Workers pad their pay in serving kids

Posted in hqpxmowc on January 6th, 2020

first_img AdChoices广告“This was particularly true at the hotline and command post because there are multiple supervisors and employees working various shifts.” The audit follows one last month that found that the agency charged with protecting the region’s children spent millions of dollars on unnecessary and overpriced supplies, violated county spending limits and has such a shoddy inventory program that it can’t account for all its equipment. But DCFS Chief Deputy Director Susan Kerr said Wednesday that the department is taking action on problems raised in the audit. “It’s going to be a combination of issuing clear, written policies and procedures and giving workers the necessary training,” Kerr said. “We’ve already issued instructions that managers have to sign daily absence reports for their sections. And we’re developing policies and procedures, where necessary, and have arranged for the auditors’ staff to come and train our staff in some of the areas where they found deficiencies.” The most recent audit reviewed overtime, industrial-accident payments and bonus pay. Los Angeles County children’s services workers pocketed at least $100,000 in unwarranted overtime and bonus pay amid lax oversight and a payroll system riddled with problems, according to an audit released Wednesday. In the second review of the Department of Children and Family Services in the past month, auditors cited numerous instances of overpayments and underpayments because of incorrect timecards, errors in payroll-system input, and misapplications of payroll rules and regulations. In one case, auditors reviewed 30 employees who work at the 24-hour Child Protection Hotline or the Emergency Response Command Post who each averaged $26,000 in overtime in 2005. “The employees’ supervisors … indicated that they often approve employees’ overtime forms without knowing whether the employee actually worked the overtime,” auditors wrote. The Board of Supervisors has expressed growing concern in recent years about timecard abuses in county government. Overtime costs shot up from $296 million in 2003-04 to $423 million in 2005-06. In audits of other agencies, investigators have found “systemic deficiencies,” with hundreds of investigations under way, and increasing numbers of employees are being fired and disciplined for timecard abuses. In the recent review of the DCFS’ payroll and overtime system, auditors noted at least one instance that is being investigated as a possible criminal action. “We also noted two employees who regularly signed each other’s overtime forms and instances where the employees may have forged a supervisor’s signature,” Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley said. “We referred this matter to our Office of County Investigations.” Auditors also reviewed payroll data for 20 employees who were paid sick-leave benefits and found that nine workers went from using part-time sick pay – or being absent without pay – to taking full-time sick-pay leave without a department head’s approval. The result was $53,000 in overpayments. In industrial-accident payments, auditors found that DCFS payroll employees did not update the payroll system when one employee went out on workers’ compensation leave. The employee continued to receive regular pay, plus temporary disability payments, resulting in a $19,315 overpayment, auditors said. In another case, four employees continued to receive temporary disability payments after they returned to work, resulting in $18,000 in overpayments. Auditors also found that six employees received bilingual bonuses after being absent for more than 60 consecutive days, resulting in $1,100 in overpayments. In a written response to the audit, DCFS Director Trish Ploehn said she wants to start a quality-assurance program. The program would randomly sample 5 percent to 10 percent of payroll transactions each month to determine whether appropriate procedures are being followed and salaries and benefits are accurate. “We agree with all of the recommendations in the report,” Ploehn wrote. “In the near future, we will provide the board a detailed report on our progress.” (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of December 9

Posted in mzibuqwe on December 21st, 2019

first_imgAttractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:The Hall of PresidentsStitch’s Great Escape!Typhoon Lagoon: Reopens 12/10/17Blizzard Beach: Closed for refurbishmentThat’s all for today. See you next week! WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hours Share This!Heading to Walt Disney World next week? Here’s your weekly preview!Special EventsAmple Hills Creamery, located at Disney’s Boardwalk, is featuring Star Wars-themed ice cream flavors! These three flavors are inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi and can be purchased in store and online.Will you be attending the Candlelight Processional? This week’s performances will be narrated by Disney Legend, Kurt Russell.Hours have been extended for Christmas Tree Trail. To check out these Disney-inspired trees, visit Disney Springs through January 7. New hours below!Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Christmas Eve (12/24): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.Christmas Day (12/25): 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.last_img read more

