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E-Procurement Evolving in Europe

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Vincenzo Marino worked for a company that used robots on an automobile industry assembly line. There, he watched as workers sat idle while the plant waited for a crucial part that someone had forgotten to order. Every time you make a mistake, the company loses time and money, observes Marino. In 1989 Marino left to join Unitec, an outsourcing supplier specializing in supply chain management and logistics. The company has two offices in Europe, one in Augsburg, Germany, the other in Saubaudia, Italy. Marino, the CEO, was determined to improve the process….

E-Government: From Standing in Line to Going Online

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Every year American individuals and businesses complete about $600 billion worth of transactions with the local, state and the Federal governments, excluding their various tax payments. To date, less than one percent of those interactions occur on-line, according to Adrian Moore, director of privatization and government reform for the Reason Public Policy Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank that studies government management. But, like death and taxes, you can be sure that percentage will increase.(outsourcing)

Power to the People: How Taxpayers Are Influencing E-Government

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

An interstate truck driver crosses 30 states and needs to be licensed in each state. Now he has to apply 30 times to 30 different states, filling out the same or similar forms each time. Why can’t the driver go to a Web site on a trucking industry portal and call up one form? There, he fills out his personal information and types in a credit card number and expiration date. Then he simply checks the states he wants to obtain a license from. Six weeks later the licenses arrive in the mail..(outsourcing)

Finding Marcus Welby in Texas

Outsourcing Center, Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Senior Writer

Selecting a health care provider is tricky today because there are so many choices. To ensure the 1.8 million people enrolled in the Medicaid program in Texas have help in making that important decision, the Lone Star State decided to outsource that task, according to Larry Fisher, director, Contract Compliance division for the Texas Department of Health in Austin, Texas…

Should You Do What You’re Doing?

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Road guards are people who try to keep you from making changes. Some have root rot because they have been in place so long. But I like to change and improve things! states Jim Jones, head of reengineering at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center (ALC). The Center’s personnel currently are working on 12 improvement projects, one of which is activities-based costing (ABC)…

High Tech By The Numbers

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

Bill Burns provides IT outsourcing for Tier 3 companies. His firm, which specializes in manufacturing ERP systems, has worked hard to build their trust with its competency. So, when a profitability problem arises or a government agency comes calling, they call his company, Shopman, Inc. in Jamison, Pennsylvania for help.

How to Find Millions of Dollars in a Hurry

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

If you don’t know whether your local city, county or state governments spend more than they take in, or whether they are able to pay the costs to maintain their assets, you’re not alone. Most people can’t figure out how to read governmental financial statements. The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has been pushing for reform and has issued GASB Statement 34s.

Just Arrived

Outsourcing Center, Kathleen Goolsby, Senior Writer

The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is responsible for establishing accounting principles for governmental agencies. The GASB Statement 34 redefines the basic financial reporting framework that governmental agencies currently use, requiring them to conform to accrual accounting. It also requires infrastructure asset valuations to be included in the financial statements of the reporting agency.

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