Feb 18, 2015, 5:48 pm EDT
Joseph Clancy has been named as the new Secret Service director.
President Obama chose the veteran to replace Julia Pierson, who resigned last year. Clancy — who’s been with the agency for 27 years — was appointed after Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson considered a number of internal and external candidates.
Clancy is a controversial choice for the job as a number of security lapses occurred under his command, including a shooting at the White House in 2011. Under his new role, he will be tasked with securing the White House perimeter and securing the safety of the 2016 presidential candidates. Read
Feb 13, 2015, 5:50 pm EDT
The IRS’ phone lines will be busier than ever this weekend.
Tax filing season is upon us and the organization has warned that the telephone wait may not be worth it on Presidents’ Day weekend. IRS Comissioner John Koskinen said calling in this tax season will probably take 30 minutes or more–especially Saturday and Sunday.
“The entire week of the Presidents Day holiday marks a peak time in the number of calls to the IRS,” Koskinen said in a written statement. The IRS has issued a number of budget cuts this year, including $180 million from the overtime and temporary staff budget. Read
Feb 2, 2015, 10:51 pm EDT
Barack Obama has issued a budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year.
The $3.99 trillion plan would relieve the middle class through increased taxes on corporations and high-income individuals. Spending will also be increased with the budget proposal.
“I know there are Republicans who disagree with my approach,” said Obama. “And I’ve said this before: If they have other ideas for how we can keep America safe, grow our economy, while helping middle-class families feel some sense of economic security, I welcome their ideas. Read