TMc Personal Comment Section 03/12/2019 | Beaufort County Now
Sometimes my Photo/Memo style provides inspiration for lengthy comments too detailed for the BCN comment section. I consider these guys as Staff needing a Comment safe-space.Personal Comment Section, Rand Paul, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar
In the Age of Coronavirus, regarding the level of authority that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has exacted in his rule over the People of his state: What would you consider that measure of Authoritarianism to be?
She is way outside her competence level, but I find her and the Minnesota representative (Ilhan Abdullahi Omar) refreshing in their outspoken opinions. Getting that out front can only help bring more people into the debate and perhaps get some of the LIV off the bench to pay attention.
I am not afraid of their ideas but am afraid of the abuse of power displayed from both sides. I am beginning to watch Rand Paul more and more to get the Libertarian perspective. You might want to bookmark his site. He usually has a principled approach to subjects rather than a populist approach.
While each chamber sets its own spending levels and regulations on the use of funds, they share some budgeting characteristics.
Allocations are fixed. Unlike campaign funds, you cannot raise more.
Members are personally responsible for finances. If an office overspends its allocation on official expenses, the Member, personally, must pay the difference.
Funds are not actually given to you. You will submit payment requests (called "vouchers") to the House Finance Office or the Senate Disbursing Office, which remits payments and reimbursements that draw down on you allocated funds.
Funds are authorized annually. They must be obligated by the end of their authorized year or are lost to your use. Many offices use unexpended funds at the end of the year to stock up on supplies upgrade or pay off equipment and give staff performance bonuses.
Funds have limited uses. They can only be used for categories of expenses sanctioned as "allowable" (i.e., "reimbursable).
You don't pay for employer taxes and some employee benefits. Staff salaries are deducted from your account, but your office is not charged for the government's share of payroll taxes, pension/retirement plans, or health, life, disability and unemployment insurance.
You are not charged for DC office space, standard furniture, limited parking spaces and many support services. Each Member gets one office suite in a House or Senate building. These offices, along with furnishings and support services, are provided at no cost to you.
Your article almost makes the government appear to be under control.
How can it be controlled when there are such things as..
What is a GSA Contract?
The technical definition of a GSA Schedule Contract is a governmentwide, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract. What does that mean in non-technical terms?
Governmentwide - Can be used across agencies. GSA Schedule Contracts can be used by any federal agency from DOD and DHS, to FEMA and the Department of Energy.
Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity - Open ended, No set amount. While the term of the contract is fixed, the deliverables are not. During the term of a GSA Schedule Contract, any federal customer can order an unlimited amount of products or services.
Multiple Award Schedule - More than one company can receive the contract. A company can apply to obtain a GSA Schedule Contract at any time and there is no cap on the number of companies that can be awarded a contract.