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Veterans Groups Sue VA For Documents In Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Case PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 05:49

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The legal case of water contamination at Camp Lejeune has taken another turn, this time with two veterans groups suing for documents related to experts used by the Veterans Administration.

The Military Times reports that Vietnam Veterans of America and The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten had previously made a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) but the agency has failed to produce documents.

The paper reports that nearly 1 million people could have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the water. The time period under scrutiny is 1953 to 1987.

The paper also reports that those seeking disability over the issue have their claims heard by an expert, and that the percentage of approved claims has diminished since that requirement was put in place.

Read the full story at militarytimes.com.

Forty-Three Honored With Presidential Distinguished Rank Awards PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 02 May 2016 05:46

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - They saved the U.S. taxpayer $121 billion and for their efforts, forty-three career federal employees have been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Rank award for 2015.

James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, keynoted the awards banquet held last week.

A list of the winners, by agency, can be found at opm.gov.

According to the website, two types of awards are handed out.

** Distinguished Rank Recipients

These individuals are recognized for sustained extraordinary accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 35 percent of their base salary. Only one percent of the career SES or SL/ST may receive this rank.

** Meritorious Rank Recipients

These individuals are recognized for sustained accomplishment, and receive a cash award of 20 percent of their base salary. No more than five percent of career SES or SL/ST members may receive this award.

Gov. McCrory Rejects Obama Administration's Request to Reverse N.C.'s' Iran Sanctions PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 05:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - No. That's the answer Gov. Pat McCrory has given to the Obama administration after receiving an official request to reverse state law and allow state investments in Iran.

An April 8 letter from Stephen Mull, the State Department's lead coordinator for implementing the President’s Iran nuclear deal, asked the governor to set aside the state's decision and allow state and local governments to engage in contracts with businesses with ties to Iran.

“Under President Obama’s questionable Iran deal, billions have already been paid or released to Iran’s regime with little to show for it,” the governor said in a statement. “So long as I am governor, North Carolina will not subsidize a regime which remains the world’s lead sponsor of terrorism. It’s time for Washington, D.C. to put the safety, security and best interests of North Carolinians and Americans first.”

The law at issue is the Iran Divestment Act of 2015. It passed with a near unanimous vote in the General Assembly and was signed by McCrory.

 The letter from the Obama administration to the governor can be found in this PDF file: https://ncgovernor.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/documents/files/North%20Carolina.pdf

Postal Service: Forced Price Reduction Will Cost Postal Service $2 Billion Per Year PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 06:11

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Postal service price reductions that took effect earlier this month will cost the organization $2 billion according to a U.S. Postal Service news release.

The reductions were mandated by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The reductions ended a surcharge the Postal Service had been allowed to impose since 2014.

“Given our precarious financial condition and ongoing business needs, the price reduction required by the PRC exacerbates our losses,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO in the release.  “This unfortunate decision heightens the importance of the review of our ratemaking system which our regulator is required to conduct later this year.”

The full statement can be found at usps.com.


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