Varsity sports calendar

Posted in hedadxww on December 20th, 2019

first_imgThe following are game schedules of area sports teams for Friday, Feb. 6 – Thursday, Feb. 12.Friday, Feb. 6Boys BasketballSpencer at Granton, 7:30 p.m.Merrill at Marshfield, 7:30 p.m.Athens at Stratford, 7:30 p.m.Girls BasketballAuburndale at Marathon, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WOSQ-FM 92.3 and at Pittsville, 7:30 p.m.Marshfield at Merrill, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and, Feb. 7Boys BasketballMarshfield Columbus Catholic vs. Heritage Christian at Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Border Battle at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, St. Paul, Minnesota (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and College Men’s BasketballUW-Rock County at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, 2 p.m.Junior College Women’s BasketballUW-Rock County at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, noonWrestlingSpencer at Cloverbelt Conference Meet at Abbotsford, 10 a.m.Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet at Marshfield, 10 a.m.Monday, Feb. 9Girls BasketballRib Lake at Spencer, 7:30 p.m.Girls HockeyMarshfield at Medford, 7 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and College Men’s BasketballUW-Barron County at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, 7:30 p.m.Junior College Women’s BasketballUW-Fond du Lac at UW-Marshfield/Wood County, 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 10Boys BasketballOwen-Withee at Spencer, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WOSQ-FM 92.3 and at Marathon, 7:30 p.m.Stratford at Pittsville, 7:30 p.m.Boys HockeyMarshfield at D.C. Everest, 7 p.m.Girls BasketballNeillsville at Marshfield Columbus Catholic, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and, Feb. 12Boys BasketballMarshfield Columbus Catholic at Granton, 7:30 p.m. (Radio: WDLB-AM 1450 and at Neillsville, 7:30 p.m.Boys HockeyWausau East at Marshfield, 7 p.m.Girls BasketballMarathon at Stratford, 7:30 p.m.Northland Lutheran at Auburndale, 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

5 Cloud-based Operating Systems That Are Still Standing

Posted in dnxjvxyy on December 16th, 2019

first_imgThe announcement of the official Google Chromebooks has rekindled interest in Google’s Chrome OS. But you don’t need to wait to rent a Chromebook if you want to use the operating system. People have been running Chromium OS on netbooks for quite some time. And Chrome/Chromium isn’t the only option for a cloud-oriented OS – we covered a few that were already available as of November of last year.One of those OSes, Joli OS, has gone a step further and started offering a cloud-hosted version of its environment. You can access your Joli OS desktop from almost any browser. But it’s not alone in the cloud-based OS world. Many Web desktops have come and gone in the past few years. Here’s a look at a few that are still around.CloudMe 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market eyeOS has been around since 2005, and has been steadily updated since then. It’s written primarily in PHP and JavaScript, and is open source so you can download and and install it on your own Web server. It does use some Flash, but it’s not required.It has a mobile-optimized version that enables access to files, but it’s not the desktop experience and documents can’t be edited.Glide Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Glide is a Flash-based Web desktop. It’s also been around since 2005. It has the usual features: an office suite, photo editor, IM client, etc. It’s big advantage is that it offers 30GB of free storage space. A premium account, which costs $50 a year, will buy you 250GB of storage. It also has the ability to sync files Windows, Macintosh and Linux desktops.Glide has both mobile-optimized site and an iPad-optimized site that provide a relatively complete set of features, including the ability to create and edit documents. What it doesn’t seem to offer, however, is the ability to access your files offline from a mobile device.Joli OS CloudMe, formerly known as icloud, is a storage-oriented Web desktop. It offers 3GB of storage for free, and Web applications such as a Zoho-based office suite, a photo editor, an instant messenger, a Twitter client, games and more. It has a mobile client available Android and iOS and a mobile-optimized website, allowing you to access your files from your phone or tablet but not the full desktop environment.One big disadvantage is that the Web desktop environment is a Java applet, and it’s slow and buggy.eyeOScenter_img Related Posts Joli OS used to be called JoliCloud. Now JoliCloud refers to a service from Joli OS that allows you to access your Joli OS desktop from the Web. The desktop version is a Linux-based OS optimized for netbooks. The Web-based version is written in HTML5 and works from most browsers, including the iPad. An Android version is in the works. However, since the JoliOS desktop mostly just provides shortcuts to Web applications, the Web-hosted version feels like more of a hosted bookmark system than a full OS.You can find our past coverage of Joli OS here.NetvibesNetvibes takes a different approach but offering a number of widgets arranged in a dashboard. We’ve covered Netvibes often. The company now seems to be more dedicated to creating enterprise dashboard products than consumer dashboards.Other AlternativesSome might find this approach old fashioned, considering the availability of services like Box and Dropbox – or more importantly, Google Docs. Google Docs has been expanding its storage space, and its functionality. Is there really a need to mimic a desktop operating system when what you really need is universal access to your files?The trend towards cloud storage is reflected in the marketing materials from the cloud OS vendors. CloudMe has been emphasizing its cloud storage capabilities over its Web desktop in recent months.Glide is the most impressive of the lot, but without offline mobile access, I can’t think of a reason I’d use it. In 2008 a the Web desktop YouOS closed its doors because its own developers couldn’t find a use for it themselves.What do you think? Is there any future in the Web-based OS?Lead photo by Michael Roper klint finley Tags:#cloud#saas Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

