Category Archives: Videos

Video: Profiting from the GI Bill

Source: Aaron Glantz, Adithya Sambamurthy, Center for Investigative Reporting, July 7, 2014

The post-World War II GI Bill helped veterans live the American Dream. But a new GI Bill designed to help those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is coming under fire. The Center for Investigative Reporting found more than $600 million dollars in GI bill money had gone to hundreds of for-profit schools in California with low graduation rates and high rates of student loan default.

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For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans

Source: Larry Abramson, NPR, Morning Edition, April 5, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, eager to get an education under the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.

Many vets looking for a school find they are inundated by sales pitches from institutions hungry for their government benefits. Now, lawmakers are looking for ways to protect vets without narrowing their education choices….Some members of Congress are worried that for-profit schools are ripping off the government by luring students into programs that seldom lead to good jobs..

…..Concern about the lead generators’ sales tactics has prompted Congress to explore tighter limits on the public funds that can go to for-profit colleges. But Sweizer says limiting government funding would just hurt the schools that are trying to deal honestly with vets. Instead, he says, schools that don’t deliver what they promise should be punished.

New York Financiers Weigh In on Public-Private Partnerships

Source: Tom Curry, Roll Call, The Container blog, June 16, 2014

When members of the House Transportation Committee trekked to this morning to Manhattan for a roundtable discussion on private financing for public projects — also known as public-private partnerships, or P3s — with financiers from J.P Morgan and other firms, they got a message of both opportunity and caution….He cited reasons for the interest: “The attractiveness of U.S. assets, the stable political environment, and the long-term nature of the assets, the stable and predictable returns.” He told the panel “the amount of calls we field on a weekly basis from participants around the globe asking ‘how do we invest in U.S. infrastructure?’ – I’ve never seen anything like it.” A convergence of forces is driving interest in P3s, including low interest rates, pension funds’ searching for predictable returns, and an unwillingness by Congress to increase gasoline taxes to finance infrastructure building. Or as Rep. Michael E. Capuano, D- Mass., put it, “because we in Congress don’t have the courage at the moment to actually do what we have to do on the Highway Trust Fund,” which is facing inadequate revenues from the gas tax….

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Foreign Investors Have Much Interest in U.S. P3s
Source: Jim Watts, Bond Buyer, June 16, 2014
(subscription required)

Foreign equity investor interest in U.S. transportation and infrastructure public-private partnerships is on the increase, a special congressional panel on P3s was told by bankers and other experts during a hearing in New York City on Monday. The U.S. market is attractive to foreign investors because of its perceived political stability and a growing number of long-term opportunities, said Jamison Feheley, managing director and head of public finance investment banking at JPMorgan.

Prison Profiteers – There’s a lot of money in mass incarceration

Source: ACLU, The Nation, Beyond Bars, 2013

Prison Profiteers is a video series profiling the powerful companies and individuals who are profiting off locking up too many people for too long, Get to know the profiteers and then take action to fight their abuses.

Global Tel-Link

This price-gouging phone company profits off love, charging prisoners up to $17 for a 15-minute phone call. Tell the FCC to set prices families can afford.

Corizon

How does this for-profit prison healthcare company keep its costs low and profits high? By failing to provide sick prisoners with needed care.

The Bail Industry

If you’re arrested, you can pay a hefty sum or sit in a cell waiting for trial. Don’t have the funds? The for-profit bail industry can help – for a big fee, of course.

The GEO Group

This for-profit prison company already pulls in billions by locking people up. Fight the dangerous, profit-hungry legislation that could help GEO rake in even more.

Law Enforcement

Police officers are forcing people to choose between time behind bars or turning over their money and property – all without ever making an arrest. Fight asset forfeiture abuse.

Corrections Corporation of America

The country’s biggest for-profit prison company calls human beings in lock-up a “revenue stream.” Don’t let them profit off imprisoning even more.

