Government Agencies

A government or state agency, sometimes an appointed commission, is a permanent or semi-permanent organization in the machinery of government that is responsible for the oversight and administration of specific functions, such as an intelligence agency. There is a notable variety of agency types. Although usage differs, a government agency is normally distinct both from a department or ministry, and other types of public body established by government.
  • Not high-profile but a target for violence: small businesses
    Associated Press

    Not high-profile but a target for violence: small businesses

    Although mass shootings do happen in workplaces like the Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed earlier this month, small businesses are more likely to be the setting for gun violence — dozens of attacks happen at companies every year, killing hundreds of people. Many of the attackers are disgruntled current or former employees, or staffers' angry relatives or rejected lovers. Owners have plenty of resources, starting with local police and sheriff's departments who will visit small businesses to help them prepare.

  • Lehigh Acres Citizen

    Fire district holds final budget workshop

    During the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District special meeting on Aug. 14, board members approved a motion to place a notice in the paper notifying the public of the upcoming hearing to adopt the final rate resolution. The notice will include a date and location change of the public hearing to adopt the final rate and additional information on the assessment rate increase. "It will go over the maximum rates that can be charged in the future and a direct reference to the ballot language on the future assessment rates. In an effort to better clarify things," Attorney Richard Pringle said. On Aug. 14, the board adopted a preliminary rate resolution for fiscal year 2019/2020. The preliminary

  • Our farmers need a better labor program
    The Hill

    Our farmers need a better labor program

    I often hear from hard working Georgia farmers who need help navigating the laborious, slow, complicated and ineffective H-2A seasonal agriculture worker visa program. These workers, coming largely from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, are critical to help farmers reap their harvest on time. Yet, these applications are siphoned through four federal agencies, use a paper process, and require farmers to pay arbitrary expenses while the workers often don't even make it to the farm on time because of the government's slow process. Sometimes this burdensome process forces farmers to let crops rot in the field. The complexity of the current system punishes farmers who are attempting to

  • Ransomware is everywhere – even in this sleepy Texas town
    The Sacramento Bee

    Ransomware is everywhere – even in this sleepy Texas town

    Ransomware is everywhere – even in this sleepy Texas town When a ransomware attack hit Keene, Texas, no one noticed. Like many small Texas cities, Keene – an exurb about 40 miles south of Fort Worth with a population of about 6,500 – contracted its technology services to an out-of-town company, including management of its computer servers. The city had never been hit with something like this before. So when Landis Adams and other city employees showed up as usual at 8 a.m. Friday, turned on their computers and saw a mess of text, they figured the servers were down. But when city officials contacted the company that manages their server, they learned they were among several cities experiencing

  • FAA approves drone delivery in suburban North Carolina
    ZDNet

    FAA approves drone delivery in suburban North Carolina

    The FAA has been taking methodical steps on the path toward commercial drone usage. Some in the industry groan that it's actually been dragging its feet. But these last couple weeks saw a flurry of firsts in the U.S. drone sector, including the first approved commercial drone flights beyond line of sight and approval for limited drone delivery in suburban North Carolina. The waivers are part of the FAA's UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which is designed to bring state, local, and tribal governments together with drone operators and manufacturers to accelerate safe commercial drone integration. The program is being seen within the sector as something of a springboard for drone manufacturers. 

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    McLennan County Waco City Council denies change to bee ordinance Elisa Navarro 11:01 PM, Aug

    WACO, TX. — A complaint made about backyard bees several months ago caused the City of Waco to consider changing an ordinance regarding bees. The Waco City Council reviewed the proposal on Tuesday and section 5-97 was disapproved and sent back to Animal Welfare Board for further consideration. "My husband and I, we had honeybees for about six years," said Kimberly Barrett, who recently had to get rid of her bees. For the Barrett family, having bee hives was a hobby. "Before we got them, my husband looked up to make sure there weren't any restrictions," said Barrett. The ordinance that states "no person shall construct, place or maintain any beehive within 300 feet of any residence other than

  • the Guardian

    College of Physicians could have charity status revoked following investigation

    The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has been warned its charity status could be revoked if it fails to address regulator concerns about the use of charity funds for legal advice, hiring practices, and concerns about its handling of complaints. The college was investigated by the Australian charities and not-for-profit commission (ACNC) after its board and president elections in March 2018. Prof John Wilson was named president-elect and three new directors appointed to the board in a landslide victory: Prof Niki Ellis, Dr Jacqueline Small and Prof Paul Komesaroff. Complaints were lodged with the college about the conduct of Wilson and the others during the election after thousands of college members were emailed and urged to vote for the four as part of a “reform ticket”.

