Tag: Conflicts of Interest

The Roots of Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis: A Regulator Relaxes Its Oversight

SEATTLE — In the days after the first crash of Boeing’s 737 Max, engineers at the Federal Aviation Administration came to a troubling realization: They didn’t fully understand the automated system that helped send the plane into a nose-dive, killing everyone on board. Engineers at the agency scoured their files for information about the system […]

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Judge Clears Way for Amazon and Microsoft to Compete for Giant Pentagon Contract

SEATTLE — A federal judge ruled on Friday that Amazon did not unduly influence the shape of one of the largest technology contracts in the Pentagon’s history, setting the stage for the Department of Defense to choose between Amazon and Microsoft for the $10 billion project. Oracle had alleged that Amazon and the Defense Department […]

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Mexico’s Finance Minister Resigns, Rebuking the President’s Policies

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s finance minister resigned on Tuesday with a scathing letter that accused President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s administration of capricious decision-making and conflicts of interest, in a surprise move that could prove a blow to the country’s anemic economy. The minister, Carlos Urzúa, was widely seen as part of Mr. López Obrador’s […]

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Black Leaders Denounce Juul’s $7.5 Million Gift to Medical School

Earlier this month, Meharry Medical College, a 143-year-old historically black institution in Tennessee, proudly announced that it had received the second-largest grant in its history — $7.5 million to start a center to study public health issues that affect African-Americans. But the gift has prompted a vehement backlash from African-American health experts and activists because […]

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An Overloaded Ferry Flipped and Drowned Hundreds of Schoolchildren. Could It Happen Again?

Searching for passengers from the Sewol on April 16, 2014.CreditThe Dong-a Ilbo, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The ferry being salvaged in 2017.CreditChoi Young-su/Yonhap, via Associated Press When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times is going back to the scene […]

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She Left the Education Dept. for Groups It Curbed. Now She’s Back, With Plans.

WASHINGTON — Depending on whom you ask, Diane Auer Jones has returned to the Education Department with either a mission or a vengeance. A little more than a decade ago she resigned as an assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the George W. Bush administration, after protesting the department’s treatment of an accreditor that oversaw […]

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McKinsey Said Disclosure Rules Were Confusing. It Ignored Its Own Primer.

McKinsey & Company has spent months fighting in court over how it should disclose potential conflicts of interest when it advises bankrupt companies. The powerful consulting firm has defended itself by arguing that federal disclosure rules are so vague and confusing that almost no one can agree on how to comply. But for years McKinsey […]

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