10:36 AM, Nov 19, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The headline over this Government Executive article reads:
Patent Office Telework Abuses Raise Fear of Wider Crackdown
One reads on, eager to learn just who has something to fear. And what, exactly, it is they should be afraid of. Could it be an investigation into:
… alleged abuses by some among the agency’s 8,500 patent examiners included submitting time cards overstating hours worked; “end-loading” (holding off on work until the final days of a reporting quarter and thereby harming quality); and “mortgaging,” or submitting time-card claims for work not yet completed.
And an investigation by:
Todd Zinser, the Commerce Department inspector general whose past reports have faulted the Patent agency for other time-and attendance abuses, [whjo] agreed that the internal reports had been altered “significantly” to exclude the results of interviews with disgruntled managers.
The agency and its telework program have their defenders, however, to include Gerry Connolly whose district, unsurprisingly, is in the tenderloin of the Beltway.
They may look like government featherbedders to you. To him, they are constituents.
2:16 PM, Nov 10, 2014 • By JAY COST
After the 2012 presidential election, Republican donors were left scratching their heads, thinking: how could we spend all that money and fall so short?
8:04 AM, Oct 27, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The American public has resisted the metric system for decades, but that has not discouraged the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from sinking $37,950 into two more episodes of a "motion-comic" video series called "The League of SI Superheroes." (SI stands for International System of Units, the modern metric
The Democrats’ three big weapons: money, money, money.Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By FRED BARNES
Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina was pounded last winter and spring in TV ads by conservative groups for having voted for Obamacare and echoed President Obama’s false claim that people could keep their current health insurance. “They had her on the ropes,” says Marc Rotterman, a Republican consultant in North Carolina.
8:15 AM, Oct 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
After nine years and $247 million, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new high-tech disaster relief system may not work as intended, according to a new report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Congress’s GSE reform plan has relatively little reward for the taxpayer without absolving them of all risk.1:10 PM, Sep 30, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
Few people are happy with the limbo in which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac currently dwell. The Treasury placed the two government-sponsored entities that buy and guarantee the bulk of all mortgages issued in the United States into a conservatorship in 2008 after the collapse of the housing market, which decimated the value of the loans they held and rendered the two insolvent.
6:44 AM, Sep 30, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
President Obama was counting strokes on the golf course at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia last Saturday, but the day before a $91,318.76
10:03 AM, Sep 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A fascinating interview on CNBC with Alibaba chair Jack Ma, whose company will go public today in New York:
3:48 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is scheduled to address the nation this evening to discuss destroying the terrorist army of ISIS. But before hitting the airwaves, he's asking Democratic donors to "chip in $10 or more right now to help elect Democrats."
He made the ask in an email to supporters of the Democratic party.
"There are just 55 days left in this election, Daniel," writes Obama in the email.
12:54 PM, Sep 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Department of Health and Human Services announces another $60 million for Obamacare navigators, a press release from that federal bureaucracy states.
"The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans who are able to access quality health coverage at a price they can afford, in large part because of the efforts of in-person assisters in local communities across the nation. People shopping for and enrolling in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace can get local help in a number of ways, including through Navigators," reads the release.
8:34 AM, Sep 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The "busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere" is getting an upgrade, and according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), about a half a million dollars worth of new artwork will be part of the package.
1:29 PM, Aug 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is spending today attending three fundraiser (two in New York and one in Rhode Island). And the White House doesn't seem to care what others might think of the president's use of time.
For example, this exchange with Ed Henry and spokesman Josh Earnest from today's White House press briefing:
10:43 AM, Aug 26, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The federal government issued sixty contracts from 2009 to 2014 in efforts to build Healthcare.gov, the federal insurance marketplace.