The ghosts of the past haunt my contacts list

The best Rolodex I ever saw belonged to Tom Alex, the dayside police reporter for the Des Moines Register. You needed two years of CrossFit just to twist the wheel. When one managed to crank the wheel, business cards rained out. Most pages had six or seven entries hastily crossed out with the new contactContinue reading “The ghosts of the past haunt my contacts list”

Iowa Workforce Development bigwigs hide when reporters come asking question about fraud, data breach

Scott Carpenter, a reporter for KCCI-TV, called me Monday. He was working on a story about Iowa Workforce Development, the fancy name our state government gives the unemployment office. Carpenter asked me if I was willing to be interviewed. I declined. I’ve got nothing against Carpenter. I don’t work for the news media anymore. IContinue reading “Iowa Workforce Development bigwigs hide when reporters come asking question about fraud, data breach”

In Iowa, if someone steals your identity and claims your unemployment benefits, Iowa Workforce Development won’t pay you until they find the bad guy — even if you can prove your identity

My identity has been stolen. I may possess the driver’s license and Social Security card of one Daniel P. Finney of Des Moines. But these documents mean nothing against the weight of data in the computers at Iowa Workforce Development. Those computers say Daniel Finney has a different birthday than the one I celebrate, aContinue reading “In Iowa, if someone steals your identity and claims your unemployment benefits, Iowa Workforce Development won’t pay you until they find the bad guy — even if you can prove your identity”