GovManagement.com
News, analysis and resources
on management in state,
local and federal government
Subscribe to our free daily e-mail newsletter:

Management news in your inbox:
Subscribe to GovManagement Daily

Home | E-letters | Events | Resources | About us | Advertising

Datapoints: Posted Recently

231,973
Number of users of LinkedIn listing an affiliation with the U.S. Army--a group including active military and civilian employees, special advisers, reservists, retirees and contractors--as of Monday, the largest number of users of the professional-networking site other than those affiliated with IBM and Hewlett-Packard
>> Nextgov | Posted Aug. 26, 2014

18%
Percentage of full-time state and local government employees who say that they are "very confident" about their retirement-income prospects, down from 21 percent reporting that level of confidence in 2012, according to a new report from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the TIAA-CREF Institute
>> Governing | Posted Aug. 25, 2014

49.7%
The Department of Education's projected percentage of students who will be attending U.S. public schools this fall who will be white, marking the first time in history that non-whites will make up the majority of the nation's public-school population, primarily the result of big increases in Asian and Hispanic students
>> Christian Science Monitor | Posted Aug. 22, 2014

18%
Percentage of bases and other Army infrastructure that exceeds what is needed to support a force of 490,000, a personnel level to which the service intends to reduce its ranks by the end of fiscal year 2015, according to an Army analysis saying the unneeded infrastructure amounts to $500 million in excess costs
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Aug. 21, 2014

8%
Percentage of the ranks of the federal Senior Executive Service in 2011 who were African-Americans, who made up 18 percent of the total federal workforce that year, according to Office of Personnel Management data, while the agency says Senior Executive Service percentages improved in 2012 for blacks, Latinos and women
>> Washington Post | Posted Aug. 20, 2014

$444,450.40
Amount that Ralph Scianni, who retired June 30 as police chief of Bayonne, N.J., will receive for unused sick, vacation, personal and leave time after 34 years on the force, an amount that will be paid out over three years
>> Jersey Journal | Posted Aug. 19, 2014

Nearly $31 billion
Amount states paid last year in health-insurance premium payments for their employees, averaging $808 in premium payments per employee per month while employees kicked in an average of $155 per month, according to a new Pew Charitable Trusts study
>> Washington Post | Posted Aug. 18, 2014

1.5%
Percentage of the $368.1 million in unemployment-insurance benefit payments that Arizona made last year that the U.S. Department of Labor says were issued improperly, the lowest rate among the 50 states and the District of Columbia and a decrease from the state's 20 percent rate of improper payments two years ago, with state officials crediting several management initiatives put in place since then for the improvements
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Aug. 11, 2014

$1 to $500
Price range for 11 bridges that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is offering for sale, trying to save spans listed on the National Register of Historic Places that are not up to the demands of modern traffic, with sales subject to requirements that the bridges can't be sold for scrap and must be used elsewhere and with purchasers responsible for all associated costs
>> Reuters | Posted Aug. 8, 2014

193,000 tons
Amount of clothing and other textile material tossed into New York City's trash cans--6 percent of the city's waste stream--each year, a number that city officials hope to reduce with a program called re-fashioNYC aiming to make it easier for residents to recycle unwanted clothing
>> TheAtlantic.com, Government Executive | Posted Aug. 7, 2014

More than 41,000
Number of motorists the Texas Department of Transportation erroneously charged for driving on the new DFW Connector near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport during what was marketed as a toll-free period, billing for more than 192,000 transactions that an agency spokesman said will be rectified by crediting electronic-toll-device users who were wrongly charged
>> Dallas Morning News | Posted Aug. 6, 2014

10,180
Number of applicants to join the Los Angeles fire department after a new hiring process was approved in early July to replace one that was halted earlier this year amid concerns over nepotism and mismanagement
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Aug. 5, 2014

More than $8 billion
Amount that New York City will set aside next year to fund pensions for retired city workers, amounting to 11 percent of the city's budget and more than 12 times the city's outlay in 2000, when the pension payments accounted for less than 2 percent of the municipal budget
>> New York Times | More data
18.6%
The Arizona State Retirement System's projected return on investments for the fiscal year that ended June 30, a level of performance that is expected to result in only a modest increase in the amount public workers and employers pay into the $34.5 billion pension system
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Aug. 4, 2014

As much as 50 percent
Average amount by which six of the largest federal agencies say they plan to reduce the square footage of office space per employee, down to figures ranging from 103 square feet to 200 square feet, as part of an effort to reduce the amount of real estate the agencies use
>> Federal News Radio
About 7,000
Number of underused and excess federal properties, valued at $350 billion, according to an up-to-date White House inventory presented to a House committee whose chairman called the figure "unacceptable"
>> Government Executive | Posted Aug. 1, 2014

40
Number of tax preparers New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office said it had suspended because, despite their profession, they had failed to file their own personal state income taxes in 2011 and 2012, part of a larger effort to regulate the tax-preparation industry in the state
>> New York Times
More than $74 million
Amount in fraudulent income-tax refunds that the Arizona Department of Revenue says it prevented from being sent out over its most recent fiscal year, more than double the amount of the prior 12 months, with revenue department officials saying the increase attests to a growing problem of tax fraud across the country
>> Arizona Republic | Posted July 31, 2014

81,003
Number of full-time, permanent employees hired by the federal government in fiscal 2013, the lowest number since fiscal 2004, with almost every agency seeing drastic drops in new workers coming on board
>> Federal Times | Posted July 30, 2014

