Allegations of cronyism, wasteful spending and other misconduct are roiling a little-known federal agency in charge of producing and distributing the government's official documents, including paper questionnaires for the upcoming 2020 census, National Public Radio reported. According to an internal watchdog report obtained by NPR, two officials at the U.S. Government Publishing Office — previously known as the Government Printing Office — allegedly violated federal laws and regulations by filling agency jobs with unqualified candidates, including an official's son. The GPO's Office of Inspector General has not finalized its findings, but in June, it sent an interim report to the joint congressional committee that oversees the agency. Lawmakers on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee have "sought additional information regarding allegations of misconduct at the GPO," according to Katie Boyd, spokeswoman for Chairman Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. His committee shares … [Read more...] about Watchdog Report Finds Misconduct At U.S. Government Publishing Office
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By John Woolfolk | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: December 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm | UPDATED: December 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm Once again the U.S. government is lurching toward a partial shutdown over a funding stalemate as Democrats and Republicans in Congress feud over border policy. Unless they reach an agreement, Uncle Sam will run out of money for several major services at 9 p.m. Friday. First things first: The post office will continue to ship those last-minute gifts and the Transportation Security Administration will continue to screen travelers at the nation’s airports. But access to Alcatraz Island and other National Parks could be at risk, and if the shutdown carries on, everything from tax refunds to issuing of passports could be delayed. It would mark the third shutdown this year, after a three-day closure in January followed by a brief, early-morning lapse in February that ended before dawn when the President signed a $400 billion … [Read more...] about So the U.S. government might shut down: What’s that mean for me?
By Ritvik Carvalho LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks extended a steep sell-off on Friday as the threat of a U.S. government shutdown and further hikes in U.S. borrowing costs compounded investor anxieties over the trajectory of global economic growth.European shares opened in negative territory, following in the footsteps of U.S. and Asian markets. The pan-European STOXX 600 fell over half a percent, continuing its slide towards lows not seen since the end of 2016. [.EU]Most European bourses and industry indexes were in the red after the S&P 500 fell overnight, heading for its worst quarter since the dark days of the financial crisis in late 2008, with a loss of 15 percent so far. The Nasdaq has shed 19.5 percent from its August peak, just shy of confirming a bear market. Oil prices, which slid just over 4 percent on Thursday, were reclaiming some ground. The dollar, which had suffered its biggest one-day drop on the yen since November 2017 on Thursday, lost a further 0.1 percent … [Read more...] about Growth fears and U.S. government shutdown threat slam stocks
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: October 16, 2018 at 8:01 am | UPDATED: October 16, 2018 at 8:16 am Jeff Bezos is defending Amazon’s work with the Defense Department, saying his company will continue to bid on U.S. government contracts amid protests by employees. Amazon’s CEO made the comments during an interview Monday at the Wired 25 conference in San Francisco. He didn’t mention one of Amazon’s biggest competitors, but he didn’t have to. Google, which saw employee protests and resignations over Project Maven, its artificial intelligence work with the Pentagon, said in June it will not be renewing the contract. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said at the same conference Monday that the Project Maven decision was not based solely on employees’ opposition. However, the search giant did not bid for JEDI, the Pentagon’s $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract, either. … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos: Tech companies shouldn’t ‘turn their back’ on U.S. government
Tech & Science Cybersecurity Hacking Data breachA U.S. government web portal that facilitates requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently leaked sensitive user data, including social security numbers.The website flaw, disclosed this week by CNN, impacted FOIAonline.gov, which is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and used to track data requests sent to government bodies—including the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice.As a result of the bug—which seemingly emerged during a July software update of the website—dozens, if not hundreds, of partial and full social security numbers were exposed.Additional personally identifiable information (PII) that was leaked included immigrant ID numbers, dates of birth, addresses and contact details, the publication reported on Monday. The news sparked fears the details could be abused in future cyberattacks or for identity theft.Recommended Slideshows67The Best Pictures … [Read more...] about U.S. Government Freedom of Information Site Leaked Social Security Numbers