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  • How many People In Calif. have flood ins.?

    I watch the news, there is a woman being rescued from the 2016-2017 flooding, she’s sitting in a rowboat crying “I LOST EVERYTHING”

    MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    How much does it cost a homeowner to replace everything?

    FEMA REPORTS THAT AS LITTLE AS 2 INCHES OF FLOODWATER IN A 1,000 SQUARE FOOT HOME CAN CAUSE AS MUCH AS $10,000 IN DAMAGE.

    I research online, document and post on this website

    How many people have flood Insurance in California and Nevada?

    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. The last time I researched NFIP  circa 2012, it was $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – WE RECOMMEND A CAREFUL LOOK AT CALIFORNIA’S PLACE IN THE NFIP.  IN PARTICULAR, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA. (the sanctuary state?)

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    CALIFORNIA FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER

    Water Conditions: Declaration – California Department of Water …

    www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/declaration.cfm

    California’s ongoing response to its five-year drought has been guided by a series of … PROCLAMATION OF A CONTINUED STATE OF EMERGENCY, April 25, 2014:

    Executive Order B-36-15, November 13, 2015:
    This executive order called for additional actions to build on the State’s ongoing response to record dry conditions and assist recovery efforts FROM 2015’S DEVASTATING WILDFIRES.

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    Emergency crews rush to rescue people stranded in Nev., Calif. flooding

    www.cbsnews.com/…/floodingcalifornia-nevada-emergency-crews-rush-to-rescue-pe…

    3 days ago – … NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE. … to stay home Monday after he declared a state of emergency.

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    States of Emergency Declared for Several Areas in Northern Nevad …

    www.ktvn.com/story/…/local-leaders-discuss-preparations-for-potential-flooding4

    6 days ago – Governor Sandoval has declared a state of emergency due to the severe … Please check http://www.nevadafloods.org for more flood safety …

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    HOW MANY PEOPLE IN NEVADA HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE?

    NEVADA IS THE DRIEST STATE IN THE NATION.

    2012 Nevada Flood Insurance Facts as Reported by FEMA

    • There are currently about 14,300 flood insurance policies in effect in this state.
    • Less than 2% of Nevada residents have flood insurance.
    • NV residents filed only nine flood insurance claims in 2012.
    • These claims resulted in $51,651 in compensation paid to policyholders.
    • That equates to an average of about $5,739 per claim.

     Find Flood Insurance Savings in Nevada | Trusted Choice

    https://www.trustedchoice.com/l/nevada/floodinsurance/

    LESS THAN 2% OF NEVADA RESIDENTS HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE. … BECAUSE NEVADA IS A VERY DRY STATE, many people assume it has no risk of floods. However, floods …

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    El Dorado County declares state of emergency due to weather

    www.abc10.com/news/local/el-dorado-county…state-of-emergency…/384925053

    2 days ago – A local state of emergency has been declared by El Dorado County(California) Tuesday evening due to … Kyburz Drive – Closed road with debris blocking the culvert and creating flooding

    Major storm hits California and Nevada, significant flooding expected

    https://watchers.news/2017/01/09/storm-floodcalifornia-nevada-january2017/

    MAJOR STORM HITS CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA, significant flooding expected. Posted by TW on JANUARY 09, 2017 in categories Featured articles, Floods, Landslide, Severe …. 72 hours of rainfall accumulation ending 12:00 UTC on JANUARY 9, 2017.

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    History matters.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

    With one of the biggest storms in years set to hit Northern California this weekend, we headed to The Chronicle’s archive to find photos and stories from the infamous New Year’s storm of 1997 that walloped the region 20 years ago.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    Stunning photos from Northern California’s great flood of 1997 – San …

    www.sfchronicle.com/…/Stunning-photos-from-Northern-California-s-10840843.php

    Stunning photos from NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997. By Bill Van Niekerken. January 7, 2017 UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017 7:00am. Home owners on their …

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

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    I research online and document

    History matters.

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    DEC 14, 2016

    CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION

    “THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF LEVEES … “THOSE THAT HAVE FAILED AND THOSE THAT WILL FAIL”

    Which begs the question….

    HOW MANY DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED IN CALIFORNIA?

