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38 million
Gallons of water that Portland, Ore., is flushing down the drain after a teenager was filmed urinating through a fence into a reservoir at a city park, with the Portland Water Bureau taking the 50-million-gallon reservoir offline and testing for possible contamination
>> Reuters | Posted April 17, 2013

About 300 million years
Number of years the National Institute of Standards and Technology says it would take for its new atomic clock, the NIST F-2, to gain or lose one second, making it about three times as accurate as the NIST F-1, an enhancement that has broad implications for the performance and dependability of modern-age staples such as power grids, global positioning systems, computer networks and cellphone service
>> Boulder Daily Camera | Posted April 16, 2013

About 600
Number of workers'-compensation claims filed from 2009 to 2013 by employees of Missouri's Fulton State Hospital, which houses the state's most mentally ill and criminally insane, nearly matching the total filed by workers at the state's eight other mental-health facilities
>> St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Posted April 15, 2013

25.9%
Percentage of federal employees who agree that promotions are based on merit, compared to 47.2 percent of federal managers, according to a Partnership for Public Service analysis of the organization's latest Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey
>> Nextgov | Posted April 14, 2013

Less than 3%
Percentage of staff members who are military veterans in congressional offices responding to a survey by HillVets, an organization of veterans in government
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted April 11, 2013

$498,730
Amount of overtime pay earned from 2009 to 2013 by a Philadelphia homicide detective, topping the list of 16 police and firefighters who took in more than $400,000 for overtime over that period, with the police department having by far the largest overtime payments
>> Philadelphia Daily News | Posted April 10, 2013

$21 million
Amount paid to a Florida ophthalmologist by Medicare in 2012, according to newly released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services showing that a tiny fraction of the 880,000 doctors and other health-care providers who participate in the federal program accounted for nearly a quarter of the roughly $77 billion that it paid out
>> New York Times, Wall Street Journal | Posted April 9, 2013

About $30.4 billion
Economic activity generated from spending of pension benefits paid by the California Public Employees Retirement System to public-sector retirees and their family members in fiscal 2011-12, according to figures reported by the pension fund saying that the benefits-related spending created nearly 114,000 jobs statewide
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted April 8, 2013

About 10,200
Number of civilian federal-government jobs that were lost in March, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, although the total number of government jobs remained steady as state- and local-government gains offset losses at the federal level
>> Government Executive | Posted April 7, 2013

74%
Percentage of federal documents that the National Technical Information Service offers for sale that the Government Accountability Office says are already available for free online, leading to the introduction by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of legislation--titled "The Let Me Google That For You Act of 2014"--that would abolish the 64-year old NTIS and transfer any of its necessary functions to other federal agencies
>> USA Today | Posted April 4, 2013

44
Number of states that, as of 2013, had formal initiatives in place for executive-branch-led performance or results budgeting, according to research from American University presented at the recent annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration
>> Government Executive | Posted April 3, 2013

44%
Percentage by which the Department of Veterans Affairs says it has cut the backlog of veterans' disability claims, to 344,000 from a March 2013 peak of 611,000, while reducing the average decision wait time by 119 days
>> Federal News Radio | Posted April 2, 2013

50 cents
Amount of federal spending in Delaware for each dollar of federal taxes paid by its residents, the lowest ratio among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, while Mississippi and New Mexico ranked highest in this measure of federal dependency, taking in $3.07 and $2.83, respectively, according to an analysis of federal data by the personal-finance website WalletHub
>> WalletHub | Posted April 1, 2013

$136 million
Amount that the federal government, which spends $467 million a year on ink, could save if all documents were printed using the Garamond font, rather than fonts such as Times New Roman or Century Gothic, according to Suvir Mirchandani, a 14-year-old Pittsburgh-area middle-school student whose calculations for a science-fair project aimed at saving money for his school caught the attention of the Journal for Emerging Investigators, a publication that provides a forum for the work of middle-school and high-school students and which asked him to apply his findings to the federal government
>> CNN | Posted March 31, 2013

$209 million

Donations by federal employees to the Combined Federal Campaign in 2013, down 19 percent from the previous year and marking the fourth consecutive year of declining contributions for the annual giving drive
>> Government Executive | Posted March 28, 2013

More than $114,000

Average annual salary of independent consultants who have federal security clearances, compared to $86,218 for cleared employees of contractors and $86,218 for government employees with clearances, according to a new report from a company that matches cleared individuals to companies searching for new employees
>> Government Executive | Posted March 27, 2013

Nearly $170 million
Amount that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the state's Department of Transportation have spent for snow removal so far this winter, the most ever, with decreased traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway due to the weather accounting for lost toll revenue estimated at $10.5 million
>> Newark Star-Ledger | Posted March 26, 2013

83,613
Number of Internal Revenue Service employees as of the end of fiscal 2013, down 5,938 from the end of fiscal 2012 to the lowest number in over a decade as a result of spending reductions, with taxpayer-assistance positions accounting for about 3,300 of the 2013 job cuts and the IRS currently projecting that it will be able to answer only 61 percent of phone calls this year
>> Federal News Radio | Posted March 25, 2013

