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Zero
Number of people who received assistance in 2014 from Colorado's Gambling Addiction Program, according to a state audit saying 83 percent of the funds allocated to the program in fiscal 2015 went to administrative and marketing expenses and to the program's contractor
>> Denver Post | Posted Sept. 2, 2015

7
Number of government-issued computers, including desktops, laptops and iPads, that an unnamed senior Commerce Department official kept at her home for about six months in 2013-14, allowing family members to use them "to view and/or store pornographic, sexually suggestive, and racially offensive materials," according to an inspector general's report, triggered by a whistleblower's complaint, saying that the official also approved federal money to assemble an office coat rack and submitted false travel and attendance reports
>> Government Executive | Posted Sept. 1, 2015

111
Number of times a New Brunswick, N.J., public school teacher was late for work in the last two years, resulting in an effort by the school district to fire him that a state-appointed arbitrator rejected, saying that while the teacher offered "no credible explanations for his tardiness record" he is entitled to due process and progressive discipline before he can be terminated
>> NJ.com | Posted Aug. 31, 2015

Almost 50%
Increase in the number of letters arriving late--as measured against the U.S. Postal Service's own newly relaxed standards--since the start of the year amid a significant downsizing at the cash-strapped agency, delays that have become so serious that the Postal Service's inspector general earlier this month recommending that it put all further closures of mail-sorting plants on hold until service stabilizes
>> Washington Post | Posted Aug. 28, 2015

One exaflop
Number of floating point operations per second--a billion billion--that a new National Strategic Computing Initiative aims to achieve by 2025 with a U.S. supercomputer that would be 30 times more powerful than the world's current leader, China's Tianhe-2
>> Brookings Institution | Posted Aug. 27, 2015

730
Number of hours, totaling $25,500, that a former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office employee who was participating in the agency's teleworking program was paid for last year while the worker in fact spent most of that time drinking at local bars, hitting golf balls at a driving range and playing pool, according to an inspector general's report, the latest development in a scandal that erupted last year following a Washington Post report that some of the agency's 8,300 patent examiners had repeatedly lied about the hours they were putting in and received bonuses for work they didn't do
>> Federal Times, Washington Post | Posted Aug. 26, 2015

54
Number of cities, towns and counties that have filed for federal bankruptcy protection since 1980, with the latest being last week's filing by Hillview, Ky., a town of 8,000 13 miles south of Louisville that faced legal damages it couldn't afford and was the first municipal government to seek protection since Detroit did so two years ago
>> Bloomberg Business | Posted Aug. 25, 2015

5%
Percentage of women among the 21,000 agents of the U.S. Border Patrol, which is engaged in an unprecedented effort to recruit women after it was overwhelmed by a surge of women and children coming across the southern border last summer
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Aug. 24, 2015

60%
Percentage of 1,000 federal workers in civilian, intelligence and military agencies surveyed by a cybersecurity company who said they are aware of some of the risks of using their personal smartphones and other personal mobile devices for work, 85 percent of whom said they do it anyway, while about 40 percent of employees who work at federal agencies that prohibit the use of personal smartphones for work said the rules have little or no impact on their behavior
>> USA Today | Posted Aug. 21, 2015

60%
Percentage of millennials who think government should do more to solve problems rather than leaving them to businesses and individuals, compared to 46 percent among all those aged 35 and above, according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll
>> Wall Street Journal | Posted Aug. 20, 2015

1
Number of waivers Indiana granted in the first half of this year to a one-year prohibition on state employees taking jobs in the private sector related to their state employment, compared to an average of a little more than 10 waiver grants a year over the past decade, a drop that occurred in the aftermath of an Indianapolis Star investigation that examined the waiver process
>> Indianapolis Star | Posted Aug. 19, 2015