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015.

    MOST OF THOSE DAMS (NEARLY 850) WERE REMOVED IN THE PAST 20 YEARS

     JUST SAYING AND ASKING?

    WHERE IS THE EXTENSIVE LIST OF THE DEVASTATION FOR FLOODING AND DROUGHT TO PUBLIC, PERSONAL AND PROPERTY AND LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE CAUSED BY THE REMOVAL OF THOSE DAMS?

    THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    AMERICAN RIVERS IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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    Klamath River Dam Removal: A Glimpse into the Future – OARS

    https://www.oars.com/blog/klamathriverdamremoval/

    The Klamath River dam removal project is poised to be the largest in history. Here’s what that means for the future of the river

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    This Will Be the Biggest Dam-Removal Project in History

    news.nationalgeographic.com/…/160411-klamath-glen-canyon-damremoval-video-a…

    APR 11, 2016 – Federal officials, the states of Oregon and California, and the utility PacifiCorp

    NATIONWIDE, MORE THAN 1,300 DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AS OF 2015. … “Many people have benefited from the development and changes at the …

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    AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE NOT. period

    The removal of  two dams on the Elwha River in WA State  2011-2014 “WAS”  previously the biggest dam removal in History.

    Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Posted on January 11, 2017 4:26 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

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    THE FUTURE OF TAXPAYING HOME OWNING AMERICAN CITIZENS?

    THE FUTURE OF PEOPLE AMERICAN CITIZENS BE  DAMNED…

    JUST RIP DOWN FOUR MORE DAMS ON THE KALMATH RIVER

    California’s Flood Future – California Department of Water Resources

    www.water.ca.gov › Flood Topics › FloodSAFE California › Newsletters

    As part of the public comment period for California’s Flood Future, DWR and USACE … In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious …

    Key findings from California’s Flood Future include:

    • CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.California’s diverse geography contributes to the state’s significant flood risk. In many regions, peak flows — the largest volume of water flowing per second through a water system — occur in a very short time frame, which spells disaster.
    • Flooding is a statewide problem. Every California county has experienced a federally declared flood disaster in the past 20 years. Counties with relatively low risk for a major flood event would be impacted by the results of a catastrophic flood elsewhere in the state, when employment centers, transportation facilities, utilities and the economy are affected.
    • THE IMPACTS OF A MAJOR FLOOD WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO CALIFORNIA AND TO THE NATION.In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious impact on its economy and environmental resources. A major flood in California, which has one of the world’s largest economies, will have an unprecedented impact on the national economy as well. With many more people and structures per square mile in California’s urban areas, the state would likely see much higher recovery costs from a major flood than the $110 billion that has been spent on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the $60 billion that has been appropriated for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    by Nicholas Pinter, Rui Hui, and Kathy Schaefer

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.  The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework for reducing flood losses, but currently the best we’ve got.  NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

    Over the history of NFIP, California is one of a few states that has – through dry years and wet – received only a small fraction of payments from NFIP compared to the premiums it has paid in.  Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of premiums collected (compared to 560% for the biggest recipient state, Mississippi).  For California, this imbalance exceeds $3 billion (2015 dollars) over 21 years, funds that could have been invested in risk-reduction, floodplain management, and reduced premiums.

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of progressive solutions for managing its flood risk; the state also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.  WITH THE US NFIP FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE – >$20 BILLION IN DEBT, AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – we recommend a careful look at California’s place in the NFIP.  In particular, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.  Properly implemented, a state-based insurance program and proactive flood mitigation strategies could synergistically benefit the environment, agriculture, recreation, and water resources.  THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

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    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    The destruction of property was terrible. The water came so rapidly that most people had not more than an hour’s warning of the danger.

    Men, women, and children had stayed in houses thinking there was no danger; and when the flood rose they could not get away. Some of these houses were carried off, and boats were sent after them to rescue the human freight.

    And now, on the morning of the 9th of November,

    HERE CAME “THE AMERICAN RIVER” WITH A FLOOD THAT COVERED THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

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    HMMM… WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” IS THE ONLY ORGANIZATION MAINTAINING A RECORD OF DAM REMOVALS IN THE UNITED STATES.

