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Whistleblower Protection For Fired Federal Air Marshal? Supreme Court To Decide PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2014 10:14

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider the case of a federal air marshal who was fired after leaking information about aviation security plans.

 
The justices agreed Monday to hear an appeal from the Obama administration, which claims Robert MacLean is not entitled to whistleblower protection.
 
MacLean was fired after he told a reporter the government planned to suspend overnight airline trips for marshals for a month to reduce travel costs. MacLean said he leaked the information after his boss ignored his safety concerns.
 
Once it became public, the Transportation Security Administration said it was a mistake and no flight assignments requiring overnight hotel stays were canceled.
 
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that MacLean should be allowed to present a whistleblower defense. The justices will reconsider that decision.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 10:15
 
U.S. Federal Register For Monday, May 19, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 May 2014 10:06

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Federal Register for Monday, May 19, 2014 has been posted. Today's issue includes documents and data from 48 federal agencies. 

 
The Federal Register can be viewed in pdf and txt forms at:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/getfrtoc.action.
 
The Federal Register can be viewed sorted by agency here:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-19/content-detail.html
Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 10:07
 
President Obama To Congress: We Should Invest In Infrastructure PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:23

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama is warning that if the U.S. doesn't update its roads, ports and bridges, businesses will look elsewhere to invest.

 
Obama is pressing Congress to spend more on infrastructure during a visit to New York's Tappan Zee Bridge. The dilapidated bridge is being replaced at a cost of nearly $4 billion.
 
Obama says normally the bridge permit would have taken up to five years. He says he fast-tracked the process for major projects so it only took 1 1/2 years. Obama says he's adding 11 more projects to that fast-track process.
 
Obama says China and Europe spent many times more than the U.S. on infrastructure. Obama says America should be first in infrastructure spending.
 
He says, quote, "First-class infrastructure attracts first-class jobs."
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 15:24
 
IRS Paid Out $13 Billion In Improper Earned Income Tax Credits PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:16

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified, a government investigator said Tuesday.

 
The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families.
 
The agency's inspector general issued a report Tuesday saying the improper payments were between $13.3 billion and $15.6 billion. That's about a quarter of all EITC payments.
 
"The IRS can and must do more to protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud and abuse," said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration.
 
The IRS said it is aggressively fighting tax fraud, and is improving its efforts to police EITC payments. The agency said it has stopped nearly 15 million suspicious returns since 2011, blocking more than $50 billion in fraudulent refunds.
 
"The IRS remains deeply concerned about the level of improper payments, and a major review currently underway is exploring a wide range of options to distinguish valid claims from excessive ones," the IRS statement said.
 
The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the nation's largest anti-poverty programs. In 2011, more than 27 million families received nearly $62 billion in credits.
 
The credit is attractive because, if it is larger than your total income tax bill, the IRS will pay you the difference. This is especially helpful to low-income families because many pay little or no federal income tax.
 
But it also makes the credit more susceptible to fraud.
 
Using IRS statistics, the inspector general's report provided an estimated range of improper EITC payments from 2003 through 2013. The report says the IRS paid out at least $124.1 billion in improper payments during the period, and perhaps as much as $148.2 billion.
 
Families earn the credits by working and earning money, though there are income limits. The size of the credit depends on your income and the number of children you have.
 
This year, a married couple with three or more children can earn up to $52,427 and still qualify for the credit. A married couple with two children can earn up to $49,186 and still qualify, according to the IRS.
 
The maximum credit this year is $6,143 for families with three or more children. The maximum credit for families with two children is $5,460.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:17
 
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