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watchdog agency: us nuclear dump running out of room


albuquerque, n.m. — a government watchdog agency says the only underground nuclear waste repository in the united states doesn't have enough space for radioactive debris left over from decades of bomb-making and research, much less tons of surplus weapons-grade plutonium.a senate committee requested the review from the u.s. government accountability office amid concerns about ballooning costs and significant delays related to a 20-year-old pledge the u.s. made with russia to dispose of extra plutonium from its stockpiles.the agency found that officials with the u.s. energy department haven't analyzed or planned for expanding the waste isolation pilot plant in new mexico and that regulatory approval for doing so would take years.the findings and recommendations from the government accountab






the pendulum swings too far on school accountability


is california’s committment to school accountability dead? probably not, but it’s certainly withering.the days of california’s academic performance index and the federal no child left behind act are over, and they won’t be missed. the api’s obsessive insistence on measuring schools solely on the basis of a couple of annual tests led to an era in which arts, science and physical fitness were given short shrift. no child left behind layered a set of rigid, punitive rules on top, and the obama administration’s attempts to dictate school policy through its race to the top initiative was overly intrusive.the new federal education law, the every student succeeds act, will at least be less harsh, and under the state’s new accountability system, there’s a lot more to rating a school than its score






betsy devos would not agree to bar schools receiving federal money from discrimi


president trump’s budget proposal includes deep cuts to education but generously funds a new push for school vouchers. when pressed by representatives at a house appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget, devos declined to say if, when or how the federal government would step in to make sure that private schools receiving public dollars would not discriminate against students. she repeatedly said that decisions would be left to school districts and parents.rep. mark pocan (d-wis.) stressed that milwaukee’s school voucher program has resulted in years of failure. when he pressed devos on whether the federal government would hold recipients of public money accountable, devos punted. “wisconsin and all of the states in the country are putting their essa plans together,” said devos, re






essential education: betsy devos still can't answer some big education questions


president trump’s budget proposal includes deep cuts to education but funds a new push for school choice.when pressed by representatives at a house appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget, education secretary betsy devos declined to say if, when or how the federal government would step in to make sure that private schools receiving public dollars would not discriminate against students. she repeatedly said that decisions would be left to school districts and parents.rep. mark pocan (d-wis.) stressed that milwaukee’s school voucher program has resulted in years of failure. when he pressed devos on whether the federal government would hold recipients of public money accountable, devos punted. “wisconsin and all of the states in the country are putting their essa plans together,” sa






betsy devos would not agree to bar discrimination by private schools that get fe


president trump’s budget proposal includes deep cuts to education but generously funds a new push for school vouchers. when pressed by representatives at a house appropriations subcommittee hearing on the budget, education secretary betsy devos declined to say if, when or how the federal government would step in to make sure that private schools receiving public dollars would not discriminate against students. she repeatedly said that decisions would be left to school districts and parents.rep. mark pocan (d-wis.) stressed that milwaukee’s school voucher program has resulted in years of failure. when he pressed devos on whether the federal government would hold recipients of public money accountable, devos punted. “wisconsin and all of the states in the country are putting their essa plans






education accountability bill clears panel, prospects dim


madison, wis. — a proposal designed to give the republican-controlled legislature more of a voice in the crafting of a wisconsin state education accountability plan required by the federal government won assembly committee approval on wednesday, but it appears to be doomed in the senate.the assembly education committee approved the bill on a party-line 8-6 vote, with all republicans in support and democrats against. but senate education committee chairman sen. luther olsen told the associated press he has no interest in bringing the bill forward in the senate. the measure has no senate co-sponsors.the bill would require the state department of public instruction to respond to any objections raised by members of the assembly or senate education committees to the accountability plan. however






hundreds of va officials fired since trump's inauguration


the department of veterans affairs announced today that more than 500 officials have been fired for misconduct since president trump took office earlier this year, according to data posted online.in an effort for more transparency and accountability within the va, secretary of veterans affairs david j. shulkin announced that a public list of employee "accountability actions" will be posted online and updated weekly.the list outlines a total of 747 disciplinary actions including 526 employees who were fired since january 20. the actions affected a myriad of positons ranging from a tractor operator to va attorneys.the list does not include employee names due to privacy reasons but does note the employee's position and va region."veterans and taxpayers have a right to know what we're doing to






