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TIGTA — IRS Awards Contracts to Companies With Tax Debt

June 26, 2015 Comments off

IRS Awards Contracts to Companies With Tax Debt
Source: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration
From email:

Despite a statutory prohibition from doing business with corporations that owe back taxes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) awarded $18.8 million in contracts to 17 corporations with Federal tax debt during Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013.

That is the finding of a new report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).

Beginning with Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, Federal law has prohibited the IRS from using appropriated funds to enter into a contract with a corporation that has certain Federal tax debt and/or felony convictions, unless the Department of the Treasury Suspension and Debarment official has considered suspending or debarring the corporation.

TIGTA reviewed whether the IRS had well-designed and effective management controls in place over the use of FYs 2012 and 2013 appropriated funds to implement the requirements of the Federal law that prohibited the award of contracts to corporations with certain Federal tax liabilities. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 also prohibited the IRS from using appropriated funds to enter into a contract with any corporation that was convicted or had an officer or agent of such corporation acting on behalf of the corporation convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the preceding 24 months.

TIGTA found that the IRS did not have effective controls in place to prevent the award of contracts to corporations with certain Federal tax debt and/or felony convictions. TIGTA identified 17 corporations that were awarded a total of 57 contracts valued at about $18.8 million during FYs 2012 and 2013, while the corporations had Federal tax debt.

In addition, TIGTA found that the IRS did not follow the Department of the Treasury requirement to insert specific language in solicitations requiring corporations to assert whether or not they have certain Federal tax debt and/or felony convictions. Based on a statistical sample of contracts awarded in FYs 2012 and 2013, TIGTA found that the IRS did not require corporations to self-certify prior to contract award, as required, for any of the 143 sample cases.

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Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe: What Role for Origin Countries’ Subnational Authorities?

February 25, 2015 Comments off

Supporting Immigrant Integration in Europe: What Role for Origin Countries’ Subnational Authorities?
Source: Migration Policy Institute

The substantial role that subnational authorities in EU Member States play in the governance of migrant integration is widely recognized. Regional and local authorities in Member States have control over the implementation and delivery of a wide array of integration-related services. However, while much is known about integration at the subnational level in receiving countries, little is known about the role of corresponding authorities in migrant-sending countries.

A number of major migrant-sending countries (including Morocco, Turkey, and Mexico) have started to promote the successful integration of their immigrants abroad, with the expectation that successfully integrated immigrants have more to offer their countries of origin. Until now, the substantial diaspora engagement measures seen most often at the national level have overshadowed activities at the regional and local level. But as a significant number of these countries undergo decentralization reforms and make efforts to strengthen local governance, the role of subnational authorities in supporting migrants begins to take on a new meaning.

This MPI Europe report represents the first attempt to investigate how the activities of origin countries’ regional and local institutions may improve the lives of emigrants to Member States of the European Union. It discusses relevant obstacles as well as opportunities for sending-country cities, regional political entities, and federated states in the design and implementation of policy measures to improve the trajectories of migrants. The report also underscores the importance of international cooperation at the subnational level—specifically city-to-city partnerships—focusing on well-established migration corridors in Europe with the assumption that historical links or geographic proximity can make cooperation easier.

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DHS OIG — Investigation: ICE Detention Facility – Karnes City, TX

February 6, 2015 Comments off

Investigation: ICE Detention Facility – Karnes City, TX (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an investigation into allegations of inappropriate relationships between Detention Officers and female detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Facility in Karnes City, Texas.1 Investigative field work was conducted at the facility from September 19, 2014 through November 24, 2014.

We initiated an investigation after counsel for one detainee reported misconduct on the part of Detention Officers at the facility. Specifically, a female detainee reported hearing rumors that several Detention Officers and several female detainees were possibly engaged in inappropriate sexual relationships, which reportedly occurred in a laundry room and restroom during late night or early morning hours. The complainant, who had no firsthand information, reported that:

  • A female detainee was being escorted by a male Detention Officer into the laundry room, after hours, under the pretext of washing clothes to engage in sex.
  • A female detainee may have been impregnated by a Detention Officer.
  • Female detainees were receiving preferential treatment in exchange for sex.
  • Detention Officers were depositing money into female detainees’ commissary accounts in return for sex or preferential treatment.
  • One particular Detention Officer rented an apartment in San Antonio, Texas, for a female detainee to use upon her release from the facility.
  • Detention Officers retaliated against the complainant by fabricating “write ups” indicating she had violated facility policies. These “write ups” were supposedly to be used against the complainant during her pending immigration proceedings.
  • A Supervisory Detention Officer knew of the misconduct and failed to take appropriate action.


Conclusions:

  • We found no evidence to substantiate the allegations and were unable to identify a victim or suspect in this matter.
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Strategies Used by Adults to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs: United States, 2013

February 2, 2015 Comments off

Strategies Used by Adults to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs: United States, 2013
Source: National Center for Health Statistics

Key findings
Data from the National Health Interview Survey, 2013

  • To save money, almost 8% of U.S. adults (7.8%) did not take their medication as prescribed, 15.1% asked a doctor for a lower-cost medication, 1.6% bought prescription drugs from another country, and 4.2% used alternative therapies.
  • Adults aged 18–64 (8.5%) were nearly twice as likely as adults aged 65 and over (4.4%) to have not taken their medication as prescribed to save money.
  • Among adults aged 18–64, uninsured adults (14.0%) were more likely than those with Medicaid (10.4%) or private coverage (6.1%) to have not taken their medication as prescribed to save money.
  • The poorest adults—those with incomes below 139% of the federal poverty level—were the most likely to not take medication as prescribed to save money.
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UK — The economic impact of the motor vehicle full-service leasing and rental sector

January 13, 2015 Comments off

The economic impact of the motor vehicle full-service leasing and rental sector
Source: Oxford Economics

This study, commissioned by the BVRLA, the trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector, investigates the economic contribution the full-service leasing and rental sector makes to the UK economy. In 2013, the sector owned some 3.6 million vehicles (cars, light commercial and HGVs). This was over 10% of the vehicles on the UK’s roads that year. Of these, some 11 vehicles in every 100 were leased, with a further two rented.

In 2013, the sector supported a £24.9 billion gross value added of the individual impacts of the operations of the industry itself, the UK-made vehicles it purchases, the use of UK made engines, the activity in dealerships, and its impact on the used-car market. This is equivalent to the size of the economies of Edinburgh and Leicester combined.

The sector is estimated to support 317,000 people in employment in 2013. To place this in context, in the same year there were 270,000 people employed in the city of Sheffield. By supporting economic activity and employment the sector raised tax receipts for the Exchequer. In 2013, these receipts amounted to £81 for every UK resident, or some £5.2 billion in total. ​

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By the numbers: a 2014 money-in-politics index

December 31, 2014 Comments off

By the numbers: a 2014 money-in-politics index
Source: Center for Public Integrity

We crunch a lot of numbers at the Center for Public Integrity. These are some from 2014 that stand out.

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Military Health System/Defense Health System: Ebola

October 21, 2014 Comments off

Ebola
Source: U.S. Department of Defense

The Military Health System published two new documents about the Ebola crisis:
– Fact sheet for families of Service members deploying to West Africa
– Frequently Asked Questions about Ebola

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