IRS Official Discusses Code Sec. 355 “No Rules” at DC Bar Event

Posted in iphgegfl on December 12th, 2019

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe DC Bar’s Taxation Section on June 7 held the fifth and final event of its Corporate Tax Series in Washington, D.C. The event focused on recent guidance, and lack thereof, surrounding spins under Code Sec. 355.The IRS has recently expanded its ruling policy within its Corporate Division by lifting a series of Code Sec. 355 temporary “no rules,” which previously limited taxpayer’s ability to request private letter rulings (PLR) on certain areas involving corporate divisions. These steps in lifting the “no rule” policy has included:Recaps Into Control (Rev. Proc. 2016-40),Businesses Purpose and Device (Rev. Proc. 2016-45),“Old and Cold” Securities for Debt Exchanges (Rev. Proc. 2017-38), and“North-South” Transactions (Rev. Rul. 2017-9).Significant IssueAccording to Rose Williams, principal, Ernst & Young (EY), the “significant issue” limitation in issuing PLRs under Rev. Proc. 2017-9. Sec. 3.01(51) still remains, however. Thus, the IRS will only entertain requests for PLRs that concern specific issues pertaining to the particular area. “A significant issue is a germane and specific issue of law, provided that a ruling on the issue would not be a comfort ruling…or the conclusion in such a ruling otherwise would not be essentially free from doubt,” Williams noted.The IRS is, however, trying to open up the ruling program beyond that limitation, according to Susan Massey, assistant branch chief, IRS, also on the panel of the D.C. Bar event. While expansion of the PLR program, beginning in the Code Sec. 355 arena, is the goal, limited IRS resources remain a constraint, she added. Massey alluded that such expansion was still quite young in preliminary discussions.Securities for Debt ExchangesOf particular focus during the discussion at the D.C. Bar Tax Section event was the lack of IRS guidance offered after lifting the “no rule” on securities for debt exchanges in Rev. Proc. 2017-38, modifying Rev. Proc. 2017-3. According to Williams, not issuing guidance after revoking the “no rule ” is outside of the norm.Participants of the event were particularly concerned over the possibility of PLRs being issued without first issuing official, public guidance on the matter. “We are not intending to create a regime to issue guidance in PLRs only where it is private,” Massey said. Rather, the IRS hopes that opening up the PLR program will provide the IRS a better view of market transactions.Participants questioned how a PLR could be issued ruling favorably or unfavorably for a taxpayer, while not providing any rationale or reason behind that ruling, as such rationale would equate to guidance. In response, Massey reiterated that the IRS is “hoping to soon” release official guidance. Massey repeatedly encouraged taxpayers and practitioners to call the IRS with any specific questions or concerns.By Jessica Jeane and George Jones, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

Former Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 presidential campaign

Posted in rrfyekym on December 12th, 2019

first_img(AP) – Joe Biden has formally entered the 2020 race for president.The vice president under President Barack Obama made the announcement in a video released Thursday morning.The move marks what will likely be the 76-year-old’s final opportunity to seek a job he has eyed for more than a generation. He struggled in two previous campaigns.One of the most recognizable names in U.S. politics, Biden leads most early Democratic primary polls. But as an older white man who spent a half-century in Washington, it’s unclear if he will be embraced by today’s increasingly liberal Democratic Party.Biden faces myriad questions about his past, including recent claims he touched women in an overly familiar manner without their consent. Biden has pledged to be “much more mindful” of respecting personal space.last_img read more

Capgemini Enhances Remote IT Maintenance

Posted in jetevarl on December 9th, 2019

first_imgAs one of the world’s largest IT system integrators and support providers, Capgemini  is always looking for innovative new technologies that can help it improve service to its customers. It recently conducted a trial for a retail customer to demonstrate how remote IT support with help from Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processors, including KVM Remote Control, could improve the performance and security of its desktop computers.After the success of the trial, Capgemini is now evaluating how it can use KVM Remote Control to remotely manage on-site computers used to coordinate the transfer of key inventory and financial data between individual stores and the head office.“Our trial of Intel’s KVM Remote Control has shown us that it has the potential to significantly enhance the IT support services we deliver to our customers,” explained Don van Gelder, IT architect at Capgemini. “By allowing hardware-based access to client computers, KVM Remote Control offers a more robust and effective solution than previous software-based tools.”Capgemini is also looking into how it can integrate KVM Remote Control into its IT support offering to deliver a more effective service to customers and reduce the costs associated with running their IT infrastructure. By providing a more reliable way to deliver updates and systems maintenance, KVM Remote Control can help Capgemini reduce the risk of downtime in its customers’ systems and help engineers deliver support faster.For the whole story, read our new Capgemini business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Reference Room and IT Center.last_img read more