25 years later: mayor eric garcetti reflects on 1992 l.a. riots


new york -- mayor eric garcetti spoke exclusively with cbs news on friday, reflecting on how the history of the 1992 los angeles riots has shaped the city over the years.garcetti said the disconnect between the public and authorities appeared to be the main source of turmoil years ago. "los angeles in 1992 was a different place," garcetti said. "it was much more segregated. [people] felt helpless because their voices hadn't been heard. this was something that happened long before there were cell phones." "we had too many disconnects where there was no accountability," he continued. "we had to find projects to bring our city together. ultimately, it took the federal government's consent to take over our police department."   garcetti says he is hopeful about the future safety of the city, w






trump to sign order creating accountability office at va


washington — president donald trump plans to sign an executive order thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the department of veterans affairs.trump, who made improving veterans' care a prominent issue as he campaigned for office, was to issue the order while visiting the va. it will create a new office of accountability and whistleblower protection within the department. the eventual head of the office will report directly to va secretary david shulkin.shulkin said the purpose is to help identify "barriers" that make it difficult to fire or reassign employees deemed unfit to work at the department and serve veterans.another function will be to help shield whistleblowers from retaliation.the office is a byproduct of a 2014 scandal in which as many as 40






agency responsible for u.s. nukes is lax in fighting fraud, report says


the nonpartisan government accountability office issued the audit after high-profile incidents of fraud by the department of energy’s contractors, including two at the hanford site nuclear reservation in washington state.washington — the u.s. department of energy (doe) isn’t doing enough to cut back on the risk of fraud among its many contractors, according to a government audit obtained by mcclatchy.the nonpartisan government accountability office (gao) issued the audit, requested by sen. claire mccaskill, d-mo., after high-profile incidents of fraud by the doe’s contractors, including two at the hanford site nuclear reservation in washington. in one case, employees of contractor fluor hanford were accused of receiving kickbacks for hundreds of wasteful purchases from 2003 to 2008.fluor p






wisconsin assembly oks education plan bill


madison, wis. — the state assembly has approved a bill that would inject the legislature into the writing of a school accountability plan.the proposal comes after the state department of public instruction released a draft school accountability plan on friday. every state is required to submit one to the federal government by sept. 18.wisconsin's plan calls for cutting the achievement and graduation gaps in half within six years. that would require dramatic improvements in non-white student performance.the bill requires the education department to respond to any concerns about the plan raised by member of the legislature's education committees.opponents say it's not necessary because legislator feedback has been solicited for months.the assembly passed the bill on a voice vote tuesday. it






everything president trump has tweeted (and what it was about)


president trump shared a clip of his remarks at the department of veterans affairs, where he signed an executive order creating the office of accountability and whistleblower protection."with the creation of this office, we are sending a strong message: those who fail our veterans will be held, for the first time, accountable," trump said during his appearance on thursday. "and at the same time, we will reward and retain the many va employees who do a fantastic job, of which we have many."trump also joined veterans' groups in calling on the senate to pass a pending accountability measure.the house has already passed a bill to make it easier for the va to fire, suspend or demote employees for poor performance or bad conduct, but the senate continues to work on its version of the legislation






congressional investigators review trump transition for potential conflicts


government accountability office to review trump transition at request of two democratic members.       






seattle’s police-accountability proposal is overly complex, say spd chief, city


in separate letters sent to seattle city council members, police chief kathleen o’toole and city attorney pete holmes warn that some elements of police-accountability legislation could undermine federally mandated reforms.with the seattle city council poised to vote on long-awaited police-accountability legislation, police chief kathleen o’toole and city attorney pete holmes have sent last-minute letters to key council members urging a major change to the reform package.in separate letters sent friday, o’toole and holmes both suggest the civilian inspector general, a position that would be created under the legislation and would hold broad oversight powers, be used as the clearinghouse for recommendations touching on police discipline and other matters.that would replace the council’s plan






