Here's the Scoop!

Senator Chuck Grassley
2014-10-23 15:00:19
The Scoop Keeping in Touch* I hope you�ll contact me with questions and comments. *Send a message * [link 1] Grassley Direct* This week I spoke with Fred Hoffman on KCPS radio in Burlington about long-term paid leave, Obamacare, immigration, the Ottawa Parliament attack, the economy, the FBI, ISIS, tax refund fraud, and Social Security. *Listen here* [link 2]** ** Q&A: Savings = Security* Building the foundation for financial success requires financial literacy for good money management.� Starting with the basics, such as piggy banks and personal savings accounts, would give younger generations good head starts.� The sooner that members of younger generations appreciate the value of saving for their future, the better off they will be to achieve the promise of prosperity. *Read more* [link 3] Tell a Friend* Survey/Question [survey] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Student debt, 10-23-14.jpg] Don�t Get Stung by Borrower�s Remorse* Parents of adolescents need to have �the talk� with their students, sooner rather than later. Not the talk about the birds and the bees. The talk about tuition and fees. From diapers to diplomas, parents know that kids will be ready to spread their wings in the blink of an eye. Leaving the nest will open up a world of opportunities. Joining the military, getting a job, volunteering or pursuing post-secondary education all are among the paths to consider... *Read more* [link 4] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/IRS tax refund fraud, 10-23-14.jpg] Identity Theft and Tax Fraud* One of the most disturbing pieces of news out of the IRS lately is identity theft-related tax refund fraud. This crime is growing, with $5.2 billion lost to fraudulent tax returns in 2013, according to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). Identity theft is devastating for victims. You don�t have to look far for firsthand experiences of the nightmare of paperwork to be filed and credit score dings for those trying to rebuild their financial profile after such theft.. *Read more* [link 5] [image = grassley.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Ebola, visa ban, 10-23-14.jpg] Suspend Visas to Ebola Stricken Countries* The Ebola virus outbreak has wreaked havoc on several West African countries and has threatened the United States. During this time, there have been numerous questions as to how the virus can be stopped from becoming more of a danger to the American people. The United States has federal government agencies and military personnel helping the stricken countries... *Read more* [link 6] Paid Leave or Paid Vacation?* The old saying is, there�s strength in numbers. The federal government workforce is so large that thousands of employees are allowed to stay home and get paid to do nothing, sometimes for months or even years at a time. These employees are able to hide in plain sight due to a practice called paid administrative leave. Agencies put employees on paid leave when someone is accused of wrongdoing, like Secret Service agents who engage prostitutes when they�re supposed to be preparing for a presidential visit to a foreign country, or when veterans hospital staff is accused of fudging appointment wait times. Sometimes paid leave comes in when an employee is outspoken over agency practices and a manager wants to sideline him to make life easier... *Read more* [link 7] �
October 23, 2014

Keeping in Touch

I hope you�ll contact me with questions and comments.
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Grassley Direct

This week I spoke with Fred Hoffman on KCPS radio in Burlington about long-term paid leave, Obamacare, immigration, the Ottawa Parliament attack, the economy, the FBI, ISIS, tax refund fraud, and Social Security.
Listen here

Q&A: Savings = Security

Building the foundation for financial success requires financial literacy for good money management.  Starting with the basics, such as piggy banks and personal savings accounts, would give younger generations good head starts.  The sooner that members of younger generations appreciate the value of saving for their future, the better off they will be to achieve the promise of prosperity.
Read more

Tell a Friend



Don�t Get Stung by Borrower�s Remorse

Parents of adolescents need to have �the talk� with their students, sooner rather than later. Not the talk about the birds and the bees. The talk about tuition and fees. From diapers to diplomas, parents know that kids will be ready to spread their wings in the blink of an eye. Leaving the nest will open up a world of opportunities. Joining the military, getting a job, volunteering or pursuing post-secondary education all are among the paths to consider... Read more

Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

One of the most disturbing pieces of news out of the IRS lately is identity theft-related tax refund fraud. This crime is growing, with $5.2 billion lost to fraudulent tax returns in 2013, according to the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). Identity theft is devastating for victims. You don�t have to look far for firsthand experiences of the nightmare of paperwork to be filed and credit score dings for those trying to rebuild their financial profile after such theft.. Read more

Suspend Visas to Ebola Stricken Countries

The Ebola virus outbreak has wreaked havoc on several West African countries and has threatened the United States. During this time, there have been numerous questions as to how the virus can be stopped from becoming more of a danger to the American people. The United States has federal government agencies and military personnel helping the stricken countries... Read more

Paid Leave or Paid Vacation?

The old saying is, there�s strength in numbers. The federal government workforce is so large that thousands of employees are allowed to stay home and get paid to do nothing, sometimes for months or even years at a time. These employees are able to hide in plain sight due to a practice called paid administrative leave. Agencies put employees on paid leave when someone is accused of wrongdoing, like Secret Service agents who engage prostitutes when they�re supposed to be preparing for a presidential visit to a foreign country, or when veterans hospital staff is accused of fudging appointment wait times. Sometimes paid leave comes in when an employee is outspoken over agency practices and a manager wants to sideline him to make life easier... Read more

 


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