    Map of U.S. Dams Removed Since 1916 | American Rivers

    https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/…damaged-rivers/damremoval-map/

    We have been creating a running inventory of all dam removal projects we can find, and this map is a graphic representation of our long-standing research.

    A full list of dams removed from 1999 to 2015 can be found here.

    “AMERICAN RIVERS” WANT THIS MAP TO BE A GREAT TOOL, SO IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION TO UPDATE ANY PROJECT (OR TO ADD A MISSING PROJECT), let us know.

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    History matters… HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF

    THE GREAT FLOOD IN CALIFORNIA.; Great Destruction of Property Damage $10,000,000.

    www.nytimes.com/…/the-great-flood-in-california-great-destruction-of-property-dam…

     Published: January 21, 1862

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    NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S GREAT FLOOD OF 1997

    More than 100,000 Central Valley residents fled towns and farms, bracing for a wall of runoff flowing down from the Sierra. The National Weather Service ranks this as one of the five most disastrous weather events to hit California in the 1900s.

    The flooding’s toll came to eight dead, $1.8 billion in economic losses, 23,000 homes destroyed, and 2,000 businesses damaged or decimated. FORTY-EIGHT COUNTIES WERE DECLARED DISASTER AREAS, INCLUDING ALL 46 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    UPDATED: JANUARY 7, 2017

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    HISTORY REPEATS ITS SELF 1862 – 1997

     MAJOR STORMS 2016-2017 IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA HAS CAUSED THE WORST FLOODING IN A DECADE.

    Powerhouse storm to blast California, catastrophic floods possible

    www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2017/01/06/california-rain…floods…/96251880/

    6 days ago – Record flooding is possible this weekend across drought-plagued California due to a powerhouse storm that’s forecast to slam into the state. … Much more than usual rain will pelt the state: The amount of rain that’s predicted …

     


  • $10 Billion From the Judgment Fund

    SUE AND SETTLE FOR BILLIONS FROM THE JUDGMENT FUND

    BETWEEN 2013 AND 2015, THE (OBAMA) FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAID MORE THAN $10 BILLION IN JUDGMENT FUND AWARDS WITH SCANT TRANSPARENCY OR OVERSIGHT.

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    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a NON PROFIT  insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and

    whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

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    Who knew? I’d never heard of “THE JUDGMENT FUND” until I read the September 16, 2016, Lankford Letter on the Iran settlement. Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window

    “The Obama administration has a history of using “THE JUDGMENT FUND ” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “They cannot be trusted to properly defend the lawsuit.”

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    The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage

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    “THE JUDGMENT FUND ” was established in 1956 to relieve Congress of the burden of appropriating money for judgments on a case-by-case basis.

    Initially, the fund had a payment limit of $100,000.

    Since 1977, however, there has been no limit on payment size. Congress has amended the judgment fund numerous times since, according to the testimony of Neal Kinkof, professor of law at Georgia State University.

    Jan 8, 2017 Whether the GOP Congress can, and should, intervene?

    Good Lord, Mr. Ford…. WHAT THE DEMOCRAT’S U.S. CONGRESS CREATED IN 1977, LET THE REPUBLICAN’S 2017  CONGRESS PUT ASUNDER.

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    Von Spakovsky, who worked at the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration, specifically warned of the White House’s history of “SUE AND SETTLE CASES,” which he said allows parties to circumvent federal statutes and regulations and receive large sums of money through settlements with the government.

     Jeffery Axelrad from George Washington University said in written testimony that the identity of fund recipients is not available when judgment fund statistics are compiled.
         “Likewise, the amount paid to attorneys and the identity of the attorneys is not currently available,” he added. “This information is central to knowing whether THE JUDGMENT FUND is, or is not, being abused.”

    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a nonprofit insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

    The $5 billion it’s seeking, the money would come from THE JUDGMENT FUND an indefinite appropriation created by Congress and administered by the Department of Treasury.

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    April 12, 2012 The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal money and trust lands, under a settlement announced Wednesday.

    MONEY FOR THE TRIBES’ SETTLEMENTS ALREADY HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED UNDER A CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED JUDGMENT FUND

    Negotiations continue on dozens of other cases.

