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What is the legality for a web site to make credit transactions?

In order for any web site to charge one for services or goods, in this case services, what are they legally required to record and produce? I'm having a little trouble wording my exact question so maybe this will help. The web site in question provides phone service for inmates in correctional facilities and in order for one to receive calls from a loved one in the correctional facility you have to set up an account and attach a phone number to it while loading money for the overpriced service... $5 for 15mins. The company charged me a fee of $5 every time I was to load money on the account which did not show the rate for a call per min and also charged me numerous unknown fees. I could not tell why or how much I was charged which was made worse by their not being a way to track credits and charges to the account. When I contacted customer support they also could not account for the charges and would not refund them, refused to refund my visa purchase, and claims to have no way of producing charges and credits to my account. Their customer service is no help and I'm not sure how to handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by isopropyl on Jun 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Turbotaxable (but not yet Turbotaxed) oGovernment Paperwork

Websites and software like Turbotax make it fast and easy(-ish) to file taxes. But what about everything else? I'm curious what kinds of paperwork could be "turbotaxed," but doesn't yet have a streamlined website or program to help people get through the red tape. [more inside]
posted by Green Winnebago on May 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Paying for Public Documents by the Government

Is there any research on people who pay for publicly available documents that are bound and sold by the government, not third parties? I was fascinated that when the 911 Commission issued it's report, it flew off the shelves when it was bound and sold by the GPO even though the same report was also fully available online. I'm also not referring to services provided by USSearch or KnowX. I mean, I guess, anything produced by the Government Printing Office that is for sale as a bound document (since they are also public documents), but is also available for free online. I would think if people could repackage and sell publicly available documents, that would open a whole world of new publishing opportunities.
posted by CollectiveMind on May 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Does a map exist of USG Locality Pay Areas?

Either Google is playing dumb or I don't know what to search for, but I'm coming up with nothing. Where can I find (or easily populate) a map of the locality pay areas as defined by the U.S. Government? Bonus if they're somehow shaded on a scale reflecting the locality payment (% increase from "base salaries").
posted by psoas on May 22, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm looking for a quote from a founding father about leaving government

I remember reading something, somewhere from one of the founding fathers about the original intent of legislators to NOT be a political class. To serve a term or two and go home so that people from outside could contribute and people inside didn't get too jaded. Though maybe I'm adding a lot of subtext. Is there anything from any of the FF's on this that rings a bell? Do you have a quote or two?
posted by rileyray3000 on May 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Can I effectively protest the actions of my state tax authority?

I'm seeing reporting that bothers me that my state tax authority is targeting artists for auditing based on what sounds like some specious assertions regarding whether their business models and expenses are appropriate. I realized I don't know what I should do to formally protest these actions. [more inside]
posted by Luke Skywalker on Apr 30, 2013 - 10 answers

I love my country; just don't make me live there.

I am a US citizen living and working overseas until mid-2015. I want to figure out how to make it permanent. Difficulty: I am a federal employee in a sensitive position, and so I can't just pull chocks and do the same work for somebody else. How do I solve this in the next two years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Question re: Organizational Cultures in the Federal Government

Where do classy, educated, intelligent people work in the (U.S.) Federal Government? Which organizational cultures would welcome me? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Apr 4, 2013 - 38 answers

Health insurance subsidy?

My wife and I are both graduate students living on about $30k a year in southeastern Pennsylvania. We're about to turn 26 and will be losing our health insurance coverage through our parents. Does the state of Pennsylvania or the government offer any sort of subsidies or vouchers to help us purchase our own insurance? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Making the Most of a Full-time MPP Program

I recently accepted an offer for a spot in a full time MPP program from a very decent, non-Ivy school. My funding (per an assistantship or researcher position) reduces the total tuition to approximately $3000, and the program provides an allowance for an unpaid or poorly paid summer internship. I have enough money saved to avoid going into debt if I work part time. I want to offset the opportunity costs of two years outside of work by making myself as employable as possible. [more inside]
posted by pinterecki on Mar 10, 2013 - 6 answers

More Money

How much money is the US government losing, and how much revenues are US exporters losing, due to the US government assessing import custom duties at FOB value instead of landed (CIF) value like the rest of the world does? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Feb 27, 2013 - 0 answers

SF85 - Please calm me down.

