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71%
Percentage of Americans who say they have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of confidence in their local governments to handle local problems, compared to 62 percent who say they feel the same about their state governments' ability to handle state-level problems, according to a recent poll by Gallup, whose surveys have consistently found trust higher for local governments than for state governments since the early 2000s
>> Route Fifty | Posted Sept. 23, 2016

17%
Percentage of the homes that are for sale in California's 31 most-populous counties that are considered affordable--meaning that the monthly mortgage payment would eat up less than 30 percent of a person's gross monthly salary--on the state's average salary for public-school teachers of $73,536, according to an analysis by Redfin, a national real-estate brokerage
>> Washington Post | Posted Sept. 22, 2016

23%
Percentage of 713 Kansas registered voters surveyed online by a Washington, D.C., media and research company who said they approved of the job performance of their Republican governor, Sam Brownback, the lowest approval rating among the nation's governors that the firm, Morning Consult, attributed to Brownback's budgeting and tax strategies, while another Republican governor, South Dakota's Dennis Daugaard, scored the highest job-approval rating, 74 percent
>> Wichita Eagle | Posted Sept. 21, 2016

50%
Percentage of Americans' estimated 265 million guns that are owned by just 3 percent of the nation's adults, a group of super-owners that has amassed an average of 17 guns each, according to an unpublished Harvard University/Northeastern University survey from last year finding that 22 percent of American adults say they personally own a firearm and that the nation's gun stockpile has increased by 70 million since 1994
>> The Guardian | Posted Sept. 20, 2016

$300,000
Amount in holiday bonuses that Opa-locka, Fla., doled out to city employees last year, along with raises that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past six months and thousands spent last year to celebrate the city's 89th birthday, at a time when the city was fending off creditors threatening to sue and the FBI was investigating corruption, a probe that led to the recent arrests of Opa-locka's city manager and public works supervisor
>> Miami Herald | Posted Sept. 19, 2016

More than $5 million
Amount that the Department of Veterans Affairs paid its employees and their attorneys to settle disciplinary-action disagreements and avoid litigation between July 2014 and the present, according to House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, who found that the VA used employee settlement agreements 208 times during that period, a practice that the VA insists is in line with other agencies but that members of Congress are skeptical about, wondering if the VA is using the agreements to silence some whistleblowers
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 16, 2016

46.7%
Percentage of 333 retirement-eligible federal employees responding to a Federal News Radio survey who said the upcoming presidential transition would not impact their retirement plans, while 33.3 percent said the transition would have an effect, depending on the candidate who takes office and changes that he or she might make to the federal retirement system
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 15, 2016

57%
Increase in the number of lawsuits from unsatisfied federal Freedom of Information Act requesters over the past decade, totalling 3,350 since 2006, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit saying that the Justice Department has not thoroughly tracked the litigation costs of lawsuits challenging an agency's denial or delay in releasing requested documents
>> Government Executive | Posted Sept. 14, 2016

$58 million
Amount that the crowdfunding website GoFundMe says it has collected in the last 12 months on behalf of schoolteachers to supplement the money they pay from their own paychecks for classroom needs ranging from paper to pencils to laptops to cleaning supplies to bulletin-board paper, with another crowdfunding site, DonorsChoose, reporting more than 50,000 campaigns live on the site this back-to-school season
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Sept. 13, 2016

224
Number of pages in California's statewide voter guide for this November's election, a record size reflecting coverage of 17 statewide ballot measures that is expected to cost close to $15 million for printing and mailing to all of the state's 18 million voters
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Sept. 12, 2016

Zero
Number of cases between 2012 and 2016 in which people in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Ohio and Texas, states where politicians have expressed concern about voter fraud and pushed photo ID and other voting requirements, were prosecuted at the state level for voter impersonation, while 38 cases were successfully prosecuted for other forms of vote fraud
>> News21/Washington Post | Posted Sept. 9, 2016

About $960,000
Amount that several of Texas' public colleges and universities, which estimated last year that implementing the state's new law allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons on campus would collectively cost them about $15 million this year for bulked-up police forces, gun safes and other security improvements, have spent so far, with the biggest expenditure for new signs to provide notice of gun-free zones on the campuses
>> Dallas Morning News | Posted Sept. 8, 2016

10
Number of states in which no black candidate has won a statewide election since Reconstruction, while in two of those states Democratic nominees are hoping to change that equation: Robin Smith, a longtime TV news reporter and anchor in St. Louis who is running for Missouri secretary of state, and Mary Ann Claytor, who is running for state auditor in West Virginia after a 20-year career working as an auditor in the office she seeks to lead
>> AP/Yahoo News, Huntington Herald-Dispatch | Posted Sept. 7, 2016

