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GAO Audit Results: Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Fiscal Years 2014 and 2013 Schedules of Federal Debt PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 06:41

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its findings of an audit of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service Schedules of Federal Debt. The findings are:

"In GAO's opinion, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's (Fiscal Service) Schedules of Federal Debt for fiscal years 2014 and 2013 were fairly presented in all material respects, and Fiscal Service maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting relevant to the Schedule of Federal Debt as of September 30, 2014. GAO's tests disclosed no instances of reportable noncompliance for fiscal year 2014 with selected provisions of applicable laws, regulations, contracts, and grant agreements related to the Schedule of Federal Debt.

From fiscal year 1997, the first year of audit, through September 30, 2014, total federal debt managed by Fiscal Service has increased by 230 percent and the debt limit has been raised 15 times, from $5,950 billion to $17,212 billion. During fiscal year 2014, delays in raising the debt limit occurred for a total of 16 business days. Also, the debt limit was suspended for the period October 17, 2013, through February 7, 2014, and again from February 15, 2014, through March 15, 2015."

The entire GAO audit, including debt charts and background on why the audit was conducted, can be found at gao.gov.

Postal Service Hacked, Employee Data Breached For 800,000 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 06:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Computer hackers tapped into the networks of the U.S. Postal Service in September, accessing personal information about 800,000 employees in what officials say was a breach "limited in scope."

The Federal Times reports that the breach occurred in September and was recently remedied.

Those affected include retirees as well as active full-time and part-time employees.

It appears hackers took social security numbers in addition to name, address, and other information, according to the newspaper.

You can read the entire story at federaltimes.com

U.S. Commerce Secretary: Jobs Data Shows Economic Rebound Continues PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 10 November 2014 05:52

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - In the wake of a drop in the October unemployment rate to 5.8 percent, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker says the U.S. economy "continues to rebound."

Payroll employment increased by 214,000 as the unemployment rate moved down.

“Today’s jobs numbers clearly demonstrate that our economy continues to rebound. To build on this momentum, we must keep up efforts to help our businesses with the tools they need to create jobs and lift incomes for more Americans," Pritzker said in a statement.

"The private sector has added 10.6 million jobs over the past 56 months – the longest consecutive stretch of private sector job growth on record. The U.S. has now put more people back to work than all other advanced economies combined.

This Administration and the Department of Commerce will continue to do everything we can to strengthen the conditions for economic growth and competitiveness in the United States.”  


Lt. Gov. Dan Forest's Statement On Appeals Court That Upheld Marriage Amendments In Four States PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 November 2014 06:03

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - On Thursday a federal court upheld traditional marriage amendments in four states. The ruling comes after a slate of rulings that did the opposite. Same-sex marriage is now legal in North Carolina.

The Lt. Gov.'s statemement reads:

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld as constitutional the Marriage Amendments in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  The Sixth Circuit’s ruling almost ensures that the United States Supreme Court will hear the issue.

Of importance, the Sixth Circuit ruling relied on principles of federalism and judicial restraint.  The court noted: “Not one of the plaintiffs’ theories, however, makes the case for constitutionalizing the definition of marriage and for removing the issue from the place it has been since the founding: in the hands of state voters.”

 The Sixth Circuit’s ruling recognized that this is an issue for the states to decide through the political process, explicitly rejecting the judicial activism shown in other courts on the issue:  “Of all the ways to resolve this question, one option is not available: a poll of the three judges on this panel, or for that matter all federal judges, about whether gay marriage is a good idea. Our judicial commissions did not come with such a sweeping grant of authority, one that would allow just three of us—just two of us in truth—to make such a vital policy call for the thirty-two million citizens who live within the four States of the Sixth Circuit.”

Those of us who stand for the people and their vote can hope that the Supreme Court of the United States will follow the Sixth Circuit’s lead.


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