Stephen Michael Kellat firstname.lastname@example.org
Amateur Radio Operator (General Class). Basic Trained ICS Staffer. Lapsed Podcaster. GS-8 Bureaucrat. Occasional Domestic Missionary. Information Specialist.
Finding Me Elsewhere
I'm popping up in a bunch of weird places lately elsewhere online:
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So the Trump tax returns were not handed over...
Okay, let us dig into the tax code for a little bit of nastiness.
The codified title of Internal Revenue Code section 6103 is "Confidentiality and disclosure of returns and return information". We're already not off to a good start here. This section is the very heart of my job. This governs when and where I may release information about anyone's tax records from the poorest bum to the highest elites.
The first paragraph is the general rule which is the default mode that we operate under at work:
(a) General rule Returns and return information shall be confidential, and except as authorized by this title—
no officer or employee of any State, any local law enforcement agency receiving information under subsection (i)(1)(C) or (7)(A), any local child support enforcement agency, or any local agency administering a program listed in subsection (l)(7)(D) who has or had access to returns or return information under this section or section 6104(c), and
no other person (or officer or employee thereof) who has or had access to returns or return information under subsection (e)(1)(D)(iii), subsection (k)(10), paragraph (6), (10), (12), (16), (19), (20), or (21) of subsection (l), paragraph (2) or (4)(B) of subsection (m), or subsection (n),
shall disclose any return or return information obtained by him in any manner in connection with his service as such an officer or an employee or otherwise or under the provisions of this section. For purposes of this subsection, the term “officer or employee” includes a former officer or employee.
Notice that this doesn't just bar IRS employees. It bars any officer of the United States or employee of the United States. The Commissioner of Internal Revenue cannot go on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and talk about what is in anyone's tax return. The Secretary of the Treasury cannot disclose anything in an interview with Shepard Smith about anyone's return information. Heck, it is actually outright illegal for a newspaper to print or publish a leaked tax return with the possibility of either a $5,000 civil penalty or 5 years incarceration per 26 USC 7213. It is even illegal under that section to solicit IRS employees to leak tax returns!
So, that being said, why is there such reticence in disclosing to the Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means?
Now we turn back to 26 USC 6103(f) which is not so obscure as the media keeps trying to make it sound:
(f) Disclosure to Committees of Congress
Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.
Upon written request by the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish him with any return or return information specified in such request. Such Chief of Staff may submit such return or return information to any committee described in paragraph (1), except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.
Pursuant to an action by, and upon written request by the chairman of, a committee of the Senate or the House of Representatives (other than a committee specified in paragraph (1)) specially authorized to inspect any return or return information by a resolution of the Senate or the House of Representatives or, in the case of a joint committee (other than the joint committee specified in paragraph (1)) by concurrent resolution, the Secretary shall furnish such committee, or a duly authorized and designated subcommittee thereof, sitting in closed executive session, with any return or return information which such resolution authorizes the committee or subcommittee to inspect. Any resolution described in this paragraph shall specify the purpose for which the return or return information is to be furnished and that such information cannot reasonably be obtained from any other source.
Any committee described in paragraph (1) or the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation shall have the authority, acting directly, or by or through such examiners or agents as the chairman of such committee or such chief of staff may designate or appoint, to inspect returns and return information at such time and in such manner as may be determined by such chairman or chief of staff. Any return or return information obtained by or on behalf of such committee pursuant to the provisions of this subsection may be submitted by the committee to the Senate or the House of Representatives, or to both. The Joint Committee on Taxation may also submit such return or return information to any other committee described in paragraph (1), except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.
Any committee or subcommittee described in paragraph (3) shall have the right, acting directly, or by or through no more than four examiners or agents, designated or appointed in writing in equal numbers by the chairman and ranking minority member of such committee or subcommittee, to inspect returns and return information at such time and in such manner as may be determined by such chairman and ranking minority member. Any return or return information obtained by or on behalf of such committee or subcommittee pursuant to the provisions of this subsection may be submitted by the committee to the Senate or the House of Representatives, or to both, except that any return or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer, shall be furnished to the Senate or the House of Representatives only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.
