Former Cyber Security Chief in Charge of Obamacare Site Going to Jail for Heinous Online Activities

By Jennifer Van Laar 9 hours ago

A former acting director of cyber security with top clearance at the Department of Health and Human Services has been convicted of several child pornography charges, after a yearlong investigation by the FBI.

As reported by the New York Daily News:

Timothy DeFoggi, who had been the lead IT specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services, was found guilty Tuesday for accessing and viewing child porn, and discussing his fantasies — which included the rape and murder of children — on message boards.

[He] was found guilty of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography.

He was listed as an employee with top clearance at the HHS up until January 2014, though he was charged and held without bail in May 2013.

But DeFoggi wasn’t only looking at pornographic pictures. It’s far worse than that.

His activities on the site included accessing child pornography and expressing sexual fantasies — including raping and murdering children — in his communication with other site members.

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DeFoggi even suggested meeting one member in person to fulfill their mutual fantasies to violently rape and murder children,” the Department of Justice said of DeFoggi’s activities.

Chilling. He faces up to life in prison at his November sentencing hearing.

In May, the Department of Homeland Security announced the major bust of a childhood pornography ring leading to the arrest of 71 individuals, in part due to the monitoring of elicit activities on a web group with over 3,000 members.

The offenders came from all walks of life, including “two police officers, a Little League coach, and a mother.”

It’s terrifying to think how many child predators are able to hide their twisted, evil activities because of their cyber skills–and that some of them are even at the highest levels of government, even in agencies tasked (in part) with protecting children.

FEDS: COST OF HEALTHCARE.GOV WEBSITE ESTIMATED $1.7 BILLION

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Contract values range from $69,195 to over $200 million

10:43 AM, AUG 26, 2014 • BY JERYL BIER

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The federal government issued sixty contracts from 2009 to 2014 in efforts to build Healthcare.gov, the federal insurance marketplace. According to a report issued today by the inspector general (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the government had already paid out just under half a billion dollars by February 2014, five months after the beginning of open enrollment. The government is already under obligation for another $300 million, and the estimated value of the sixty contracts totals $1.7 billion. The OIG provided a summary of its findings:

The 60 contracts related to the development and operation of the Federal Marketplace started between January 2009 and January 2014. The purpose of the 60 contracts ranged from health benefit data collection and consumer research to cloud computing and Web site development. The original estimated values of these contracts totaled $1.7 billion; the contract values ranged from $69,195 to over $200 million. Across the 60 contracts, nearly $800 million has been obligated for the development of the Federal Marketplace as of February 2014. As of that date, CMS had paid nearly $500 million for the development of the Federal Marketplace to the contractors awarded these contracts.

A few familiar names appear on the list of contracts, such as Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Also appearing are CGI Federal, widely blamed for the botched roll out of the site last October, and Accenture Federal Services, which has taken over for CGI in hopes that this year’s open enrollment will go better than 2013.

The inspector general presented the report on the contracts largely with commentary, instead noting that “[i]n the coming months, OIG will be issuing additional, indepth audits and evaluations that look more closely at contracting for the Federal Marketplace and will include, when appropriate, recommendations to resolve vulnerabilities we identify and/or build on promising approaches.”

Obamacare Might Kill Your Tax Refund

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Jonah Bennett

Americans who underestimated their income for 2014 when they applied for health insurance might see their tax refund reduced or eliminated completely, the Washington Examiner reports.

The Obama administration is warning taxpayers that they need to provide updates about changes in income, but the message doesn’t seem to be getting through.

“As time goes on, the ability to make adjustments diminishes,” Mark Ciaramitaro, H&R Block’s vice president of health care services told the Examiner. “Clients count on that refund as their biggest financial transaction of the year. When that refund goes down, it really has reverberations.”

Taxpayers who make use of tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums are at serious risk, since if income increases unexpectedly during the year, the tax credit could not only dry up completely, but instead reverse, leaving taxpayers with an additional bill.

