Month: April 2020

Inside the OPM Hack, The Cyberattack that Shocked the US Government

The US OFFICE of Personnel Management doesn’t radiate much glamour. As the human resources department for the federal government, the agency oversees the legal minutiae of how federal employees are hired and promoted and manages benefits and pensions for millions of current and retired civil servants. The core of its own workforce, numbering well over 5,000, is headquartered in a hulking Washington, DC, building, the interior of which has all the charm of an East German hospital circa 1963. It’s the sort of place where paper forms still get filled out in triplicate.

The routine nature of OPM’s business made the revelations of April 15, 2015, as perplexing as they were disturbing. On that morning, a security engineer named Brendan Saulsbury set out to decrypt a portion of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) traffic that flows across the agency’s digital network. Hackers have become adept at using SSL encryption to

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Toronto Humane Society

It has been about 4 weeks now since we have found ourselves in this new world. This new world we live in has changed many things for Toronto Humane Society, but, today I want to assure you that we are still here to support the pets and people in need

“Sew’ we all want to help out.

To all of our amazing followers who can sew, stitch, and have an eye for design we are looking for a helping hand creating new reusable gowns! We want to do our part to ensure medical gowns are more available for GTA hospitals.

Resources for COVID-19 and Pets

There are a lot of questions out there these days about COVID-19 and how it could impact you and/or your pet. Here are some resources to help you and other pet guardians navigate through these uncertain times.

Take a peak at our Virtual Training Classes!

Our new Virtual Training Classes & Consultations are now available! Want to see what tips and tricks you will learn

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OpenGov – Open Government Brainstorm – by IdeaScale

How can we strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness by making government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative?

June 26, 2009

The Open Government Dialogue is now closed. Because of your participation, this dialogue has generated a rich collection of ideas that will shape the President’s commitment to making our government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.

This dialogue represented the first of a three-phase process that is soliciting public input in crafting recommendations on open government. Summaries of the brainstorming that has occurred here, and of subsequent phases in the process, can be found on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog.

Visit the White House Open Government Initiative website for more information.

The National Academy of Public Administration

On January 21st, the President issued the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for an unprecedented level of openness in government. In the memorandum,

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Federal Judge Rules California Ammo Law Unconstitutional

A federal judge blocked a California law requiring background checks for every ammunition purchase on Thursday. 

District Court judge Roger Benitez blocked the state from enforcing the law, which was passed in a 2016 ballot initiative and went into effect in July 2019. Benitez called the restrictions “onerous and convoluted” with a high rate of false-positives that violated the Second Amendment rights of Californians, as well as running afoul of the commerce clause.

“The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted,” Benitez wrote. “California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured.” 

The ruling dealt a blow to one of the strictest gun-control measures in the country and could provide new clarity on the extent to which voters and state governments can curtail gun rights. 

The case was filed by NRA affiliate the California Rifle and Pistol Association

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Navy Law Enforcement & Military Police (MP) Jobs

Upon completion of the initial 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing a Law Enforcement & Security role report to San Antonio, Texas, where they receive formal Navy technical training at “A” School for about 9 weeks. Here, they learn antiterrorism techniques, armed sentry/post standing techniques, crime prevention, military and civil law, communications, first aid, firearms deployment, and physical restraint techniques.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

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Six examples of government waste from this year’s budget-hawk reports

Citizens Against Government Waste released its annual “Prime Cuts” report this month, recommending programs that the government could eliminate for some $648 billion in savings next year.

The group has conservative roots, but its recommendations affect a wide variety of programs, from farm aid and defense spending to AmeriCorps and community-development grants.

Also this month, Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) released the first edition of “Waste Watch,” following in the footsteps of former Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who published an annual “Waste Book” for years before retiring in January.

Below are six examples of alleged waste from this year’s budget-hawk analyses:

Dairy, peanut, and sugar subsidies

The “Prime Cuts” report calls for an end to subsidies that assist dairy, peanut and sugar farmers and help control prices for those products. It says the government could save $2.85 billion combined in one year by eliminating the programs.

Citizens Against Government Waste compared

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Importance of Law in Society

The law is important for a society for it serves as a norm of conduct for citizens. It was also made to provide for proper guidelines and order upon the behaviour for all citizens and to sustain the equity on the three branches of the government. It keeps the society running. Without law there would be chaos and it would be survival of the fittest and everyman for himself. Not an ideal lifestyle for most part.

The law is important because it acts as a guideline as to what is accepted in society. Without it there would be conflicts between social groups and communities. It is pivotal that we follow them. The law allows for easy adoption to changes that occur in the society.

 

Society is a ‘web-relationship’ and social change obviously means a change in the system of social relationship where a social relationship is understood in terms of

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COVID-19 info for Albertans | Alberta.ca

Expiry dates for Alberta drivers’ licences, identification cards, vehicle registrations, other permits and certificates is extended until May 15.

Driver’s licences and ID cards

Drivers’ licences and ID cards expire on the holder’s birthday in the year noted on the card.

  • Albertans who have birthdays from March 17 through May 14 and whose cards expire this year, now have until May 15, 2020 to renew.
  • Expiry dates can be found on your card and Albertans with birthdays from March 17 through May 14 are encouraged to confirm whether they need to renew this year.

Vehicle registration

Vehicle registrations expire on an assigned month based on the registrant’s surname or a company name.

  • Albertans and companies with registrations expiring in March and April (including those whose last names begin with B, D, G, Y) will now have until May 15, 2020 to renew their vehicle registrations.

Medical evaluations

Effective immediately, Transportation

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