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  • Trump Administration Boots Hundreds More Federal Employees out of Washington DC

    08/12/2018 11:37:13 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 75 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | August 10, 2018 | None stated
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving two agencies and roughly 700 federal employees out of Washington, D.C., to save money and improve the department’s service to taxpayers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture will be fully moved out of the nation’s capital by 2020, according to the USDA.
  • Smoking banned in public housing nationwide, effective today

    07/31/2018 3:00:59 PM PDT · by Drango · 174 replies
    CBS ^ | July 31, '18 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the U.S. due to a new rule that went into effect July 31. The nationwide ban on smoking in public housing was implemented nearly two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration in 2016. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as any outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing and administrative office buildings. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff...
  • Federal subsidies flowing to Sen. Claire McCaskill's husband

    07/28/2018 7:32:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/25/18 | Emily Jashinsky
    Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., probably didn't have the best birthday this year. A Kansas City Star report on Tuesday revealed that a whole lot of federal dollars have been flowing to businesses tied to the senator's husband since she took office in 2007. According to the report, more than $131 million in federal subsidies have been routed to companies McCaskill's husband, Joseph Shepard, has invested in since she entered the Senate. "Based on the data, it appears that a growing percentage of Shepard’s personal earnings come from new businesses he has invested in that are receiving federal awards, primarily rural...
  • Federal Procurement System: Pigs and Makeup

    06/23/2018 8:26:00 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/18 | Sam Clovis
    No matter how much makeup we put on the federal procurement system (pig), the underlying animal is still a pig As I wrote this piece, the United States Air Force was sponsoring a conference on innovation. The meeting was held in Las Vegas and those attending were folks who can make a difference in the acquisition of war fighting material for our front line warriors. The reports I received on the meeting were encouraging, but I have horrible memories of countless meetings, conferences and consortia dealing with exactly the same set of issues I first encountered over 30 years ago...
  • Trump Has Cut Federal Payroll by 24,000 Jobs

    06/01/2018 8:35:10 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 26 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | June 1, 2018 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    CNSNews.com) - The federal government cut 3,000 jobs in May and federal employment has now dropped by 24,000 since President Donald Trump took office, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even as federal government jobs were declining, overall employment was increasing—as was employment in state and local government. In April, there were 2,789,000 people employed in civilian federal government jobs. In May, that declined to 2,786,000, a drop of 3,000
  • US added modest 103K jobs in March, rate stays 4.1 pct.

    04/06/2018 5:38:06 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/6/18 | Christopher Rugaber
    U.S. employers added a modest 103,000 jobs in March after several months of bigger gains, though the government's jobs report suggests the labor market remains healthy. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent, a 17-year low, for the sixth straight month. Average hourly pay ticked up, climbing 2.7 percent compared with a year earlier.
  • The Justice Department Sues California: The state is trying to grab control of federal lands.

    04/04/2018 8:40:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/04/2018 | Margot Cleveland
    On Monday, the Department of Justice filed suit against the state of California, challenging a state law that purports to prevent the federal government from selling federal lands without the permission of a state agency. Passed by the California legislature in October 2017, Senate Bill 50 declares that, with limited exceptions, “conveyances of federal public lands in California are void” unless the State Lands Commission is provided a “right of first refusal” or “the right to arrange for the transfer of the federal public land to another entity.” The statute also prohibits purchasers of federal land from recording the deed...
  • Why Are The Salaries Of A Quarter-Million Federal Employees - Paid For By You - A State Secret?

    02/21/2018 7:15:03 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-21-2018 | Adam Andrzejewski
    Why is the U.S. government withholding salary information on nearly 255,000 employees whose salaries are paid for by American taxpayers? Over the past 11 years, our organization, OpenTheBooks.com, summed up and posted online the salaries and bonus information for nearly every person employed in federal government agencies – a tally that mostly keeps growing and growing. This year, our auditors filed our standard Freedom of Information Act request for the same information in Fiscal Year 2017 – and we got a big surprise. For the first time, the government’s response involved massive and targeted deletions of salary data. A total...
  • Let's Limit Spending: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment is not the key to our Big Government problems.