In response to the confusion, the IRS is working on new tax forms to help facilitate insurance tax credits, but experts are finding that the forms will likely only make an already complex process even more convoluted. Some taxpayers will now have to make calculations month-by-month to keep on top of the process.

But regardless of how complicated the process is, at the end of the day, the IRS will still come collecting.

An adjusted repayment means that if your refund doesn’t cover the newly assessed figure, you will have to pay the IRS directly out of pocket.

“More than a third of tax credit recipients will owe some money back, and (that) can lead to some pretty hefty repayment liabilities,” George Brandes, vice president for health care programs at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service told the Examiner. There are currently seven million households with health insurance tax credits. The vast majority are unaware of any additional risks or liabilities associated with Obamacare.

Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright says that the administration will only increase its efforts.

“They are not messing around,” Brandes added. While collection caps for the IRS do exist, they vary by household size, and for households making four times above the poverty line, those caps disappear.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/25/obamacare-might-kill-your-tax-refund/#ixzz3BSJjisLJ

The List of Obama’s Attacks on our Republic

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By Onan Coca / 21 August 2014

I just got a great reminder email from Niger Innis, the Director of the Tea Party.Net. The reminder is of all the evil done to our nation by President Obama and his minions. Here’s the short list from the folks at theTeaParty.Net.

Black Panther voter intimidation. RESULT – DOJ looked the other way, no charges filed, no prosecution.

Failing to label the Fort Hood shootings as a terrorist event. RESULT: Victims are denied Purple Heart benefits and many are hurting for money while the terrorist shooter Nidal Malik Hasan receives over $278,000 from the government in salary.

Running untracked guns into Mexico to gangs and drug cartels in the botched Fast & Furious gun running operation in an attempt to attack the Second Amendment. RESULT: Death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens.

benghazi-liarsDenying help to Ambassador Stevens and his team at Benghazi. Choosing to fall asleep while they were under attack. RESULT: FOUR dead Americans

America will either survive this thrashing by Barack Obama or she will wither away and be but a mere memory. Are you willing to look your children and grand-children in the eye and say to them, “I wish I could have done more for your freedom?” Stand with us in this fight for freedom and the future of America.

Benghazi Cover-up. Out of control czar appointments. Lavish vacations. ObamaCare.

Apologizing for American exceptionalism. Bowing before our enemies. Insulting our friends. Advertising food stamps in foreign countries. Suing states for daring to exercise Constitutional state sovereignty.

Bankrupting the country by doubling the debt. Bypassing Congress and ignoring our system of checks and balances. Collection of DNA samples after any arrest regardless of whether you are actually charged with a crime.

Race baiting. Pitting Americans against each other. Funding the Muslim Brotherhood with taxpayer dollars. Failing to call terrorism what it is.

Using the IRS as a political weapon to harass and intimidate Tea Party groups and conservatives. Attacking reporters for doing their jobs. Seizing phone records of the press. Seizing phone records of millions of innocent Americans. Rewarding liars, thieves, and crooks with prominent cabinet positions.

Wow, that is quite a list…

Read more at http://eaglerising.com/8104/list-obamas-attacks-republic/#feA7TH36QJmHQwoM.99

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

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By Terence P. Jeffrey

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

Subtract the 3,297,000 who were receiving veterans’ benefits from the total, and that leaves 150,026,000 people receiving non-veterans’ benefits.

The 153,323,000 total benefit-takers at the end of 2012, said the Census Bureau, equaled 49.5 percent of the population. The 150,026,000 taking benefits other than veterans’ benefits equaled about 48.5 percent of the population.

When America re-elected President Barack Obama in 2012, we had not quite reached the point where more than half the country was taking benefits from the federal government.

It is a reasonable bet, however, that with the implementation of Obamacare — with its provisions expanding Medicaid and providing health-insurance subsidies to people earning up to 400 percent of poverty — that if we have not already surpassed that point (not counting those getting veterans benefits) we soon will.

What did taxpayers give to the 109,631,000 — the 35.4 percent of the nation — getting welfare benefits at the end of 2012?

