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Jul 15, 2015

U.S. senators call for reforms of U.S. football body at FIFA corruption hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Wednesday called for extensive reforms in the way football is run by both international and U.S. governing bodies, and questioned what current U.S. football chiefs knew about corruption in the global organisation FIFA.

“The facts show there had to be either wilful ignorance or blatant incompetence on behalf of many of the members of this org. – that’s true of U.S. football as well,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the top Democrat on the Senate commerce subcommittee at a hearing it held on Wednesday to examine alleged corruption in FIFA and related football bodies.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S. senators call for reforms of U.S. soccer body at FIFA corruption hearing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators on Wednesday called for extensive reforms in the way soccer is run by both international and U.S. governing bodies, and questioned what current U.S. soccer chiefs knew about corruption in the global organization FIFA.

“The facts show there had to be either wilful ignorance or blatant incompetence on behalf of many of the members of this org. – that’s true of U.S. soccer as well,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the top Democrat on the Senate commerce subcommittee at a hearing it held on Wednesday to examine alleged corruption in FIFA and related soccer bodies.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S. bill aims to stop militants recruiting Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Congressional panel is expected on Wednesday to approve the first funding Congress has targeted specifically at programs to stop Islamic State and other militant groups recruiting Americans, congressional aides said.

A bill sponsored by Republican Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security panel, would provide $10 million per year for four years starting October 1 to the Homeland Security Department.

Jul 14, 2015

U.S. has yet to notify 21.5 million data breach victims: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two months after discovering that sensitive personal information on 21.5 million Americans was compromised in a hack of government databanks, none of those affected has been officially notified, government officials said on Tuesday.

The officials from multiple agencies, who are familiar with an investigation into the breach, said the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which oversaw the data, is working with other agencies to set up a system to inform the victims.

Jul 14, 2015

FIFA turns down request for Blatter to attend U.S. Senate panel hearing

By Mark Hosenball and Simon Evans

(Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel invited FIFA President Sepp Blatter to answer questions at a hearing this Wednesday about the corruption scandal that has badly tarnished soccer’s global governing body but FIFA declined on his behalf, a congressional official said.

“Sen. Moran’s office reached out to FIFA to explore the possibility of having Mr. Blatter testify but the organization declined,” said Garrette Turner, spokesman for Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican chairman of the consumer protection subcommittee, which is holding the hearing.

Jul 13, 2015

Soccer-FIFA turns down request for Blatter to attend U.S. Senate panel hearing

July 13 (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel invited FIFA President Sepp Blatter to answer questions at a hearing this Wednesday about the corruption scandal that has badly tarnished soccer’s global governing body but FIFA declined on his behalf, a congressional official said.

“Sen. Moran’s office reached out to FIFA to explore the possibility of having Mr. Blatter testify but the organization declined,” said Garrette Turner, spokesman for Senator Jerry Moran, the Republican chairman of the consumer protection subcommittee, which is holding the hearing.

Jul 10, 2015

U.S. personnel agency chief resigns over massive data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Office of Personnel Management chief Katherine Archuleta resigned on Friday, a day after the Obama administration said massive computer hacks at the government agency had put the personal data of more than 21 million people at risk.

The White House, facing harsh criticism from Republicans in Congress, said Archuleta had stepped down and that OPM was stepping up cyber security measures, such as limiting the number of “privileged users” of computer data.

Jul 9, 2015

FBI says it thwarted Islamic State-inspired July 4 attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities foiled attacks planned around the Fourth of July, arresting more than 10 people in the month before the holiday who were inspired by Islamic State online recruitment, FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday.

“I do believe our work disrupted efforts to kill people likely in connection with July 4th,” Comey told reporters at the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He did not detail the number of plots uncovered or their targets.

Jul 6, 2015

FIFA bans bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls for seven years

ZURICH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who led the teams which inspected bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has been banned from all football for seven years, FIFA’s ethics committee said on Monday.

World soccer’s governing body said Mayne-Nicholls, formerly head of the Chilean Football Federation, would not be able to take part in “any kind of football-related activity at national and international level” during that period.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer-FIFA bans bid inspector Mayne-Nicholls for seven years

ZURICH/WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who led the teams which inspected bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, has been banned from all football for seven years, FIFA’s ethics committee said on Monday.

World soccer’s governing body said Mayne-Nicholls, formerly head of the Chilean Football Federation, would not be able to take part in “any kind of football-related activity at national and international level” during that period.