Summit Data Scientists Develop Flexible Tools to Meet Federal Clients’ Needs

3/12/21 9:53 AM

Summit has served our federal clients for more than a decade by providing statistical sampling and data analysis support for economic research and enforcement activities. In addition to completing ad hoc research requests, we develop and maintain a suite of analytic tools to streamline federal healthcare enforcement.

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Topics: data analytics, health claims, healthcare data, dashboards, Summit Blog

The Role of Impact Capital in Advancing Racial Equity

3/8/21 10:00 AM

This is the first in a series of three posts on advancing racial equity through access to capital and impact measurement. In this post, we’ll talk about ESG and impact investing and highlight organizations in the space. Later, we’ll discuss the specific strategies organizations use to measure impact and the opportunities to build upon this work in the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan.

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Topics: Summit Blog, racial equity, impact investing

The LIBOR Transition, Part 4: Consumer Protections as LIBOR Ends

3/5/21 11:31 AM

With contributions by Mark Hutson, PhD

This is the fourth in a series on the end of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a widely used financial metric that is integral to global finance. In this post, we cover the issues surrounding its primary replacement, SOFR, regarding the potential impacts on mortgages and consumer protection.

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Topics: Summit Blog, LIBOR, interest rates, SOFR

Complexity Simplified: Dr. Ed Golding on the Biggest Changes in Analyzing Housing Data

3/5/21 9:25 AM

In this episode of Complexity Simplified, Summit senior manager Corey West speaks with Dr. Ed Golding, executive director of the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy and senior lecturer, on housing policy, analytics, and the biggest changes in analyzing housing data. Tune in below for an insightful discussion.

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Topics: Complexity Simplified (podcasts), Summit Blog

We the People: Analyzing Comments on the Federal Register

3/4/21 10:00 AM

In the first post of our series on the Federal Register, we talked about the “what” and the “why”: what are public comments on proposed rulemaking, and why is it so important to be thinking about them? In this installment, we’ll dig into the “how”: how do we actually do a thematic analysis of Federal Register comments?

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Topics: Summit Blog, federal register, qualitative analysis, NVivo

We the People: What Is the Federal Register?

2/24/21 9:07 AM

While always a crucial part of government, public comments on federal rulemaking are particularly relevant during the first 100 days of the Biden administration due to rapid changes taking place. Reporting on the administration transition suggests a quick start to new legislation during the first 100 days, including measures on COVID relief, health care, climate, and government reform, among other topics. At Summit, we’re keeping a close eye on these proposed policies—see our recent blog posts on the first-time home buyer (FTHB) tax credit and student loan forgiveness.

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Topics: Summit Blog, federal register

Summit Founding Partner Albert Lee Appointed to Board of Trustees at Harvey Mudd College

2/23/21 10:00 AM

Summit Consulting would like to congratulate our founding partner, Dr. Albert Lee, on his appointment to the Board of Trustees at Harvey Mudd College, in Claremont, California. Since 1955, Harvey Mudd has provided rigorous science and mathematics education to its students.

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Topics: company announcements, Summit Blog

The LIBOR Transition, Part 3: No SOFR for FHA

2/19/21 10:00 AM

With contributions by Josh Goldberg

This is the third in a series on the end of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a widely used financial metric that is integral to global finance. In this post, we discuss the implications for the reverse mortgage market not adopting SOFR (yet). In the past two posts, we covered why LIBOR is being discontinued and what is going to be the primary replacement. As the publishing deadline for LIBOR approaches, and as we see more headlines like this one that quantify the expected costs of discontinuing LIBOR, we are pivoting the focus of the series to discuss the implications for some of our clients here at Summit.

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Topics: Summit Blog, LIBOR, interest rates, SOFR

Plugging In: Broadband Appropriations Under H.R. 133

2/18/21 11:08 AM

Even after years of network infrastructure investment by both the public and private sectors, millions of geographically remote and lower-income American households still lack access to high-speed broadband. As a result of this connectivity divide, these populations face economic, healthcare, and educational disadvantages in an increasingly digital modern world. To help further bridge this access gap, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) allocates more than $7.7 billion of the total $2.3 trillion appropriations toward existing and new broadband development programs. These will be administered primarily by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and will aim to improve access to high-speed broadband by addressing the geographic and affordability issues limiting availability and prioritizing those populations facing the greatest access challenges.

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Topics: infrastructure, Summit Blog, broadband

Complexity Simplified: Director Sarah Cunningham talks about her career and what led her to Summit

2/17/21 10:00 AM

In our most recent episode of Complexity Simplified, Summit Partner Anthony Curcio welcomes Sarah Cunningham as our new Director. The two discuss how her passion for public service and effective, analytical business programs has guided her career from its start and led her to Summit.

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Topics: Complexity Simplified (podcasts), Summit Blog

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