The Education Department has a powerful complaint resolution path that is kept largely out of sight. In the deluge of complaints about a troubled program that pays off student loans for people who work in public service, one stands out for its frequency: Thousands of people say they were misled by loan servicers working on… Read More The Student Loan Appeal Process the Government Doesn’t Tell You About
If you didn’t change the tax withholding in your paycheck, you still have time to avoid another unpleasant surprise — or even a fine. The first tax season under the Republican-sponsored overhaul brought an odd combination of pleasant and unpleasant surprises: lower tax burdens, but also lower refunds — and, for some, an unexpected bill.… Read More Last Tax Season Was a Mess. Now’s Time to Prepare for This One.
To scammers, your Social Security number is a gold-plated and diamond-encrusted asset, and now they have a new way to try to steal yours and get paid. Consumer advocates are raising an alert about a twist to an old impostor phone scam. It’s called the “Social Security impostor scam.” A blog at the Federal Trade Commission recently wrote:… Read More Social Security impostor scam: It’s growing, and this is how it works
It takes only a glance at a hospital bill or at the myriad choices you may have for health care coverage to get a sense of the bewildering complexity of health care financing in the United States. That complexity doesn’t just exact a cognitive cost. It also comes with administrative costs that are largely hidden… Read More Hidden From View: The Astonishingly High Administrative Costs of U.S. Health Care
Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been transforming downtown Detroit for almost a decade. Since moving his mortgage company Quicken Loans to the neighborhood in 2010, he’s invested $3.5 billion (with $2.1 billion in development) through his real estate firm Bedrock. With a roster of around 100 properties in or around… Read More A PR firestorm around Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert’s $5.5 billion Detroit project shows that money isn’t the biggest challenge he faces in revitalizing the city
The 2007 housing crisis was particularly tough on African-Americans, as well as Hispanics, extinguishing much of their already miniscule wealth. Industrial layoffs, particularly in the Midwest, made things worse. However the rising economic tide of the past few years has started to lift more boats. The African-American unemployment rate fell to 6.8% in December, the lowest level since the… Read More The Cities Where African-Americans Are Doing The Best Economically 2018
Most Americans assume that when they leave a tip for waiters and bartenders, those workers pocket the money. That could become wishful thinking under a Trump administration proposal that would give restaurants and other businesses complete control over the tips earned by their employees. The Department of Labor recently proposed allowing employers to pool tips… Read More The Trump Administration to Restaurants: Take the Tips!
NATION Health law’s rules help hospitals cut patient readmission rate The law includes both penalties and incentives for better coordinating care for patients after they head home. ( by N.C. Aizenman , The Washington Post) ICE release of illegal immigrants sparks political firestorm in Arizona Politicized controversy surrounds release of illegal immigrants from federal custody. ( by Pamela Constable , The Washington… Read More News Headlines 02.28.13
NATION Readers speak on budget, contractors, corruption, whistleblowers Federal Diary gives readers a chance to speak out on issues affecting federal employees. (, The Washington Post) U.S. weighs military aid for France in Mali Help wouldn’t include combat troops but could test U.S. boundaries and stretch counterterrorism resources in a murky new conflict. ( by Anne… Read More Morning News Headlines 01.16.13
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