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Gallup: Only 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress

While only 15 percent of Americans say they approve of Congress, it's a jump from last year's record low of 9 percent, a recent Gallup poll finds. The July 15 poll of 1,013 adults from July 1-10 is virtually unchanged from the 16-percent approval recorded in the prior month. The margin of sampling error for the poll is 4 percentage points.

IG: USPS should offer expanded services for e-commerce

The Postal Service needs a better plan to take advantage of the e-commerce boom by offering expanded services to businesses and consumers shipping packages, a July 21 USPS inspector general report says.

IG: US Postal Service needs to step up measures in reducing undeliverable mail

Of the more than 158 billion mailpieces it processed in fiscal 2013, about 6.8 billion, or 4.3 percent, were so-called "undeliverable as addressed," or UAA. Reasons include incorrect or illegible addresses or people moving, according to the USPS inspector general audit released July 14.

GAO finds some security weaknesses within Fiscal Service's information systems

A review of a bureau's information systems within the Treasury Department found a "signficant deficiency" in security measures over financial reporting, a Government Accountability Office report released July 18.

Cities, feds grapple with inadequate border-crossing infrastructure

Port of entry infrastructure along the U.S. borders has struggled to keep up with the needs of cross-border trade and travelers, lawmakers and federal officials testing during a House hearing.

Texas search-and-rescue group can resume drone usage after court order

A Texas volunteer group that searches for lost and missing persons is resuming use of drones in such efforts after a federal court said the Federal Aviation Agency's email warning the group not to use such unmanned aircraft wasn't legally binding.

GAO finds some key FDIC financial systems still vulnerable, open to attacks

Despite implementing stronger computerized defenses, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation still needs to address weaknesses that are putting key financial systems and information at "unnecessary risk," congressional investigators said.

ACLU joins appeal of Idaho woman suing NSA

More than a month after a federal judge struck down a lawsuit that an Idaho woman filed against the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone data, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have taken on the case in the appeals process.

Taxpayer Advocate to focus on preparer fraud and tax exempt applications

The federal taxpayer ombudsman plans to focus on how the Internal Revenue Service addresses tax preparer fraud and handles tax-exempt organization applications. The National Taxpayer Advocate is required to make a mid-year report to Congress that lays out its goals for reviewing the IRS.

Despite recent successes, DOJ officials say more tools needed to combat criminal botnets

In recent years, Justice Deparment officials said they've successfully disrupted major criminal botnet operations from stealing more information and money. But as criminals continually change their tactics, officials said several U.S. laws need to be changed or updated to keep pace.