Labor union work by federal employees on ‘official time’ costs taxpayers millions

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Congress, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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Unionized federal employees spent 2.48 million hours working for their unions while getting paid by taxpayers during 2013, and more than 360 workers who are on the federal payroll spent 100 percent of their time working for their union.

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After Grubergate controversy fades, legal challenge to Obamacare remains

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Health Care, National, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

COMING THIS FALL: The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to hear a challenge to a system a lower-court judge has called a "protectionist regime."

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and one-time architect of the Affordable Care Act, has been in the news a lot over the past two weeks.

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Net neutrality would boost FCC’s budget by upping fees

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Federal Government, Finances, Government Regulation, Issues, National, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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With a name like Federal Communications Commission, one would expect the nation’s premier regulator of the public airwaves to be a functioning government bureaucracy with access to the federal coffers.

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Union trademark: Federal teleworkers bilk taxpayers

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Federal Government, Fraud, National, News, unions  /  No Comments

WHO'S WORKING? U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wants answers to reports of widespread "telework" abuses at the Patent and Trademark Office.

The federal office that stripped the Washington Redskins’ trademark has lost control of its “teleworkers,” who game the system to bilk taxpayers.

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ICE meltdown: Agency lawyer sues over ‘purge,’ harassment

By   /  November 13, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Arizona, Federal Government, Immigration, National, News  /  No Comments

CATCH AND RELEASE?: An attorney at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is suing the government, alleging that politics are undermining the agency's mission and demoralizing its employees.

A career federal lawyer is suing the Department of Homeland Security for freeing criminal aliens under broad “prosecutorial discretion” rules. For pushing back against the policies, the attorney alleges she was subjected to vulgarity-laced harassment by her superiors.

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‘Report Card on American Education’ a mixed bag for Oregon

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  Federal Government, Oregon, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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ALEC’s annual Report Card on American Education shows both promising and concerning results for Oregon’s educational progress.

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