Panama: the making of a tax haven and rogue state
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Giant leak of offshore financial records exposes crime, corruption
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Since Charter 1977, 40 years of offshore companies opening and closing. The 2.6 terabyte trove of data at the core of this investigation contains nearly 40 years of records, and includes information about more than 210,000 companies in 21 offshore jurisdictions. Read more about the data and our methodology
Graphs and Data on Panama
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation – Big Data Can Solve Big Problems, But Only if Computing Can Keep Up – Joshua New, March 24, 2016
Pew Fact Tank: “As automation looms and more and more jobs are being shaped to accommodate the tech-saturated “knowledge economy,” 63% of full- and part-time workers say they have taken steps in the past 12 months to upgrade their skills and knowledge. That is one of several key findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted last fall to understand people’s motives for learning, both in professional and personal contexts. The Center then held a series of related focus groups in December, drawing insights from those in the Baltimore, Atlanta and St. Louis metro regions.”
Healthcare.gov: Actions Needed to Enhance Information Security and Privacy Controls, GAO-16-265: Published: Mar 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2016: “The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported 316 security-related incidents, between October 2013 and March 2015, affecting Healthcare.gov—the web portal for the federal health insurance marketplace—and its supporting systems.
Federal News Radio – “The Office of Management and Budget and Office of Personnel Management are standing up a new agency to assume responsibility of the federal security clearance process. The National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) will have a specific, presidentially appointed director and member of the Performance Accountability Council, who will report to OPM. The new agency will absorb the Federal Investigative Services (FIS), the organization that currently conducts about 95 percent of federal background checks.”
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – “As Congress continues to reduce its overall support of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the chances that the IRS will at some point recommend a taxpayer for criminal prosecution have significantly declined — from 13.3 per million population in FY 2013 to 9.2 per million in FY 2015. This level is the lowest seen during the Obama Administration. For details, see the report at: http://trac.syr.edu/tracirs/latest/418/. The report includes figures from TRAC’s free IRS criminal enforcement tool, now updated through fiscal year 2015. This tool provides a wide variety of ways to explore the agency’s criminal enforcement activities at the district as well as national level. Go to: http://trac.syr.edu/phptools/enforcement/irsfree.php“
IRS, 21/3/16. In fiscal year 2015, the IRS initiated 776 identity theft related investigations, which resulted in 774 sentencings through Criminal Investigation enforcement efforts. The courts continue to impose significant jail time with the average months to serve in FY 2015 at 38 months — the longest sentencing being over 27 years.
HM Revenue & Customs continues quest to develop digital presence by ditching IT contract that cost it £10bn
Howard Gleckman, The Gulf Between the Presidential Candidate Tax Plans Is Historic (TaxVox). “Calling it a gap hardly does it justice. It is an ocean of difference.”
On Sunday, the ABC revealed theDepartment of Finance had asked the AFP to investigate DHA, the Government agency which manages more than $10 billion worth of Defence Force housing.
The two major shareholders for DHA are the Finance Department and the Defence Department, but many inside the military are deeply suspicious the Finance Department wants to privatise the agency.
March 28, 2016 | By Andrew Crocker – The FBI has successfully accessed data on an iPhone that has been the subject of a legal battle between the Justice Department and Apple, according to a court filing. EFF is pleased that the Justice Department has retreated from its dangerous and unconstitutional attempt to force Apple to subvert the security of its iOS operating system. However, we are still calling on President Obama not to undermine security and encryption, and you can add your voice to the chorus. In addition, this new method of accessing the phone raises questions about the government’s apparent use of security vulnerabilities in iOS and whether it will inform Apple about these vulnerabilities. As a panel of experts hand-picked by the White House recognized, any decision to withhold a security vulnerability for intelligence or law enforcement purposes leaves ordinary users at risk from malicious third parties who also may use the vulnerability. Thanks to a lawsuit by EFF, the government has released its official policy for determining when to disclose security vulnerabilities, the Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP). If the FBI used a vulnerability to get into the iPhone in the San Bernardino case, the VEP must apply, meaning that there should be a very strong bias in favor of informing Apple of the vulnerability. That would allow Apple to fix the flaw and protect the security of all its users. We look forward to seeing more transparency on this issue as well.”