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IRS – Identity Protection: Prevention, Detection and Victim Assistance

Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen social security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. The IRS combats tax-related identity theft with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. We are making progress against this crime, but it remains one of our highest priorities. And, if you become a victim, we are committed to helping you resolve your case as quickly as possible. Are you a victim of tax-related identity theft? Review the following resource information:

•    Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft

•    Publication 5027 Identity Theft Information for Taxpayers (PDF)

•    Identity Protection Tips

Identity theft information for tax preparers and businesses

•    Identity Theft Information for Tax Preparers

•    Publication 5199 Tax Preparer Guide to Identity Theft (PDF)

•    Information for businesses about data breaches and identity theft

ForeSee E-Government Satisfaction Index (Q4 2014)

GCN.com: “Thirty-one percent of federal government sites provide an excellent government experience for citizens, according to the ForeSee E-Government Satisfaction Index. ForeSee, a customer experience analytics provider, gathered 220,000 survey responses across 100 federal government websites, as well as mobile sites and applications. The index, which quarterly measures citizen satisfaction with e-government, is now inContinue Reading

Locate the closest Taxpayer Assistance Center

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers: “The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation withContinue Reading

GSA approves use of Slack – team collaboration application

Via GovFresh, GSA’s announcement – “The team communication platform, Slack, is a collaborative working area. The tool has an array of features – one-on-one messaging, private groups, persistent chat rooms, direct messaging – and is available as both an app and web platform. Users are able to search all of the content in a team’sContinue Reading

Most Americans confused about Net Neutrality – seek more information

Follow up to previous posting – Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate, an article from The Register that contributes more resources and perspective to the debate: “With commissioners at US watchdog the FCC due to vote on proposed net neutrality rules next week, a poll of Americans hasContinue Reading

TV Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files

“This site provides summary information about licensed television broadcast stations and access to each station’s “public inspection file” (or “public file”).  The Commission first adopted rules requiring broadcast stations to keep a public file more than 40 years ago and certain political programming files have been public for nearly 75 years. The public file containsContinue Reading

Insights into Advanced Distribution Management Systems

  Insights into Advanced Distribution Management Systems, February 2015, U.S. Department of Energy, ADMS Working Group Guide. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 spurred investments in smart grid technology and programs at utilities across the country. The Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration projects that it funded provided unprecedentedContinue Reading

National Park Service Releases Map of Noise Levels Across America

Newsweek: “Where is it quiet, and where is it loud? A map unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California, shows you where to go if you want a landscape without much racket. It was produced by researchers from the National Park Service and elsewhere,Continue Reading

Federal Register Responds – When is this document going to publish?

“A question we get asked pretty often is “When is this document I read/heard about going to publish?” And the answer seems a bit secretive. According to 1 CFR 17.1: “…Upon receipt, each document shall be held for confidential processing until it is filed for public inspection.” So until the document is made available toContinue Reading

Most Detailed Ecological Land Units Map in the World

“Esri and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are pleased to announce the development of the highest spatial resolution ecological land units (ELUs) map of the world ever produced. The Global ELUs map portrays a systematic division and classification of ecological and physiographic information about land surface features. The work was commissioned by the intergovernmentalContinue Reading

Finding Good Health Information on the Internet

Fact Sheet – “Millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV, or the Internet. Some is reliable and up to date, some not. How can you tell the good from the bad? If you use the Web, look for an “about us” page. Check to see who runs the site. Focus on quality. BeContinue Reading

Understanding the Federal Government’s “IT Insecurity” Crisis

February 5, 2015 Report From the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers – “U.S. taxpayers have paid $59 billion for data protection since Fiscal Year 2010, including $10.3 billion in the most recent year under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). This week, the Obama Administration proposed a $14 billion cybersecurity budget forContinue Reading