FBI hiring outside firm to help with spying tool reform

  • The FBI is hiring a private company to help change its politics surrounding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a controversial tool used to spy on Americans.
  • The move is prompting concern about the seriousness of the reforms and raises questions about the FBI’s past ability to check its work for mistakes.
  • A Democratic congressional source told Insider the bureau’s problems policing itself stem from an attitude of ‘We’re the FBI. Trust us.’
  • The FBI faces questions about whether its sensitive data will be exposed as it works with an outside contractor, but the bureau insists the firm it picks will just be focused on developing new policies.
  • “Although the FBI’s repeated abuses deserve greater scrutiny, including routine auditing, these changes do not go nearly far enough,” said an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
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The FBI is hiring a private contractor to

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A 2020 Guide to Taxes for Independent Contractors

Independent contractors play a significant role in the U.S. economy, at least for now. From your cab driver to your food delivery person, you interface with independent contractors every day. You might even be an independent contractor. Even I’m an independent contractor!

Unlike employees, independent contractors remit tax payments on their own. I’ll say that at least two more times in this article because it’s just that important. Here’s how you pay taxes as an independent contractor.


Overview: What is an independent contractor?

Independent contractors are one-person businesses that provide goods and services to clients for a fee. People and companies engage independent contractors for a specific work purpose, relying on their expertise to complete the work.

Whereas employers can have significant control over their employees’ work processes, a business cannot dictate how and what its independent contractors do to achieve the business’s desired result.

The U.S. government has been

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City settles religious discrimination lawsuit with contractor for JFK and LaGuardia airports

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New York City’s Human Rights Commission (CCHR) has settled a lawsuit of religious discrimination against Pax Assist, a contractor that provides wheelchair assistance to passengers at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.

CCHR’s first announced the lawsuit in 2017, in which they alleged Pax Assist denied breaks to their Muslim workers for daily prayers or for eating after fasting during the month of Ramadan.

The commission filed both a commission-initiated complaint and a public complaint made by a worker against the airport contractor, which works with more than two dozen airlines.

During the investigation, it was found that employees also reported they heard derogatory comments about Muslims by their managers over their communication devices when they asked to take a break earlier than scheduled. CCHR attorneys found several other employees

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Non-Payment of Employees and Contractors

In difficult economic times, many employers find it difficult to make ends meet. They might find themselves needing to cut the pay of employees or, in some cases, they fail to pay non-employee workers and service providers, like freelancers and independent contractors.

Employees and contract workers have the right to expect to get paid, and it’s difficult to know what to do when your paycheck doesn’t arrive.

Employee or Contract Worker?

Employees and contract workers (independent contractors) (including freelancers and at-home contractors) have different pay situations and legal protection for non-payment.

  • Employees receive payment on an hourly or salaried basis and are under the control of the employer.
  • Contract workers work independently, often have contracts, and are paid by the hour or project.

Why Companies Don’t Always Pay

It may seem obvious, but it’s worth noting that two main reasons exist for businesses not paying:

  • In the case
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Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements (DFARS Case 2019-D041)

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Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD).

Interim rule.

DoD is issuing an interim rule to amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement a DoD Assessment Methodology and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework in order to assess contractor implementation of cybersecurity requirements and enhance the protection of unclassified information within the DoD supply chain.

Effective November 30, 2020.

Comments on the interim rule should be submitted in writing to the address shown below on or before November 30, 2020, to be considered in the formation of a final rule.

Submit comments identified by DFARS Case 2019-D041, using any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for “DFARS Case 2019-D041”. Select “Comment Now” and follow the instructions provided to submit a comment. Please include “DFARS Case 2019-D041” on any attached documents.

Email: [email protected] Include DFARS Case 2019-D041

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Detroit grandmother says contractor strung her along after paying in full for tub installation

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A Detroit grandmother suffering from multiple sclerosis says a contractor she paid thousands of dollars to install a tub has strung her along for months.

This story serves as a reminder, and any reputable contractor will tell you this: Never pay in full upfront.

“He’s paid in full. I paid him everything. Big mistake. I knew better than that,” said Doris Neal, who paid upfront for a tub installation and labor.

But Doris says she went against her better judgment back in June, paying a contractor in full upfront to install a tub.

She paid $1,500 dollars for labor and $1,600 for a tub.

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“And I wanted this tub so bad. Because I really needed it for my health,” she told 7 Action News reporter Darren Cunningham.

The 67-year-old says her mobility is limited due to multiple sclerosis and she’s also battling endometrial cancer.

She says contractor,

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Black contractor braves threats in removing Richmond statues

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Devon Henry paced in nervous anticipation, because this was a project like nothing he’d ever done. He wore the usual hard hat — and a bulletproof vest.

An accomplished Black businessman, Henry took on a job the city says others were unwilling to do: lead contractor for the now-completed removal of 14 pieces of Confederate statuary that dotted Virginia’s capital city. There was angry opposition, and fear for the safety of all involved.

But when a crane finally plucked the equestrian statue of Gen. Stonewall Jackson off the enormous pedestal where it had towered over this former capital of the Confederacy for more than a century, church bells chimed, thunder clapped and the crowd erupted in cheers.

Henry’s brother grabbed him, and they jumped up and down. He saw others crying in the pouring rain.

“You did it, man,” said Rodney Henry.

Success came at some

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State by State Requirement, Contractor Boards

Contractor license requirements vary state by state, and what applies in one state is therefore not necessarily the case in the neighboring state. Where some states require general contractors to have a license, others don’t, or they might simply be regulated at the local level – again a state by state determination.

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5 Tips for Finding Good Contractors In Your Area

If you’re in the home-flipping game, your profits are only as good as your contractor choices. Choose wisely, and you add value to your property without eating too much into the budget. Choose wrong, and you might just kiss those returns goodbye.

Unfortunately, as many contractors as are out there, finding a good one isn’t easy. Some won’t show up on time (or at all), others won’t hold to their estimates, and even worse, some just don’t have the skillset or experience they claim to.

Whatever their foibles are, they’ll cost you — either in time, money, or both.

Want to make sure you choose the best possible contractors from the get-go? Here’s how to do it:

Ask around

Did you like the remodel your neighbor just did? Ask who the contractor was. Have an investor friend? Get his recommendations. Have one contractor you trust, but need others to fill

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It Looks Like Hunter’s Company Facilitated Sale of Strategic US Manufacturer to a Chinese Defense Contractor

Newly released emails sourced from former Hunter Biden associate Bevan Cooney reveal a shockingly short-sighted business “deal” that saw a strategic manufacturer in the United States sold off to an aeronautics and defense company controlled by the government of China.

The revelations come at the worst possible time for Hunter’s father, embattled Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Following the elder Biden’s less-than-stellar performance during Thursday’s presidential debate, the emails, published Friday by Breitbart, raise questions about how detrimental his family’s business ties can be to the United States.

The emails detail some of what went on behind closed doors when strategic American manufacturer Henniges Automotive was being purchased by a Chinese state-owned company in 2015.

Because of Henniges’ capacity to produce military hardware, approval from the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. was needed to finish the deal, according to Breitbart.

TRENDING: Debate Moderator Appears To Demonstrate a Shocking

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