of defective ignition switches, the one with plaintiffs' lawyers is just beginning. The company's size and self-confessed failures in an internal report released last week are attracting lawyers who forged some of the biggest civil settlements ever, from the landmark tobacco litigation to the Exxon Valdez disaster to Toyota Motor Corp.'s [TO +0.15%] unintended-acceleration problems.
Key Words: GM, Recall, Lawsuit
Trust Issues: Accountability, Transparency


Struggling Burkina Faso Opens Up Its Government Data
One of the world’s poorest countries is nevertheless making big strides in using technology to make government more transparent. Burkina Faso, the small West African state rated the third-poorest country in the world by the United Nations, last week launched the Burkina Open Data Initiative in the capital, Ougadougou. The project makes 50 data sets from the country’s health ministry available to the public, with data from more government ministries to follow in September.
Key Words: Burkina Faso, Government, Open Data
Trust Issues: Transparency, Communication


Qatar 2022: Fifa Sponsors Back Corruption Investigation
Football's world governing body Fifa is under growing pressure from a number of sponsors after its decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Sony, Adidas, Coca-Cola, Visa and Hyundai/Kia have expressed concern over claims of wrongdoing in the bidding process. In total, five of Fifa's six main sponsors have issued statements relating to the Qatar bid. Only airline Emirates has so far declined to comment.
Key Words: Qatar, World Cup, Bribery
Trust Issues: Integrity, Transparency


After Major Probation, USC's Compliance Office Among Best in Nation
USC's athletic program was reeling from an NCAA investigation that resulted in some of the toughest penalties in college sports history. There were major infractions in football and men's basketball, even one in women's tennis, and the school's administration had been cited for "lack of institutional control," a tag dreaded by college presidents. On Monday, USC serves the final day in four years of NCAA probation, one of the final vestiges of its penalties. Tom Yeager, commissioner of the Colonial Athletic Assn., and a former chair of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, said USC had made noticeable changes. "There's a whole new administration at Southern Cal," Yeager said. "There's a different perspective, a different approach to everything."
Key Words: USC, NCAA, Compliance
Trust Issues: Stakeholders, Culture


Treasury Discloses Limits on Bank-Data Sharing With Spy Agencies
The U.S. Treasury Department said it sets limits while allowing the nation’s intelligence agencies to access reports that banks file on suspicious or large money moves by customers, including information about Americans. The Treasury, saying it was responding to a public records request, released the protocol at the end of last week, describing how it provides some information in bulk to the National Counterterrorism Center, the hub of the government’s anti-terrorism intelligence efforts. The document, partially redacted, also sets conditions for searching the database.
Key Words: U.S. Treasury, NCTC, Banks
Trust Issues: Transparency, Accountability


The GM Culture Crisis: What Leaders Must Learn from this Culture Case Study
The independent investigation of the GM ignition switch recall crisis that led to at least 13 deaths was completed and the report (Volukas Report) was just released. GM CEO Mary Barra also shared some major changes they are making. It’s a live case study on a sad culture crisis we all can and must learn from since culture is the most powerful force in organizations. Rarely do we have a chance to pull back the covers and see a culture with some serious dysfunction that still accomplishes amazing work on a global scale in spite of it all.
Key Words: GM, Leadership
Trust Issues: Culture, Integrity, Accountability


Virginia Lawmaker to Resign, Paving Way for Jobs for Self, Daughter, According to Associates
Republicans appear to have outmaneuvered Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a state budget standoff by persuading a Democratic senator to resign his seat, at least temporarily giving the GOP control of the chamber and possibly dooming the governor’s push to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (D-Russell) will announce his resignation Monday, effective immediately, paving the way to appoint his daughter to a judgeship and Puckett to the job of deputy director of the state tobacco commission, three people familiar with the plan said Sunday.
Key Words: Virginia, Politics, Conflict of Interest
Trust Issue: Integrity


V.A. Audit Finds Long Waits for Care Are Widespread
A nationwide audit of Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities found that about 57,000 patients have been waiting more than three months for appointments, while nearly 64,000 others have been enrolled in the system for a decade but have still not been seen by doctors. The audit, released on Monday, found that some form of data manipulation on wait times for patients had occurred at three of four veterans medical facilities across the country. The audit also found that 13 percent of the schedulers interviewed stated that they had been instructed by “supervisors or others” to enter false information related to how long veterans had to wait for appointments.
Key Words: VA Health Care Scandal
Trust Issues: Responsibility, Capability


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