FYI


FYI

Commissioner Paul R. Carey’s death leaves the SEC three members short of its full complement, but it still can conduct business. The two remaining commissioners, Laura S. Unger and Isaac C. Hunt, Jr., constitute a quorum ( www.sec.gov/news/headlines/paulcarey.htm ; www.sec.gov/about/commissioner/carey.htm ).

The Social Security Administration addresses women’s benefits issues in a new segment of its Web site, and enables wage-earners’ spouses to apply online for retirement benefits ( www.ssa.gov/women ; www.ssa.gov/applytoretire ).

The Health Care Financing Administration, which manages funding for Medicare and the federal share of Medicaid, takes a new name—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—and aims to improve its responsiveness to beneficiaries and health-care providers ( www.ssa.gov/enews/enewsmedicare61501.htm ).

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IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

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