The dramatic confession of Floyd VanHooser that he made false accusations regarding former Syracuse U. basketball coach Bernie Fine is no surprise to insurance industry pros. If you look at the itemization on your auto insurance bill, you will note an “anti-fraud” fee. The frequency of incidents in which Americans make false police reports is so predictable, the insurance industry has databases detailed enough to calculate the costs of this type of fraud.
The Los Angeles sports business community will soon have more information to work with to evaluate these issues and the substantial costs that business owners bear because of them. This month, former LAPD police chief Bill Bratton is on a book tour for, “Collaborate or Perish!” together with co-author Zach Tumin. In October 2009, Tumin published an article on a closely related subject, titled “Breaking Down the Barriers to Sharing Information.” In the article, he cites case examples of agencies that played pivotal roles in top scandals of 2011 as good role models. Directly in the text, Zumin asserts that “Our good friends at New York’s HHS Connect, for example, are building their cross-agency information exchange.” As Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN reported last week, the same agency overlooked toxic chemicals endangering about one-third of the public schools in New York City and concealed details of severe contamination at P.S. 51 from parents. Zumin also praised the other winners of the 2009 NIEM (Data Sharing) Awards. One winner, the “Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System” can now add its role in overlooking methamphetamine trafficking by the former Araphoe County Sheriff to its list of accomplishments. There is a technical term for praising these types of organizations as role models: “Analysis Paralysis.”
“Analysis Paralysis” has already turned entire sectors of the American economy into a wasteland. While Canadian banks continued to make mortgages based on traditional “human intelligence” and live reference checks of borrowers, American banks bet on massive data networks that overlooked experienced judgment. American banks lost that bet. “Human intelligence” should have played a larger role in evaluating Floyd VanHooser’s false accusations of abuse against Bernie Fine. Do experienced problem solvers rely on the testimony of heroin addicts serving prison terms for felonies? No, and the hardworking math geniuses who calculate insurance “anti-fraud” fees already know that.
This Tuesday, January 17 at 7 p.m. , Bratton and Tumin will present their vision for the future of government at Barnes & Noble at 2289 Broadway in Manhattan. The Los Angeles encore will take place Tuesday, January 24, at 7 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble – The Grove, near Fairfax Village. The next event at this L.A. landmark will be a talk by Jeffrey Weber, author of “You’ve Got A Deal!: The Biggest Lies of the Music Business.” This is billed as “a lighthearted stomp through all the lies that award winning producer Jeffrey Weber has been telling artists for over thirty years.” That way, if Bratton and Tumin can’t explain how Floyd VanHooser lied to the police, Jeffrey Weber can address any outstanding questions.