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Homes cover a hillside near Happy Valley, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) **FILE**

USDA's Rural Housing Service should be plowed under

Among the many federal agencies with an "affordable housing" mission is the Agriculture Department's Rural Housing Service (RHS). It was established in 1949 to provide housing assistance to poor farmers and farm workers. But what is a federal agency without mission creep?

Radio host and columnist Armstrong Williams. (Image courtesy of New Chapter Publisher)

Evolving an entrepreneurial mindset

If you consider yourself an employee, you look at time as a finite resource. You arrive at work on time, leave on time, and expect to be paid on time. You essentially are tying your income to a fixed, linear relationship with time. But entrepreneurs view time much, much differently.

FILE - This Jan. 14, 2016 file photo shows Charles "Monty" Roessel, director of the Bureau of Indian Education, during an interview at Cove Day School in Cove, Ariz. Roessel has been demoted after a report by a federal watchdog found he violated hiring practices. The report says Roessel inappropriately intervened in the hiring of a romantic interest and a close relative.(Jon Austria/The Daily Times via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

Indian education director demoted amid hiring allegations

- Associated Press

The director of the federal agency that oversees education for American Indian children was demoted Wednesday after a federal watchdog found he used his influence to get jobs for a close relative and a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship.

California unemployment rate dips to 5.5 percent

Associated Press

California's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in February, continuing a slight downward trend but remaining higher than the nation's jobless rate as a whole, state figures indicated Friday.

Lawmaker calls for investigation into Kean consultant hiring

Associated Press

A New Jersey lawmaker is calling for an investigation of Kean University following a report that the school hired a consultant with a criminal record and questionable resume to examine racial bias at the school.

California unemployment rate up slightly to 5.8 percent

Associated Press

California's unemployment rate increased slightly in December, the first uptick in months, while non-farm payroll jobs increased by 60,400, according to state Employment Development Department figures released Friday.

Jamie Merisotis.  (YouTube)

Lumina's Merisotis: U.S. needs a 'Department of Talent'

- The Washington Times

Jamie Merisotis wants to revamp the way the U.S. sees its labor pool. The Indianapolis-based member of the Council on Foreign Relations and CEO of Lumina Foundation for education believes that the federal government needs to refocus to attract the best possible talent to fill the growing needs of America's job sectors. "I'm not advocating for more government, I'm advocating for a realignment in what we do at the federal level," Mr. Merisotis said.