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Decline in revenue from speed cameras in Washington, D.C., from the $76 million that the enforcement devices brought in the previous fiscal year, suggesting that D.C. drivers have gotten wise to the locations of the speed camera's that stud the capital city's streets
>> Washington Post | Posted April 23, 2015

About 13%
Percentage of the nation's 3.4 million teachers who move to different schools or leave the profession altogether every year, according to a recent report for the Alliance for Excellent Education, which says that policies and technologies promising to dramatically revolutionize education that have been introduced over the past decade have not only failed to produce desired results but also have led to a decline in teacher morale
>> Quartz | Posted April 22, 2015

$22 million
Average amount that the state of North Carolina is spending annually to hire hundreds of professionals on personal-services contracts to fill what are supposed to be temporary needs for more doctors, attorneys, engineers and the like, a practice that a legislative unit that evaluates public services says is being used by agencies to evade oversight and should be eliminated
>> Raleigh News & Observer | Posted April 21, 2015

Rank--below only newspaper reporters and lumberjacks--of enlisted military-service members on's latest listing of worst jobs, which examines "core criteria" of "Environment, Income, Outlook and Stress" and ranks as the best three jobs those of actuary, audiologist and mathematican
>> Military Times | Posted April 20, 2015

Nearly 19 years
Time period since the Massachusetts legislature approved $75 million in bond money to build a new computer system linking the state's courthouses, a project that was supposed to take five years and is still not finished, with a state court official saying the project is now on track to be completed by November
>> Boston Globe | Posted April 17, 2015

Weekend greens fee for a New York City resident at the Trump Golf Links in the Bronx, the city's first new municipal golf course built since 1964 and, with greens fees about triple those of the city's other municipal courses, the Department of Parks and Recreation's first course with an emphasis on luxury despite being built atop a municipal landfill that was closed in 1963
>> New York Times | Posted April 16, 2015

Amount of federal taxes for 2014 paid by President Obama and his wife Michelle, whose tax return released by the White House showed $477,383 in adjusted gross income and charitable donations of $70,712
>> New York Times | Posted April 15, 2015

$2 million
Amount that Indiana's economic development and tourism agencies plan to spend with global public-relations firm Porter Novelli, plus however much is needed to purchase advertising, to help rebuild the state's image in the wake of the swirl of negative national attention surrounding Gov. Mike Pence's signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which the legislature later amended to forbid the erosion of local ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation
>> Indianapolis Star | Posted April 14, 2015

$1.03 trillion
Amount of U.S. Treasury securities held by the federal Civil Service Retirement System, the Federal Employee Retirement System and the Thrift Savings Plan, ranking federal employees, if they were a country, behind only China and Japan as holders of the federal debt
>> Federal Times
Number of federal and postal workers whose smart investing has left them with $1 million or more in their Thrift Savings Plan accounts, with another 21,458 having accounts worth between $750,000 and $999,999 and one federal worker sitting on more than $4.8 million
>> Federal News Radio
More than $88 million
Total amount of abandoned and forgotten funds sitting in the Thrift Savings Plan accounts of federal employees, retirees and beneficiaries, including $26 million from 2014, a number that has been rising every year
>> Federal Times | Posted April 13, 2015

1,041,000 gallons
Amount of water used at the Reno home of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2012, compared to about 124,000 gallons used in a year by the typical Reno home, making Sandoval, who this week signed an order establishing a panel of experts to come up with recommendations for how to respond to the state's four-year drought, to say that he is taking steps to cut back on outdoor irrigation on his nearly 1-acre lot and plans to remove turf in its yard
>> Reno Gazette-Journal | Posted April 10, 2015

Nearly $215 million
Amount Philadelphia paid city workers in overtime last year, an increase of $16 million from the previous year and the fourth straight year that overtime costs have climbed, with a major factor in the increase the city's efforts to hold hiring down to control benefit costs
>> | Posted April 9, 2015

Number of undocumented immigrants in California who as of a week ago had sought driver's licenses in the months after they became available to those living in the state illegally, far exceeding expectations and catching the Department of Motor Vehicles off-guard despite its efforts to brace for an anticipated surge by hiring more staff, opening new offices and extending hours
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted April 8, 2015

Average amount of hidden annual taxpayer subsidies per student at the top 10 wealthiest U.S. private universities due to the tax-free status of their endowments and property holdings, according to a new study recommending an excise tax on private colleges' endowments of more than $500 million that the study says could generate $6 billion for the federal government to use for President Obama's free community-college proposal and federal student-aid programs
>> Washington Post | Posted April 7, 2015

Number of California's some 1,800 judges who were disciplined last year by the state's Commission on Judicial Performance, with the rebukes ranging from public censure or admonishment to a confidential "advisory" letter for offenses that included delegating judicial duties to a clerk, belittling lawyers and litigants from the bench, and having sex in chambers
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted April 6, 2015

More than $1.3 billion
Amount that Los Angeles is pledging to spend over the next three decades to fix its massive backlog of broken sidewalks and make other improvements to help those with disabilities navigate the city as part of a tentative deal that would resolve a lawsuit filed by attorneys for the disabled who argued that crumbling, impassable sidewalks and other barriers violate the Americans With Disabilities Act
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted April 3, 2015

$2.357 billion
The final cost of the 13-year-long reconstruction of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, which connects Maryland and northern Virginia southeast of Washington, D.C., $86 million less than a 2010 budget estimate
>> Washington Post
More than 61,000
Number of American bridges that are structurally deficient, according to a new analysis by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, reflecting an improvement from last year when ARTBA, in reviewing U.S. Department of Transportation records, found more than 63,000 bridges to be structurally deficient
>> USA Today | Posted April 2, 2015

$4.5 billion
Amount that Medicare spent last year on breakthrough medications that cure the liver disease hepatitis C that can cost $1,000 a day, more than 15 times what it spent the year before on older treatments for the disease and a cost that will be borne largely by federal taxpayers and also mean higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs for many of the Medicare drug program's 39 million seniors and disabled enrollees
>> Washington Post | Posted April 1, 2015

Amount that the Detroit Public Schools, which is $53 million behind in its pension payments, is paying daily in interest penalties--the equivalent of one child's annual state funding grant and the latest sign of worsening finances for Michigan's largest school system
>> Detroit News | Posted March 31, 2015

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

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

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

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

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, 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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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