    An appeals court this week upheld a $3.4 billion class action lawsuit settlement concerning the mismanagement of government trust funds for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans, ruling that it was fair, reasonable and adequate.

    The Cobell v. Salazar settlement is one of the largest class actions ever filed against the United States, and accused the federal government of mismanaging money owed to Native Americans under trust funds. The alleged mismanagement dated as far back as the 1880s.

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    “They’re getting political friends to sue them and settle without going to Congress,” he said.

    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a nonprofit insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

    According to legal experts, if the Obama administration decided to settle its class action lawsuit with Health Republic Insurance of Oregon, one of 23 co-ops started under Obamacare, and other insurers for all or part of the $5 billion it’s seeking, the money would come from THE JUDGMENT FUND an indefinite appropriation created by Congress and administered by the Department of Treasury.

    Health Republic Insurance of Oregon’s lawsuit was filed on behalf of insurers participating in Obamacare’s risk corridor program, and specifically those who did not receive the full amount of money requested through it.

    “In this case, the argument is the statute requires the government to pay out for the risk corridors, but Congress refused to appropriate the money to do that and therefore the court is going to have to award a judgment since the administration, under the direction of Congress, is violating the law,” Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, told The Daily Signal of the lawsuit.

    “And therefore the money has to come out of THE JUDGMENT FUND that the Court of Claims has to award a judgment against the federal government, which is appropriated money,” he continued.

    The Obama administration’s use of THE JUDGMENT FUND has come under fire in recent years, particularly after it was reported the Justice Department used the fund to pay billions to farmers who alleged discrimination by the Department of Agriculture, circumventing Congress.

    (Really? Just asking, using THE JUDGMENT FUND to settle discrimination lawsuits from black, Native American, Hispanic and female farmers is a valid use of the fund. )

    “The Obama administration has a history of using THE JUDGMENT FUND,” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “They cannot be trusted to properly defend the lawsuit.”

    Von Spakovsky, who worked at the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration, specifically warned of the White House’s history of “SUE AND SETTLE CASES,”” which he said allows parties to circumvent federal statutes and regulations and receive large sums of money through settlements with the government.

    “They’re getting political friends to sue them and settle without going to Congress,” he said.

    A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said the agency is reviewing the complaint, but had no further comment.

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    Reported Sep 8, 2016 Iran Settlement

    The $1.3 billion came from a fund administered by the Treasury Department for settling litigation claims. THE JUDGMENT FUND IS TAXPAYER MONEY THAT CONGRESS HAS PERMANENTLY APPROVED IN THE EVENT IT’S NEEDED, ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO BYPASS DIRECT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO MAKE A SETTLEMENT. The U.S. previously paid out $278 million in Iran-related claims by using the fund in 1991.

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    Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Sep 16, 2016 – The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage. https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42835.pdf. Federation of …. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed James Lee Witt as FEMA Director. In 1996, the agency …

    Sept 16, 2016 Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Who knew? I’d never heard of “THE JUDGMENT FUND” until I read the Lankford Letter.

    HOW DOES THE JUDGMENT FUND OPERATE TODAY?

    BY DEFINITION, IT REQUIRES NO FURTHER CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AND DOES NOT EXPIRE AT THE CLOSE OF ANY FISCAL YEAR.

    THE APPROPRIATION MAKES AN “UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDS” AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF CERTAIN JUDGMENTS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

    NEGOTIATED AND AGREED TO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

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    Senators Fischer and Lankford Introduce Bill to Expose Taxpayer Funds Transferred to Iran

    http://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/7/senators-fischer-and-lankford-introduce-bill-to-expose-taxpayer-funds-transferred-to-iran

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    CNS – Legal Experts Defend Big US Payment to Iran

    www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/…/legal-experts-defend-big-us-payment-to-iran.h…

    Sep 7, 2016 – Congress has amended THE JUDGMENT FUND numerous times since, according to the testimony of Neal … 5, to account for $1.3 billion in interest.

