New U.S. Senate Budget Chairman Eyes On-Time Budget, Balance In Decade

January 23, 2015 10:05 AM Comments

New Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi said on Thursday he intends to follow the lead of House Republicans with a Senate budget plan that balances within 10 years, but with more of the savings up front.

Senators Press Holder On Police Radar That Sees Inside Homes

January 23, 2015 8:13 AM Comments

Radar devices that allow police officers to effectively see into suspects’ homes raise “privacy concerns of the highest order,” top lawmakers on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday.

The Strange Afterlife of Banned TSA Items

January 23, 2015 8:10 AM Comments

Retrieving items confiscated by the TSA is a complex process.

DOJ Lacks Rules Governing Employees’ Off-Duty Behavior, Report Says

January 23, 2015 8:06 AM Comments

A new report says the Justice Department lacks rules governing off-duty behavior of employees in foreign countries.

Launch of Obama’s myRA Retirement Accounts

January 22, 2015 6:46 PM Comments

The myRA accounts are aimed to help the several million Americans in the low as well as middle income groups who lack any access to retirement plans, which are sponsored by their employees. However, all workers are welcome to sign up for the accounts, even those who wish to add to their current retirement savings plan.

Justice Department Has No Rules For Agents’ Off-Duty Conduct

January 22, 2015 6:15 PM Comments

The Drug Enforcement Administration did nothing to warn employees against off-duty misconduct after a federal review found that DEA agents helped Secret Service officers hire prostitutes during a 2012 trip to Cartagena, Colombia.

Getting the IRS to Back Down

January 22, 2015 4:44 PM Comments

Ever since news broke in 2013 that the IRS had targeted the exemption applications of tea party and some other politically-oriented groups for extra scrutiny, conventional wisdom had it that the agency throws up roadblocks for organizations trying to obtain its seal of approval. But much evidence indicates the IRS backs down without much fuss when groups seeking 501(c)(4) “social welfare” status come calling.

Social Security Offices To Extend Field Office Hours, Reversing Trend

January 22, 2015 4:42 PM Comments

The Social Security Administration plans to expand hours at field offices across the country, reversing a years-long trend of service reductions and representing a possible shift in the debate over how the agency interacts with the public.

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