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Yelping Uncle Sam

By NIAM YARAGHI Yelp recently announced it had reached an agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration to allow agencies to claim their pages and read and respond to reviews. This is yet another move by the current administration to embark on new opportunities provided by information technology to become more transparent and effectively communicate with the

American Voices: Government Agencies Soliciting Yelp Reviews

last weekHumor : The Onion

The U.S. government’s General Services Administration has begun working with the review website Yelp to create official pages for various government agencies where consumers can give feedback to places such as the TSA, post offices, and courthouses. What do you think?

Mismanagement of US Government Buildings Costs $180Mln Over Five Years

Poorly run buildings at the US General Services Administration (GSA) have led to a loss of $180 million over a five year period, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report.

Senate Republicans try to gut Wall Street reform, Obama administration strikes back

The White House blasted the final appropriations bill produced by the Republican Senate in a letter sent Wednesday. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill is a disaster, top to bottom, from appropriations levels...Show More Summary

A Rare Look at the New U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters

U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters / Taylor Lednum/GSA The General Services Administration (GSA) granted us a rare look at a Level 5 security campus, the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, at the restored St. Elizabeth's Hospital in southeast Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Wedding dress auction starting as low as $46

Atlanta-based U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is hosting a 15-day “Down the Aisle” Extravaganza. The online auction, which runs through July 9, features almost 3000 wedding related items, including wedding gowns, fine jewelry, tuxedos, formal dresses...

VMware will pay the government $75.5 million to settle an overcharging lawsuit (VMW)

VMware and one of its reseller partners will pay $75.5 million settlement to the General Services Administration (GSA) to settle a lawsuit alleging that the virtualization software company defrauded the federal government. VMware in a statement says it denies the charges of fraud, but settled anyway to avoid protracted litigation. Show More Summary

IRS gave tax-owing companies contracts worth $19 million

The Internal Revenue Service hasn't always followed the law when it comes to making business deals. Uh oh. Specifically, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the IRS has violated the federal law that prevents it from doing business with businesses that haven't paid their taxes. Show More Summary

IRS erased backup tapes as Tea Party probe began

TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, will tell the House Oversight Committee today that IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the agency’s Tea Party scandal were lost. Show More Summary

TIGTA: IRS Can’t Verify Qualifications For Obamacare Subsidies

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Affordable Care Act: Assessment of Internal Revenue Service Preparation for Processing Premium Tax Credit Claims (2015-43-043): The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created a refundable tax credit, referred to as the Premium Tax Credit (PTC), to assist individuals with the...

Tax Roundup, 6/5/15: Iowa adds deductions to 1041s. And: the dangers of unmonitored payroll services.

Federal 709 costs good for Iowa 1041. The Iowa General Assembly yesterday eased restrictions on administrative deductions for fiduciaries. Iowa uses […]

IRS, TIGTA Talk Tech, Identity Theft & Security At Congressional Hearing

3 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

Earlier this week, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen and J. Russell George, The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), testified before members of Congress about the unauthorized access to the "Get Transcript" application on the IRS web site.

How revolutionary technology is tackling the $200B problem of wasted energy in buildings

At its best, technology is able to tackle huge problems with remarkable ease. The General Services Administration, for example, has found a way to save $13 million a year in energy costs across 180 buildings — all thanks to a proprietary algorithm developed and monitored from many states away, in Massachusetts. Show More Summary

Obama to announce pick for new GSA chief

President Obama plans to nominate Denise Turner Roth to head the General Services Administration. Roth, currently the deputy administrator, would replace Dan M. Tangherlini, who left the top position in February. Roth has been serving as acting administrator since then. Show More Summary

Retired Army General at Committee Hearing: "We Are Losing This War"

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee convened a hearing to evaluate and scrutinize the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s...

TIGTA: 61% of IRS Employees Who Cheated On Their Taxes Were Allowed To Keep Their Jobs

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration yesterday released Review of the Internal Revenue Service’s Process to Address Violations of Tax Law by Its Own Employees (2015-10-002): According to Section 1203 of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA 98), the IRS shall terminate employment of any IRS...

IRS Issues Statement On Discovery Of Lerner Emails

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has reported the discovery of thousands more of those "missing" Lerner emails. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released a statement in response.

Windstream gets nine-year GSA green buildings deal

Windstream has nabbed a nine-year multi-million dollar contract with the General Services Administration's (GSA) Public Building Service green buildings initiative.

GSA official at center of Las Vegas conference scandal pleads guilty to fraud

A former senior government executive at the center of the General Services Administration’s Las Vegas conference scandal pleaded guilty to fraud Tuesday for making false expense claims. Jeffrey E. Neely, a one-time acting regional administrator...Show More Summary

Non-Chemical Water Treatment Prevents Scaling, Saves Energy

Fluid Dynamis’ catalyst-based non-chemical water treatment reduced a Salt Lake City courthouse’s running costs and saved energy, according to the US General Services Administration. The GSA tests products in its buildings with the intent of finding products that perform well while being better for the environment than their conventional counterparts. Show More Summary

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