Category Archives: Business Regulation and Consumer Protection

Mining for Gold and Other Minerals on Federal Lands

It’s Valentine’s Day and while some people may shop for flowers and chocolate, others may be seeking a longer-lasting gift like gold jewelry. But it’s not just Valentine’s Day that can lead to a gold rush. Mine operators can submit … Continue reading

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A Tax Reform State of Mind

The tax code is complex and can create burdens for people and companies. And change does not come often. The last time the tax code was overhauled was in 1986. So what (if anything) should be done to reform it? … Continue reading

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Stopping Thieves from Stealing Tax Refunds

Want your refund right away? Well, fraudsters do too! For Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, today’s WatchBlog focuses on why identity theft refund fraud is a problem and what the IRS is doing to stop this fraud and help its … Continue reading

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Relief for Older Americans with Student Loans

An increasing number of older Americans have defaulted on their federal student loan debt. To recover this debt, the federal government can withhold a portion of Social Security payments—a process known as offsetting. A team led by Allison Bawden, a … Continue reading

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Smartphone Apps and Stalking

These days, wherever people go, their smartphones follow—often collecting location data along the way. You may choose to download an app to your phone to share this information. For example, an app can show your friend how far away you … Continue reading

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Life’s Difficult Decisions: Choosing a Nursing Home for a Loved One

Every year, millions of Americans seek care in nursing homes. If you or a close friend or family member are in this position, how would you choose the right one? Fortunately, the government runs a website called Nursing Home Compare, … Continue reading

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Elder Abuse by Guardians (podcast)

When an older adult becomes incapable of making informed decisions, a state may appoint a guardian with the authority to make decisions on that person’s behalf. While many guardians make these personal and financial decisions in good faith, some have … Continue reading

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Vehicle Safety – A Closer Look

Driving is one of the riskiest things most Americans do. There were more than 5.5 million vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2013—killing more than 32,000 people and injuring another 2.3 million. You may remember getting your car inspected for … Continue reading

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Avoiding a Washed-Up Flood Insurance Program

The floods devastating Louisiana will cause millions, if not billions, of dollars’ worth of damage. Homeowners who opted to purchase flood insurance coverage for their property may be able to rely on the National Flood Insurance Program for help. Today … Continue reading

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What Do Quagga Mussels, Pythons, and Hydrilla Have in Common?   

They’re all aquatic invasive species—and federal agencies are trying to do something about them. When nonnative plants, animals, and microorganisms live in new aquatic habitats, they can damage ecosystems and threaten commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities. Today’s WatchBlog explores what … Continue reading

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