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  • Refugee Agencies Lobby for Mass Immigration to U.S......

    04/11/2020 7:26:44 PM PDT · by caww · 14 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 4/11/2020 | JOHN BINDER
    Refugee contractors, like the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) and Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), have issued statements supporting House Democrats’ “No Ban Act” to end presidential-issued travel bans and continued refugee resettlement into the U.S. The State Department has halted refugee resettlement in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, though a handful of “emergency” refugees have been resettled over the last week. Refugee contractors have a vested interest in making sure as many refugees are resettled across the U.S. as possible because their annual federally-funded budgets are contingent on the number of refugees they resettle. “While we understand...
  • The AB5 backlash: Singers, actors, dancers, theaters sound off on freelance law

    02/13/2020 5:29:49 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 34 replies
    La Times ^ | Feb 12, 2020 | By MAKEDA EASTER
    AB5, California’s new gig economy law, has left the state’s performing artist community in a state of fear and confusion. The law is intended to reduce worker misclassification, making it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors. It establishes a test to determine whether workers are employees who should receive minimum wage, paid sick days and other benefits. But the law’s ambiguous language — specifically the use of the phrase “fine artist” without actually defining the term — already had led arts organizations to postpone or cancel productions and has sent others scrambling to raise more money to...
  • How the Pentagon Was Duped by Contractors Using Shell Companies (to get set-asides for disabled vets and minorities)

    01/05/2020 5:47:45 AM PST · by karpov · 21 replies
    Bloomberg | January 4, 2020 | David Voreacos and Neil Weinberg
    No excerpt from Bloomberg allowed, story here. A free article is Contractors Use Shell Games to Hide Owners, Cheat Taxpayers. The GAO report is Ongoing DOD Fraud Risk Assessment Efforts Should Include Contractor Ownership.
  • Workers Resist California's Newest Bad Law

    01/04/2020 6:26:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | January 4, 2020 | Michael Reagan
    I'd like to see everyone have a happy and prosperous New Year. But I'm afraid a lot of freelancers and independent contractors in California are going to have it tough in 2020. Thanks to Democrat lawmakers in Sacramento, in fact, hundreds of thousands of part-time Uber drivers and freelance writers like me could lose their jobs or face drastic cuts in their incomes. The culprit is Assembly Bill 5, the "progressive" new state law that rewrites the rules for part-time "gig" workers and forces companies to reclassify their independent contractors and turn them into full-time employees. As of Jan. 2,...
  • Families of US Troops Sue Contractors for Allegedly Paying Taliban for Protection

    12/28/2019 3:32:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | December 28, 2019 Updated: December 28, 2019 | VENUS UPADHAYAYA, EPOCH TIMES
    The families of nearly 150 U.S. soldiers and contractors who were killed or wounded in Afghanistan sued American and international contractors for allegedly paying protection money to the Taliban and indirectly supporting the terrorist group. In a lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday, the plaintiffs alleged that the contractors working on various reconstruction projects across the war-torn country often greased the palms of the Taliban through local sub-contractors, reported the Wall Street Journal. The lawsuit alleges that the subcontractors hired and paid Taliban guards directly in order to save on security costs and that the Taliban used that money...
  • Health system sets 25% diversity contracting goal for Mount Pleasant project

    12/20/2019 6:09:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Milwaukee Business Journal ^ | December 11, 2019 | Rich Kirchen
    Advocate Aurora Health Care is accelerating its initiative for hiring diverse contractors on major construction projects and set a goal of 25% for a showcase $228 million campus in Mount Pleasant. The diversity program builds on goals Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care previously instituted for spending 15% of construction costs with contractors owned by minorities, women, veterans and other groups, said Daryl Hodnett, Advocate Aurora’s director of supplier diversity and inclusion. “This is an important part of how you help grow and build and develop underserved communities,” Hodnett said. “We’re helping make healthier communities economically — helping create jobs and economic...
  • Pro-Trump Pentagon Analyst Was Stripped of His Security Clearance by Obama Holdovers

