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February 5, 2014
As part of TI-USA’s focus on reducing corruption and increasing transparency in public procurements, TI-USA and TI-Rwanda have commenced a procurement monitoring project, under which TI-Rwanda is using the Civil Society Procurement Monitoring Tool developed by TI-USA to monitor infrastructure procurements in four Rwandan districts. The project will allow TI-Rwanda to identify weaknesses in Rwandan public procurement procedures that may make procurements vulnerable to corruption and fraud, and will identify stages of the procurement process that lack transparency. The results of this project will be used to suggest concrete ways in which Rwanda’s public procurement process can be made more transparent and less vulnerable to corruption.
TI-USA urges Congress to pass the DATA Act, legislation that would significantly improve fiscal transparency
Continuing its advocacy before the U.S. Government, TI-USA recently wrote to Senator Carl Levin and Representatives Maxine Waters and Carolyn Maloney to urge them to enact legislation to require persons forming U.S. corporations to disclose for law enforcement purposes the names of the beneficial owners of those corporations.
TI-USA also wrote to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, seeking the inclusion of comprehensive and enforceable transparency and anti-corruption provisions in the U.S.-European Union trade agreement announced in July.
Transparency International released its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) today. The CPI, which is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide, measures the perceptions of public sector corruption.
The 2013 CPI ranks and scores a total of 177 countries and territories. More than two thirds (69%) of the countries ranked in the 2013 Index score below 50 on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean) which suggests that corruption is still perceived to be entrenched in the public sector in most countries. Read more at http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2013/12/3/the-2013-corruption-perceptions-index.html
According to TI-USA President and CEO, Claudia Dumas, “The 2013 CPI highlights that corruption in the public sector is a significant issue across the globe and it is important that governments around the world take meaningful measures to combat it”.
The TI press release is available here http://www.transparency.org/cpi2013/press#en
TI-USA welcomes Cynthia Canary, Christiaan Poortman and Glenn Ware to the Board of Directors.
TI-USA has a position for a full time Fundraiser Professional open, please see details and job description under "Who We Are-Jobs and Internships".
TI-USA is pleased to announce that Former Senator Richard Lugar received the TI-USA Integrity Award and Fluor received the TI-USA Corporate Leadership Award at the TI-USA Dinner on April 22, 2013.
See Video Remarks:
TI-USA is accepting nominations for the 2014 Integrity Award Honoree. To nominate a deserving individual or organization, click here
To download the nomination form, please click here.
To review the Integrity Award nomination guidelines, please click here.
U.S. takes first step to comply with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)
On December 13, the U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) submitted the U.S. application for EITI candidacy. The MSG, which is composed of representatives of the U.S. and state governments, industry and civil society (including TI-USA), agreed on the scope and materiality levels for payments and revenues that will be contained in a public report and subject to independent reconciliation. Reconciliation will cover industry payments above $50 million to the U.S. Government for rents, royalties, bonuses, fees, and taxes from oil, gas, coal, hardrock minerals (such as gold, silver, and copper) and renewable energy (such as geothermal, solar, and wind). In addition, the Department of Interior will report unilaterally all revenue from these extractives. States and Native American tribes will have the option to get involved in the federal effort. The International EITI will consider the application in March 2014. The candidacy application is available at http://www.doi.gov/eiti/FACA/upload/USEITI-MSG-Approved-Application_12-12-13.pdf.
PROGRESS REPORT 2013: ASSESSING ENFORCEMENT OF THE OECD ANTI-BRIBERY CONVENTION
Transparency International (TI) released its ninth annual progress report on the enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention today. TI-USA contributed substantially to the this report.
The report presents an independent assessment on the status of enforcement in all of the 40 Parties to the Convention. There are four countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and Switzerland) in the active enforcement category and another four (Italy, Australia, Austria, and Finland) in the moderate enforcement category. However, in half of the Convention countries there is little or no enforcement against bribery of foreign officials and in another ten countries there is limited enforcement. To read more click here:http://bit.ly/1hyk3eJ
TI Global Corruption Report - Education
October 1, 2013 – Transparency International issued its annual Global Corruption Report, focusing on corruption in the education sector. The 442 book addresses corruption through all levels of education and in many countries around the world. Patterns emerge of bribery of school officials, selling fake diplomas, falsifying test scores and no-show teachers. The Report also highlights, however, many useful ways to integrate anti-corruption education in schooling. The Global Corruption Report: Education can be viewed online at www.transparency.org.
TI UK Defense Report
September 17, 2013 Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Program issued a report today called ‘Watchdogs?’, focusing on legislative transparency and oversight of the defense and national security sectors. Of 82 national legislatures, four were found to have practices that result in “very low” risk of corruption and 12 (including the United States) had “low” risk. 52 of the legislatures were placed in ‘high’, ‘very high’, and ‘critical’ risk bands. The report includes examples of good legislative practices and is available at http://government.defenceindex.org/parliaments.
TI-USA has recently completed the Civil Society Procurement Monitoring (CSPM) Tool, a web-based tool that is meant to support Civil Society Organizations and individuals who are engaged in monitoring public procurement.
The tool’s main component is the Monitoring Assistant, an interactive checklist of common red flags of corruption in public procurement. The tool also includes a case study-based Training Module, a Procurement Monitoring Guide, links to useful resources for procurement monitoring, as well as a Learning Community where users can share their procurement monitoring experiences.
The tool is currently operational and it is free and open for use. It can be accessed at this Link
CSPM Tool 1-pager
Transparency International – USA welcomes the U.S. focus on beneficial ownership transparency. On August 1, 2013, Senator Carl Levin introduced the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act in the Senate. It is co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Grassley, and Harkin. To read Senator Carl Levin’s floor statement, click here.
The United States committed to implementing beneficial ownership transparency with the adoption of the G8 Action Plan for Transparency of Company Ownership and Control during the June G8 meeting in Northern Ireland. The White House published an Action Plan on June 18, 2013.
Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer was released on Tuesday, July 9. The Barometer is the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption, surveying over 144,000 people in 107 countries. The Barometer shows both global and U.S. concerns regarding corruption and transparency in government institutions and political culture. Globally, one in two people surveyed, believes corruption has increased in their country over the past two years. To access the report, please click
September 24, 2012 - In association with the UN General Assembly meeting, TI-USA’s Claudia Dumas moderated the high-level panel “Strengthening the Rule of Law: The Fight Against Corruption and Its Impact on Sustainable Economic Growth.”
The event was hosted by President of Austria Heinz Fischer, President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Japan Foreign Affairs Minister Koichiro Gemba, and Tunisia Foreign Affairs Minister Rafik Abdessalem and included remarks by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson.
Discussion centered on the detrimental effects of corruption on economic growth, society, and good business, with a report of state and company-level measures to counter corruption.
Walmart: TI-USA Board Member Ben Heineman on Walmart's Bribery Scandal.
See TI-USA’s July 2011 Statement on Reform of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
TI-USA released reports on implementation of APEC Transparency Standards for Government Procurement concluding that more vigorous government and private sector efforts are needed. Summary of Findings & Recommendations; Press Release; Reports on, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. Findings from the report were presented at the World Bank Institute.
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