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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 21, 2012 Into the Bailout Buzz Saw (Fair Game)
QUOTE: Thus the collision course was set between Mr. Barofsky and a crew of complacent, bank-friendly Treasury officials. He soon discovered that the department’s natural stance of marching in lock step with the banks meant that he had to question its policies and programs repeatedly to ensure that taxpayers weren’t at risk for fraud and abuse.
New York Times Mar 06, 2012 Web Sites Shine Light on Petty Bribery Worldwide
QUOTE: similar sites are spreading like kudzu around the globe, vexing petty bureaucrats the world over. Ms. Ramanathan said nongovernmental organizations and government agencies from at least 17 countries had contacted Janaagraha, the nonprofit organization in Bangalore that operates I Paid a Bribe, to ask about obtaining the source code and setting up a site of their own.
New York Times Nov 12, 2011 Deportations Under New U.S. Policy Are Inconsistent
QUOTE: A new Obama administration policy to avoid deportations of illegal immigrants who are not criminals has been applied very unevenly across the country and has led to vast confusion both in immigrant communities and among agents charged with carrying it out.
New York Times Nov 11, 2011 For Disabled Care Complaints, Vow of Anonymity Was False
QUOTE: For years, New York State has assured its employees who care for the developmentally disabled that there was a way they could confidentially report any concerns they had about the treatment of those in their care. And for years the state has been routinely breaking its promise.
New York Times Sep 22, 2011 Report: Border Patrol abuses widespread
QUOTE: nearly 13,000 testimonies whose results were released in a report this week. The findings went beyond denial of food and water. Migrants held by the Border Patrol spoke of being exposed to extreme heat or cold, sleep deprivation, death threats, and psychological abuse such as blaring music with lyrics about migrants dying in the desert.
CNN (Cable News Network) Aug 25, 2011 In Echo of Pancho Villa, Modern Raid Shakes a Town on the Edge of Extinction
QUOTE: Ninety-five years and a day after the infamous Villa raid, another group of armed men crept into Columbus [New Mexico]....They led away in handcuffs Columbus’s mayor, police chief, village trustee and numerous others accused of smuggling guns, ammunition and body armor across the border to Mexican outlaws.
New York Times Jun 30, 2011 Two Rulings Find Cuts in Public Pensions Permissible
QUOTE: Judges in Colorado and Minnesota have dismissed court challenges by retired public workers whose pensions had been cut — developments that may embolden other states and cities to use pension reductions as a tool to help balance their budgets.
New York Times Jun 15, 2011 Report: Newark airport screeners targeted Mexicans and Dominicans
QUOTE: Security screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport singled out Mexican and Dominican passengers for nearly two years, according to a federal report obtained by The Star-Ledger newspaper. The racial profiling was so prevalent in 2008 and 2009 that some TSA employees at the airport referred to their colleagues as "Mexican hunters," a Star-Ledger story based on the 2010 internal report said.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 12, 2011 Some Police Recruits Impose ‘Islamic Tax’ on Afghans
QUOTE: The American-financed program aims to convert insurgents into village self-defense forces called Afghan Local Police, distinct from the existing national police force....aroused concern among aid workers and United Nations officials, who say it risks empowering local warlords who have little regard for human rights or proper behavior.
New York Times Jun 04, 2011 Drug Makers’ Feared Enemy Switches Sides, as Their Lawyer
QUOTE: a year and a half ago, Mr. Loucks, a Republican, left the United States attorney’s office in Boston after he was passed over for the top post and President Obama appointed a Democrat. Instead, Mr. Loucks joined Skadden, Arps last July, and has startled former allies by emerging in recent months as zealous a corporate defender as he was a prosecutor, complete with proposals seeking more lenient treatment for the medical companies he once vilified.
New York Times May 10, 2011 Peace Corps Volunteers Speak Out on Rape
QUOTE: a growing group of former Peace Corps volunteers who are speaking out about their sexual assaults, prompting scrutiny from Congress and a pledge from the agency for reform....from 2000 to 2009, on average, 22 Peace Corps women each year reported being the victims of rape or attempted rape...
