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280
Number of Kansas City municipal employees who were duped into opening the door to the city's computer systems in the last six months, giving up log-in credentials in responding to a fake email "phishing" attack launched by the city auditor's office to see how city workers would respond and how the city's information-technology teams would handle the breach
>> Kansas City Star | Posted March 30, 2015

59
Number of African-Americans among the 1,134 Michigan State Police troopers, 5.2 percent of the force, compared to 12.5 percent when a federal consent decree over the agency's employment of blacks was lifted in 1993
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted March 27, 2015

More than $600 million
Amount that Wall Street firms collected last year to manage investments for Pennsylvania's two big public-employee pension plans, which continue to post multibillion-dollar gaps between the assets they own and their obligations to state retirees, with Gov. Tom Wolf calling in his budget proposal for "reforms to significantly reduce excessive management fees and overreliance on high risk investment strategies" in favor of "less costly passive investment approaches where appropriate"
>> Philadelphia Inquirer | Posted March 26, 2015

126
Number of the 7,014 career members of the federal Senior Executive Service under the age of 40 as of last September, 1.8 percent of the total, while 24 percent of the appointees who make up the ranks of non-career SES members were born in or after 1975, according to Fedscope data complied by the advisory company CEB
>> Government Executive | Posted March 25, 2015

82%
Percentage of Americans who find it acceptable for government security and intelligence agencies to monitor communications of suspected terrorists, while 60 percent say it's fine to snoop on the communications of foreign leaders and four out of 10 are OK with the government keeping tabs on American citizens, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center
>> Government Executive | Posted March 24, 2015

5 years
Period that the University of Maine System will go without an increase in in-state tuition, adjusted for inflation, after a vote by trustees to freeze rates for a fourth year, making UMaine the only state system without an increase over that period, according to the College Board, which says in-state tuition at four-year institutions nationwide has increased by 17 percent over those years
>> Portland Press Herald | Posted March 23, 2015

150,980
Number of people who, as of 11:23 a.m. eastern time yesterday, were browsing federal websites, including thousands visiting an Internal Revenue Service page called "Where's My Refund?" and Weather.gov, according to a new online dashboard tracking user behavior on federal websites launched by technology teams at the White House and the General Services Administration
>> Nextgov | Posted March 20, 2015

About $130,000
Annual pension that former Savannah-Chatham County, Ga., police chief Willie Lovett, who is serving a seven-and-a-half-year federal prison sentence for commercial gambling and conspiring to obstruct enforcement of state criminal laws, will be allowed to keep under a ruling by the Georgia Attorney General's Office saying a state law allowing pension payments to be withheld couldn't be applied because Lovett was hired as an officer more than a decade before the law went into effect
>> Savannah Morning News | Posted March 19, 2015

More than $12 million
Amount that Utah lawmakers appropriated this legislative session for state leaders' campaign to take over 31 million acres of federal lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service, offering a bonanza for consultants, lobbyists and lawyers retained to pressure Congress, sway public opinion sue the federal government and challenge federal scientists
>> Salt Lake Tribune | Posted March 18, 2015

16.4 million
Number of uninsured people who have gained health coverage since major provisions of the Affordable Care Act began to take effect in 2010, driving the largest reduction in the number of uninsured since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid four decades ago, according to new data from the Obama administration
>> New York Times
94%
Percentage of Denver residents who city officials say now have health-care coverage, up from 83.1 percent before implementation of the Affordable Care Act and bringing the city very close to its goal for 2020 of 95 percent of residents having access to primary health care
>> Denver Post
21,092
Number of Wyoming residents who signed up for health-insurance plans in the second year of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, a 48 percent increase from the first year of the program that state officials attributed to residents gaining confidence in the ACA
>> Casper Star-Tribune | Posted March 17, 2015

606
Number of the FBI's 13,455 special agents who are African-American, 4.5 percent, at a time when local police departments are under pressure to diversity their forces, an issue highlighted by a report from the FBI's parent Justice Department earlier this month saying the Ferguson, Mo., police department's lack of diversity was a contributing factor to undermining community trust
>> Washington Post | Posted March 16, 2015

About $100
The Government Accountability Office's return on investment for every dollar invested in the watchdog agency, according to Gene Dodaro, who as comptroller of the United States heads GAO and used that estimate in arguing before a Senate subcommittee for a budget increase that would allow adding 40 full-time employees
>> Federal News Radio | Posted March 13, 2015