28,000
Number of file cabinets in a facility inside a former Pennsylvania limestone mine in which 600 Office of Personnel Management employees process federal workers' retirement applications, a months-long, mostly manual procedure that runs at about the same speed as it did in 1977 despite more than $100 million spent over the past 30 years in failed efforts to automate it
>> Washington Post | Posted March 24, 2013

$750,000
Compensation that Adrian Klemm, the UCLA football program's offensive line coach who currently earns $340,000 annually, will receive in 2015-16 under a contract approved by the University of California Board of Regents aimed at keeping him from leaving for rival USC
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted March 21, 2013

More than $1 billion
Estimated cost of the Thirty Meter Telescope, the world's largest, which will sit atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano and will be constructed in a project being spearheaded by the University of California, Caltech and a group of Canadian universities along with partners from China, India and Japan
>> San Francisco Chronicle | Posted March 20, 2013

72%
Increase in the number of students receiving free breakfast at Washington, D.C.'s public schools over the past five years, the fastest growth in the country, which saw an average increase of 18.9 percent to 13.2 million students, according to Agriculture Department data
>> Washington Post | Posted March 19, 2013

$1.50-$2
Increase in local economic growth for every dollar spent on government-supported infrastructure projects, according to a recent report by the Progressive Policy Institute aiming to counter conservative economists' and politicians' arguments that such spending crowds out private-sector hiring, a question that figured prominently in the 2009 debate over the federal stimulus package
>> American City & County | Posted March 18, 2013

At least 477
Number of abused or neglected Florida children who died over the last six years after their families had had at least one encounter with the state Department of Children and Families--far more than child-welfare administrators have reported--following a decision made by DCF nearly 10 years ago to adopt a philosophy known as "family preservation" and reduce by as much as half the number of children taken into state care
>> Miami Herald | Posted March 17, 2013

$14.9 billion
Value of excess or unused inventory that was disposed of by the Department of Defense from 2010 to 2012, according to two senators who wrote a letter calling for the Pentagon to "reduce the wasteful purchases of unneeded spare parts and other inventory"
>> Federal Times | Posted March 14, 2013

Nearly $190 million
Amount spent by Oregon over a decade for work including planning, engineering, financial and traffic forecasting for the proposed Columbia River Crossing, a $2.8 billion bridge project for Interstate 5 that is being shut down after Gov. John Kitzhaber, business organizations and other boosters failed to convince skeptics that the project would address chronic traffic congestion or that it could be pulled off without disastrous cost overruns and other problems
>> The Oregonian | Posted March 13, 2013

At least 2.6 million
Number of feral hogs estimated to be roaming Texas, causing an estimated $52 million in damage to agriculture, wildlife and suburban landscaping each year and resulting in a new app from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that is designed to help landowners learn legal strategies to stop the invaders while providing information on control measures such as snare-building, strategic shooting, bait recipes and trap design
>> Houston Chronicle | Posted March 12, 2013

12,698
Number of speeding tickets that were issued between 2011 and 2012 by police officers from the tiny north-central Florida city of Hampton, which despite taking in nearly $420,000 in traffic fines operated at a deficit and is now fighting legislative momentum to wipe it off the map after a state audit uncovered financial irregularities
>> New York Times | Posted March 11, 2013

11,000
Estimated number of jobs that were added by state governments in February, with colleges and universities accounting for nearly all of the sector's gains, while local governments saw an uptick of 8,000 positions and the federal government cut another 6,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's latest jobs report
>> Governing | Posted March 10, 2013

12,025
Number of federal retirement claims the Office of Personnel Management received in February, nearly 23 percent more than the projected 9,800 for the month, during which the agency processed 9,767 claims, leaving its growing backlog standing at 23,554
>> Federal Times | Posted March 7, 2013

21,416
Number of Pennsylvania children who were in foster care last year, a 26 percent decline from the 29,024 recorded in 2009, according to a report from a child-advocacy group saying that the state is making progress in providing the kind of in-home services to families that are considered a more proactive way to keep families together and also are far less costly than foster care
>> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Posted March 6, 2013

More than $550,000
Travel-related expenses to which California state lawmakers were treated in 2013, up from $329,000 in 2012 and much of it funded by foundations, nonprofits tied to specific industries, and foreign governments, for trips that included touring renewable-energy projects in Scandinavia, attending public-safety panels in Maui and learning about how dentists are trained in New York City
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted March 5, 2013

$414 million
Cost to local economies of the closing of national parks, which resulted in 7.9 million fewer park visitors, during last October's 16-day federal-government shutdown, according to a new National Park Service report
>> Government Executive | Posted March 4, 2013

97,542
Number of hours of work by 255 Internal Revenue Service employees spent as of Feb. 7 in activities relating to congressional hearings investigating the scandal over the tax agency's scrutiny of mostly conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status, according to figures provided at the request of the two top House Democrats by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, whose office estimated that the agency's costs relating to the investigations had so far amounted to $14 million
>> Government Executive
25%

Increase last year in the number of people convicted as a result of IRS investigations of crimes relating to tax fraud and identity theft despite staffing at the IRS' criminal-enforcement division that was the lowest in years
>> FierceGovernment | Posted March 3, 2013

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