40
Number of New York City teachers, out of 826 facing disciplinary charges for misconduct or poor performance over the past two years, who were fired, while 19 were suspended, at least 171 had to pay fines to keep their jobs, and hundreds more cases were settled, in many cases with teachers agreeing to resign or retire
>> Wall Street Journal | Posted July 29, 2014

$1 million
Amount that officials in Pennsylvania, which in 2010 centralized human-resources functions for executive-branch departments, say the state is saving annually as a result of an online onboarding program for new hires that gives the them access to a website where can fill out paperwork, enroll in benefits, learn about office policies and explore their new jobs before starting work
>> Governing | Posted July 28, 2014

1.9 million
Visitors to Michigan's national parks last year, down from 2.2 million the year before, with the boost to the state's economy declining from $181.7 million in 2012 to $166.4 million last year, according to a study by three U.S. Geological Survey economosts who wrote that while many factors can influence park visitation a major one was last October's federal-government shutdown
>> Detroit News | Posted July 25, 2014

DATAPOINT
10.2 million square feet
Amount of federal office and warehouse space that was cut in 2013 under the White House management initiative known as "Freezing the Federal Footprint," according Beth Cobert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, who announced the number following an inventory of 24 agencies
>> Government Executive | Posted July 24, 2014

9
Number of Liberty County, Texas, sheriff's deputies, out of a force of 37, who are receiving or have applied for food stamps, according to the department's public-information officer, who wrote that the county's deputies earn less than their counterparts in similar counties, starting at $36,800 annually, and don't have a "step pay" system to earn more money with increasing years of service
>> Houston Chronicle | Posted July 23, 2014

9.4%
Increase in the size of the federal workforce--a total of about 158,000 employees, excluding military and Postal Service personnel--during President Obama's time in the White House, reflecting a period of rapid growth during the early part of Obama's tenure that was followed by a shrinkage of 1.4 percent between 2011 and 2013
>> Washington Post | Posted July 22, 2014

620,000
Number of trees commemorating each of the soldiers who died in the line of duty during the Civil War that are being planted or dedicated along the scenic 180-mile corridor between Gettysburg, Pa., and Charlottesville, Va., by the Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership, whose goal is to have all of the trees grown to maturity by the time of the war's bicentennial in 50 years
>> Military Times | Posted July 21, 2014

More than $20,000
Total of three tax liens that the Michigan Treasury Department has filed against the Central Intelligence Agency for withholding tax on behalf of people the spy agency employs in Michigan that the state says the CIA failed to pay between March 2011 and December 2013
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted July 18, 2014

More than $2.23 million
Cost to Wisconsin taxpayers in 2013 for protecting Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, an amount that has more than tripled during Walker's time in office, is largely the result of a beefed-up security team and around-the-clock surveillance of Walker's home, and includes the costs of security for Walker on at least 110 out-of-state trips during his first three years in office
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted July 17, 2014

About 80%
Percentage of Dallas's 1,500 traffic signals that are outdated relics of the 1980s operated by a computer system no longer supported by the manufacturer, with the city deferring maintenance on them and simply fixing them as they break while the city's Department of Street Services pushes for a system overhaul that could take 25 years and cost $200 million
>> Dallas Morning News | Posted July 16, 2014

27%
Decrease in federal travel spending since fiscal 2010, from $9.5 billion to about $6.9 billion, as agencies dealt with tight budgets as well as new travel restrictions put in place in the wake of the scandal over a 2010 General Services Administration conference that cost $823,000 and resulted in the agency's top leaders being forced out
>> Federal Times | Posted July 15, 2014

14,250
Number of notices sent by the Selective Service System to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897--the youngest of whom would be turning 117 this year--ordering them to register for the military draft, an error blamed on a glitch that originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles, which still uses a two-digit code to indicate year of birth, during an automated data transfer of nearly 400,000 records
>> AP/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Posted July 14, 2014

35%
Percentage of major rural roads in Connecticut whose pavement is in poor condition, topping the list of six states with 30 percent or more of their major rural thoroughfares in a deteriorated state, according a new report from TRIP, a nonprofit transportation group
>> USA Today | Posted July 11, 2014

$11.63 billion
Amount spent by the federal government last year fror security-classification activities, a sharp increase from the $9.77 billion spent the previous year and the largest amount spent since the government began releasing figures on its security-classification costs in 1995, according to the National Archives and Records Administration's Information Security Oversight Office
>> Federal Times | Posted July 10, 2014

As much as $16.5 billion
Amount that federal agencies will spend by 2024 for the costs of storing redundant copies of non-production data if current trends continue, according to a study by MeriTalk saying that the redundant storage works against a mandate to consolidate government data centers
>> Federal Times | Posted July 9, 2014

17%
Increase in the State Department's workforce between 2009 and 2013, the most of any federal department, while the Treasury Department shrank the most during that period, shedding nearly 9 percent of its employees
>> Washington Post | Posted July 8, 2014

$8.5 billion
Amount spent by the Department of Veterans Affairs from 2010 to 2012 to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, along with $789 million spent by the Department of Defense for treatment of PTSD, although neither the V.A. nor the Pentagon has mechanisms in place for determining whether that spending resulted in effective or adequate care, according to a congressionally mandated report from the Institute of Medicine
>> Nextgov | Posted July 7, 2014

Copyright 2014, John Martin | All rights reserved
Post Office Box 42264, Washington, DC 20015, U.S.A.
Phone: 202-330-2936 | Email: jmartin@govmanagement.com