    02/06/2018 8:32:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/06/2018 | Walter Williams
    Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision, for the simple reason that in any real economic sense, as opposed to an accounting sense, the federal budget is always balanced. The value of what we produced in 2017 — our gross domestic product — totaled about $19 trillion. If the Congress spent $4 trillion of the $19 trillion that we produced, unless you believe in Santa Claus, you know that Congress must force us to spend $4 trillion less privately. Taxing us is...
  • Your Paycheck Could Increase Very Soon -- Here’s How Much You Can Expect

    02/01/2018 8:00:26 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Matthew Frankel
    Your Paycheck Could Increase Very Soon -- Here’s How Much You Can Expect New IRS federal tax-withholding guidelines should give millions of Americans higher paychecks in 2018. Matthew Frankel Jan 12, 2018 The Treasury Department recently released new withholding tables based on the recently passed tax-reform bill. These tell employers how much to withhold from their employees' paychecks, and 90% of workers should see an increase when the new guidelines are implemented. Here's what this means, when you should expect the change to affect your paycheck, and how much of an increase you should expect. New IRS federal tax-withholding guidelines...
  • Treasury check scam happening now?

    01/24/2018 3:59:12 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 36 replies
    Mailed Treasury Check ^ | 24 January 2018 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Received a fake Treasury check in the mail today with no letter or anything to indicate as to why it was sent. Didn't put my name correctly per the government records (missed a little tidbit I won't mention here). When people cash these checks, the check is returned to whoever sent it per the routing info with your endorsement signature and your account number. Don't fall for it. Micro printing on the endorsement line, but not on the edge of Liberty's garment. Biggest warning sign of all is that I haven't filed my taxes yet and have no reason to...
  • Democrats in high-tax blue states look to gimmicks, loopholes to cut residents’ federal bill

    01/10/2018 10:37:15 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jan 10, 2018 | David Sherfinski
    Democrats in high-tax blue states are already plotting ways to avoid the new tax law, hoping to seize on gimmicks that will allow their residents to cut their federal tax burden without costing the states themselves any money. The Democrats are trying to get around a new $10,000 cap on how much of their state and local taxes residents can write off on their federal forms. High-tax states fear their residents will quickly top the $10,000 limit, leaving them grumbling over their higher tax bills. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has suggested switching some of his state’s tax collections from...
  • California Looks For Ways Around Federal Tax Changes

    01/03/2018 5:10:51 PM PST · by Joe Dallas · 73 replies
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California lawmakers are exploring ways to blunt the impact of the new federal tax law on the state’s taxpayers. Federal law has long allowed people to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax bill, but the tax overhaul signed last month by President Donald Trump caps that deduction at $10,000.
  • ‘Mapping The Swamp’ Report Shows It’s Even Bigger, Costlier Than You Think

    12/28/2017 6:52:44 AM PST · by harpu · 30 replies
    www.lifesett.com ^ | 12/27/17 | Mark Tapscott
    Paying federal workforce costs taxpayers $1.1M per minute, according to a pro-transparency group, Open The Books December 27, 2017 by Mark Tapscott James P. Cochrane earns $250,335 annually as chief marketing and sales officer for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), making him the highest paid public relations employee of the federal government. The USPS lost $5.1 billion in 2016. Right behind Cochrane is Stephen Katsanos, who pulls down $229,333 as a public affairs official for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). And the third highest-paid federal public relations employee is Titus Simmons, also of the FDIC, at $215,248, according to...
  • US Judge Steps Down After Accusations Of Sexual Misconduct

