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By Your Leave: Federal Employees on Administrative Leave Cost Taxpayers Billions

ICYMI, this American Public Media interview with the Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein is a quick primer on a very big problem.

John Locke was Right....

When he said "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."

Partisan ideology, never-ending campaigning, and empty rhetoric is no substitute for leadership, competence, and good management.  The Keystone Cop character of the "we first heard about it when we read about it in the news" Obama administration is all the proof you need of the vacuum of ideas at the top in DC.

Clarity on Costs Essential To Postal Reform

USPS is posting one thing very well; losses.

Agency Charges Taxpayers for Free Reports

According to its website, The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) seeks to “promote American innovation and economic growth by collecting and disseminating scientific, technical and engineering information to the public and industry, by providing information management solutions to other federal agencies, and by doing all without appropriated funding.”

City Residents Tell Investment Group No

According to a June 18, 2014 article by Deseret News, residents of Lindon, Utah rejected a proposed partnership with the Australian-based Macquarie Group that would have given Macquarie control of the Lindon fiber optic network for 30 years.  Lindon is the first member of the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA) to decline the Macquarie proposal.

Inefficiencies in Coin Management Lead to Soaring Costs

A June 2014 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that, from 2008 to 2012, coin management costs associated with the Federal Reserve increased by 69 percent.  Additionally, the agency had failed to identify potential measures to save costs.

Federal Agency Hands Out Participation Trophies

According to the website for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the mission of the agency “is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.”  The agency came into existence following the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

The FCC’s Newest Motto for Net Neutrality: Three Times is the Charm

It is a sad state of affairs when a federal agency continues to waste taxpayer dollars on a concept that failed, not once but twice to pass muster with the court.  On May 15, 2014, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler brought up for a vote a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that has the potential to increase government control over the Internet.  On a party-line vote, the proposal was passed.

IRS Should Not Create Software That Already Exists

While very little gets done in Washington during an election year, deadlines must be acknowledged and addressed, such as the expiration of the Internet tax moratorium on November 1, 2014.  Two days prior to that critical date, a lesser-known but nonetheless important matter is scheduled to come to an end.  On October 30, 2014, the Free File Alliance’s partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is up for renewal.  The Free File Alliance is a consortium of tax software companies which makes free tax prepar

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