82,679,000 of the welfare-takers lived in households where people were on Medicaid, said the Census Bureau. 51,471,000 were in households on food stamps. 22,526,000 were in the Women, Infants and Children program. 20,355,000 were in household on Supplemental Security Income. 13,267,000 lived in public housing or got housing subsidies. 5,442,000 got Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. 4,517,000 received other forms of federal cash assistance.

How do you put in perspective the 109,631,000 people taking welfare, or the 150,026,000 getting some type of federal benefit other than veterans’ benefits?

Well, the CIA World Factbook says there are 142,470,272 people in Russia. So, the 150,026,000 people getting non-veterans federal benefits in the United States at the end of 2012 outnumbered all the people in Russia.

63,742,977 people live in the United Kingdom and 44,291,413 live in the Ukraine, says the CIA. So, the combined 108,034,390 people in these two nations was about 1,596,610 less than 109,631,000 collecting welfare in the United States.

It may be more telling, however, to compare the 109,631,000 Americans taking federal welfare benefits at the end of 2012 to Americans categorized by other characteristics.

In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, there were 103,087,000 full-time year-round workers in the United States (including 16,606,000 full-time year-round government workers). Thus, the welfare-takers outnumbered full-time year-round workers by 6,544,000.

California, the nation’s most-populated state, contained an estimated 38,332,521 people in 2013, says the Census Bureau. Texas had 26,448,193 people, New York had 19,651,127, and Florida had 19,552,860. But the combined 103,984,701 people in these four massive states still fell about 5,646,299 short of the 109,631,000 people on welfare.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, when President Obama was elected, there were 96,197,000 people living in households taking benefits from one or more federal welfare programs. After four years, by the fourth quarter of 2012, that had grown by 13,434,000.

Those 13,434,000 additional people on welfare outnumbered the 12,882,135 people the Census Bureau estimated lived in Obama’s home state of Illinois in 2013.

IG: Obamacare’s Medical Device Tax Not Bringing In As Much Cash As Expected

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Sarah Hurtubise

Obamacare’s controversial medical device tax isn’t bringing in nearly as much cash as expected, according to a federal report issued Tuesday.

The Treasury inspector general for tax administration found that the number of filings for the medical device excise tax, instituted as part of the Affordable Care Act, is already lower than expected — and so is the resulting revenue. The was supposed to bring in $1.2 billion for the first two quarters of 2013, but the federal government only collected $913 million.

The Internal Revenue Service still doesn’t have the ability to identify the medical device manufacturers that are actually required to submit the proper forms and pay the excise tax.

Even for the companies that have paid the tax so far, the IRS doesn’t have the proper processing systems to make sure the amount of tax paid is correct. The IG report found discrepancies in the amount of excise tax paid in 276 out of 5,107 medical device tax forms it examined — resulting in a $117.8 million discrepancy between the amount of tax collected and the amount auditors expected.

Not to mention, the IRS incorrectly charged companies late penalties 219 times, to the tune of $706,753. They corrected 133 of the overcharges, but didn’t reverse the remaining penalties until the IG office reminded the agency of its failure.

“While the IRS has taken steps to educate medical device manufacturers of the medical device tax during implementation, it faces challenges to definitively identify manufacturers subject to the medical device excise tax reporting and payment requirements,” said J. Russell George, the treasury inspector general for tax administration.

The medical device tax was included in Obamacare to help finance the health care law’s more expensive provisions, but critics immediately took aim at the excise tax for increasing health care costs and costing jobs. A February report from trade group Advanced Medical Technology Association concluded that the tax has already cost 33,000 jobs in the medical device industry from both layoffs and a lack of new hires, and predicted that it would kill another 132,000 in the future. (RELATED: Health Industry Group: Yes We’ve Suffered Massive Obamacare Job Losses)

The medical device tax is just one of many included in the health care law. It’s supposed to bring in $20 billion by 2019, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation; the federal government expects to collect $438 in Obamacare taxes by 2019, all told.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/19/ig-obamacares-medical-device-tax-not-bringing-in-as-much-cash-as-expected/#ixzz3AtFunAzW