Entitlements

Policy: Labor

US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

07/24/14 08:37 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. That's the lowest reading since February 2006,...
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Paul Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

By Associated Press | 07/24/14 02:55 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Programs that would be merged include food stamps, cash welfare, housing...
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Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

07/24/14 01:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, but the agency can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated...
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