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Accounting News Roundup: Deloitte’s Florida Friends; Improve Spreadsheet Integrity with VLOOKUP; Ignore Those Feelings Telling You Not to Work | 02.24.14

Deloitte landed big Florida DCF contract despite past woes, higher bid [MH]
Friends in high places rarely disappoint: "Suzanne Vitale, who was the Department of Children and Family’s deputy secretary at the time, awarded Deloitte Consulting a contract to modernize the state’s system for tracking Medicaid eligibility, even though it sought about $6 million more than did a rival firm, Accenture. A negotiating team of DCF employees with computer and software expertise voted 7-0 to award the contract to Accenture on Jan. 31, 2013. After negotiations with Accenture stalled, the panel voted to reconsider Deloitte. Yet on March 5, 2013, the panel still voted for Accenture, this time by a vote of 4-3. Three days later, Vitale chose Deloitte instead."
Tax plan a test of House GOP’s ambition? [The Hill]
Ambition to govern or ambition to win re-election: "
The Ways and Means Committee chairman’s against-the-odds push to rewrite the tax code will test the GOP’s stated desire to offer up a conservative vision that’s more than merely bashing President Obama. Lobbyists, leadership aides and lawmakers are skeptical that Camp’s plan will make it anywhere close to the House floor, but policy-minded members of the Republican conference say there’s a chance, however slim,  that the sweeping proposal will inspire a party that has already begun hunkering down for the midterm campaign." 
Durant dismisses lawsuit against ex-accountant [NewsOK]
Score one for the accountants in the Celebrities vs. Accountants rumble.
How to Improve Spreadsheet Integrity with VLOOKUP [AWEB]
This is a good preview to David Ringstrom's webinar this Thursday.
How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To [HBR]
Perfect for busy season: "
Make like Spock and ignore your feelings. They’re getting in your way."
Top 10 Tricks to Survive Getting Sick [Lifehacker]
Another good post for busy season that includes the unthinkable: "Take a sick day."
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