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    Behind My Back | FEDERAL ISSUES AND REFORM

    www.behindmyback.org/category/federal-issues-and-reform/
    Sep 16, 2016

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    Obamacare Insurers Could Get Money From Government Fund

    dailysignal.com/…/obamacare-insurers-could-get-billions-from-controversial-govern…

    Mar 16, 2016 – The Obama administration’s use of THE JUDGMENT FUND has been the subject of … Health Republic Insurance of Oregon filed a $5 billion class action lawsuit … If the lawsuit leads to a settlement, the money could come from THE JUDGMENT FUND ….. It was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

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    Good grief, we live in a country where anybody can sue anybody for “whatever”

    When everybody in the world sues the US government for  “whatever” reason in the world….

    And, congress won’t appropriate funds to pay for “whatever”

    The billions and billions of dollars are  paid out of  THE JUDGMENT FUND for “whatever”

    For the last 40 years 1977-2017 the billions of dollars in settlements for  “whatever” came out of  AMERICAN TAXPAYERS POCKETS

    The bottom line

    IF CONGRESS BROKE IT…

    THE 2017 REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CAN FIX “WHATEVER” WE THE PEOPLE WANT

    AND THAT INCLUDES OBAMACARE


  • Accountability for SES Senior Executives

    Accountability for SES Senior Executives

    Previous efforts to ease the discipline of VA’s Senior Executive Service members, implemented after the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, stalled when the Obama administration declined to defend the provision in federal court.Transitioning

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    Federal Employee Accountability Bill Is First Approved by House in …

    www.govexec.com/…/federalemployeeaccountabilitybillfirstapprovedhousenew

    • 4 days ago – January 3, 2017

    The House on Tuesday approved a measure to require the Veterans Affairs Department to permanently note reprimands in employees‘ personnel files, MAKING THE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURE THE FIRST BILL THE CHAMBER APPROVED IN THE 115TH CONGRESS.

    Federal Employee Accountability Bill Is First Approved by House in New Congress

    • The House on Tuesday approved a measure to require the Veterans Affairs Department to permanently note reprimands in employees’ personnel files, making the accountability measure the first bill the chamber approved in the 115th Congress.
    • The Ensuring VA Accountability Act would mandate that VA keep copies of reprimands and admonishments in the employee’s permanent record for as long as they are working for the department. Currently, “admonishments” remain in employees’ records for two years and “reprimands” for three.
    • “The artificial limitations make it difficult for VA managers to properly review employee performance and obtain an accurate picture of their work history,” the Republican Policy Committee said.
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    • The prioritization as the first bill in the new session of Congress — following only a resolution to set the House rules for the 115th Congress — could signal VA and federal employee accountability will be a key area of focus over the next two years.
    • Congressional Republicans have fought since 2014 to make it easier to fire VA employees and restrict their bonuses, though many of their efforts were blocked by their Democratic colleagues or President Obama. President-elect Donald Trump spoke throughout his campaign of the need for VA reform and as part of his official platform promised to bring more accountability to VA senior executives.
    • “I think that’s a good sign,” Dan Caldwell, vice president of policy for Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative group that backs increased accountability measures, said of Tuesday’s vote. He added Congress would need to pursue “much deeper” reforms to “really make a difference.”
    • Previous efforts to ease the discipline of VA’s Senior Executive Service members, implemented after the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, stalled when the Obama administration declined to defend the provision in federal court.
    • Later in the 115th Congress’ first week, the House will consider a series of bills aimed at providing more oversight of federal agencies. The Taxpayers’ Right to Know Act would require the Office of Management and Budget to post online information related to “the cost and performance” of federal programs that exceed $1 million. The House approved the bill in 2015, but it stalled in the Senate. It will also vote on a measure that would require agencies to give all federal records requested by the Government Accountability Office to the auditing agency, and authorize GAO to bring civil actions against those who fail to comply. The House will also consider Office of Special Counsel reauthorization and a bill to bring more transparency to federal advisory committees.
    • Later in the week, the House will vote on the 2017 Midnight Rules Relief Act, which would allow Congress to nix en bloc regulations finalized by agencies within 60 legislative days of the end of a presidential term. It will also consider the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which Republicans have pushed for years and would require congressional approval of rules and regulations that would produce an impact on the economy of more than $100 million.