$44
Average amount that Idaho schools are now paying per month per megabit of broadband capacity, compared to the average of $81 they were paying via the Idaho Education Network, a statewide system that linked every Idaho high school with broadband service and videoconferencing but which collapsed after a judge ruled that the network contract was awarded illegally
>> Idaho Statesman | Posted March 12, 2015

44%
Percentage of federal-government workers who are maintaining a state of financial well-being that is "strong and consistent," 10 percentage points higher than the rest of the U.S. workforce, according to a recent Gallup study that described about 39 percent of federal workers as "struggling" and 17 percent as "suffering"
>> Government Executive | Posted March 11, 2015

$151,193
Median salary of the 24 employees of the Texas State University System Board of Regents, the highest median pay among Texas' statewide agencies, with workers at the Department of Aging and Disability Services pulling down the lowest median salary, $27,645
>> Houston Chronicle, Texas Tribune | Posted March 10, 2015

At least 899
Number of Americans killed in house fires during this winter's deep freeze, according to federal officials and the Red Cross, which says that more than a third of all house-fire deaths happen in winter as people trying to stay warm overload electrical circuits, run improperly installed heaters and crank up their wood stoves
>> USA Today | Posted March 9, 2015

88.4%
Percentage of Utahns who, despite its vast wide-open spaces, live in its cities and towns instead of in unincorporated areas, the highest percentage in the nation, while Vermont has the lowest rate, 24.6 percent, according to a new Census Bureau study whose author cited limited access to water and the high proportion of federally held land as part of the explanation for the higher percentage of city-dwellers in western states
>> Salt Lake Tribune | Posted March 6, 2015

$20.6 million
Amount that a consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago saved last year by making use of a joint fiber-optic network, joint purchasing and joint library collections, up from $11.7 million the previous year, according to an annual report from the partnership
>> Indianapolis Star | Posted March 5, 2015

$30 million
Amount that Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office has been forced to spend in efforts to end unconstitutional practices in the two years since a federal judge found that county deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos during immigration-enforcement actions
>> Arizona Republic | Posted March 4, 2015

More than 730,000
Daily number of cyberattacks on Michigan's government computer systems and networks, a number that includes spam and phishing emails and is up from about 540,000 daily attacks last year, according to state Chief Information Officer David Behen, as Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing increasing the state's current annual cybersecurity budget of $22 million by $7 million
>> AP/Detroit Free Press
Nearly 70,000
Number of information-security incidents, most commonly the mishandling of paper documents containing personal information or other sensitive data, reported by federal agencies in fiscal 2014, a 15 percent increase from the previous year, according to a new Office of Management and Budget report to Congress
>> Federal News Radio | Posted March 3, 2015

60 million metric tons
Approximate amount of food that is wasted every year in the United States, with an estimated value of $162 billion, about half of which ends up in municipal landfills at a cost of about $1.5 billion a year to local governments, according to a report from a British organization estimating that a third of all of the food produced in the world is never consumed
>> New York Times | Posted March 2, 2015

About $14,200
Estimate, according to WalletHub's "telework savings calculator," of the amount teleworkers in the Washington, D.C., area, with its large contingent of federal employees, save annually by avoiding commuting to an office, compared to a national average of more than $10,000
>> Nextgov | Posted Feb. 27, 2015

$65,650
Median annual salary of the White House's 230 female employees last year, 13.3 percent less than the median salary of the 225 male White House staffers, a figure that compares to a 9.2 percent average gender-pay gap for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and a 23 percent overall national gender-pay gap
>> American Enterprise Institute | Posted Feb. 26, 2015

$90,000-$350,000
Approximate yearly salary range for charter-school leaders in Washington, D.C. in 2013, with two of the charter-school leaders earning more than D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson was paid that year
>> Washington Post | Posted Feb. 25, 2015

$63.5 billion
Impact on North Carolina's economy from higher education--including the University of North Carolina system, the state's community colleges and its private colleges--in 2012-13, according to a new study saying the number is equivalent to the creation of 1 million new jobs and 14.6 percent of the total gross state product
>> Raleigh News & Observer | Posted Feb. 24, 2015

More than 8,700
Number of volunteer observers across the country who, following strict guidelines, record and report weather data for the National Weather Service--some of whom have been sending data in to the weather agency for over 75 years--as part of a program that dates back to 1890
>> Quartz | Posted Feb. 23, 2015