New York Times Apr 29, 2011 In Florida, G.O.P. Help for Unions
QUOTE: “These are government unions that are negotiating oftentimes against the taxpayers… It’s not fair that the taxpayer-funded payroll system is collecting union dues that are used politically against the taxpayer.”
New York Times Apr 25, 2011 Public Pensions, Once Off Limits, Face Budget Cuts
QUOTE: Some private sector workers… resent that the pensions of public workers enjoy stronger legal protections. But government workers... say that it would be unfair — and in many cases, very likely illegal — to change the rules in the middle of the game.
New York Times Apr 22, 2011 Montgomery judge set to rule Monday on county’s collective bargaining disconnect
QUOTE: “You have collective bargaining, but the county executive can basically do what he wants…” Carey R. Butsavage, an attorney for the union suing the county, said the union refuses to be left with the status quo, in which Leggett asserts he can essentially do what he pleases under the collective-bargaining law.
Washington Post Apr 14, 2011 Top USDA official, leaving to work for Rahm Emanuel, accused of discrimination
QUOTE: The allegations include age and gender discrimination and the promotion of employees supportive of the Democratic Party… The workers said they raised the allegations “because of a hostile work environment, retaliation and/or prohibited personnel practice.”
Washington Post Mar 12, 2011 At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity
QUOTE: In hundreds of cases reviewed by The Times, employees who sexually abused, beat or taunted residents were rarely fired, even after repeated offenses, and in many cases, were simply transferred to other group homes run by the state... Only a quarter of sexual abuse cases were reported... Former regulators, employees within the system and advocates have grown increasingly dismayed at what they say is the state’s tolerance of abuse of the residents, whom the state refers to as “consumers” in its records.
New York Times Mar 09, 2011 Wisconsin Senate Limits Bargaining by Public Workers
QUOTE: Democrats, meanwhile, condemned the move as an attack on working families, a violation of open meetings requirements (most of them did not know there was to be a vote until not long before), and a virtual firebomb in state that already found itself politically polarized and consumed with recall efforts, large scale protests and fury from public workers.
New York Times Feb 21, 2011 Why America's teachers are enraged
QUOTE: Thousands of teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers have camped out at the Wisconsin Capitol, protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to reduce their take-home pay -- by increasing their contribution to their pension plans and health care benefits -- and restrict their collective bargaining rights.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 26, 2010 Obama to shut down Federal Career Intern Program
QUOTE: President Obama plans to issue an executive order, perhaps as early as this week, ending a federal internship program that critics say circumvents proper hiring practices. Since it began in 2001, the Federal Career Intern Program has been used to hire more than 100,000 people - few of them interns as traditionally understood and many of them border and customs officers who later became permanent-status federal employees
Washington Post Dec 22, 2010 Alabama Town’s Failed Pension Is a Warning
QUOTE: the declining, little-known city of Prichard is now attracting the attention of bankruptcy lawyers, labor leaders, municipal credit analysts and local officials from across the country. They want to see if the situation in Prichard, like the continuing bankruptcy of Vallejo, Calif., ultimately creates a legal precedent on whether distressed cities can legally cut or reduce their pensions, and if so, how.
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 White House Offers Apology to Official Accused of Bias
QUOTE: The White House and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized profusely and repeatedly on Wednesday to a black midlevel official [Shirley Sherrod--Ed.] for the way she had been humiliated and forced to resign her Agriculture Department job after a conservative blogger put out a misleading video clip that seemed to show her admitting antipathy toward a white farmer.
New York Times Jun 18, 2010 Supreme Court rules on employer monitoring of cellphone, computer conversations
QUOTE: A hesitant Supreme Court waded cautiously into a question that arises daily in workplaces and offices across the country: whether employers have the right to look over the shoulders of workers who use company computers and cellphones for personal communication. In the first ruling of its kind, the justices said they do, as long as there is a "legitimate work-related purpose" to monitor them.
Washington Post May 25, 2010 Justices say employers may not use discriminatory testing practices
QUOTE: Employers who use tests that have the effect of ruling out disproportionate numbers of women and minorities may be sued each time they use the results to hire, the Supreme Court ruled...
