Policy (Business & Government)

A broad category–on company/institute policies, both formal (written) and informal (implicit)

Inflation Low in Europe, China, U.S. and Elsewhere, but with Differing Consequences

Inflation rates remain low globally, but with varying impact, depending on each country’s current rate of economic growth and other factors. The IMF is urging higher inflation, but this is unlikely to be embraced by policy-makers at many central banks, especially in the developed economies that are still nursing weak economic recoveries.

Counterfeit Threats Mount as Congress Moves Tentatively Towards Solutions

Counterfeiting increases in a down economy, since it has so many audiences in the general population. However, the loss to the economy as well as the public welfare, due to the use of unsafe counterfeit products, is staggering. Congress, DHS, HHS, as well as industry advocacy groups propose regulations…

Biometric Technology Gets New Advocacy

The article discusses the use of biometrics in financial applications, access control, and national identity cards, and highlights the controversial aspect of using biometrics as a cornerstone technology for immigration control. It explores the challenges and concerns related to biometric technology, including security, hacking risks, and the need for a multi-pronged approach for successful implementation.

Cultural Attitudes Impact Climate Change Policies: It’s Time for the US to Lead

In spite of priding itself on being a nation of science, surveys show that the U.S. is in last place when it comes to its public’s understanding of humans’ impact on climate change. The attitudes of China and India’s populations are somewhat more enlightened. The actions of all three nations will be absolutely critical to addressing global warming.

GAO Report Finds Underperformance of Recovery Act Spending

The sluggish return of jobs during the economic recovery may be due, in part, to the slower-than-expected spending of stimulus money. Most states lag behind in getting started on the local level, and much of the state spending has not gone into programs that actually create new jobs.

Getting Immigration Policy Right – Lessons from Australia?

Immigration policy has a profound influence on the makeup and availability of the workforce, the degree of competitiveness, and the culture of a nation. But setting immigration policy is a difficult balancing act, with incendiary emotions and cut-throat politics invariably at play. So, was Australia right or wrong when they tightened up their immigration rules on Monday (Feb 8th) in favor of English speakers and professionals?

Still Waiting

The Department of Homeland Security’s much anticipated strategy for managing trade in the face of heightened security levels in the maritime sector or in the aftermath of a transportation security incident was sent to Congress on July 10, 2007.

Many in the trade community anticipated an operational plan that would clearly set out the roles and responsibilities of government officials…

The Vulnerability of Interconnected Society

The article discusses a NATO Science project focused on addressing the challenges posed by the increasing vulnerability of today’s interconnected society, especially after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The project aims to identify common challenges, review initiatives taken in different countries, and promote greater international cooperation to preserve security and protect society from various non-traditional threats to security.

Serious About Port Security?

A House-Senate conference committee is negotiating the final language of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act. A key provision in the version of the bill passed by the Senate is the requirement that dock workers convicted of murder, treason, espionage and terror related crimes be barred from working at the Nation’s ports, and that workers convicted of crimes such as bribery, identify fraud and illegal use of firearms within the last seven years be barred as well. But did it make it into the final version of the bill?

The Changing Role of the Supply Chain Manager

This article emphasizes the importance of understanding international laws and regulations for supply chain managers involved in global trade and transportation. It highlights the potential risks and legal consequences of non-compliance with rules related to border security, corporate tax, customs modernization, global sourcing, immigration, intellectual property, and other aspects of international trade.

RFID: Finding ROI in X-treme Supply Chain Management

The text discusses the growing interest in RFID and other auto-identification technologies, particularly for risk avoidance, corporate accountability in global logistics, and trade. It highlights the need for a digital data trail and the potential benefits of RFID in mitigating risks, protecting intellectual property, ensuring product quality, and enhancing supply chain performance.

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