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Mass. Comptroller gives Feds thumbs up on stimulus reporting

One of the biggest complaints about the federal economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Obama a year ago was that it burdened states with onerous financial reporting requirements to account for spending on local stimulus projects. But now, in an exclusive interview with Federal News Radio, the Comptroller for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has kudos for federal officials who are working with states to track stimulus spending.

Tags: management , AGA , stimulus , ARRA , Martin Benison , OMB Danny Wurfel , GAO , Max Cacas

Friday - 02/19/2010, 06:54am EST

Attempted Hijacking

A Sudanese man used a knife from the in-flight meal to threaten crew members and demanded that the flight be diverted to Jerusalem, the official said. Guards on the flight were able to detain the man and no one was hurt, but it sent a chilling message. It was 10 years ago that Egypt Air Flight 990 in October, plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean, about 60 miles south of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. All of the 217 people on board were killed. The pilot on that flight deliberately crashed the plane.

Tags: technology , Pentagon , Sudan , Hijack , Egypt ,

Thursday - 10/22/2009, 11:18am EDT

Massachusetts: The Why of social media

Some ask why Massachusetts is focusing on social media. The short answer: because it works.

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , best practices , management

Thursday - 07/08/2010, 03:53pm EDT

We told you so

Lawmakers are criticizing U.S. military officials for failing to heed warnings about the role they say a Pentagon transportation contract plays in fueling extortion and corruption in Afghanistan. Massachusetts Rep. John Tierney says the companies hired to move food, water, fuel and ammunition to American troops stationed at bases across Afghanistan are forced to pay warlords millions of dollars to ensure safe passage. The spoils may then be funneled to the Taliban and insurgent forces, potentially making the U.S. an unwitting financier of the enemy.

Tags: Pentagon & Beyond , Pentagon , Afghanistan , John Tierney , Taliban , J.J. Green

Thursday - 07/01/2010, 01:15pm EDT