    08/18/2018 9:18:50 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | AUGUST 17, 2018 | DEBRA HEINE
    A Pentagon analyst was stripped of his security clearance by Obama holdovers after he complained of suspicious government contracts with Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, the Washington Times reported. The pro-Trump analyst also apparently ruffled feathers when he blew the whistle on an alleged sweetheart deal with a woman Chelsea Clinton referred to as her “best friend.” Adam Lovinger, a senior official of the Defense Department’s Office of Net Assessment (ONA), had his security clearance yanked on May 1, 2017, and has been relegated to performing clerical chores ever since. ONA...
  • Illinois senator resigns from transportation role amid fed's construction fraud investigation

    10/18/2019 12:30:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | October 14, 2019 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval has resigned from his position as chair of the State Senate's Transportation Committee amid a federal fraud and corruption investigation related to state construction work, the Associated Press reported. The Democratic senator is still listed as a member of the committee, however, as of Oct. 15. The move came after the details of a federal search warrant revealed that the FBI last month combed Sandoval's offices and home for information related to architect Cesar Santoy; Santoy's architecture firm, Studio ARQ; red-light camera program company SafeSpeed; lobbyists; construction companies; and employees of the Illinois...
  • Are Benghazi Survivors Hiding In A Washington, D.C. Hospital?

    03/25/2013 1:15:25 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 39 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3-25-2013 | Richard Miniter - OP/ED
    March 25, 2013 Are Benghazi Survivors Hiding In A Washington, D.C. Hospital? Richard Miniter For more than six months since the September 11, 2012 attacks on America’s diplomatic outposts in Benghazi, the Obama administration has been unwilling to turn over the names or whereabouts of any survivors. They may be hiding plain sight. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has learned that “as many as seven Americans have been or are currently being treated,” at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.—less than 11 miles from the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Wolf cited two independent confidential sources for his information....
  • DNI Declassifies FISA Judge James Boasberg 2018 Ruling – FBI Conducted “Tens of Thousands” of Unauth

    10/08/2019 3:46:24 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 47 replies ^ | 10/8/19 | sundance
    DNI Declassifies FISA Judge James Boasberg 2018 Ruling – FBI Conducted “Tens of Thousands” of Unauthorized NSA Database Queries… Posted on October 8, 2019 by sundance There is a lot to unpack in a decision today by the Director of National Intelligence to declassify (with redactions) a 2018 FISA court ruling about ongoing unauthorized database search queries by FBI agents/”contractors” in the period covering 2017/2018.BACKGROUND: In April 2017 the DNI released a FISA report written by Presiding Judge Rosemary Collery that showed massive abuse, via unauthorized searches of the NSA database, in the period of November 2015 through May 2016. Judge Collyer’s report specifically identified search query increases...
  • Grassley Pressures DOD For More Information On FBI Spy Stephan Halper

    07/22/2019 7:55:24 PM PDT · by bitt · 15 replies ^ | 7/22/2019 | Sara A. Carter
    Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter this month to Department of Defense Acting Secretary Mark Esper, urging him for more information regarding contracts awarded by its Office of Net Assessment to FBI informant Stefan Halper. Halper was used by the bureau as an informant to gather information on Trump campaign volunteers during the 2016 election. Grassely stated that the information be provided no later than July 25 and he requested a full in person briefing with his committee staff on all of Halper’s contracts with the DoD. Grassley, R-Iowa asked for the information after an audit was released...
  • The U.S. Government Has Found a Devious Way to Hire More Bureaucrats

    07/20/2019 11:49:16 PM PDT · by Farcesensitive · 15 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 20, 2019 | John York
    To constrain the growth of central government, conservatives have fought to keep down the number of federal bureaucrats. This strategy has failed. Since the 1960s, the number of federal employees has remained constant at about 2 million, yet federal power has greatly expanded. This phenomenon arises because Washington has outsourced many civil service functions to contractors, nonprofit groups, and lower levels of government. According to New York University professor Paul Light, the true size of the federal government’s “blended workforce” is now somewhere between 7 million and 9 million people. The biggest portion of the blended federal workforce consists of...
  • Female pilots in Ireland forced to abort their babies or lose their job: advocate

    06/25/2019 8:51:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 24, 2019 | Martin M. Barillas
    DUBLIN, June 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Female pilots in Ireland are being told by their employers to “terminate” their pregnancies or their employment. According to Capt. Evan Cullen, who leads the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, approximately half of all pilots serving airlines registered in Ireland are self-employed contractors, thus making them reluctant to complain about work conditions. Some of the female pilots, Cullen said, have been told they should not become pregnant. Female pilots, he said, are being told “you have a choice, you terminate your employment or you terminate your pregnancy. You can’t have both. So that is...
  • California Assembly votes to tighten rules on contractors