Any person who otherwise has or had access to any return or return information under this section may disclose such return or return information to a committee referred to in paragraph (1) or any individual authorized to receive or inspect information under paragraph (4)(A) if such person believes such return or return information may relate to possible misconduct, maladministration, or taxpayer abuse.
Now note that the law does say that the taxpayer singled out does have to consent if the information is to be delivered in any fashion other than to a closed executive session. The President has outright stated he won't do that. Now, rather than making a major fuss, Chairman Neal does have the procedure under the statute to instead up to four members of the committee's staff (two Democrat side and two Republican side) to go visit IRS instead to review things on-site as shown in section four. Unfortunately he has not chosen to avail himself of that option. Chairman Neal can also order the Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation to just send JCT personnel since he's also the current chair of the JCT.
Now, to really get interesting we have to turn back to the US Constitution. There is a specific clause relative to the Congress that moots the restrictions in 26 USC 6103 and 26 USC 7213. The Speech and Debate Clause is found at Article I, Section 6, Clause 1. It states: "They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place." The key part to that is: "...and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place." From that alone the statutory rules on privacy of tax returns can be broken and the President's private financial data could actually be fully exposed to the public.
There are many problems to this. There is no limiting principle to 26 USC 6103(f). Taken in conjunction with the absolute immunity provided by the Speech and Debate Clause, a mechanism is in place to target enemies by leaking their finances to the media and especially the public. To the best of my understanding, the Secretary sees the constitutional interplay and hasn't been able to get a straight answer out of IRS Chief Counsel division. The Tax Division at the Justice Department and probably the Office of Legal Counsel at Justice are probably being consulted as well right now. This bit of clever lawyering provides dangerous precedent that needs to be squashed hard.
To provide a potential possibility, the Committee could decide to open the tax returns of all IRS employees to the public to review through this protocol. In unredacted form we would all be in danger since our home addresses would be public as well as the names of spouses and dependents. Considering that civil servants from my employing bureau outside the criminal investigations division do die too frequently on the job due to all sorts of bad things already that would be painting targets on all of us and our families. Having to explain investments, investments in savings bonds, how bad some of us may be at picking stocks, whether or not any of us appeared on game shows like Jeopardy, and more would cripple us.
Again, there is no limiting principle in play here. If the 80,000+ employees of my bureau could get theoretically targeted for hostile uncontrolled disclosure there is no reason you couldn't be next. Fortunately the folks in Congress are not in the direct chain of command and any orders have to flow through the Secretary or the Commissioner.
What movie is this screenshot from? I wandered into this while testing the Over The Air receivers. This is odd.
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Found it: An episode of the show "Renegade" entitled "Sex, Lies and Activewear". The broadcast network describes it thus: "Reno and Bobby must rescue several kidnapped models. Lorenzo Lamas directed this episode guest starring his real-life mother and wife. "
Hard-Core 90s TV...
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In the interim...
This should be updated more frequently: https://github.com/skellat/bibliography
For now, here are recent items found:
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Apple and Qualcomm drop billion-dollar battle. (2019, April 17). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47956890
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Australia’s PM calls national election. (2019, April 10). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47769028
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Unemployment across UK shows slight fall. (2019, April 16). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47947205
US church arson suspect “motivated by hate.” (2019, April 16). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47938276
US newspaper wins Pulitzer no one wanted. (2019, April 16). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47943562
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Snippet from the bibliography
The full archival dumps can be found here: https://github.com/skellat/bibliography
Why post these here? This is how I catch mistakes in the citations!
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The Lights On The Internet Wink Out One By One
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Senator censured for “appalling” NZ remarks. (2019, April 3). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47781173
Wall, J. (2019, April 3). Opinion: Crusaders name change debate becoming sinister. Retrieved April 3, 2019, from Radio New Zealand website: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/386274/opinion-crusaders-name-change-debate-becoming-sinister
Witherspoon, T. (2019, April 3). HF military communication exercise announcements on WWV/WWVH. Retrieved April 3, 2019, from The SWLing Post website: https://swling.com/blog/2019/04/hf-military-communication-exercise-announcements-on-wwv-wwvh/
Airport dispute goes viral as Ashtabula County teen, rapper Tone Loc get in confrontation over confederate hat
I don't follow rap so my first concern was I had no clue who "Tone Loc" happened to be. Sadly I know exactly who the county commissioner in question is. Ashtabula County has a very large history in the Underground Railroad and Abolition. The commissioner and her family are the aberration. They're not the common folk here at all.
