Category: Governance

It’s nothing personal

16 July, 2015 (10:00) | BRA, Cambridge, Development, Ethics, Governance, Housing, Joseph Tulimieri, Public agencies, Public-employee pensions, Redevelopment agencies | No comments

By: David A. Smith Agent Rogersz: Good evening, Otto. This is agent Rogersz. I’m going to ask you a few questions. And since time is short and you may lie, I’m going to have to torture you. But I want you to know it isn’t personal. Repo Man (1984) I’m with the Ethics Commission To […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 8, Whatever they want?

3 April, 2015 (08:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] Twelve years in government had left my own morality a bit flexible. – Ross Thomas, If You Can’t Be Good (1973) After too many words [Is your explanation overhead, or […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 7, Sacrifice in turning down the other job

2 April, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] I arranged to have some awfully good pictures of them which I turned in with my 129-page report that I entitled, “Where the Wheat Went, or How Many 9mm Rounds in a […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 6, High fees and handsome compensation

1 April, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] Some six weeks after that, selected elite units of the new African nation’s army were sporting the French-made MAT 49 nine-millimeter submachine guns. – Ross Thomas, If You Can’t Be Good (1973) Dan Pallotta, […]

There’s big money in charity: Part 5, Competitive-pay analyses

31 March, 2015 (10:00) | Boston, Charities, Competition, Governance, Housing, Impact, MEEs, NGOs, Nonprofits, Overhead, Speculation, Theory, US News |

By: David A. Smith [Continued from yesterday’s Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] The rest of [the 300 tons of what]  just vanished only to turn up a few weeks later when a Dutch freighter, flying a Liberian flag of convenience, dropped anchor in Marseilles. – Ross Thomas, If […]