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With 2.3 Million People Incarcerated in the US, Prisons Are Big Business
Source: Liliana Segura, Nation, October 1, 2013

Low Price Technically Acceptable: How Do Vendors Respond?

Source: Steve Foshee, Onvia, September 19, 2012

In this online presentation, Steve Foshee, Co-Founder of i4C Wins, LLC. will discuss the emerging trend of LPTA (Low Price Technically Acceptable) evaluation criteria and specific pricing techniques vendors can use to respond and ultimately secure the win.
running time: 46 min
The webinar covers:
• Government agencies respond to budget pressures by adopting LPTA
• Misconceptions of LPTA
• How to respond and influence to win

From the PowerPoint presentation:
– A few years back “Best Value” became the new evaluation tool allowing agencies to pick whoever they wanted with relative disregard for price – keeping favored vendors
– Low Price Technically Acceptable has been around since the beginning of time for commodity buys and pure rate card considerations
– Now with budget pressures LPTA is being applied in areas that cause challenges to the agencies and vendors – agencies get stuck with vendors they may not want

Xerox Eyed in Texas Medicaid Probe

Source: Nathan Koppel, Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2012

Texas authorities are investigating whether Xerox Corp. XRX -1.09% played a role in allowing dentists to allegedly overbill the state’s Medicaid system by millions of dollars. …. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission says it is concerned that Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which Xerox acquired in 2010, didn’t dedicate enough trained staff to vet dentists’ Medicaid requests, allowing dentists to receive payments for procedures not covered by the program.

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Investigation: 80,000 Texas kids got free braces in Medicaid claims
Source: KENS5, December 19, 2011

Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on dental Medicaid has brought about questions. Some 80,000 children in Texas got free braces last year. The cost to the taxpayer came to about $184 million in Medicaid. While most parents pay for their kids braces out of their own pockets.

Part of a special investigation that began with braces and ended up with Affiliated Computer Services, the company which processes Medicaid dental claims.

Punishment and Profits: Immigration Detention

Source: Al Jazeera English, Fault Lines, April 11, 2012

Immigration is a key issue in the US presidential election, with the Republican candidates trying to demonstrate their tough stance on undocumented immigrants. But under the Obama administration, the detention and deportation of immigrants has reached an all-time high. Every day, the US government detains more than 33,000 non-citizens at the cost of $5.5mn a day. That is a lot of money for the powerful private prison industry, which spends millions of dollars on lobbying and now operates nearly half of the country’s immigration detention centres. Fault Lines travels to Texas and Florida to investigate the business of immigrant detention in the US and to find out how a handful of companies have managed to shape US immigration laws.

Privatizing infrastructure, government and the private sector

Source: Need to Know on PBS, September 16, 2011

This week, NPR “Weekend Edition” host Scott Simon guest hosts Need to Know in the first episode of our new half-hour format. We look at the ways some cities have decided to cope with dwindling funds and the threat of bankruptcy — leasing public assets to private investors. Also, former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman discusses shrinking state budgets and the difficult decisions states are faced with in today’s economy. And: Jon Meacham returns with an “In Perspective” essay on the balance between the government and the private sector.

Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

O-H-I-O Kick Out Sodexo!

Source: Kick Out Sodexo!, United Students Against Sweatshops, February 4, 2011
Video by Will Delphia, 2nd camera Bryan MacCormack, voiceover by Beastie Salih.

Students and community leaders march on the offices of Gordon E. Gee, President of the Ohio State University, during the 2011 National Conference of United Students Against Sweatshops.

As the highest-paid public university administrator, at the largest university in the country, President Gee has refused to even discuss the severe human rights violations by major OSU contractor, Sodexo.

The action kicked off with a flash mob in OSU’s library, where this public university spent an outrageous $109 million renovating in the last 3 years, while at the same time raising students’ tuition and allowing workers to struggle with poverty wages and unaffordable healthcare options.