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May 24, 2013

By Andre Francisco

Bank Lobbyists Writing the Rules for Wall Street



Financial Oversight It might be logical to assume that lawmakers are the ones who make laws, but bank lobbyists are playing a larger role in writing financial regulations, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Topics: Financial Sector

May 13, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

Taxpayers Could Foot Bill For Fannie Mae Fraud Settlement



Fannie Mae Years after the government accused Fannie Mae of accounting fraud, are taxpayers being forced to pay the price?

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Topics: Financial Sector

May 8, 2013

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System



Photograph of a Cell Phone Waiting Area Sign OMB's Norman Dong provided details about a federal agency with 13 comparable phone service plans that appear to be wasting taxpayer dollars.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, Government Accountability

April 24, 2013

By Michael Smallberg

SEC Taps Wall Street Lawyer to Police Wall Street



SEC The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Monday that it has tapped a Wall Street lawyer, Andrew Ceresney, to police Wall Street. By relying so heavily on people with industry connections, the SEC can tangle itself in conflicts of interest.

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Topics: Financial Sector

April 16, 2013

By Mia Steinle

Risk of IRS Audit Declines for Many Businesses



IRS Audit Rates The likelihood of companies that fall into the highest tax bracket being audited by the Internal Revenue Service is on the decline, according to a new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

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Topics: Financial Sector

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