I have accepted a job through a contractor and start next week. I have just been sent the SF85P-S and SF85P to fill out and bring with me the first day of my job. I am freaking out. I figure if it was a super huge deal and not just a formality, they would have had me fill out this stuff a while back, right? I had no idea I would be filling this out or that the job was a federal agency, I thought it was just for the state, like civil service. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Career ladder positions in the Federal system.

I am in a career ladder position in the Federal government. I'm approaching the end of my first year on the job. I have heard from colleagues/friends in government, that going up to the next GS-level in the ladder is almost automatic (requires sign-off from supervisor). Is this true? How do I request this increase from my supervisor? Also, can you help me find documents online which show that one is eligible to go up a grade after one year? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2013 - 10 answers

I would like to keep my job, but I might have to sue you...

What are best practices for navigating an employment situation that maybe is heading in the direction of filing a complaint with an EEO commission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

states borrowing money from who?

My state, like many, has referendum on our ballot requesting permission to borrow money. Where does the money come from? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek on Oct 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Only thing that's on my mind

Who is going to run this town tonight? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Making Sense of Prop 31

Help me understand California prop 31 on state budget reform [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Who gave us powered eggs in 1974?

I'd like to find out more information on a 1970's US food program. [more inside]
posted by Marky on Oct 1, 2012 - 13 answers

What time-card should my small start-up use for DCAA compliance

Got a Government research contract - now everybody needs to start tracking their time with some kind of DCAA compliant time card system. We're a small 10 person start-up and there's a bewildering range of people and companies offering time tracking solutions. So I'm seeking the hive mind's experience. Should I just use a paper time-cards? If so, where can I find a good template or sample? Should I go with a software or web-based solution? We only have one contract and it encompasses almost everything we do so there's not a lot of complexity tracking multiple proposals. Our business is not to be a government contractor - this project is more in the line of a small business incubator grant.
posted by Long Way To Go on Sep 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Readings on changes of power?

Can you recommend books/articles about the dynamics of political power transitions? [more inside]
posted by Westringia F. on Aug 22, 2012 - 1 answer

If three-quarters of Washington isn't already on on psych meds, they should be

Does being treated for anxiety disorder pose a threat to the career of a mid-level Treasury employee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Why can't amtrak turn a profit

Why is Amtrak not profitable despite massive subsidies? And just how environmentally friendly is Amtrak? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Aug 6, 2012 - 64 answers

Shadowy names?

What are some obliquely named bureaucracies, organizations, and companies? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 25, 2012 - 46 answers

Schedule A Hiring Authority

Has anyone been hired by a US government agency under the Schedule A Hiring Authority? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jun 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Is it illegal to make profit out of purchased government logos?

Is it illegal to make profit of products carrying a government logo? [more inside]
posted by delasoull on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Help Name a Records Management Blog

Please Help Naming a Blog: I work for a government agency that helps other agencies (state and local) with records management issues and public records law. We've been instructed to start a Records Management Blog and are trying to think of a title for the blog. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Jun 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Who's running the show?

How does a parliamentary democracy function during the time between a government's dissolution and new elections? [more inside]
posted by helloimjohnnycash on May 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Do other countries have an Oval Office?

Which other countries (if any) have a specific, famous office for their heads of government, comparable to the Oval Office for the President of the United States? [more inside]
posted by aurelian on May 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Do initial public offerings affect government policy and vice versa?

How do investment banks, specifically initial public offerings, affect government policy and vice versa?
posted by espada0 on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

How to obtain recent Foreign Service Institute learning materials?

How do I obtain newer Foreign Service Institute language learning coursework and education materials? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Mar 31, 2012 - 3 answers

Foreign policy problems facing the Obama administration.