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    FACT CHECK ANYONE…

     VA IG Confirms Worst Fears: 300000 Vets Really Did Die While …

    dailycaller.com/…/va-ig-confirms-worst-fears-300000vets-really-did-die-while-waiti…

    Sep 3, 2015 – Pedestrians walk past the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, May 10, 2013.

    AND NOT A SINGLE GOVERNMENT PUBLIC SERVANT AT THE VA WAS FIRED.

    ACCORDING TO THE APRIL 22, 2015  NEW YORK TIMESTHE ACTUAL NUMBER IS: ZERO.

    As the Times recalls, soon after the “Sixty heads rolled!” headlines were written, the Department of Veterans Affairs backpedaled and said that only 14 people had actually been removed.

    THAT WAS A LIE, TOO.

    AS SO OFTEN IN THE OBAMA YEARS, IT FELL TO A COMMITTEE OF CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS TO FLOG THE TRUTH OUT OF THE ADMINISTRATION, AND IT TOOK MONTHS OF EFFORT:

    The documents given this month to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, which provided them to The New York Times, show

    THAT THE DEPARTMENT PUNISHED A TOTAL OF EIGHT OF ITS 280,000 EMPLOYEES FOR INVOLVEMENT IN THE SCANDAL.

    One was fired, one retired in lieu of termination, one’s termination is pending, and five were reprimanded or suspended for up to two months.

    The only person fired was the director of the Phoenix hospital, Sharon Helman, who technically was removed not for her role in the manipulation of waiting lists but for receiving “inappropriate gifts,” according to the department.

    In a statement released Wednesday night, the department did not dispute the numbers released by the committee, but said that more than 100 other employees were facing disciplinary action.

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    OVER A YEAR  AND A HALF LATER  as of OCTOBER 28, 2016 there were  still over 300 UNTOUCHABLE (SES) Senior Executives STILL EMPLOYED BY the Veteran’s Administration AND VA senior executives still collecting bonuses of over $10,000.00 a year

    Veterans Affairs Doles Out Huge Bonuses Despite Corruption

    www.disabledveterans.org › News & Legislation

    Oct 30, 2016 – October 31, 2016. 54 … She received a bonus of $9,120 in January 2016. … /politics/2016/10/28/more-bonusesva-employees-despite-ongoing-problems-agency/92837218/ … Whether they were pulling a Hillary and the size of the bonus is …. There are over 500 dead veterans [a Judge and a Reporter had …

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    VA still plagued by problems two years after scandal – Washington Times

    www.washingtontimes.com/…/3/va-still-plagued-by-problems-two-years-after-scand/

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    The Untouchables SES Senior Executives

    Posted on November 14, 2016 4:29 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S GOVERNMENT AGENDA FOR THIS BEHIND OUR BACKS, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS UNTOUCHABLE, UNFIREABLE,  7000 SES SENIOR EXECUTIVES, A CORRUPT, LAYER OF POWER AND GREED IN THE VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION OR ANY OTHER BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT.

    WHICH IMPAIRS THE PRESIDENT’S ABILITY TO SUPERVISE THE EXECUTION OF THE FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE LAWS

     “SECTION 707 THUS VESTS A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WITH THE FINAL AUTHORITY —

    UNREVIEWABLE BY ANY POLITICALLY ACCOUNTABLE OFFICER OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH

     to determine whether to uphold the removal of a [Department of Veterans Affairs],

    WHICH INCLUDES THE POWER TO OVERRULE THE DECISION OF A CABINET-LEVEL OFFICER,”

    SOMETHING WENT BLATANTLY AMOK IN THE US GOVERNMENT CIVIL SERVICE BETWEEN 1883-2016.

    HOW DID THE U.S. GOVERNMENT END UP  WITH 7000 (SES) UNFIREABLE UNTOUCHABLES CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH LEADING THE CONTINUING TRANSFORMATION OF OUR GOVERNMENT?

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    Congress must pursue “much deeper” reforms to “really make a difference.”

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    The bottom line…

    Later in the week, the House will vote on the 2017 Midnight Rules Relief Act, which would allow Congress to nix en bloc regulations finalized by agencies within 60 legislative days of the end of a presidential term.