More than 300,000
Number of families nationwide whose incomes qualify them for public housing who have lingered on waiting lists in recent years, while a new report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general says more than 25,000 families whose incomes exceed the maximum for government-subsidized housing--in some cases by hundreds of thousands of dollars--continue to occupy public-housing units and HUD regulations and policies do not require local housing authorities to evict over-income families
>> Washington Post | Posted Aug. 18, 2015

115%
Percentage of West Virginia state employees' earnings immediately before retirement being paid in combined public pension and Social Security benefits, the highest percentage in the nation, with retired Mississippi state workers receiving the lowest "replacement rate," 54 percent, while most financial advisors consider a replacement rate of 70 percent to 80 percent to be adequate for a comfortable retirement
>> American Enterprise Institute | Posted Aug. 17, 2015

20%
Percentage of federal employees who identify as Republicans or Republican-leaning who support Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination, followed by former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 11 percent each, according to a new Government Executive Media Group poll
>> Government Executive | Posted Aug. 14, 2015

$31,413
Total of 40 purchase-card transactions at Starbucks racked up by Department of Homeland Security employees in 2013 that a new report from DHS's inspector general says were "supported, allowable, and reasonable," while the IG said 16 purchases did not have sufficient documentation and 10 were fraudulent
>> Government Executive | Posted Aug. 13, 2015

About 8,500
Number of firearm shooting incidents that the U.S. Forest Service has handled on the lands it manages since 2010, with Colorado's 3.1-million-acre Pike & San Isabel National Forest, which is patrolled by three officers, accounting for the largest single number, 926
>> USA Today | Posted Aug. 12, 2015

$200
California's current filing fee for proposed ballot initiatives, a figure that some state lawmakers, prompted by the Sodomite Suppression Act that was offered up earlier this year, want to raise to $2,000 in an effort to cover more of the administrative costs of the measures while cutting down on what one Assembly member refers to as "loony ballot acts"--which currently include proposals to refer to California's chief executive as "president" instead of "governor" and explore the possibility of the state claiming autonomy from the U.S.
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Aug. 11, 2015

16,000 pounds
Amount of cocaine, valued at $181 million, along with four Colombian men, on a "narco-submarine" that was apprehended by the U.S. Coast Guard last month in an operation captured on video after a Navy pilot spotted the craft 200 miles off the west coast of Mexico
>> Los Angeles Times, Quartz | Posted Aug. 10, 2015

About 707,000
Number as of this morning of followers of the U.S. Interior Department's Instagram account, which pumps out stunning photos of America's public lands in an effort to inspire tourists to visit the country's natural wonders and which the department has also used to make its case for increased funding for national parks
>> Federal Computer Week | Posted Aug. 7, 2015

27%
Percentage of respondents to a McClatchy/Marist Poll who want the redesigned $10 bill, which will carry the image of a woman, to feature Eleanor Roosevelt, with Harriet Tubman coming in as the second most popular choice with 17 percent, followed by Sacagawea (with 13 percent), Susan B. Anthony and Amelia Earhart (both at 11 percent), and Sandra Day O'Connor (with 4 percent)
>> Marist Poll | Posted Aug. 6, 2015

$33.31
Amount that former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was reimbursed for travel expenses related to his 1969 trip to the moon as part of the Apollo 11 crew (likely the costs of having to drive his own car to and from Ellington Air Force Base in Houston), according to a travel voucher that is among paperwork related to the mission shared by Aldrin on Facebook that also included customs forms for items that Aldrin had to declare upon returning to Earth, mainly moon rock and dust samples
>> Quartz | Posted Aug. 5, 2015

2.7%
Increase in state and local governments' employee-benefit costs over the 12-month period ending in June, nearly double the rate of the private sector and a figure whose growth has been consistently outpacing wage increases, according to updated Labor Department data
>> Governing | Posted Aug. 4, 2015

46,979
Number of Arkansans who have lost or are on the verge of losing their Medicaid coverage because they did not respond within 10 days to a notice mailed to them by the state requiring them to verify their incomes
>> Arkansas News Bureau | Posted Aug. 3, 2015

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