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An appeals board for federal employees is defunct, allowed to wither without presidential appointees. But is that better than having board members who would be hostile to the federal workforce?

  • Apr 19, 2019

“Tax-time financial products,” including refund advances, refund anticipation loans and refund transfers, are more likely to be used by low-income taxpayers and come with added fees. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) want the Internal Revenue Service to act.

  • Apr 17, 2019

President Trump has proposed larger foreign aid cuts twice before, which Congress ignored. It is a fate that surely awaits the current plan.

  • Apr 12, 2019

President Trump performs like the reality show casting boss he was, placing an extraordinary number of acting officials in high-ranking positions where they provide no stability, no certainty and no confidence that Trump is fit for office.

  • Apr 10, 2019

Department of Homeland Security officials reacted with fury after a Daily Beast story Tuesday saying the agency “has disbanded a group of intelligence analysts who focused on domestic terrorism.” The article renewed fears that the reported action was another Trump administration ploy to downplay violence by white nationalists.

  • Apr 5, 2019

“FTC lacks a practical enforcement tool for imposing civil money penalties that could help to deter companies, including CRAs (consumer reporting agencies), from violating data security provisions of [the law] and its implementing regulations,” the Government Accountability Office says.

  • Apr 3, 2019

“There is no single source of data on political appointees serving in the executive branch that is publicly available, comprehensive, and timely,” the Government Accountability Office says. That hinders accountability.

  • Apr 1, 2019

A new report by a government watchdog demonstrates why Americans must be vigilant and not too trusting when it comes to Uncle Sam’s prying eyes.The Justice Department’s Office Inspector General came as close as it could to saying the Drug Enforcement Administration illegally ran a massive data collection effort.

  • Mar 29, 2019

The Justice Department apparently has given up on eliminating the growing backlog of crime lab DNA tests. "Officials stated they believe the goal of eliminating backlogs is unachievable in the foreseeable future," says a new government report.

  • Mar 26, 2019

A new GAO report raises serious issues about poor Trump administration planning. That could lead to increased costs.

  • Aug 7, 2018
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