99.5%
Percentage of the nearly 33,000 federal workers who were furloughed after the sequestration budget cuts took effect in 2013 and appealed their furloughs to the Merit Systems Protection Board who have lost their cases, according to MSPB data, with the small number of furlough reversals coming mostly in cases of employees who were able to prove either that colleagues in their offices with similar jobs were not furloughed or that their salaries were not among those authorized by Congress
>> Washington Post | Posted Feb. 20, 2015

More than $24 million
The Department of Veterans Affairs' annual maintenance cost for more than 300 aging buildings it would like to close because they are less than half-occupied or completely unused, according to VA officials who want their own version of the military's base-closure process
>> Navy Times | Posted Feb. 19, 2015

65.9 million gallons
Amount of water Denver expects to save annually by replacing the toilets in 140 public schools with low-flow models designed in Japan that use 1.25 gallons per flush rather than the 3.5 gallons used by the current toilets, with 3,200 of the fixtures replaced so far and the replacement project expected to be completed by 2018
>> Denver Post | Posted Feb. 18, 2015

$400 million
California's annual proceeds from unclaimed bank accounts, insurance policies and other financial valuables, which has become the fifth-largest revenue source for the state's general-fund budget, according to a report from the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office urging lawmakers to make reunifying the unclaimed assets with rightful owners a higher priority
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Feb. 17, 2015

5.6%
Enrollment decline at City College of San Francisco two weeks into the spring semester, compared to a 26 percent decline last fall, with administrators of the school that has been fighting to save its accredition citing an aggressive half-million-dollar marketing campaign emphasizing contacting students who'd dropped out
>> San Francisco Examiner | Posted Feb. 13, 2015

498,642
Number of Regular Army soldiers on active duty as of the first of this year, the first time in a decade that the number has dropped below 500,000, with the service on track to reduce the total to 490,000 by Oct. 1 as required in the fiscal 2015 congressional budget authorization
>> Military Times | Posted Feb. 12, 2015

$288.5 million
Estimate by the U.S. Postal Service's inspector general of revenue the USPS risks losing in fiscal year 2015 due to negative customer feedback, according to an audit reporting that more than 20 percent of the agency's retail customers who were surveyed said they were treated "worse than other retailers" by postal employees in fiscal 2013, reflecting an 8.9 percent increase in negative feedback over the course of fiscal years 2012 and 2013
>> U.S. Postal Service Inspector General | Posted Feb. 11, 2015

91%
Percentage of Americans who still choose to receive their billing statements by mail even though most of them pay those bills online, according to a study commissioned by the inspector general for the U.S. Postal Service, which in 2013 took in $18.5 billion--more than one-quarter of its revenue--for delivering transactional statements
>> Washington Post | Posted Feb. 10, 2015

60
Number of the 152 current members of the federal Senior Executive Service responding to a Federal News Radio online survey who said they would join the SES today, with one respondent citing better compensation in the private sector as well as "spineless and reckless politicians" who "insult and denigrate" SES members
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Feb. 9, 2015

$60,000
Approximate annual retirement income that 55-year-old former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who applied for his Massachusetts pension shortly after losing his Republican bid last November for a U.S. Senate seat from New Hampshire, is expected to receive based on his nearly 17 years of service in state, county and municipal government in Massachusetts
>> Boston Globe
$91,000
Approximate annual pension that Jim Kenney, who filed for his Philadelphia city pension after giving up his $127,000-a-year city council seat last week to run for mayor, will draw based on his 23 years of council service
>> Philadelphia Daily News | Posted Feb. 6, 2015

38
Number of people who committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge last year, a drop from the record of 46 in 2013 after authorities stepped up patols on the bridge, for which a $76 million plan for a suicide net expected to be completed in 2019 has been approved
>> San Francisco Chronicle | Posted Feb. 5, 2015

$13.67-$26.53
Hourly pay scale for a California state-government pianist, a position created in 1931 and revised in 1972 that is one of the 3,666 state job classifications that recently underwent an assessment in effort to determine which should be retained or eliminated
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Feb. 4, 2015

$499 billion
Total unfunded liabilities of state teacher pension systems in 2014, an increase of $100 billion in just two years and amounting to more than $10,000 in debt for every student in the nation's primary and secondary schools, according to a report from the National Council on Teacher Quality
>> CBS News | Posted Feb. 3, 2015

Less than $34 million
Revenue from Washington, D.C.'s traffic-enforcement cameras in fiscal 2014, down from about $75 million the year before, a decrease police acknowledged was due in part to problems maintaining some of the equipment, undermining earlier claims that the drop was mainly due to motorists doing a better job obeying the law
>> Washington Post | Posted Feb. 2, 2015

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