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    Military Scientists Harness AI To Fight Synthetic Opioids

    TAMPA — A Defense Intelligence Agency team is using artificial intelligence to map the shadowy production-and-distribution networks of synthetic opioids that kill more than 47,000 Americans a year — and in the process showing how military and law enforcement will put AI to work. Tracking fentanyl and other synthetic drugs, which can be made almost anywhere, is harder than tracking cocaine, which is processed by relatively few cartels in relatively few places in South America, said Brian Drake, DIA's director of artificial intelligence for future capabilities and innovations. “We can estimate those [cocaine] production numbers because we have lots of data that comes over a long period of time

  • Benzinga

    Small Carriers Say They Will Push Device Compliance Into Fourth Quarter

    This number changes slightly week-to-week because FreightWaves, in partnership with CarrierLists and EROAD, surveys a new batch of carriers about their devices each week. The three-week moving average of carriers that have not yet installed ELDs in their trucks is currently sitting at 8 percent. The number of carriers resisting ELDs dropped below 10 percent for the first time during the week of July 23 and has not risen above that number again.

  • WWL

    Newell: I underestimated "disastrous" management culture at SWBNO

    Last week, Newell spoke with New Orleans Inspector General Derry Harper about what his department found poking around the beleaguered agency's Internal Audit office. Harper's report reveals unacceptable interference from management into a department that is supposed to be fairly independent as it goes about it's work trying to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse from the Crescent City's least popular utility outfit.  Now, that report is in the wild and has landed on the desk of City Council members who are trying to improve the organization operation and reputation, and make sure that people are held accountable. City Councilman Joe Giarrusso joined Newell in studio this morning to give his reaction.

  • Benzinga

    USTR Requests Comments For 2019 Notorious Markets List

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is requesting written comments identifying online and physical markets to be considered for inclusion in USTR's 2019 Notorious Markets List, the agency said. The list, compiled annually, identifies examples of online and physical markets based outside the U.S. that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy or trademark counterfeiting. USTR released its 2018 Notorious Markets List in April.

  • Officials: ICE-chartered flights benefit a Washington county
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Officials: ICE-chartered flights benefit a Washington county

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The University of Washington Center for Human Rights says Yakima County has earned more than $1 million through an intergovernmental agreement in immigration enforcement. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement transported more than 1,880 detainees through Yakima on airplanes earning the city up to $478 for every flight. Officials say there were 23 ICE-chartered flights that started operating out of McAllister Field May 7 after King County prohibited flights from Seattle's Boeing Field. Residents say the city was putting profit before people. Yakima officials say refusing to charter the flights would put the city at risk of violating

  • Local leaders prepared to offer over $1 million to lure Carvana to Concord site
    The Charlotte Observer

    Local leaders prepared to offer over $1 million to lure Carvana to Concord site

    County and city officials are prepared to offer online used car retailer Carvana over $1 million in taxpayer incentives to put an auto inspection and recommissioning facility at the old Philip Morris site, officials said in recent meetings. The county's grant was approved at the Cabarrus County Commissioners meeting Monday. It is valued at around $660,450, Samantha Grass, recruitment project manager for Cabarrus Economic Development, told commissioners. Concord's City Council approved around $428,400 worth of grants this month. The grant is tied to returning a portion of the property taxes back to the company over three years if it meets certain criteria laid out in the agreement. Within the

  • U.S. House panel says 'time is of the essence' in Trump tax return fight
    Reuters

    U.S. House panel says 'time is of the essence' in Trump tax return fight

    In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the House Ways and Means Committee said "time is of the essence" in resolving the case it brought last month seeking to compel the Treasury Department to hand over years of Trump’s individual and business federal tax returns. In the filing, lawyers for the Democrat-led committee said the current Congress will end on Jan. 3, 2021, and that a prompt resolution of issues in the case was needed to give the committee enough time to investigate Trump's tax returns and to pass any legislation in response.

  • Federal Rule Could End Colorado Food Assistance For Families
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    Federal Rule Could End Colorado Food Assistance For Families

    DENVER (AP) — A proposed federal rule could end food assistance for about 33,000 people in Colorado, including 11,000 children. The Denver Post reports that potential regulation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture could terminate free or reduced-price lunches and lower the food stamp earnings limit by thousands of dollars. Colorado residents earning less than twice the poverty line are currently eligible for food assistance and free school lunches. The USDA proposal would limit the assistance to those at 130% of the poverty line. Experts say the minimum wage needed to live comfortably in Denver is about $29 an hour, but some families making less would still not qualify for assistance. Officials