seattle’s police-accountability proposal is overly complex, say spd chief, city


in separate letters sent to seattle city council members, police chief kathleen o’toole and city attorney pete holmes warn that some elements of police-accountability legislation could undermine federally mandated reforms.with the seattle city council poised to vote on long-awaited police-accountability legislation, police chief kathleen o’toole and city attorney pete holmes have sent last-minute letters to key council members urging a major change to the reform package.in separate letters sent friday, o’toole and holmes both suggest the civilian inspector general, a position that would be created under the legislation and would hold broad oversight powers, be used as the clearinghouse for recommendations touching on police discipline and other matters.that would replace the council’s plan






trump to create va accountability office, but details are slim


as congress works on legislation to make it easier to fire bad u.s. veterans affairs department employees, president donald trump is using an executive order to create an accountability office.trump is expected to sign the order thursday while on a visit to the va, according to the associated press.the office is supposed to identify barriers that make it hard to fire or reassign workers who are deemed unfit, va secretary david shulkin told reporters at a white house press briefing on wednesday.welcome to the intel, a blog examining the hot military news of the dayit will also look into reports of retaliation against whistleblowers who expose bad conduct at the va.it’s unclear if trump’s order will to identify new funding for the office. shulkin said there could be “substantial” cost, but h






trump to create va accountability office, but details are slim


as congress works on legislation to make it easier to fire bad u.s. veterans affairs department employees, president donald trump is using an executive order to create an accountability office.trump is expected to sign the order thursday while on a visit to the va, according to the associated press.the office is supposed to identify barriers that make it hard to fire or reassign workers who are deemed unfit, va secretary david shulkin told reporters at a white house press briefing on wednesday.welcome to the intel, a blog examining the hot military news of the dayit will also look into reports of retaliation against whistleblowers who expose bad conduct at the va.it’s unclear if trump’s order will supply new funding for the office. shulkin said there could be “substantial” cost, but he did






colorado schools soon will be judged by how many students are chronically absent


chronic absences — when kids miss school 10 percent or more of the time — increase the likelihood students won’t read well by the end of third grade, will be held back in later grades and will drop out of high school.colorado is one of more than a dozen states that will use chronic absenteeism as a measure of school and district quality in the education plans they’ll soon submit to the federal government. more specifically, colorado will look at whether schools and districts are reducing chronic absenteeism among elementary- and middle-schoolers. at the high school level, the state will look at dropout rates.under the federal education law passed in 2015, states were no longer confined to academic measures such as test scores and graduation rates in their accountability systems. instead, t






trump to sign order creating accountability office at va


washington — president donald trump plans to sign an executive order creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the department of veterans affairs.trump, who made improving veterans' care a prominent issue as he campaigned for office, was issuing the order thursday while visiting the va. it will create a new office of accountability and whistleblower protection in the department. the eventual head of the office will report directly to va secretary david shulkin.shulkin said the purpose is to help identify "barriers" that make it difficult to fire or reassign employees deemed unfit to work at the department and serve veterans.another function will be to help shield whistleblowers from retaliation.the office is a byproduct of a 2014 scandal in which as many as 40 veter






jake tapper calls ‘petulant’ white house ‘un-american’ for war on the media


cnn host jake tapper began friday’s episode of “the lead” hitting back against president donald trump’s administration for barring media outlets with a history of accountability. “let’s not make any mistake about what’s happening here,” tapper began. “a white house that has had some difficulty telling the truth and that has seemed to have trouble getting up to speed on the basic competent functioning of government, and a president who seems particularly averse to any criticism and has called the press ‘the enemies of the american people.'”tapper said that the white house is taking the next big step in their attempt to avoid any checks and balances as well as government accountability. “it’s not acceptable,” he continued. “in fact, it’s petulant and indicative of lack of understanding for h






trump to sign order creating accountability office at va


washington (ap) — president donald trump plans to sign an executive order creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the department of veterans affairs.trump, who made improving veterans’ care a prominent issue as he campaigned for office, was issuing the order thursday while visiting the va. it will create a new office of accountability and whistleblower protection in the department. the eventual head of the office will report directly to va secretary david shulkin.shulkin said the purpose is to help identify “barriers” that make it difficult to fire or reassign employees deemed unfit to work at the department and serve veterans.another function will be to help shield whistleblowers from retaliation.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the offic






