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More than 85,000
Number of immigrants living in the United States illegally who now have Illinois driver's licenses--which may be used only for driving and not as identification for boarding a plane, voting or buying a firearm--after the first full year that a new state program has been in place
>> AP/Chicago Sun-Times | Posted Jan. 29, 2015

Percentage of more than 1,500 adults surveyed earlier this month who view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention favorably despite overall trust in government running at historic lows, with CDC followed by NASA at 68 percent, the Department of Defense at 65 percent and the Environmental Protection Agency at 59 percent
>> Pew Research Center | Posted Jan. 28, 2015

Median number of operating days currently covered by states' emergency reserve funds, down from 33.1 a year ago, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts analysis finding that operating periods covered by the "rainy day" funds had declined in 37 states, five states had enough in reserve to continue operating for more than 100 days and four states had enough for fewer than five days
>> Washington Post | Posted Jan. 27, 2015

$1.1 billion
Increase in California state-government payroll costs (excluding state university employees and legislative staff) last year, to $16.43 billion, a 7 percent rise that followed three years of essentially flat payroll costs and came as the number of full-and part-time state workers grew by almost 2 percent, to about 245,000
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Jan. 26, 2015

31.7 million
Number of people who watched President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address across the 12 U.S. broadcast and cable networks that carried the speech live, the smallest State of the Union audience since Bill Clinton's 2000 speech, according to Nielsen data
>> Wall Street Journal | Posted Jan. 23, 2015

More than 190,000
Number of students who received a degree or certificate from a California community college in the 2013-14 academic year, a record number reflecting an increase from nearly 170,000 a year earlier, itself a record
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Jan. 22, 2015

30 years
Number of years that a Government Accountability Office employee received worker's compensation--since 1984--under the Federal Employees Compensation Act without raising red flags at the agency, according to the GAO's inspector general, who said the claimant had "abandoned suitable employment" by the agency and recommended that GAO's chief human capital officer review disability compensation claims annually to ensure that all claimants meet eligibility standards
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Jan. 21, 2015

Annual unemployment rate in 2014 for post-9/11 military veterans, the lowest in the metric's seven-year history, although the rate for veterans still lagged the comparable figure for the overall population, 6.2 percent
>> Military Times | Posted Jan. 20, 2015

Percentage of recipients of assistance from human-services agencies who were surveyed by Accenture who said they would likely download and use a mobile application for obtaining services, a number that increased to 64 percent when the recipients were asked if they would be interested in mobile access to such day-to-day activities as checking their benefits, applying for assistance or submitting questions to caseworkers
>> Government Computer News | Posted Jan. 16, 2015

Percentage of senior career federal executives who received the highest performance rating in fiscal 2013, a 2-percentage-point decrease from the previous year, while federal agencies granted 12.9 percent fewer performance bonuses in 2013 with the average cash amount for an award shrinking by $523 to $10,212
>> Washington Post, Government Executive | Posted Jan. 15, 2015

$560 million
Increase included in California Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget for state workers' salaries and benefits, with about $467 million earmarked for raises already scheduled for many union-covered employees as well as state managers and supervisors
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Jan. 14, 2015

More than 28 million
Number of interactions between New York City's government and its residents via the city's 311 customer-service system in 2014, setting a record, with vermin, graffiti, potholes, burned-out streetlights and loud music among the most common complaints
>> Government Technology | Posted Jan. 13, 2015

Number of positions by which the federal workforce, excluding the U.S. Postal Service, shrank in 2014, to 2.12 million, after agencies shed four times that number in 2013, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data
>> Government Executive | Posted Jan. 12, 2015

Percentage of all wastewater--sewage and stormwater--collected by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in 2014 that was treated, a full percentage point improvement over the 2013 mark of 98.5 percent and more than 14 percentage points higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's goal of 85 percent for municipalities or regional wastewater utilities with combined sanitary and storm sewers
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted Jan. 9, 2015

Number of days--9.3 months--that it took the federal government on average to resolve cases accusing federal inspectors general of wrongdoing over the last fiscal year, a process that Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, a longtime advocate for the work of federal watchdogs, says is far too long and blames on foot-dragging by the panel of IGs charged with conducting probes of peers accused of misconduct
>> Washington Post | Posted Jan. 8, 2015

Nearly $28,000
Cost of Customs and Border Protection's drone program for each person caught crossing the border illegally in fiscal 2013 whose apprehension was attributed to the unmanned-aircraft program, according to a report by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general saying the drone program costs far more than CBP claims and doesn't work well enough to justify the $443 million the agency plans to spend to expand it
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Jan. 7, 2015

Average monthly salary for state and local government employees in New York State as of March 2013, the highest in the nation, while state and local workers in South Dakota earned the least, $2,540, according to a Census Bureau report released in December
>> Washington Post | Posted Jan. 6, 2015

Number of law-enforcment officers who were killed in the line of duty across the nation in 2014, up from 102 in 2013, according to an annual report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund saying that 50 of the officers who died in 2014 were killed by firearms while 49 died in traffic-related accidents
>> New York Times
Number of assaults against Border Patrol agents in fiscal 2014, all but seven of them along the Southwest border, a 20 percent decrease from the number of such assaults in the previous fiscal year and the sixth year in a row that the number of assaults has fallen
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Jan. 5, 2015

