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Making IGs Part of the Solution

November 7, 2012 The internal government watchdogs known as inspectors general spend their days examining the federal bureaucracy for crooked contractors, wasteful spending and $16 muffins. With an army of 12,000 workers and an aggregate budget of around $2 billion, their feared audits and investigations annually identify tens of billions of dollars in ...

Information Overload

October 19, 2011 The conventional standard for judging whether government is "open" is the quantity and type of information it makes available to the public. Likewise, laws that require companies to share information with investors or consumers tend to measure compliance by whether mandatory disclosures are made. And yet any casual reader of ...

Information Overload

October 1, 2011 Is open government really working? Ask Aunt Edna. The conventional standard for judging whether government is "open" is the quantity and type of information it makes available to the public. Likewise, laws that require companies to share information with investors or consumers tend to measure compliance by whether mandatory disclosures ...

Making It Plain

August 1, 2011 Agencies could take their cue from the IRS' project to clean up legalese in taxpayer letters. Here's a funny story relayed by Internal Revenue Service call center agents: Taxpayers sometimes call in to complain they have mistakenly received letters intended for someone named "Levy." The anecdote loses its humor when ...

Analysis: IRS aims for letter-perfect language

May 12, 2011 Here's a funny story relayed by Internal Revenue Service call center agents: Taxpayers sometimes call in to complain they have mistakenly received letters intended for someone named "Levy." The anecdote loses its humor when you consider that a "notice to levy" is an official warning that the government may garnishee ...