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FINANCIAL AND OTHER -- 2007

JANUARY 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
122 Kang DC's High Wages Spent Elsewhere--using gap between mean hhld income and avg annual wages???
     
FEBRUARY 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
216 Gowen $509M Budget for Alexandria City Would Raise Spending Slightly, Eliminate 5 Jobs--schools up 3.8%
     
MARCH, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
215 Keating GAO Report Faults City Controls on Contracting--$225M spent without contracts, $200M without bids
327 Stewart Confusion Could Lead DC Council to Budget Dispute--CFO contradicts early 'balanced budget' claim
328 Thoms (Curr) CFO Gives Mixed Views on FY08 Budget Plan's Fiscal Balance--off-guard Gandhi flip-flops on ruse
     
APRIL, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
414 Nakamura DC CFO Gandhi Weighing Offer from Amtrak--offered him $350K to take control of debt-ridden railroad
417 Nakamura DC CFO Gandhi to Stay in DC--declines Amtrak job after $83K pay hike to $279K (work so important!)
422 Downey Arlington County Board OK's 7% Higher Budget--$888.5M plan boosts pay, school funds, social spending
424 Turque Fairfax Cnty Budget Gives Schools More; Tax Rate Same--final OK next week for rancor-free hearings
402 Joyce Zoning Panel Backs Foggy Bottom Plan--temporary OK given for GWU 2.6 acre Square 54 site......
     
MAY, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
515 Editor Giveaway--DC Council's plan for tax relief poorly thought-out: favors fewer higher-priced homes
516 Stewart DC Council Backs FY08 Fenty's Budget--$30M in tax relief added to $5.7B package
518 de Vise Montgomery County $4.1B Budget, with More Schools gets unanimous Council agreement
524 Helderman Pr. George's County Council Approves 11% Rise in Spending--to $2.63B; Howard OK's $812M
525 Spivak Montgomery County Council Approves $4.1B Spending Plan, up $277M=7.1%, includes 30 more cops
531 Editor Taking for Granted--DC needs to review "earmarking" for private groups: via Historical Society
     
JUNE, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
621 Nakamura CFO Urges DC to Cap Borrowing--per cap burden =$10,429: debt service up to 9% tot exp., headed for 12%
JULY, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
630 Editor Shadow Boxing--White House, Congress use DC budget to score political points on domestic partnerships

No headlines in August

     
SEPT, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
 
918 Editor Payday Lending--for DC Council, a choice between protecting poor people and coddling abusive industry
919 Stewart DC Votes for Interest Cap on Payday Loans, lowering current rates to prevailing rates: may kill business in DC
     
OCTOBER, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
 
1001 Editor Foreclosure Fraud--DC Council contemplates a law to prevent it: beware scams to bilk homeowners
1009 Montes As Ruling on DC Meters Looms, (Immigrant) Cabbies Fear Loss of (Independent) Way of Life
     
NOV, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
     
1108 Nakamura DC CFO Describes a 'Major Management Failure'--fraud revelations shake underpinnings of finance office
1108 Leonnig DC Tax Workers Charged in Scam-- two accused of taking $16M in illegal refunds to phony companies
1109 Woodlee CFO Urges Employees to Work to Regain Public Trust--redouble efforts to guard coffers, regain public trust
1109 Editor A Swindle's Red Flags--CFO rightly calls for independent inquiry, including of himself: why did no one notice?
1109 Leonnig DC Tax Scam Total Rises to $20M, Fed Officials Say--seems limited to few bad apples benefiting relatives
1110 King OpEd DC's Corruption Affliction--litany of fraud, money-laundering, fed crimes, soliciting, false statements, etc.
1110 Stewart Two More DC Tax Workers Removed--scam's total may pass $20M: two more employees on leave
1111 Leonnig Fast-Paced DC Tax Scam Probe Aimed 'to Stop the Hemorrhaging'--fear bigger losses, flight of suspect(s)
1111 Stewart Fenty Lies Low in High-Profile Tax Probe--unlike rush to fires, crimes, CFO not under mayor's control
1114 Keating Scam Could Total $31M--analysis suggests refund scheme was snowballing: over 50% total refunds!
1115 Nakamura City Auditor Urged Close Look at Property Tax Funds in '04--didn't see scandal, but no one followed up
1116 Stewart DC Hearing on Scandal Has Gandhi in Tight Spot--auditor criticizes financial agency for stonewalling
1117 Editor CFO in the Hot Seat--Natwar Gandhi may be on shaky ground, but his office's independence shouldn't be
1119 Nakamura Some People's Faith in Gandhi Eroding--feelings that CFO should quit over tax scams bubble up
1120 Hernandez Suspect in Tax Scandal to Remain in Custody--niece of major suspect manager has relatives offshore
1120 Leonnig Suspicious Refunds in Gandhi's Tax Tenure--15 questionable refund checks total $2.5M: Fenty still backs him
1121 Sheridan Millions for DC Projects in '08 Bills--but Congress might reduce earmarks: many for small, nonprofit jobs
1121 Stewart As Council Launches Probe, Gandhi's Job Appears Less Secure--Fenty can fire only with 2/3rd Council OK
1125 Fisher OpEd On Street and in Tax Office, Looking the Other Way Is the Norm--all protect jobs, ignore others: weird culture
1125 Bullock Commo Director for Mayor Williams says 'Don't Fire the CFO': who else could have fixed OTR years ago?
1125 Woodlee Odd Couple at Center of DC Tax Scandal--2 women very different: Mgr Walters doer, staffer Gustus meek
1130 Nakamura Auditors Threaten to Quit, Fearing Suit--firm that prepares DC CAFR threatened by Council re tax scandal
     
DECEMBER, 2007   FINANCIAL/OTHER
 
1202 Leonnig DC Tax Scandal at $44.3 Million, Analysis Finds--106 dubious refunds made since '99: reviews inadequate
1204 Stewart Top Firms Volunteer to Scrutinize Tax Office--separate inquiries by Council and Gandhi: avoid whitewash?
1205 Stewart Council, Federal Probes of Tax Office Scandal Won't Clash, Price Waterhouse Lawyer Says
1207 Woodlee DC Contracting Office Erred in Canceling Bidding, Overspent, Report Says--sole source cost $65M, v $48M
1207 Nakamura DC Likely to Collect Additional $50M--in tax revenues in first quarter of FY08: on top of $100M surplus in '07
1209 Lightfoot/Drissel DC's $7 Billion Secret--is secretive assessment appeals process another scandal waiting to happen?
1210 Helderman DC Tax Scandal Triggers Reviews--other jurisdictions add checks on fraud: Pr. George's, Montgomery etc.
1214 Nakamura Council Chair Gray Tweaks Mayor's Plan to Spend $50M Tax Windfall--put in affordable housing trust fund
1219 Nakamura US House Blocks Gandhi's Pay Raise--won't permit $92,400 increase in wake of embezzlement scandal
1221 Leonnig Two More Accused in DC Tax Scam--couple charged with illegally cashing checks brings arrests to ten

 

 

 


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