Washington Post May 25, 2010 Crisis Places Focus on Beleaguered Agency’s Chief
QUOTE: there is uncertainty about whether she is up to the task of remaking the Minerals Management Service, an agency widely recognized as one of the most dysfunctional in government. Agency scientists and other employees complained that since taking the post in July, Ms. Birnbaum has done almost nothing to fix problems that have plagued the minerals agency for over a decade.
New York Times Apr 19, 2010 Justices Get Personal Over Privacy of Messages
QUOTE: The question in a case argued Monday in the Supreme Court sounded both irresistible and important: Did a California police department violate the Constitution by reading sexually explicit text messages sent by an officer on a department-issued pager?
New York Times Oct 22, 2009 In Iraq, battling an internal bane: Spate of crime underlines need to purge corruption, extremists from security forces
QUOTE: A recent spate of high-profile crimes... has forced [Iraqi] Interior Ministry officials to confront head-on the corruption within the ranks of the 663,000-strong security forces.
Washington Post Oct 19, 2009 Which Side Is Government On? Millions of contract workers whose salaries are ultimately paid by government live in poverty. Uncle Sam should demand high standards, not pay as little as possible.
QUOTE: In 2007 the Labor Department found in 80 percent of its SCA [Service Contract Act]investigations that employers [contracted by the federal government] underpaid wages or benefits or both. And wages are so low in many service jobs, especially where few workers belong to unions, that prevailing wages are often only sub-poverty wages.
American Prospect Oct 12, 2009 A Question of When Dishonesty Becomes Criminal (Sidebar)
QUOTE: Critics of the honest services law say it has two essential flaws. It allows federal prosecutors vast discretion “to go after people they don’t like or people they disagree with politically,” said Julie Rose O’Sullivan... The second problem, said George D. Brown... is that prosecutions of state officials under the federal law may violate fundamental principles of federalism.
Sep 20, 2009 Diplomatic Immunity Leaves Abused Workers in Shadows
QUOTE: A July 2008 Government Accountability Office report identified 42 cases of abuse by diplomats over an eight-year period but emphasized that the actual number was probably higher.
Washington Post Sep 19, 2009 Cybersecurity Plan Doesn't Breach Employee Privacy, Administration Says
QUOTE: The Obama administration has agreed with its predecessor that a special surveillance program to monitor federal Internet traffic for malicious intrusions does not violate the privacy rights of government employees or others they communicate with.
Washington Post Jul 13, 2009 Veterans Affairs Faces Surge of Disability Claims
QUOTE: The backlog of unprocessed [disability] claims for those [Veteran] disabilities is now over 400,000, up from 253,000 six years ago, the agency said.
New York Times Jun 25, 2009 Scrutiny Grows as U.S. Pays Staffers' Student Loans
QUOTE: Congress and federal agencies are expected to spend as much as $60 million in fiscal 2009 on a little-known taxpayer-funded perk: repaying government employees' college loans
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jun 05, 2009 Library Officials Accused of Interference
QUOTE: Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) charged ... officials at the Library of Congress have interfered with investigations conducted by its independent watchdogs...
Washington Post Jun 04, 2009 Growing White House ties to Google draw protest: Consumer groups object to expected selection of Google exec to deputy CTO post
QUOTE: White House's reported plan to appoint another Google Inc. executive to a top tech advisory post is, for some, carrying the idea [a "Google-enabled government"] too far.
Computerworld Jun 03, 2009 Inspector Predicted Problems a Year Before Buffalo Crash
ABSTRACT: [Inspector] Mr. Monteleon said his supervisors [FAA] were too “cozy” with Colgan [Airline]...
New York Times May 17, 2009 Watchdog Digs Into Conduct At SEC: Reports Focus on Use of Influence And Stock Trades
QUOTE: A Securities and Exchange Commission official attempted "to intimidate and influence" a family member's broker on multiple occasions by invoking her position, potentially violating agency rules, according to the agency's inspector general.
Washington Post Apr 08, 2009 Security-Clearance Checks For OPM Allegedly Falsified
QUOTE: Half a dozen investigators conducting security-clearance checks for the federal government have been accused of lying in the reports they submitted to the Office of Personnel Management...
