The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which the state auditor is challenging the ability of counties to hire private auditors. State Auditor Rebecca Otto says the practice unconstitutionally limits her powers.
Two-thirds of the drilling companies operating in the Hobbs, N.M., area have reported no new taxable assets in the last decade, according to Lea County Tax Assessor Sharla Kennedy. She is concerned about underpayment of taxes, based on her findings and an ongoing audit in nearby Eddy County that has uncovered $2 million in unpaid property taxes.
California's minimum franchise tax might seem small, but it can be burdensome for groups of tiered entities and a sore point for any out-of-state business that does little or no business in the state. Here's how one Iowa company successfully fought the tax.
Putnam County Memorial Hospital, which serves a town of 1,800 residents, received over $90 million in questionable insurance payments in less than a year, the state auditor reports. Hospital CEO David Byrns is separately facing charges of forgery, felony theft and monetary instrument abuse in Louisiana.
For its work in Afghanistan, New Century Consulting charged over $50 million to the Pentagon for luxury cars, salaries of C-level spouses and other red flag items, the Defense Contract Audit Agency reports in an audit.
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Traditional advice to use passwords that include special characters and to change passwords every 90 days might be misguided. Instead, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recommends use of long, easy-to-remember phrases.
The Securities and Exchange Commission must improve its cybersecurity to prevent attacks on its computer networks, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. "Until SEC mitigates its control deficiencies, its financial and support systems and the information they contain will continue to be at unnecessary risk of compromise," the report says.
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