The Internal Revenue Service has developed accurate systems for calculating health-care tax credits under the Affordable Care Act, but it needs to strengthen fraud detection and other systems, the inspector general for the IRS said in a report.
Google Compute Engine is now Generally Available to Developers. GCE offers Linux Virtual Machines, where you can host your applications, powered by Google's infrastructure. The service was first announced at I/O 2012 and has seen consistent announcements in terms of features, performance benchmarks, security and a host of network infrastructure capabilities over the year.
Categories: Public Sector Tags: Public Spend Forum The Government Accountability Office has found that the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration—the two federal agencies that account for the vast majority of consolidated contracts—misreported the number of consolidated contracts in fiscal year 2011 and 2012. Show More Summary
Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News, L2 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a drone delivery service, named Amazon Prime Air, that may be ready for customer use by the end of the decade. Black Friday spending was lackluster this year, marking the first spending decline on a Black Friday weekend since 2009. Show More Summary
By Doug Young: The recent rush by Chinese web firms into the financial services has gained a new member, with word that real estate services SouFun (SFUN) will enter the sector. I’ve generally been skeptical of this sudden swarm into...Show More Summary
The U.S. Postal Service‘s inspector general is seeking public opinion about the recently released Harry Potter stamps as a test of how Americans feel about a new commercial direction for postage. Inspector General David Williams is asking stamp fans to weigh in on its blog and wondering whether the fictional British boy wizard created by author J.K. […]
Sinclair Broadcasting Group has named Glen Callanan general manager of its Cedar Rapids, IA, CBS affiliate KGAN. Sinclair also said Callanan will oversee sales and other non-programming related services at FOX affiliate KFXA pursuant...Show More Summary
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released Annual Assessment of the Internal Revenue Service Information Technology Program (2013-20-126): Since last year’s assessment report, the IRS has made progress on improving information security. As a result, the Government Accountability Office made a determination to downgrade information security from a...
The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General’s office said Wednesday that it is launching an investigation into the shift in mail delivery to evening hours, a change that’s alarmed letter carriers and customers. The probe by the Postal Service watchdog comes less than a week after a carrier was fatally shot in suburban Maryland as he was […]
Categories: Procurement Commentary, Procurement Strategy & Planning, Purchasing and Sourcing, Services and Indirect Spend, Technology Tags: PRO In the world of procurement technology (and technology in general for that matter – think...Show More Summary
Categories: Afternoon Coffee Tags: General News, L2 The F.D.A. has ordered 23andMe to immediately stop marketing its genetic screening service, citing concerns regarding the public health consequences of inaccurate results. And on West Coast America, an L.A. Show More Summary
Hello from Sao Paulo (again)! Yesterday I wrote a post raving about my Delta Business Elite flight from Sao Paulo to Detroit. I had a great crew and generally felt like Delta was in a league of their own in terms of service as far as US legacy airlines go. Show More Summary
By Early Retiree: This is how BBA Aviation plc (GM:BBAVF) (OTCPK:BBAVY) describes itself: BBA Aviation plc is a provider of aviation services and aftermarket support to operators of business and general aviation, military and commercial aircraft. Show More Summary
WVUE president and general manager Joe Cook will retire from the New Orleans Fox affiliate on December 13, Broadcasting & Cable reports. WVUE parent company Louisiana Media Company recently announced a shared services agreement with Raycom, which will provide operational services to WVUE beginning December 16. Show More Summary
The U.S. Army general in charge of training recently wrote about the service's examination of gender neutral standards to open the infantry and other combat-arms jobs to female soldiers.
I’m generally in favor of reducing the number of government entities in the St. Louis region. The 2011 Where We Stand report (p88) sums up the numbers: We rely on local government for a wide array of services including public education, health and safety, infrastructure, environmental protection and sanitation, public...
In legal advice to the EU Court of Justice, Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón today announced that EU law allows for Internet service providers to be ordered to block their customers from accessing known copyright infringing sites. Show More Summary
In my last post I wrote about the addition of the new Harry Potter stamp collectables from the United States Postal Service. They are controversial because Harry Potter is not American and the Postmaster General bypassed the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) in their decision making process. Let’s pretend that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee [...]
Uber wants get more drivers using its service by making it more affordable for them to buy a car. The cab-hailing app maker is partnering with Toyota and General Motors to offer Uber drivers discounts on new car purchases, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick said in an interview. It’s also working with lenders to give them... Read More
Khan As A Service, or KHANAAS for those in the know, is a microsite that prides itself in providing a way to "express general disdain towards someone when they screw up." That, or a fun way to spend a few minutes on the web showing someone you love or respect that you're thinking about them. Show More Summary