Washington Post Jan 09, 2009 FDA scientists allege mismanagement at agency
QUOTE: Nine scientists at the Food and Drug Administration have written a letter to President-elect Barack Obama and his transition team, alleging gross mismanagement.... at the agency that has "placed the American public at risk."
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 15, 2008 Dallas Schools Used False Hiring Data
QUOTE: Eager to hire teachers for bilingual education programs, the Dallas public school system assigned fake Social Security numbers to newly hired foreigners so it could get them on the payroll quickly, an internal investigation found.
New York Times Nov 13, 2008 For a Washington Job, Be Prepared to Tell All
QUOTE: A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive — some say invasive — application ever.
New York Times Nov 06, 2008 National ID cards compulsory for U.K. airport staff
QUOTE: A pilot program of the U.K.'s national identity card plan will be compulsory at one of the two participating airports....despite repeated assurances from the Home Office that U.K. citizens will not be compelled to have an ID card or enter their biometric details onto the National Identity Register.
CNET Oct 11, 2008 Palin abused power, probe finds
QUOTE: The running mate of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been found guilty of an abuse of power, according to a state legislature probe.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Sep 08, 2008 Montgomery Disability Practices Under Fire: Report Calls Patterns Seemingly 'Abusive'
ABSTRACT: More than 60 percent of Montgomery County police officers who retired in the past four years are collecting disability payments, including one who was a top finisher in a fitness contest a year after retiring on disability....Inspector General Thomas J. Dagley cited "questionable practices" and patterns or behaviors that a "prudent person would consider abusive."
Washington Post Aug 23, 2008 After Prosecutor's Firing, a Shift in Case: Justice Dept. Approves Plea After Pushing U.S. Attorney for Death Penalty
QUOTE: Justice Department officials have reversed course and approved a plea deal in a controversial death penalty case that may have prompted the firing of a U.S. attorney in Arizona....then-Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said Charlton's reluctance to support the administration's position on capital punishment in the case amounted to "poor judgment" and attracted criticism in the department's political ranks.
Washington Post Aug 21, 2008 Inquiry Lays Out Chain of Failures in High-Rise Fire
QUOTE: Contractors tearing down the contaminated former Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan never had a formal demolition permit, even though they were undertaking one of the most complicated efforts ever to dismantle a skyscraper.
New York Times Jul 31, 2008 Workers' Religious Freedom vs. Patients' Rights: Proposal Would Deny Federal Money if Employees Must Provide Care to Which They Object
QUOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing a draft regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions...
Washington Post Jul 28, 2008 EPA e-mail to workers: Don't answer inspector's questions
QUOTE: The Environmental Protection Agency advised employees last month not to answer questions from journalists, the Government Accountability Office or the agency's inspector general, according to an EPA e-mail made public Monday..."The order reinforces a growing bunker mentality within an EPA that is the subject of a growing number of probes into political interference with agency operations,"
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 28, 2008 Internal Justice Dept. Report Cites Illegal Hiring Practices
QUOTE: An extensive report by the department's Office of the Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility concluded yesterday that Goodling and others had broken civil service laws, run afoul of department policy and engaged in "misconduct," a finding that could expose them to further scrutiny and sanctions. The report depicted Goodling as a central figure in politicizing employment decisions at Justice during the Bush administration.
Washington Post Jun 09, 2008 Justices Reject ‘Class of One’ Argument
QUOTE: Government employees who are singled out for arbitrary, irrational or even vindictive treatment by their supervisors will find no relief in the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday, unless the mistreatment is due to discrimination on the basis of race, sex or another protected category.
New York Times May 27, 2008 Border Agents, Lured by the Other Side
QUOTE: The Villarreal investigation is among scores of corruption cases in recent years that have alarmed officials in the Homeland Security Department just as it is hiring thousands of border agents to stem the flow of illegal immigration. The pattern has become familiar: Customs officers wave in vehicles filled with illegal immigrants, drugs or other contraband. A Border Patrol agent acts as a scout for smugglers. Trusted officers fall prey to temptation and begin taking bribes.
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