February 27, 2015 Leave a comment
February 9, 2015 Leave a comment
The free legislative information website Congress.gov now offers users a new optional email-alerts system that makes tracking legislative action even easier. Users can elect to receive email alerts for tracking:
- A specific bill in the current Congress: Receive an email when there are updates to a specific bill (new cosponsors, committee action, vote taken, etc.); emails are sent once a day if there has been a change in a particular bill’s status since the previous day.
- A specific member’s legislative activity: Receive an email when a specific member introduces or cosponsors a bill; emails are sent once a day if a member has introduced or cosponsored a bill since the previous day.
- Congressional Record: Receive an email as soon as a new issue of the Congressional Record is available on Congress.gov.
The alerts system is a new feature available to anyone who creates a free account on the Congress.gov site. Creating an account also enables users to save searches. Create an account and sign up for alerts at congress.gov/account.
Congress.gov is the official source for federal legislative information. A collaboration among the Library of Congress, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Government Publishing Office, Congress.gov is a free resource that provides searchable access to bill status and summary, bill text, member profiles, the Congressional Record, committee reports, direct links from bills to cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, legislative-process videos, committee profile pages and historic access reaching back as far as 1973.
January 30, 2015 Leave a comment
Make sure you check out the Model Year 2015 Fuel Economy Guide before you make your decision.
While gas prices are historically low at this time, no one knows how long this downward trend will last and most certainly we will see gas prices rise again in the future.
The Fuel Economy Guide offers a broad range of information that can be helpful when shopping for a new vehicle including an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. The estimate is based on the vehicle’s miles per gallon (mpg) rating and national estimates for fuel prices. The online version of the guide gives consumers a personalized fuel cost estimate based on local gasoline prices and their personal driving habits. The guide includes a greenhouse gas rating (from one to 10) for each model, giving consumers a quick way to identify vehicles with low greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, the guide provides “best-in-class” lists to help consumers find the most fuel-efficient advanced-technology vehicles as well as the most efficient gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. The best-in-class lists include multiple market segments, from two-seaters to large pickup trucks.
January 7, 2015 Leave a comment
from FBI News Blog -
The FBI recently launched a Twitter page containing current jobs available at the FBI. The site, @FBIJobs, lists employment opportunities at FBI locations across the country. Some of the current jobs include evidence technician, forensic accountant, IT specialists, civic liaison, mathematician, secretary, and attorney. The site also includes information about the recent campaign to hire technology experts for cyber jobs, including special agents.
December 9, 2014 Leave a comment
Five years in the making, the report is based on more than six million internal agency documents, and is a sweeping indictment of the C.I.A.’s operation and oversight of a program carried out by agency officials and contractors in secret prisons around the world in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Some Key points:
- The CIA.’s interrogation techniques were more brutal and employed more extensively than the agency portrayed.
- The CIA. misled members of Congress and the White House about the effectiveness and extent of its brutal interrogation techniques.
- Interrogators in the field who tried to stop the brutal techniques were repeatedly overruled by senior CIA. officials.
- The CIA exaggerated the success of interrogation methods in an effort to gain public support
The report, Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program may be read here.
November 25, 2014 Leave a comment
While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence. And although federal civil rights law imposes a high legal bar in these types of cases, we have resisted forming premature conclusions.
Michael Brown’s death was a tragedy. This incident has sparked a national conversation about the need to ensure confidence between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve. While constructive efforts are underway in Ferguson and communities nationwide, far more must be done to create enduring trust. The Department will continue to work with law enforcement, civil rights, faith and community leaders across the country to foster effective relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve and to improve fairness in the criminal justice system overall. In addition, the Department continues to investigate allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by the Ferguson Police Department.
Though there will be disagreement with the grand jury’s decision not to indict, this feeling should not lead to violence. Those who decide to participate in demonstrations should remember the wishes of Michael Brown’s parents, who have asked that remembrances of their son be conducted peacefully. It does not honor his memory to engage in violence or looting. In the coming days, it will likewise be important for local law enforcement authorities to respect the rights of demonstrators, and deescalate tensions by avoiding excessive displays—and uses—of force.
November 10, 2014 Leave a comment
It was 50 years ago that the movie, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first premiered on television. To date it is the nation’s longest-running and highest-rated Christmas television special.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary the Postal Service recently released a set of four Limited Edition Forever stamps depicting Rudolph, Hermey, Santa and Bumble. The images were created from still frames from the 1964 tv special.
“Rudolph’s story of guiding Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve has been revered by families for five decades,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in dedicating the stamps. “We’re celebrating that milestone by having our fleet of 212,000 ‘sleighs’ deliver Rudolph and his friends on 500 million Forever stamps to nearly 153 million addresses this holiday season.”
The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Limited Edition Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price (currently 49 cents).