    12/18/2017 9:52:51 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 12/18/17
    A prominent U.S. appeals court judge announced his retirement Monday days after women alleged he subjected them to inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a statement that a battle over the accusations would not be good for the judiciary. He said he'll step down, effective immediately. The Washington Post reported last week that at least 15 women made allegations against Kozinski that go back decades. The allegations include inappropriate touching and lewd comments. Kozinski said while speaking in a "candid way" with male and female law clerks, "I...
  • Trump pledges to whittle federal regulations down to 1960 levels

    12/15/2017 5:36:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/14/17 | Juliet Eilperin
    President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to scale back the scope of federal regulations to the level it stood in 1960, suggesting that he could get there "fairly quickly" by pushing ahead with a deregulatory effort that has wiped dozens of rules off the books since he took office. "We're here today for one single reason: to cut the red tape of regulation," Trump said of his tenure, adding that "the never-ending growth of red tape in America has come to a sudden, screeching and beautiful halt" under his administration. **SNIP** The administration eliminated 67 regulations between the time Trump took...
  • Oakland officials say police shouldn’t assist federal immigration probes

    11/29/2017 4:37:20 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 8 replies
    SFGate ^ | Nov 29, 2017 | Kimberly Veklerov
    Oakland’s elected leaders said Tuesday the city’s police should provide no assistance to federal immigration agents - even if the agents are working on a case that centers on violent crime. They said so much as allowing officers to block off a street creates the perception that Oakland is anything but a sanctuary city. The new red line came after a controversial operation by officers with Homeland Security Investigations — the criminal division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement — at which Oakland police provided traffic enforcement.
  • A way to quickly fire Federal Employees (vanity)

    11/14/2017 3:06:15 AM PST · by vannrox · 51 replies
    Self | 14NOV17 | VANNROX
    One of the problems with the swamp in Washington D.C. is that it is nearly impossible to fire anyone. While the rest of the nation was going through layoffs, upsizes, downsizes, and all sorts of adjustments, the swamp just was digging in deeper. Heres how to do it. The only way to easily fire a federal employee is during the first one year probationary period. All those long term Obama holdover and political hacks have been inhabiting the swamp for years. They are no longer subject to the easy method of firing. Read about it here: http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/07/new-bill-make-easier-fire-federal-employees/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell%22&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTm1FMU56TXhNelV4WWpjMSIsInQiOiJNbHNaZmVMaWw1YnVPcDVwY0xGK3BxTFROdXZBeFwvNG5oYXJvUisyR0FkdmNYUVVUbkw4V1RrZVR0TWgyb09zK1RYRlhJWnJMbGRDdTVlSkNaT1pMbWlKNGQ0aFg4cHVZOVZBTmFPQUNYaTFrSzl1ZkczRk5ldnJRRVhEUno1NUEifQ%3D%3D Well, if you...
  • Senate confirms two more federal judges, bringing total to five this week

    11/02/2017 4:05:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 11/2/17 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate confirmed two more appeals court picks Thursday, closing out a week that saw them devote all their time to filling the federal judiciary with President Trump’s nominees. Including the two latest picks, they confirmed four circuit judges and one district judge this week — overcoming Democratic filibuster attempts for each. Senators voted 56-41 to confirm Colorado Supreme Court Justice Allison Eid for a seat on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, then voted 54-43 for Stephanos Bibas, who is nominated to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Eid will fill Supreme Court Justice Neil M....
  • Legal Marijuana Is Becoming the Norm

    10/22/2017 9:47:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2017 | Steve Chapman
    The war on drugs has been going on since 1971, and we have a winner: marijuana. Back then, possession of pot carried heavy penalties in many states -- even life imprisonment. Today, 29 states sanction medical use of cannabis, and eight allow recreational use. Legal weed has become about as controversial as Powerball. One sign of the shift came in Wednesday's debate among the Democrats running for governor of Illinois. The state didn't get its first medical marijuana dispensary until 2015, and it decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot only last year. But most of the candidates endorsed legalization...