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Treasury Posts Proof That Obama Kept Promise to Give Up 5 Percent of His Salary

In April 2013, President Obama pledged to give 5 percent of his salary back to the Treasury to show solidarity with federal workers subject to unpaid furloughs as a result of the sequester. Last week, Treasury confirmed that Obama is squared up on his end. He is paid in full.

In an under-the-radar move, the department confirmed the checks in the final of three posts Friday on the "Treasury Notes" blog. The post mentions that Treasury has been publishing the checks to the blog to answer "public requests" for information. Treasury posted PDF images of the checks from the account of "B and M Obama" and the subsequent receipts.

The first family made the payments in the form of seven checks of just under $3,000 each between March and September 2013. The checks total $20,000, and are made out to "United States Treasury." The comment field on each says "Return to General Fund."

Obama was among many public officials who pledged salary solidarity with feds in the wake of the sequester. 

Obama is paid $400,000 a year in salary.

Obama: Vast Majority of Federal Employees Are Not Boneheads

President Obama declared Thursday that 99 percent of federal employees are not boneheads.

"Are there some federal workers who do some boneheaded things? Absolutely,” Obama said at a town hall meeting in Minneapolis, Politico reported

The president recalled something that former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told him: “One thing you should know, Mr. President, is that at any given moment on any given day, somebody in the federal government is screwing up.” That, said Obama, is "is true because there are 2 million employees … If 99 percent of the folks are doing the right thing and only 1 percent aren’t, that’s still a lot of people.”

Gates' remarks clearly made an impression on Obama. In Sept. 2012, he also noted publicly that "at any moment in the federal government, there will be people who do dumb things."

The 1 percent principle of boneheadedness probably puts the federal government on par with any other large organization. Of course, it also means that at any particular point in time, in some corner of government, somebody is doing something like pooping in the hallway.

Why Issa Says He Stage-Directed the IRS Chief's Oath

In Monday’s rare evening hearing on lost emails at the Internal Revenue Service, House Oversight panel Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., startled many in the tension-filled room and around the country with his critique of Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen’s posture in holding up his hand to be sworn in.

“A little higher, thank you,” a furrow-browed Issa said in the manner of, say, Steven Spielberg.

On Fox News Wednesday night, Issa was asked by host Megyn Kelly to explain. She told Issa, “some said that made you look arrogant.”

Here the explanation, according to the transcript:

ISSA: In [Koskinen’s] previous testimony he had held it down, and, you know, we all understand whether you're looking years back at the tobacco hearings or anything else, you raise your right hand. All I really asked [was] that he raise it to a normal level. I only asked it because in fact at the Ways and Means Committee earlier he had sort of held it down and it seemed a little petty and silly. We've had witnesses who have stepped away from the other Wednesday [hearing] and so on. We just ask them to do the routine ...

EPA Employees Told to Stop Pooping in the Hallway

Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently.

Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent most of his time on the clock looking at pornography.

It appears, however, that a regional office has reached a new low: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.  

In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom.

Confounded by what to make of this occurrence, EPA management “consulted” with workplace violence “national expert” John Nicoletti, who said that hallway feces is in fact a health and safety risk. He added the behavior was “very dangerous” and the individuals responsible would “probably escalate” their actions.


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“Management is taking this situation very seriously and will take whatever actions are necessary to identify and prosecute these individuals,” Cantor wrote. He ...

DoJ to Federal Judge: Dismiss Insane Clown Posse's Lawsuit

The Justice Department Monday asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from rap duo Insane Clown Posse, which asked for the removal of "criminal intelligence information" about the group's fans.

The Associated Press reports that Justice is claiming that the rappers and their fanbase -- self-proclaimed "Juggalos" -- "have no standing to sue." The rappers have said an FBI report, which classifies the Juggalos as a gang, is causing the group to lose fans and that it "scared people away from attending concerts and from affiliating together." Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope (née Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler) and fans from four states are the plaintiffs in the suit, announced in the fall and filed in January. The fans claim that they've been subjected to police harassment and unconstitutional searches because of their affinity for the Detroit-area duo.

The lawsuit stems from a 2011 FBI report. In “National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends,” the FBI placed Juggalos next to organized crime groups and street gangs like the Miami-based Zoe Pound Haitian street gang and the infamous Latin Kings. The report called the Juggalos "a loosely-organized hybrid gang" and cited crimes committed by fans of ICP. It also ...