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Audits Reveal Security Lapses In D.C. Tax Office

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Weak controls in the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue may have opened the door to the theft of millions in city funds.
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Weak controls in the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue may have opened the door to the theft of millions in city funds.

Internal audits and reports show that major security lapses lingered at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue years after a mid-level manager was caught embezzling tens of millions of dollars.

According to reports obtained by The Washington Post, auditors have repeatedly warned Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi about weak controls and oversight at the office. The office didn't respond to requests for comment from the newspaper about the reports and audits.

The audits and reports were written by Gandhi's internal affairs unit, which was run by William DiVello. The former assistant inspector general abruptly resigned last week. He is expected to testify Wednesday before the D.C. Council about problems in the tax office.

In 2007, manager Harriette Walters was caught stealing $48 million through fake property tax refunds.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

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