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  • Kinda related to yesterday
    deployed decoy
    But could be a sign for the good new daze. My brother (not a con) works in a plastic culvert pipe factory. He and most of the former prisoners employed at this close to minimum wage, nonunion factory have better health care than I do. Ya my brother gets 3 weeks of vacation (because he has been there for 15 years), most get a week or two. I see all us feds giving up vacation and holiday daze very soon. You know, you must be a veteran to get that day off. A Christian Saint for Christmas off. A former President for that holiday in January. It is Memorial day that scares me. Oh Doc, The phone thing is better these daze with all the downsizing and cut backs in Germany. Everyone has a phone. They are told to go out a buy a pay as you go cell phone and use it for work, since inbound calls are paid by the calling party it is free... Well using someones really screwed up math and assuming a person never makes a work related call from the cell.
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  • DD
    contrarian
    When you retire you really should consider writing for Jay Leno, I hope everybody gets your Memorial Day joke. Shortly, I'll be esconced in a Mountain home with a pool and not worrying about all this stuff for a few days.
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  • They moved
    deployed decoy
    Mountain Home (Idaho), moved from the mountains in the 1800s to get on the rail lines of the high desert basalt flats above the Snake River. Unless you are talking about a mountain retreat. Then I recommend adding water to those snow margaritas in the hot spring (er cement pond). There is way too much cold air sealed up in snow to water down drinks correctly. It does give you a chance to try and figure out where the white goes, when the snow melts. Have fun. Four months, six days to MRA. As for my prophecies. It is amazing some of the stuff I said 20 years has became true. Last week I had most of the office believing me we were going to have a bake sale Saturday, until I added it was needed to make July payroll. Then the Chaplain asked if he could do a car wash Sunday after his service. I said sure, but not a sole was going to tip ladies in wet burkas.
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  • National Flood Insurance Program
    deployed decoy
    "Five-year reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP measure is designed to bring the program back into solvency following years of indebtedness. Payouts resulting from the devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes in 2005-6 had left the program roughly $18 billion in debt. The new law will raise premiums overall and cover more homeowners. The combined measures would be paid for largely by two changes to pension law. The first would change the formula by which employers contribute to their employees’ defined benefit plans. The second would increase employer premiums on insurance provided by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a federal entity that insures private sector defined benefit pension plans." I have no idea how accurate the above quotes from 'MegaVote.com" are and this quote was wrapped up in this subject title: "Highway/Flood Insurance/Student Loan Package". I would ask someone that knows to tell us all that federal flood insurance is not really going to be funded the next 5 years (and 6 years in the rears) with my retirement funds. Oh and this is now the law of the land. Not limited to one party or the president. Trophy homes in Colorado next for federal funding to rebuild to kill more fire fighters in 10 years...
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  • Need better verification
    Moderate
    I have seen nothingthat shows any increase in pension contributions will finance the national flood program. I thought that employers contributions were used to finance their pension plans and finance the Guaranty Corporation. Perhaps you need to get a better source than Megavote.com.
    worker
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  • The old days
    GR82BMRA
    Sharing a phone, that brings back memories. Times are so much better now. I have my own phone, but since it's VOIP it stops working whenever the servers are down. I left private accounting to become a revenue agent. Left behind the 70+ hour weeks and haven't regretted it since. Best part of my early years - I drove a VW Bug; operating expense 5 cents per mile; mileage reimbursement 19 cents per mile. Reimbursement check was like a monthly bonus (it actually paid for my student loans). Another fond memory: used to complete an entire audit in 24 hours. now can't even get to the first appointment without charging that much time to pre-audit nonsense. Just love how these computers have "saved" so much time on cases.
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  • Phone Fail
    SGT Pepper
    Loved reading your comments about the phones. We just got our VOIP phones and hate is not a strong enough word to describe my feelings about them. As a former Managing Auditor at a CPA firm, turned RA, turned RA Manager, I feel your pain on the pre-audit nonsense. Seems when they "reengineered" our program, someone forgot to send them the memo about reducing paperwork. I'm pretty cheesed about how things are at our agency, but leaving the firm to be a Fed has given me one priceless thing. I actually get to spend time with my wife and kids.
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  • To GR...
    Moderate
    Don't forget the mandatory income issues (especially on those making $500000 per year with clear separation of duties-see interview), the mandatory balance sheet and income comparisons no matter what, and other nonsense. They deny it, but your choices are being removed. Detail that 9984 and do it all in 29 hours.
    worker
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  • Pre-Audit
    Linda
    Yes, but do all that pre-audit nonsense in 4 hours.....get real.
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