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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Hiring a Contractor Checklist and Tips

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As you plan your next home renovation project, choosing the right contractor for the job is a critical first step in your planning process. You want to make sure you vet the quality of their work in advance, spell out in writing what work you want performed and agree upon the scope of the project, and inquire whether the contractor is properly licensed and insured in case something goes wrong.

This checklist compiles the top 10 tips to consider when selecting a contractor:

1. Get Multiple Estimates

Talk to several contractors and get written estimates from at least three. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples when you get multiple estimates. Look at building materials, work methods, timelines and other factors that may vary by contractor. Be cautious of estimates that are too high or too low.

2. Hire Local, Licensed Contractors Whenever Possible

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Hiring at SVN and Wagner, Re/Max Alliance top producers

Mark Hughes has joined Re/Max Alliance Group in the Venice office. He returns to Re/Max and the area after leading two of the West Coast’s largest brokerages and taking a real estate startup to sale.

Hughes is a former Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate owner and managing broker. He was president of Windermere Real Estate Services, where he oversaw operations and managed development, service activities and growth throughout Southern California.

Before that, he was the chief operating officer of First Team Real Estate, California’s largest independent real estate company. He then grew Newport Beach start-up Nook Real Estate until its successful sale to Compass in 2020.

For more than three decades, Hughes has accumulated comprehensive real estate sales and marketing success with a track record of delivering multimillion-dollar results.

He holds multiple state broker licenses and a bachelor’s from the University of Virginia.

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Two new members have joined the team

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