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IRS Is Focus Of Next House Oversight Committee Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 06:45

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - As millions of Americans prepare their 2014 federal tax returns, the federal agency in charge of tax filings will be under scrutiny soon.

On Wednesday, February 25, the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations will hold a hearing featuring two key tax officials. Scheduled to appear before the committee:

** Honorable J. Russell George
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
Department of Treasury

** Nina E. Olson
National Taxpayer Advocate
Internal Revenue Service

The hearing will begin at 10:00 AM in 2359 Rayburn.

Reps. Renee Ellmers and G.K. Butterfield Introduce Bill To Streamline Vaccine Approvals PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 February 2015 06:25

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Saying their goal is ensure a smoother, more efficient approval process for vaccines, 2nd District Rep. Renee Ellmers and 1st District Rep. G.K. Buttefield have introduced legislation to do so.

Ellmers, a former nurse, said in a statement. “Given the recent outbreak of measles, it’s clear that this legislation is necessary to safeguard public health.”

Among other things, the legislation would make the process used by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to evaluate vaccines and make recommendations more transparent and consistent, according to a news release from Ellmers.

The legislation is part of bills in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures Initiative. Both members sit on the committee.

Rep. Mark Meadows Files Bill To Address On-The Job Viewing Of Pornography On Federal Workers PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 06:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Responding to an Inspector General report about on-the-job viewing of pornography by federal employees, 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows has filed a bill to protect taxpayers from the abuse of their time and resources.

The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act would prohibit federal employees from accessing pornographic or explicit material on government computers and devices.

A news release issued by Meadows noted that an Inspector General report revealed that one Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employee was viewing as much as 6 hours of pornography a day in his office on his government computer. The same federal employee was found to have downloaded as many as 7,000 pornographic files onto his government computer. To date, this employee has yet to be fired and we continue to learn of similar bad actors.

“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites,” Congressman Meadows said in the release.

Meadows also expressed conceren about computer viruses and malware being introduced to the federal system from pornographic sites.

Mark Meadows serves on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where he chairs the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

Rep. Butterfield: We Must Boost America’s Commitment to Medical Research PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 06:36

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Eastern North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield has introduced the Permanent Investment in Health Research Act, legislation he says will "remove medical research funding from the political whims of congressional budget battles and place the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on more certain footing."

In a news release, Butterfield said the bill ensures that research won't be subject to "mindless austerity of Congressional Republicans."

An article published last month by Journal of the American Medical Association shows research funding is suffering in the United States, while other countries increase their support.  This study shows the need for the United States to step up funding for medical research to keep a competitive edge.


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