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CIA Focusing on Missions Instead of Divisions

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the organization established in 1947 to gather and analyze information, give intelligence assessments and carry out covert activities, is radically restructuring itself, as of March 2015. The CIA is traditionally divided into: the National Clandestine Service, for collection; the Directorate of Intelligence, for analysis; the Directorate of Science and Technology, […]

Military and Federal Pay Raise

In December 2015, President Obama announced that effective January 1, 2016 military personnel and other federal employees finally received the largest wage increase in 5 years. Though the raise is no king’s ransom, it does amount to a 1.3% increase for military personnel and a 1% increase for other federal employees. After being frozen from […]

Passport Use In 2016

U. S. Passport use will change somewhat in 2016, while some concerns about passport safety will remain. One major change comes from Congress while another comes straight from the State Department. First, pay seriously delinquent federal tax bills. As we mentioned in a previous article, effective January 1, 2016, U. S. citizens with “seriously delinquent” […]

E. Coli Concerns In 18 States

As of late November 2015, at least 19 cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 poisoning are reported in seven states, including: California; Colorado; Montana; Missouri; Utah; Virginia; and Washington. As of December 4, 2015, 11 additional states that believe celery is the E. coli culprit have begun to recall 155,000 celery and celery-related […]