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betsy devos ends ban on crooked loan-collectors in the student debt biz / boing


education secretary (and ponzi-scheme billionaire heiress, anti-public-education crusader, and sister of notorious war criminal eric prince) betsy devos just killed the recent department of education/consumer financial protection bureau guidelines that banned dirty bill-collectors from going after people with delinquent student bans. the guidelines were enacted after the government accountability office found that the department of education's outsourced debt-collectors were cheating borrowers and engaging in other corrupt, negligent and criminal practices. devos sent a memo to the department today that abolished the federal student aid's duty to "consider servicers’ past behavior when awarding contracts, including whether the company had misled or provided wrong information to borrowers o






nypd’s proposed body camera policies are a disaster for police accountability


photo: getty/andrew burtonon friday, the new york police department, the largest police department in the us with about 34,000 officers, released its body camera policies. the nypd held extensive public comments and met with several civil rights groups, but the policies are largely a disaster and undermine the goals of the body camera technology—accountability and transparency.advertisementthe nypd pilot program of 1,000 body cameras is set to start this spring. hours after the policy’s release, the new york civil liberties union voiced their concerns with the policy, saying it “is not sufficiently targeted at ensuring police accountability because it gives police too much control over the footage that’s collected.”there’s a number of gaps in both transparency and accountability with the n






nypd’s proposed body camera policies are a disaster for police accountability


photo: getty/andrew burtonon friday, the new york police department, the largest police department in the us with about 34,000 officers, released its body camera policies. the nypd held extensive public comments and met with several civil rights groups, but the policies are largely a disaster and undermine the goals of the body camera technology—accountability and transparency.advertisementthe nypd pilot program of 1,000 body cameras is set to start this spring. hours after the policy’s release, the new york civil liberties union voiced their concerns with the policy, saying it “is not sufficiently targeted at ensuring police accountability because it gives police too much control over the footage that’s collected.”there’s a number of gaps in both transparency and accountability with the n






house seeks to pass va accountability bill next week


washington (ap) — the house will vote next week on senate-passed legislation to make firing employees easier for the troubled department of veterans affairs, moving quickly on a long-sought accountability effort urged by president donald trump.house majority leader kevin mccarthy told a small group of reporters wednesday that fixing the va is a “big focus of ours,” coming more than three years after a 2014 scandal at the phoenix va medical center. some veterans died while waiting months for appointments at the center.“it’s coming back over to us so we’re going to pass that, go right to the president, get a signature,” mccarthy, r-calif., said.the senate passed the bipartisan bill by voice vote tuesday. the bill would lower the burden of proof needed to fire va employees — from a “preponder






fox host shreds katrina pierson for attacking anti-trumpcare gop senator


responding to news that a super pac sponsored by supporters of president donald trump is running ads against sen. dean heller (r-nv) for opposing trumpcare, fox news host neal cavuto got into a squabble with trump booster katrina pierson.pierson, who also works with the group running the ads against heller, insisted that the group targeted him for his opposition to the american health care act in its’ current form, but cavuto countered that heller was targeted for his vulnerability in the primaries.it’s when pierson accused heller of “governing as a democrat” that cavuto really dug in.“he’s looking at something that isn’t markedly different than the one it replaces,” he said, referring to complaints that trumpcare is “obamacare-lite.”“you’re already threatening the guy, saying ‘if you go a






private astronaut taxis by spacex, boeing may not be ready by 2019: report


nasa intends to put a backup plan in place in the event that spacex and boeing are not ready to fly humans to space in 2019, according to a new report from the government accountability office (gao).






congressional investigators warn of spacex rocket defects


congressional investigators are raising new safety concerns about space exploration technologies corp.’s plans for future manned launches, citing persistent cracking of vital propulsion-system components, according to government and industry officials familiar with the details.the government accountability office’s preliminary findings reveal a pattern of problems with turbine blades that pump fuel into rocket engines, these officials said. the final gao report, scheduled to be released in coming weeks, is slated to be...






cartoons: donald trump's health-care defeat


march 27, 2017, 4:52 am well, well, look what the california supreme court has given us — a bonafide victory in the fight for government transparency and accountability. emails and other messages on private accounts are public records, if they contain public business, the high court ruled in its biggest decision on freedom of information in a decade. in its ruling, the court also gave...