The Hatch Act prevents me challenging the commissioner in an election currently. There are limits and disabilities placed on me by my job. Strategic efforts will be needed to move past Hatch Act disabilities in the future.
The Weird Stuff
I run into the strangest things online:
Agency working to reduce open defecation in Solomon Islands. (2019, March 29). Retrieved March 28, 2019, from Radio New Zealand website: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/385850/agency-working-to-reduce-open-defecation-in-solomon-islands
Brislen, P. (2019, March 25). Christchurch mosque attacks: How to regulate social media. Retrieved March 25, 2019, from Radio New Zealand website: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/chch-terror/385540/christchurch-mosque-attacks-how-to-regulate-social-media
bryaneverly. (2019, March 13). Well, it’s been a while – falling in love with OpenBSD again. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from FunctionallyParanoid.com website: https://functionallyparanoid.com/2019/03/13/well-its-been-a-while-falling-in-love-with-openbsd-again/
Charles, M. (2018). Improving Lives Globally Through An Application of Sociocultural Communication Theory to Online Education (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3261661). Retrieved from Social Science Research Network website: https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3261661
Chen, C. (2019, March 19). ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from Private Internet Access Blog website: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/03/isps-in-au-and-nz-start-censoring-the-internet-without-legal-precedent/
Espiner, G. (2019, March 27). Were NZ’s intelligence agencies looking in the wrong direction? Retrieved March 28, 2019, from Radio New Zealand website: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/385670/guyon-espiner-were-nz-s-intelligence-agencies-looking-in-the-wrong-direction
Farivar, C. (2012, July 12). Internet content blocking travels downstream, affects unwary users. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from Ars Technica website: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/internet-content-blocking-travels-downstream-affects-unwary-users/
Fedorov, A. (2019). Cinema in the Mirror of the Soviet and Russian Film Criticism (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3340958). Retrieved from Social Science Research Network website: https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3340958
Fingas, J. (2019, March 18). New Zealand ISPs block websites hosting Christchurch shooting video. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from Engadget website: https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/18/new-zealand-isps-block-sites-hosting-shooting-video/
Florida mayor declares presidential bid. (2019, March 28). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47736604
Gallagher, S. (2019, March 27). Trump signs executive order to make America greater than EMPs. Retrieved March 28, 2019, from Ars Technica website: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/trump-signs-executive-order-to-make-america-resilient-to-emps/
Gorman, A. (2019, March 12). ‘Medieval’ Diseases Flare As Unsanitary Living Conditions Proliferate. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from Kaiser Health News website: https://khn.org/news/medieval-diseases-flare-as-unsanitary-living-conditions-proliferate/
Hollister, S. (2019, March 16). Sky New Zealand yanks Sky Australia after Christchurch footage sparks outrage. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from The Verge website: https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/16/18268213/sky-new-zealand-yanks-sky-australia-after-christchurch-footage-sparks-outrage
Katinakis, N. (2019, March 19). Blocking websites hosting footage of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from Telstra Exchange website: https://exchange.telstra.com.au/blocking-websites-hosting-footage-christchurch/
Kellat, S. M. (2019, March 25). External Thinking. Retrieved March 28, 2019, from Signal Splatter website: http://skellat.freeshell.org/blog/archive/2019/03/External_Thinking.html
Kelly, M. (2019, March 18). New Zealand ISPs are blocking sites that do not remove Christchurch shooting video. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from The Verge website: https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/18/18271511/new-zealand-isp-blocking-sites-christchurch-shooting-video-removal-4chan-8chan-liveleak
Kramer, M. (2017, September 27). Text-only news sites are slowly making a comeback. Here’s why. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from Poynter website: https://www.poynter.org/tech-tools/2017/text-only-news-sites-are-slowly-making-a-comeback-heres-why/
