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The Tune May Change but the Beat Goes On

By |2020-04-16T13:19:46-04:00January 17th, 2020|

Like death and taxes, change is inevitable. I worked in state government for 23 years and every election cycle brought change. The extent of the change varied in degrees. One Republican (or Democrat) replacing another Republican (or Democrat) as governor usually meant minor organizational adjustments to come (a tweaked organizational chart with new names and [...]

Grotesque Opulence

By |2020-04-23T18:30:48-04:00August 8th, 2019|

For our 25th anniversary, my wife and I took our family to Paris and Rome to explore, see the sights, and create an adventure full of all “bucket list” activities. Traveling to these wonders and seeing everything the grand cities have to offer, I found myself awed and aghast at what I can only call [...]

The Government Whisper

By |2020-04-16T13:49:59-04:00November 28th, 2018|

My day job is helping state welfare agencies navigate the fens and bogs of federal law and regulation. My side job is helping netlogx team members understand how state government works the unique struggles our state clients face.  Many new netlogx team members have worked in the private sector and have had little interaction with [...]

Avoiding Fecklessness and Other Infectious Diseases

By |2020-03-26T16:08:02-04:00January 18th, 2018|

In honor of National Thesaurus Day today, I’d like to talk about ‘feckless’ and ‘fecklessness’ and how not to be labeled as either while providing services to clients. ‘Feckless’ and ‘fecklessness’ stem from and are antonyms to ‘effect’ and ‘effectiveness’ and have a range of flavors from aimless and shiftless to inept and ineffectual. A [...]

The Curious Case for “Welfare”

By |2020-04-05T16:14:16-04:00June 23rd, 2016|

During the May 22 – 25 APSHA National Health and Human Services 2016 Summit, I was struck by the use of the word “welfare” and in particular by whom.  Over the past 20+ years “welfare” has been supplanted by the more politically correct terms of “human services” or “social services”.  I have to admit that [...]

Reducing Improper TANF EBT Transactions in Indiana

By |2019-10-11T11:06:39-04:00August 14th, 2014|

On June 24, 2014, the National Review Online posted an article entitled ‘Welfare Abuse Almost Quelled’.  (http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381063/welfare-abuse-almost-quelled-jillian-kay-melchior) An intriguing title about a simple – and relatively inexpensive – solution Indiana implemented to address concerns that the State’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) cash assistance recipients were accessing and using their benefits in specific restricted [...]

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