warren declares gao investigation into trump’s transition


with inquiries from the federal bureau of investigation, senate intelligence committee and its counterpart in the house into ties to russian interests still underway, the trump administration faced the start of a new investigation tuesday. congress’ oversight arm, the government accountability office, initiated a probe of “conflicts of interest and other problems” related to the president’s…






seattle income tax: readers weigh in


earned incomei read with interest the article in the seattle times regarding the proposed income tax on the wealthy.this article reported that a 2 percent tax would be placed on “residents” of seattle who have an income above $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers). it mentioned that there are approximately 11,000 individuals in seattle who earned at least $250,000 in 2015. there are approximately 700,000 residents in seattle, so it’s very hard to believe such a small number of residents make this amount of money. the article goes on to say that this would apply only to residents and not to people who work and earn their money in seattle.i would be interested to know how many nonresidents make their money in seattle but don’t “reside” here. this is nothing more than an increase in the propert






trump should heed nm’s emphasis on ethics reform and release taxes


commentary: in 1932, justice louis brandeis famously called states “laboratories of democracy” where innovative policies could be tested, and if successful, adopted by other states or at the national level. new mexico has served as such a laboratory in years past, with landmark programs in rural health and other areas.courtesy photoviki harrisonnow washington should once again look to our state to remind itself that citizens in the hinterland are demanding transparency and accountability — and elected officials are responding.it’s something that the trump administration, mired in conflict of interest and unresolved ethical questions, should heed.after decades of citizen activism, this year the new mexico legislature voted to give voters a voice by putting ethics reform on the ballot in 201






un's south sudan inquiry gets wider powers to pursue abuses


nairobi, kenya — the united nations commission of inquiry for south sudan now has broader powers to pursue human rights abuses like mass rape and torture in the country's three-year civil war.the u.n. human rights council on friday gave the commission the ability to collect and preserve evidence and point the finger at suspected perpetrators. "the council has taken a significant step toward accountability," laila matar, a u.n. advocate with human rights watch, said in a statement.the u.n. inquiry began a year ago to document human rights violations in south sudan. since then, a fragile peace agreement there has collapsed and ethnic fighting has spread.the commission of inquiry this month reported that south sudan was experiencing ethnic cleansing and conditions that could lead to genocide.






construction costs are significantly higher in the us than other countries — but


construction costs in the united states are significantly higher than what europeans pay, but when given the opportunity to look into the cause and ways to streamline costs, the gop killed the investigation. a recent investigative report from matthew yglesias looking into costs for expanding mass transit in new york revealed the expensive project hardly compares to a similar project overseas. but it was when yglesias pulled a government accountability office (gao) report about washington, d.c. transit he saw a disturbing line. “gao is no longer directed to report on the construction costs of transit capital projects in the united states,” the report admitted. the point at which they were “no longer directed to report” came after the 2015-2016 u.s. senate session, which did order the gao to






data61 revamps government data to make it more publicly accessible


national map: visualisation of patent applications in new south wales screenshot: asha mclean/zdnet the commonwealth scientific and industrial organisation's (csiro) data61 is looking to make government data more accessible to all australians, revamping data.gov.au and nationalmap.gov.au, and working on the creation of government dashboards -- to name just a few projects currently underway.the australian government initially launched data.gov.au in 2010 as a tool allowing for the publishing of open data across all jurisdictions of government in the country. it then evolved in 2013 to see application programming interface (api)-style access to datasets.since then, more data has been collected and more government departments, enterprises large and small, and the average australian citizen ha






everything president trump has tweeted (and what it was about)


president trump hit back at the house intelligence committee after ranking member rep. adam b. schiff (d-burbank) urged the chairman, rep. devin nunes (r-tulare), to remove himself from their investigation into russian meddling in the 2016 election. trump dismissed the subject of the investigation as "a hoax."trump again turned attention to presidential challenger hillary clinton, suggesting the committee should instead investigate her alleged ties with russia.he appeared to reference an august report published by the government accountability institute, a conservative nonprofit research organization founded in part by trump advisor stephen k. bannon.the report, titled "from russia with money: hillary clinton, the russian reset, and cronyism," claims that russia's 2010 takeover of a canadi