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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2016 – The Social Security Administration (SSA) paid deceased federal employees $1.7 million in benefits for an average of seven years after they died. According to an audit by the inspector general, the error occurred due to the SSA’s failure to crosscheck beneficiaries’ death files with the Office of Personnel Management. As a result, the deaths were not logged in SSA records. The office manages the administration of retirement benefits and other services for government workers. “The erroneous benefit payments account for a handful of cases out of the millions the SSA processes […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 18, 2016 – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald apologized for comparing the amount of time veterans wait to receive medical care at department hospitals to waiting in line for rides at Disney theme parks. In his original comments, McDonald claimed the government should be monitoring veterans’ satisfaction with the VA rather than appointment wait times as a measure of success. He said, “When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is what’s your satisfaction with the experience.” “Comparing veterans’ […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2016 – Two Michigan lawmakers are planning to launch a nonprofit organization that will raise awareness and resources to benefit veterans. State Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, and state Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, announced the formation of the Michigan Veterans Institute on March 2. They are collaborating on the project in an effort to help veterans gain access to health care and job opportunities, among other necessities. “An organization that champions veterans’ causes and gives them a voice is a step in the right direction,” said Jim Fausone, a Michigan veterans attorney. “Veterans need […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2016 – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder named his chief legal counsel James Robert Redford as the interim director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency after an audit uncovered problems at a state-run nursing home for veterans. He replaced Jeff Barnes, who resigned after having led the agency since its inception in 2013. The Michigan Office of the Auditor General released a highly critical report that concluded the agency failed to ensure adequate care for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans residents. The audit evaluated the home’s performance between October 2013 and August 2015. Among the […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2015 – The last issue of Bigger Law Firm magazine helps attorneys and law firms learn how to ensure their websites are not only user-friendly but search-engine-friendly as well. In an article titled “Technical SEO Audits Demystified,” writer Brendan Conley provides an in-depth look at the importance of search engine optimization against the backdrop of the ever-changing landscape of online marketing. Conley encourages firms that are hoping to boost their position in Google’s rankings to look beyond the design and content of their website. Through a step-by-step guide to performing an SEO […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2015 – An audit report released on July 1 reveals that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has overpaid almost $17 billion in disability benefits over the past decade, with some individuals still receiving payments despite being ineligible. The audit, issued by the Office of the Inspector General, examined a sample group of 1,532 Americans receiving disability benefits from October 2003 to February 2014. The results indicate that around 50 percent of the people were overpaid. The SSA estimates only $8.1 billion of the $17 billion in overpayments has been recovered, and that it […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2015 – The House Veterans Affairs Committee voted on April 30, 2015, to step up its probe into allegations of mishandling of veterans’ claims at the VA’s Philadelphia office. In a sign of dwindling patience with the department, the committee voted to issue a subpoena of VA records for just the third time in its history. The committee has since December, 2014, repeatedly requested personnel and complaint records from the Philadelphia office with limited results. James G. Fausone, an attorney with Legal Help for Veterans in Northville, Michigan, said the vote was an […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 2, 2015 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating the BlackGold Opportunity Fund LLC and BlackGold Opportunity Offshore Fund LLC (the “BlackGold Funds”), over large losses reported to investors. The BlackGold Funds are the $2 billion hedge funds managed by KKR-owned BlackGold Capital Management, Inc. The investigation concerns the April 2, 2015, report by Bloomberg News that auditors increased the losses reported to BlackGold Funds investors from 6% to 17%. The increase was the result of differences in the valuation of energy bonds held by the BlackGold Funds. These losses came weeks […]


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