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The letter was in response to one Sen. John Barrasso sent to Scott Pruitt last week requesting information on reports of the several email accounts that Pruitt has at the agency.

“As long as EPA administrators have had secondary email accounts, EPA staff have routinely searched requested accounts in response to FOIA and congressional requests,” Fine’s letter to Barrasso read” writes Pablo Martinez Monsivais for washingtonexaminer.com. The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing all of its Freedom of Information Act responses under Administrator Scott Pruitt to ensure that they included all four of Pruitt’s email accounts.Fine’s letter was in response to one Barrasso sent to Pruitt last week requesting information on reports of the several email accounts that Pruitt has at the…

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Jim Bridenstine Approved as 13th NASA Administrator

“Jim Bridenstine has been approved by the Senate to become NASA’s 13th Administrator, ending the longest period the agency has been without a permanent director in the agency’s history” writes David Grossman for popularmechanics.com. But he refused to admit the scientific consensus that humanity is the primary cause of global warming.During Senate hearings, Bridenstine called NASA “the only agency in the world that can do” the type of science needed to better understanding global warming.Encouraging further study of global warming while denying the current consensus is part of a pattern…

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California Regulators Investigating Tesla After Report on Work Conditions

“On Sunday, Reveal alleged that Tesla neglected to report serious injuries on legally mandated reports in order to distort its health and safety track record” writes Daniel Liberto for investopedia.com. Cal/OSHA is expected to conduct many visits to Tesla’s Fremont plant as part of its investigation.Tesla responded to news of the investigation by pointing out that it has a better reputation than its peers.During its probe, which is likely take three to six months, the agency is not permitted to provide detailed information.California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) opened…

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Amazon wins patent for data feed marketplace that could include bitcoin transactions

“The electronic retailers may combine the shipping address with the bitcoin transaction data to create correlated data and republish the combined data as a combined data stream” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Amazon Technologies has won a patent for a marketplace that offers data feeds, including bitcoin transactions.In the first case, the filing described “a data stream that publishes or includes global bitcoin transactions (or any crypto currency transaction).”. The filing referenced bitcoin transactions twice as examples of possible products.The second example discussed how a law enforcement agency may want…

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Martin Sorrell was an ad industry giant, but the business model he pioneered is outdated

“And companies that are made up of tons of advertising agencies like WPP could be standing on shaky ground” writes Cameron Costa for cnbc.com. Sir Marin Sorrell made a career out of acquiring advertising and public relations firms, creating the world’s largest advertising company, WPP. But as the 73-year-old Sorrell leaves the firm he createdamid an investigation into “personal misconduct,” some experts are questioning whether if the sun is also setting on the advertising holding company. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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IRS to delay tax deadline by one day after agency’s Tax Day technology collapses

“Each year, millions of Americans are required to file tax returns by mid-April for money they earned the prior year” writes Mike Debonis for seattletimes.com. By late Tuesday, the IRS said its systems were back online, and taxpayers could proceed to file returns through the end of Wednesday.Mark Everson, another former IRS commissioner, also said he was unaware of any comparable failures at the agency on Tax Day.A computer glitch at the IRS knocked offline the agency’s ability to process many tax returns filed electronically, a stunning breakdown that left…

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Scott Gottlieb said e-cigarettes could offer fewer health risks than traditional cigarettes, but the soaring use among minors is worrisome.

“The Food and Drug Administration will step up its crackdown on e-cigarette sales to teens, the head of the agency said Tuesday” writes Ap Photo Frank for washingtonexaminer.com. The agency has several avenues for targeting retailers that are selling to minors. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Not an ideal time

“Later on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the deadline to file personal income tax returns would be extended because of the outrage” writes Apr Edt for theverge.com. Update 4/17, 5:17PM ET: Added info about tax filing extension announcement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the most technologically sophisticated government agency in the US. As evidence, check out its online payment system, called Direct Pay, that still remains out of service on the tax filing deadline for the entire country, as noted by Engadget.Mnuchin made the…

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IRS to extend tax deadline for customers affected by e-filing outage

“Later on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the deadline to file personal income tax returns would be extended because of the outrage” writes Apr Edt for theverge.com. Update 4/17, 5:17PM ET: Added info about tax filing extension announcement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the most technologically sophisticated government agency in the US. As evidence, check out its online payment system, called Direct Pay, that still remains out of service on the tax filing deadline for the entire country, as noted by Engadget.Mnuchin made the…

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