Steve Peacock's U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor,2003:weblog-94161205314098957 2014-01-25T22:37:02-05:00 Original reporting on little-known U.S. government funded foreign aid projects, so-called "drug war" initiatives, and overseas business subsidies. TypePad FBI Becomes the 'Watchers-in-Chief',2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201a3fca828d9970b 2014-01-25T22:37:02-05:00 2014-01-25T22:37:02-05:00 The number of people identified by the Obama administration as potential terrorists surged in the past two years, and the FBI now is preparing for another spike as it plans to intensify its scrutiny of foreign visitors and U.S. citizens, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. The federal government will hire up to 116 full-time private-contractor personnel to help amass and screen data on persons whose movements or activities are brought to the attention of the Terrorist Screening Center, an FBI-administered interagency unit. Steve Peacock Disturbing Truth Behind Obama's Travel Madness (WND),2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2019b01d898eb970c 2013-11-29T11:58:53-05:00 2013-11-29T11:58:53-05:00 Supporters of Barack Obama tout his dedication to the responsibilities of the presidency by noting that he had taken 96 days of vacation at the point in his term that President George W. Bush had taken a reported 335. But they admit that 51 of Bush’s trips were to his Texas ranch, while records show that Obama’s destinations have ranged from exotic European and African locales to pricey digs to Hawaii, where he’s sometimes traveled separately from his family, effectively doubling transportation costs for taxpayers. Steve Peacock U.S.-Funded Project Aims to Reverse lmpact of Oligarchy on Nigerian Society,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e201630570ca01970d 2012-05-10T09:34:29-04:00 2012-05-10T09:34:29-04:00 Up to $20 million could get infused into a project whose goal is to reverse the effects of “decades of authoritarian leadership in Nigeria,” USAID revealed today. Steve Peacock GAO: USAID Needs to Assess 'Trade Capacity Building' Assistance Data,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8a38bff0970d 2011-07-29T17:35:23-04:00 2011-07-29T17:35:23-04:00 Assessments of U.S.-financed “trade capacity building,” or TCB, projects already have been conducted, but the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has thus far failed to take action in response to those evaluations, a GAO report says. Steve Peacock U.S. Freezes $350 Million Compact with Malawi in Response to Demonstrator Crackdown,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2015390317087970b 2011-07-26T17:37:39-04:00 2011-07-26T17:37:39-04:00 U.S. assistance to Malawi temporarily is being frozen by the U.S. pending an inquiry to that African nation's government in its alleged role in killing protesters, Reuters today reported. Separately, but specific to Malawi, the Monitor continues to await a governmental response to a potential conflict of interest between a federal official who administers U.S. aid to Malawi and his contractor wife who oversees one such program. Steve Peacock U.S. Treasury Seeks Help in Mending Economy -- But Whose Economy?,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e8a0cdcea970d 2011-07-22T14:31:58-04:00 2011-07-22T14:34:01-04:00 As congressional and White House budget battles rage on along the littered landscape of national financial woes, the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury this week reached to the private sector for help. Steve Peacock Federal Government Seeks to Hire Elections Adviser,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e88f2db13970d 2011-06-06T18:59:23-04:00 2011-06-06T18:59:23-04:00 "Corruption remains endemic, rule of law is not sufficiently respected, and a pervasive culture of impunity undermines the legitimacy and credibility of the government." Steve Peacock New Legislation Seeks to Slash Federal Workforce by 10% -- But Opens Door for White House Waivers,2003:post-6a00d834515b9569e2014e88f2888a970d 2011-06-06T17:46:20-04:00 2011-06-06T17:46:20-04:00 A bill that seeks to reduce the federal workforce by 10% over the next few years was introduced today by House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform leaders. Steve Peacock