Salary, as of Nov. 1, of Michael Johns, interim head of the University of Michigan health system, making Johnson the highest-paid employee of the public university, with university president Mark Schlissel holding the second-highest spot with an annual salary of $750,000
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted Dec. 23, 2014

Expected increase in the workload that the Los Angeles city attorney's office expects to see--roughly 8,800 more cases annually--as a result of California voters' passage of a ballot measure reducing penalties for a number of drug and theft crimes that is causing thousands of cases to be transferred to City Attorney Mike Feuer's office from the district attorney's office, leading Feuer to ask the city council to let him hire eight new attorneys and seven legal clerks at a cost of $875,000 annually
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Dec. 22, 2014

Average annual pension received by retired New Jersey public employees, according to a new report by a left-leaning think thank whose president says that despite a perception that the state's public workers enjoy lucrative retirement benefits the study shows that New Jersey's public-employee pensions rank among the least generous of the nation's 100 largest public plans
>> | Posted Dec. 19, 2014

Number of times the three major aqueducts that supply 88 percent of Los Angeles' water cross the San Andreas fault as they make their way into the region, leading Los Angeles officials to seek proposals aimed at better protecting the water supply and developing alternatives in case an earthquake blocks the aqueducts
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Dec. 18, 2014

Year in which new population projections from the Census Bureau indicate that the U.S. population will become "majority minority," with whites making up 49.7 percent, Hispanics 25 percent, blacks 12.7 percent, Asians 7.9 percent and multiracial persons 3.7 percent
>> Brookings Institution | Posted Dec. 17, 2014

About 200
Number of vacant houses that Detroit is now demolishing weekly, four times the number of a year ago and a rate at which the city soon could be tearing down as many as 10,000 structures a year in its campaign to rid Detroit's neighborhoods of blighted eyesores
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted Dec. 16, 2014

More than 3,800
Number of Virginia state employees--nearly 4 percent of the government workforce--who make annual salaries below the federal poverty level of $23,850 for a family of four, including hospital food-service workers and housekeepers, school security officers, mental health workers, deputy sheriffs, corrections workers, secretaries, researchers, and associate professors
>> Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted Dec. 15, 2014

$81 million
Value of a multi-year contract awarded by the CIA to access advice on pain infliction from two psychologists who developed theories of interrogation based on "learned helplessness," according to the report on the nation's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program released this week by the Senate intelligence committee
>> Government Executive | Posted Dec. 12, 2014

Number of U.S. municipalities, including Atlanta and Indianapolis, that have reclaimed control of their water systems since 2003, ending less-than-favorable public private partnerships, while 10 more have set the wheels in motion to "re-municipalize" their systems, according to a report from Corporate Accountability International and the Public Services International Research Unit
>> American City & County | Posted Dec. 11, 2014

Monthly state pension being collected by Seamus McCaffery, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice who abruptly retired in late October after being linked to a state-government pornographic email scandal and being suspended by his Supreme Court colleagues amid ethics investigations
>> AP/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Posted Dec. 10, 2014

Number of snowshoes, along with 1,600 parkas and 132 pairs of snow trousers, that the Sheriff's Department in Los Angeles County received in March from the Pentagon as part of the Defense Department program that transfers surplus military equipment to law-enforcement agencies
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Dec. 9, 2014

$150 million
Amount that General Electric, which recently announced that it was selling off its consumer-products division because the profit margins are too low but secured more than $16 billion worth of federal contracts between 2007 and 2012, spent on lobbying during that period
>> The Atlantic | Posted Dec. 8, 2014

Percentage of Phoenix's some 12,400 city employees who receive annual raises averaging 4.6 percent or bonuses averaging nearly $2,200 every year under a compensation system that some city leaders want to reform, contending that it spends taxpayer money unwisely or rewards workers regardless of performance
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Dec. 5, 2014

More than $3.9 million
Amount the State Department has spent on alcohol, candy and novelties since fiscal 2010, mostly items given out as gifts around holidays or during special events, far outpacing the amounts spent by other agencies
>> Federal Times | Posted Dec. 4, 2014

Amount that Army researchers say the exertion level of a soldier carrying a hundred-pound load could be reduced, while allowing an unburdened soldier to run a four-minute mile, by the exosuits now under development
>> Military Times | Posted Dec. 3, 2014

Amount of workers' compensation benefits that a U.S. Postal Service employee from Baltimore must repay after she pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming the payments over seven years as the Postal Service has struggled to contain its workers' comp costs, which have grown from $840 million in 2005 to more than $1.3 billion in 2014
>> Federal Times | Posted Dec. 2, 2014

$7.4 million
Amount set aside for this fiscal year in Missouri's state budget for emergency-response expenses for the state's National Guard and the State Emergency Management Agency, funds that will soon run out due to costs related to the Ferguson protests, prompting Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special legislative session to seek more money to ensure that Guard members are paid on Dec. 15
>> New York Times | Posted Dec. 1, 2014

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