Lee, D. (2019, March 28). Does Silicon Valley care about journalism? Retrieved March 28, 2019, from Notes from Silicon Valley website: http://davelee.me/2019/03/does-silicon-valley-care-about-journalism/
Lynch, S. N., & Wolfe, J. (2019, March 23). Explainer: How much of the Mueller report must U.S. attorney... Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-disclosure-explainer-idUSKCN1R32S2
Ndedi, A., Amoa, R. L., & Kewe, L. (2019). Challenges in Giving the Voice to Billions of Peoples: The Case of Facebook (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3336946). Retrieved from Social Science Research Network website: https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3336946
Paredes, D. (2019, March 17). NZ ISPs block websites with footage of Christchurch shooting. Retrieved March 23, 2019, from CIO New Zealand website: https://www.cio.co.nz/article/658895/nz-isps-block-websites-footage-christchurch-shooting/
Pearce, J. M. (2018). How to Perform a Literature Review with Free and Open Source Software (SSRN Scholarly Paper No. ID 3331153). Retrieved from Social Science Research Network website: https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=3331153
Pelosi calls Mueller report summary “insufficient,” seeks full report. (2019, March 23). Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-pelosi-idUSKCN1R40OO
Pierog, K. (2019, March 28). Court ruling in Puerto Rico bankruptcy fans revenue bond fears. Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico-bonds-idUSKCN1R92MF
Smout, A. (2019, March 23). Brexit mayday? PM May’s ministers move to oust her, Sunday Times says. Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-idUSKCN1R40DJ
US-Mexico border “at breaking point.” (2019, March 28). Retrieved from https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47736603
Van Horn, G. (2019, March 28). DOD Provisional Timeslot on WWV and WWVH. Retrieved March 28, 2019, from Shortwave Central website: https://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/2019/03/dod-provisional-timeslot-on-wwv-and-wwvh.html
White House backing Puerto Rico’s oversight board: WSJ. (2019, March 28). Reuters. Retrieved from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-puertorico-idUSKCN1R92O4
Witherspoon, T. (2019a, March 27). Radio World: Bryan Broadcasting Asks FCC to Allow All-Digital AM. Retrieved March 28, 2019, from The SWLing Post website: https://swling.com/blog/2019/03/radio-world-bryan-broadcasting-asks-fcc-to-allow-all-digital-am/
Witherspoon, T. (2019b, March 28). USAGM’s increased audience: a side-effect of changing measurement methodology. Retrieved March 28, 2019, from The SWLing Post website: https://swling.com/blog/2019/03/usagms-increased-audience-a-side-effect-of-changing-measurement-methodology/
For all the Venezuela chatter...
I know people have been mentioning that there are purportedly lies floating around about the status of Venezuela. I've read what they've posted. It has been considered. That line of thinking still runs into a wee bit of a problem.
The US gasoline retailer Citgo is 100% owned by the state-owned Venezuelan oil company PDVSA. Citgo is the key right now in the Venezuela situation since it represents cashflow to that country coming from sales of gasoline in the USA. Depending upon potential actions in a Delaware court, we could have an incident well underway: https://www.rigzone.com/news/wire/delaware_judge_could_play_key_role_in_citgo_battle-22-feb-2019-158221-article/
Citgo is the cash cow that Venezuela needs to stay afloat: https://newsok.com/article/feed/8977544/us-refiner-citgo-emerges-as-key-to-venezuelas-power-battle
PDVSA has a bit of oil it can't do anything with at the moment. Even if sanctions are immediately lifted, it still can't do anything with it due to a lack of appropriately trained personnel. This will tip the balance more than anything on the ground in Venezuela most likely.
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To crosspost something I wrote at Mastodon
I stated thus:
“Bills Banning Government Shutdowns: A Terrible Idea
Portman's bill is facially unconstitutional. Most of these bills are facially unconstitutional. Why? Look at the Constitution in Article I, Section 8, Clause 12: https://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/1/essays/52/army-clause
THAT is why they're facially unconstitutional as long as *whole of government* funding is included. You can't fund the Army longer than 2 years at a time without a new vote on appropriations...ever! ”
My country's government is falling apart. The answer is not to put things on autopilot to let the administrative portions run on their own. That leads to the Solarian League and the People's Republic of Haven envisioned by David Weber. We desperately need a Convention of the States to start fixing problems in the Constitution.
