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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:47
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today pressed the head of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to account for recent media reports stating that agency internal documents say agents have the ability to access taxpayer emails without warrants, despite a court opinion to the contrary.  Grassley questioned Steven T. Miller, acting commissioner, at a Finance Committee hearing this morning.   The media reports indicate the IRS has taken the position that it can access taxpayer emails without a warrant under the Electronic Communication Privacy Act.   While the Act does allow federal agencies to obtain electronic communications from a remote computing service without a search warrant, provided they are older than 180 days, this position is contrary to the 6th Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Warshak. In Warshak, the court held that a search warrant is necessary to obtain any content of an email, regardless of age.  The Department of Justice has extended this policy to all circuits.   Grassley has long worked to expand taxpayer rights, winning approval of the first-ever Taxpayer Bill of Rights in 1988 and a sequel enacted in 1996.  The legislation codified rights and protections for taxpayers in dealing with the IRS after a series of abuses came to light and were the subject of congressional hearings.

Grassley made the following comment on the IRS’ email access policy.

“The IRS has a very high burden to treat taxpayers within legal bounds and without abusive intrusion of privacy.  The agency’s written materials suggest agents have the ability to access taxpayer emails without warrants.   Acting Commissioner Miller said today this isn’t the agency position.  If it’s not agency policy or practice, the IRS needs to clarify the true policy in writing, agency-wide.  That’s critical.  But it’s not enough.  The IRS also needs to explain its aggressive stance in internal documents about accessing electronic communications and whether it in fact accessed electronic communications without search warrants and if so, when and why.  The IRS has to take this issue seriously, and a casual explanation is inadequate.  I’ll ask Acting Commissioner Miller follow-up questions on this issue to be answered in writing for the hearing record, as a start.”

 
Governor Quinn’s Statement on the Tragic Events in Boston PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan C. Woods   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:30

Governor Pat Quinn today issued the below statement in response to today’s tragic events in Boston, Massachusetts:

“We are closely monitoring the developments in Boston and the people of Illinois stand with those impacted by today’s tragic explosions. As we wait for more details to become available, all of the runners, spectators, loved ones and first responders are in our thoughts and prayers.

“May God bless our emergency responders and the everyday people for their heroic efforts to help the wounded and save lives.

“I have directed all of the state’s public safety agencies – including the Illinois State Police, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Department of Military Affairs and Office of the State Fire Marshal – to stand ready to assist and remain vigilant in responding to and reporting suspicious activity. As always, the people of Illinois should be aware of activities around them and report anything suspicious to local law enforcement officials.”

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Loebsack Statement on the Explosions in Boston PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today:

“The events that happened today in Boston are appalling. My thoughts and prayers are with all those injured and the families and loved ones of those who were lost.  I would like to thank the first responders, members of the National Guard, and all those who responded and provided assistance to those who needed it.  As a nation, we stand with the people of Boston.”

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Immigration Advocates Respond to Senate Immigration Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by CairChicago.org   
Monday, 15 April 2013 15:27
Families share reactions to the Senate Gang of 8's draft legislation and what it means going forward

(CHICAGO, 4/15/2013) — Today, the Senate Gang of 8 introduced its highly anticipated draft immigration bill after months of negotiations. The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights along with families affected will react to the new bill and share their thoughts on what this means for the legislative debate ahead.

Today’s bill introduction follows a week of action in Washington, DC and across the country. On Wednesday, April 10, tens of thousands of supporters gathered on the west lawn of the Capitol to rally for immigration reform at the “Rally for Citizenship.” In addition to Wednesday’s event, leaders across the country led a week of local actions. In Illinois, local leaders visited all 20 members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, including Senator Durbin and Kirk.

WHAT: Press Conference and Community vigil

WHO: Lawrence Benito, CEO, and Fred Tsao, Policy Director at ICIRR, will be joined by families directly impacted by the legislation in vocalizing a reaction to the bill. Community leaders from Muslim, Asian and Latino will be available to press, including CAIR-Chicago Executive Director, Ahmed Rehab. Additionally, SEIU’s president Tom Balanoff will also be available.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 3:30 pm – Press conference, 8:30 pm – Community vigil

WHERE: Press conference at Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, 55 East Jackson, Suite 2075, Community vigil at Casa Michoacán at 1638 South Blue Island

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Administrative Professionals Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kat Riley   
Monday, 15 April 2013 15:20

Did you know that today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada. Millions more administrative professionals work in offices all over the world.

Next week, April 21-27, 2013 is Administrative Professionals Day/Week.  APW was originally organized in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the National Secretaries Association, now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), in conjunction with public relations executive Harry Klemfuss and a consortium of office product manufacturers. It was established as an effort to recognize secretaries for their contributions in the workplace, and to attract people to secretarial/administrative careers.

As you know, the Administrative Professional is the heart of the company.   They anticipate needs, connect stakeholders, track details, deliver results and ensure that business gets done.  When resources are stretched, they find solutions.  When roadblocks appear, they build workarounds. They adeptly jump from work involving technology, finance, customer services, logistics, contractors, the law, health care, human resources, taxes and government regulations all in one day and without blinking a well-trained eye.  The unlock the front door in the morning and are the last to leave at the end of the day.  Nothing happens in any business that doesn’t in some way cross their desks.

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Quad City Chapter is planning an Administrative Professionals Day Lunch Seminar at the i wireless Center in Moline.  The Quad City Chapter currently has 20 members and meet once a month.  We have excellent educational programs that deal that Administrative Professionals deal with day-to-day.  I am including a flyer of our event.

 
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