    05/30/2019 6:34:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2019 | Andrew Oxford
    California residents working for companies like Lyft and Uber would get the rights of employees entitled to a minimum wage and workers compensation under a law the state Assembly passed on Wednesday. The sweeping bill, which now goes to the Senate, carries new standards defining whether workers are employees or independent contractors, upending how workers are treated in industries from trucking to the burgeoning gig economy. Under those standards, for example, workers could only be classified as independent contractors if they are free from the control or direction of an employer and they do work outside a company’s usual course...
  • Robert Mueller used ‘hired guns’ for his report: Who were they?

    05/09/2019 5:15:46 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 13 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 5/9/19 | Paul Sperry
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside contractors, including private investigators and researchers, records show, but his office refuses to say who they were. While it’s not unusual for special government offices to outsource for services such as computer support, Mueller also hired contractors to compile “investigative reports” and other “information.” The arrangement has led congressional investigators, government watchdog groups and others to speculate that the private investigators and researchers who worked for the special counsel’s office might have included Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS, the private research firm that hired Steele to produce the Russia collusion...
  • 3 suffer fall injuries on $2.3B I-4 Ultimate project

    02/19/2019 11:03:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Construction Dive ^ | February 19, 2019 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: Three workers were injured Feb. 15 while working on the $2.3 billion, 21-mile I-4 Ultimate project in Orlando, Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The three individuals, all reportedly employees of general contractor SGL (Skanska, Granite and Lane) Constructors, sustained minor injuries when they fell 15 feet from an elevated platform while pouring concrete. Emergency responders told WFTV 9 that the trio fell after a section of formwork gave way. SGL Constructors told WFTV that work was halted temporarily at similar platforms along the project so that they could be inspected. Construction on the I-4 project had restarted just...
  • L.A. Council Members Vote 14-0 to Require City Contractors Disclose NRA Ties

    02/13/2019 11:55:58 AM PST · by Twotone · 77 replies ^ | February 12, 2019 | Kristina Bravo
    The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 Tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring city contractors disclose any ties to the National Rifle Association. It’s the first such legislation for any municipality, according to Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office. He first introduced the ordinance in September 2018. It will force companies aiming to do business with the city to publicly reveal any financial links to NRA and its subsidiaries. The law has several exemptions, including pension fund contracts. In a news conference ahead of Tuesday’s vote, O’Farrell said the NRA previously sent a letter to the City Council claiming that the law...
  • Government contractors are still scraping money together to feed their kids after shutdown

    02/01/2019 10:09:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | February 1, 2019
    Most of the 800,000 federal workers, who were not paid during the partial government shutdown, are starting to receive back pay but there are potentially millions of government contractors who may never see a dime. For single mom Loniece Hamilton, the shutdown isn't over. "It's really hard," Hamilton said. "I'm definitely scared of being evicted … I'm scared of my car being repo'd. Scared of my lights getting turned off. Scared of my gas being turned off." And scared she won't see any back pay for four weeks of missed work at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum where she's...
  • Secret Blackwater Tape

    05/04/2010 3:03:33 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 26 replies · 2,183+ views
    newsoxy ^ | May 4, 2010 | Rob Adams
    Secret Blackwater tape might not be all it's hyped up to be about Erik Prince. A few media outlets claim they have a secret audio recording that contains 3,500 words made by Prince. It is a rare item because the Blackwater owner has always tried to ban journalists from his public speeches.Blackwater has dealt with a lot of controversy during the past five years. Erik Prince is the reclusive owner of the special operations company. He rarely gives public speeches and when he does he attempts to ban audio recording and videotaping. One media outlet claims they have obtained an...
  • Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe: "It was all a Set-up"

    08/27/2018 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 47 replies
    Sara Carter ^ | August 27, 2018 | Sara Carter
    Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst ... a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career. The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said. Before Lovinger's clearance was suspended he had taken a detail to the National Security Council as senior director for strategy. He was only there for five months before he was recalled to the Pentagon, stripped...