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Robert Longley

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Bills Would Give Federal Workers a 3.3% Raise

Monday June 2, 2014

The ever-sinking morale of federal employees might be perked up a bit should either of two Democrat-sponsored bills giving them a 3.3% pay raise in 2015 passes. [Learn more...]

Also See: Why Government Employees Are Unhappy

EPA Acting as 'Rogue Police Force,' Watchdog Says

Friday May 30, 2014

A federal inspector general has told Congress that a little-known branch of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is breaking federal law in acting as a "rogue law enforcement organization." Read More...

USPS Could Save by Cutting Front Door Delivery: GAO

Thursday May 29, 2014

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) analysis has confirmed that the U.S. Postal System could save a considerable amount of badly needed money by delivering all mail at the curb or to community "cluster" mailboxes, instead of to residents' front doors. Read More...

2020 Census Already Behind Schedule, Senators Say

Wednesday May 28, 2014

A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators says the Census Bureau is already at least one year behind schedule in its preparations for conducting the 2020 decennial census, threatening the accuracy of the population count. Read More...

FTC Busts Fake Lawyer Debt Collectors

Tuesday May 27, 2014

The owners of a Houston-based, very high-pressure debt collection firm who falsely claimed to be lawyers, while breaking a raft of other federal laws will pay a high price for their transgressions, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Read More...

Dogs Attacked 5,581 Postal Workers Last Year

Monday May 26, 2014

Dogs that happily greet letter carriers seem to be in the minority, according to the U.S. Postal Service, noting that unhappy dogs attacked 5,581 of its employees last year. Read More...

Sprint to Pay $7.5 Million Telemarketing Fine

Friday May 23, 2014

We told them never to call us here, but they did anyway, and now Sprint Corporation will pay a $7.5 fine for failure to honor consumer's "Do-Not-Call" requests to opt out of phone and text marketing communications. Read More...

Feds Buying Pot, Lots of Pot

Thursday May 22, 2014

Despite being at least partially legalized in some states, marijuana - including medical pot - remains illegal under federal law. So, why is the U.S. government buying 1,430 pounds of it this year?

Also See: Feds Will Not Block State Marijuana Use Laws

Improper IRS Tax Credit Payments Increased in 2013

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Not exactly helping to close the nation's tax gap, the IRS incorrectly paid out up to $16 billion in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) in 2013, according to one of those pesky federal inspectors general. Read More...

Bill Would Stop Congress from Flying First-Class

Tuesday May 20, 2014

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that would ground members of Congress who insist on flying in first-class using your money. Read More...

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