Here's the Scoop!

Senator Chuck Grassley
2014-04-15 15:48:25
The Scoop Keeping in Touch* I hope you�ll contact me with your questions and comments. *Send a message * [link 1] Q&A on Medicare Transparency* Bridging the widening gap between forecasted Medicare revenues and Medicare payments is a tall order. Reaching a consensus will test policymakers� willingness to solve problems instead of scoring political points.� But not even rooting out every penny of waste would solve Medicare�s long-term sustainability issues. However, there is another powerful tool that has the potential to transform Medicare spending and payment policies. That tool is called transparency. *Read more* [link 2] Grassley Direct* Last week I spoke with Trent Rice on KASI in Ames about the minimum wage and Obamacare. *Listen here* [link 3]** ** Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Whistleblowers, 4-15-14.jpg] [link 4] Whistleblowers Pump Up Transparency* No matter how good the laws are written or how well-intentioned public policies are prescribed, Uncle Sam�s coffers have long been viewed as open season for bad operators who look to line their own pockets on the taxpayer�s dime. Unfortunately, unaccountable and complex payments systems within the federal bureaucracy are like ducks on a pond for unscrupulous operators trolling big-budget defense and health care contracts, for example. Plenty of crooked figures have found a way to pluck Uncle Sam�s goose... *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/HUD, 4-15-14(1).jpg] [link 6] After a Push, HUD Sees the Light* Transparency changes behavior.� That�s the case whenever government information that ought to be public is brought into the light.� Under pressure, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the latest government agency to embrace a little more transparency.� After I announced my intent to object to Senate consideration of an agency nominee, HUD agreed to my longstanding request to release data on the top-paid salaries at each of the hundreds of public housing authorities across the country.... *Read more* [link 7] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Grassley and Childress, 4-8-14.jpg] [link 8] Driving Force for Advanced Biofuels* NASCAR�s Richard Childress testified for advanced biofuels during a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, emphasizing the valuable role advanced biofuels play in creating jobs and strengthening the rural economy.� There�s no doubt that advanced biofuels are on the move despite many obstacles.� Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a wave of uncertainty through the industry when the agency released its proposal to greatly reduce the renewable volume obligations for 2014... *Read more* [link 9] Social Security Debt Collection* If the federal government overpaid someone in your family more than 30 years ago, should you be held responsible for the debt?� And should the government have an indefinite amount of time to try to collect the overpayment?� Those questions are pending in the nation�s capital in light of revelations that the Social Security Administration was seizing state and federal tax refund checks to try to collect survivor benefits it says were mistakenly paid many years ago.�� One woman said her tax refunds this year were seized because of an overpayment made to someone in her family 37 years ago.� The Social Security Administration never told her exactly who received the overpayment.� According to The Washington Post, which broke the story [link 10], the government was seizing tax refunds for an estimated 400,000 Americans whose relatives have old debts with the Social Security agency... *Read more* [link 11]
April 15, 2014

Keeping in Touch

I hope you�ll contact me with your questions and comments.
Send a message

Q&A on Medicare Transparency

Bridging the widening gap between forecasted Medicare revenues and Medicare payments is a tall order. Reaching a consensus will test policymakers� willingness to solve problems instead of scoring political points.  But not even rooting out every penny of waste would solve Medicare�s long-term sustainability issues. However, there is another powerful tool that has the potential to transform Medicare spending and payment policies. That tool is called transparency.
Read more

Grassley Direct

Last week I spoke with Trent Rice on KASI in Ames about the minimum wage and Obamacare.
Listen here

Tell a Friend



Whistleblowers Pump Up Transparency

No matter how good the laws are written or how well-intentioned public policies are prescribed, Uncle Sam�s coffers have long been viewed as open season for bad operators who look to line their own pockets on the taxpayer�s dime. Unfortunately, unaccountable and complex payments systems within the federal bureaucracy are like ducks on a pond for unscrupulous operators trolling big-budget defense and health care contracts, for example. Plenty of crooked figures have found a way to pluck Uncle Sam�s goose... Read more

After a Push, HUD Sees the Light

Transparency changes behavior.  That�s the case whenever government information that ought to be public is brought into the light.  Under pressure, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the latest government agency to embrace a little more transparency.  After I announced my intent to object to Senate consideration of an agency nominee, HUD agreed to my longstanding request to release data on the top-paid salaries at each of the hundreds of public housing authorities across the country.... Read more

Driving Force for Advanced Biofuels

NASCAR�s Richard Childress testified for advanced biofuels during a hearing of the Senate Agriculture Committee last week, emphasizing the valuable role advanced biofuels play in creating jobs and strengthening the rural economy.  There�s no doubt that advanced biofuels are on the move despite many obstacles.  Last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a wave of uncertainty through the industry when the agency released its proposal to greatly reduce the renewable volume obligations for 2014... Read more

Social Security Debt Collection

If the federal government overpaid someone in your family more than 30 years ago, should you be held responsible for the debt?  And should the government have an indefinite amount of time to try to collect the overpayment?  Those questions are pending in the nation�s capital in light of revelations that the Social Security Administration was seizing state and federal tax refund checks to try to collect survivor benefits it says were mistakenly paid many years ago.   One woman said her tax refunds this year were seized because of an overpayment made to someone in her family 37 years ago.  The Social Security Administration never told her exactly who received the overpayment.  According to The Washington Post, which broke the story, the government was seizing tax refunds for an estimated 400,000 Americans whose relatives have old debts with the Social Security agency... Read more


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