A Cease Fire
The budget impasse has now come to a cease fire. Unless a new deal is agreed to finish out the fiscal year, the partial government shutdown resumes as of 12:01 AM Eastern on February 16, 2019. The oddsmakers won't touch this one.
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30 Days Now
Well, the shutdown has lasted thirty days. A new letter will be given to me on Tuesday outlining matters since we're in uncharted territory. Technically POTUS can execute any Reduction In Force plans now that he wishes as requirements have been met.
In other views, the included graphic shows how well Facebook does not know me.You're the Cleveland-area, correct?
Would you be interested in moving to Cincinnati? We have an office in Mason.
At the moment we aren't hiring there, but I could make an inquiry. I'm not sure anything on our current board is a good fit for you, but if you see something interesting, I can put in a good word: https://www.perforce.com/careers
“You're the Cleveland-area, correct?
Would you be interested in moving to Cincinnati? We have an office in Mason.
At the moment we aren't hiring there, but I could make an inquiry. I'm not sure anything on our current board is a good fit for you, but if you see something interesting, I can put in a good word: https://www.perforce.com/careers”
I can't move yet.
The Order Was Given
As of 1838 UTC on January 16th, I was given the order that I was to return to duty without pay on January 17th.
No, I am not amused.
Just when I thought an update would be good news...
Previously posted at https://mastodon.sdf.org/@alpacaherder/101388684250622508 --
Trump calls meeting with Pelosi and Schumer a 'total waste of time'
I was given a very, very unofficial heads-up date as to when I **must** report for duty without pay unless I want to be fired in short order on charges of AWOL. I have two more weeks to find a new undertaking so that I may abandon ship in a timely fashion. SEE ALSO: https://mastodon.sdf.org/@alpacaherder/101384631216854605
We're Not In A Kumbaya Moment
Right now there are some backroom forums where IRS employees adopt pseudonyms to discuss the workings of the bureau. We're not a happy bunch. Currently we're arguing over the finer points of legislating and our unhappy opinions about our republic's legislators. The Hatch Act would require us all to resign our commissions but it would be interesting if a group of us ran for Congress in 2020 as the Cranky Tax Collector Caucus. It would take about 30 of us not aligning with either the Republicans or Democrats to gum up the works mathemetically so as to become the kingmakers.
We're past the two week mark on the Partial Government Shutdown. The news media keeps saying that only a quarter is closed. The reason for that is the vast majority of federal spending is concentrated in our Department of Defense. Comparatively speaking, NASA is run on a relative shoestring budget of only $15 billion. That's a rounding error in parts of the military's budget. It most certainly is a rounding error in the budget for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
The unique USA phenomenon of "Refund Season" where people celebrate overpaying their taxes through the preceding year by receiving the overpayment back without interest (occasionally including infamous "refundable tax credits") is looking to be potentially delayed. This heavily involves us at IRS since we are the tax collectors. This whole period of time warps the economic status of the country and can cause disruptions to sales figures throughout February into March. During a Partial Government Shutdown, we aren't allowed to send out the overpayment refunds. This would warp the economy insofar that it would distort it back to a state resembling life before World War II when Milton Friedman invented the "temporary" measure of income tax withholdings from pay checks.
Frankly, I'm okay with this. People aren't supposed to depend on income tax overpayment refund proceeds. If their withholdings are adjusted right, they'll have the correct amounts in their paycheck and not overpay their government. Unfortunately we would need a disaster like the current budget crisis to change the cultural phenomenon of "Refund Season".
The SNAP program, supplemental nutrition assistance program, run through the states by the US Department of Agriculture is apparently on track to run out of operating dollars at the end of January. This is a form of non-taxable welfare payment designated solely for the purchase of foodstuffs. Such a lapse would cause some social upheaval. Whether states take the hit financially to keep it going or if program participants are left hanging is an open question. This will be an excellent opportunity for churches and local community organizations to reach out to these impacted populations to provide non-governmental assistance.
Carry on, my wayward son...