What are the main foreign policy problems facing Obama and his administration right now?
posted by espada0 on Mar 6, 2012 - 24 answers

Say No To Bulls**t!

Why do I find propaganda so creepy? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac on Mar 1, 2012 - 18 answers

When did the US begin making laws about marriage?

When did the US Government (State/Federal) begin making laws, and or giving benefits to married couples? [more inside]
posted by SteveFlamingo on Feb 7, 2012 - 15 answers

What legislature was passed which reduced unemployment benefits in 2010 or 2011?

In 2010 or 2011 US congress passed some legislation which resulted in a reduction of unemployment benefits. For example, My 2 week unemployment check went from $520 to $476. What was the legislation?
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Who are these people?

When the media uses the phrase "GOP elite," to whom exactly are they referring? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Feb 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Suggestions for reading about large scale projects?

What large scale, generally peaceful and non-space related projects would be as fun to read about as the Apollo space program? Specific details are below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 1, 2012 - 34 answers

How did the U.S. House pass the payroll tax cut extension?

How did the U.S. House of Representatives pass the payroll tax cut extension yesterday when hardly any members were present? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Dec 24, 2011 - 11 answers

How long must a drug company prove a drug safe and effective to win FDA approval?

When a drug company is trying to get the FDA to approve a new drug, my understanding is that they have to demonstrate that it's clinically effective and not acutely toxic for a finite period of time (weeks or months). But how long? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Externalities and government intervention

Do externalities (political or economic) necessarily constitute a market failure and thereby justify government intervention?
posted by espada0 on Dec 12, 2011 - 12 answers

They need treatment - they don't want to lose their job

An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2011 - 25 answers

Not libertarianism, not socialism, something completely different

Where would I go to collaborate on re-architecting government? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Nov 27, 2011 - 6 answers

The serial monogamist's revenge

Here is one requiring some detailed knowledge of social security benefits. How many ex-spouses can I make eligible for spousal benefits? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Nov 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Tell me about regulatory enforcement careers

I'm curious about careers in financial-sector regulation. What kind of advanced education would help me get work with the U.S. Department of Justice, the FDIC, the SEC, or a state regulator? Is it better to focus on states (which ones?) or the federal government for this kind of stuff? Do some universities graduate more people into this kind of work than others? What kind of dues paying is required before the work gets interesting? What should I consider as I weigh either pursuing legal or finance training? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 3, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I easily make a few bulk Twitter lists?

My organization has 193 Twitter accounts we'd like to organize in lists on our flagship account. I want to copy-and-paste in a flat text list of Twitter handles (one on each line) and then click a button to make a list containing all of those accounts. How can I do this?
posted by Hammerikaner on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 answers

The Canadian version of a FOIA request

In Canada, does the Access to Information Act apply to provincial and municipal governments?
posted by thewalrus on Oct 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Can anyone advise me on remotely applying to OR state jobs?

Anyone have experience with remotely applying to jobs with the State of Oregon? Can it be done and how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Sep 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Put my mind at ease! Job interview worries

Put my mind at ease! Job interview worries [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo on Sep 20, 2011 - 7 answers

i want facts, figures & long, boring reports!

Where can I find the latest figures and in-depth reports on annual U.S. government subsidies? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Sep 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Seeking opinions on career options and life directions for a young geologist - please weigh in with your experiences!

I'm a young geologist considering long-term career options and life directions. Please tell me about your experiences (as a geologist) in grad school, industry, or government/regulation. Or your experiences working in video/photography, as that is an alternative career path I'm considering. [more inside]
posted by Strudel on Sep 11, 2011 - 9 answers

10th Trade Tower Anniversary organized?

As I watch the outpouring of emotion and this week long remembrance of the Twin Towers tragedy, I can’t help but think that this is a well planned marketing campaign of some sort, rather than, a spontaneous reaction to the anniversary of the event. Do any of our readers have information that would indicate that there is some sort of master plan? [more inside]
posted by Old Timer on Sep 10, 2011 - 38 answers

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