$39,176.60
Amount that the federal government spends per worker on average for information technology, according to an analysis by the research director for IDC Government placing the figure across all other industries at $9,887.32
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 6, 2016

More than $700 million
Amount of investments in Prisma Capital Partners' Daniel Boone Fund that trustees of Kentucky's $14.9 billion public-employee pension fund have approved despite the fact that the Kentucky Retirement Systems' existing $455 investment in the hedge fund has been one of its worst performers, returning a negative 8 percent in fiscal 2016 that contributed to KRS's overall 0.5 percent investment loss, with KRS trustee William S. Cook, who retired from Prisma in 2015, saying that "going forward, there may be a lot of opportunity"
>> Lexington Herald-Leader | Posted Sept. 2, 2016

35
Number of deceased federal employees or retirees to whom the Social Security Administration paid benefits over a 21-year period, with the average beneficiary receiving $49,156 over 84 months for a total of $1.7 million paid out improperly, according to a report by the agency's inspector general, who noted that Social Security and the Office of Personnel Management have a new agreement to improve the sharing of death records
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 1, 2016

31%
Percentage of Texas' approximately 3,000 public school teachers, whose annual pay the Texas State Teachers Association says is more than $6,000 less than the national average, who report that they are moonlighting at second jobs to make ends meet, according to a survey by researchers at Sam Houston State University in which teachers also said that they spend an average of $656 a year of their own money for classroom supplies
>> Dallas Morning News | Posted Aug. 31, 2016

About 2,100
Number of companies and individuals that now have federal permission to fly unmanned aerial vehicles for use in farming, according to drone industry association data, as federal regulators move to relax the rules limiting the use of commercial drones
>> San Francisco Chronicle, FAA | Posted Aug. 30, 2016

$81,578
Average salary for federal executive-branch employees in fiscal 2015, according to the latest data from the Office of Personnel Management showing that the median salary was $76,131 and that the salaries of 75 percent of executive-branch workers were greater than $53,686
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Aug. 29, 2016

10%
Percentage of problems users call in about that the Army's tier-one IT support technicians are able to resolve--on a good day--as the service prepares to migrate virtually all of its personal computers to Windows 10 over the next year, an effort that will generate a surge of support calls
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Aug. 26, 2016

150
Number of bid protests filed this year by Latvian Connection, resulting in the Government Accountability Office banning the small federal contractor from filing bid protests for one year, with GAO saying the firm had repeatedly failed to demonstrate it was capable of or interested in performing solicited requirements or to engage constructively on issues raised by its protests
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Aug. 25, 2016

About 11 million pounds
Amount of cheese, valued at $20 million, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will buy, sending it to food banks and pantries, to reduce a surplus currently at a 30-year high and help dairy farmers who have asked the government to assist with the glut
>> Time | Posted Aug. 24, 2016

90
Number of cases, as of last Thursday, in which the Social Security Administration had discovered that its records list living people as deceased, out of 19,000 cases examined in pilot projects in Virginia, North Dakota and South Dakota whose purpose an agency spokesman said was to "enhance the quality of our death records"
>> Washington Post | Posted Aug. 23, 2016

7.8 to 1
Ratio of white to minority tenured faculty members at the nation's public research universities and other public four-year colleges in 2013, representing a halving of the ratio from 1993's 15-to-1 figure, according to a new study by the TIAA Institute saying that private colleges lag behind public institutions in faculty diversity
>> Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted Aug. 22, 2016

17%
The "teacher pay penalty"--the difference between the average weekly wages of public-school teachers and compensation for comparable college-educated public workers--in 2015, according to a new study, which also says that inflation-adjusted weekly wages for teachers decreased by $30 a week between 1996 and 2015
>> Washington Post | Posted Aug. 19, 2016

$512 million
Amount by which the federal government subsidized the magazine industry in fiscal year 2015 in the form of below-rate postage set by the Postal Regulatory Commission, with magazine delivery costing the U.S. Postal Service 25 percent more than what it charges
>> Brookings Institution | Posted Aug. 18, 2016

$692,399
Amount that Larry A. King, a human-resources consultant from Washington, D.C., whose responsibilities under his contract with the city of Detroit include "playing a critical role in the city's turnaround implementation program," was paid by the city between April 15, 2014, and July 7, 2016, a figure that doesn't include $65,724 in reimbursements for travel costs and hotel expenses paid to King for frequent work trips between the two cities
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted Aug. 17, 2016

63%
Percentage of women at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., who, according to student surveys by the government, say they have experienced unwanted advances or other sexual harassment, a number exceeding the combined rates of West Point and the Naval, Air Force and Coast Guard academies
>> Washington Post | Posted Aug. 16, 2016

$311,000
Amount that the Department of Veterans Affairs' Detroit medical center spent for hundreds of televisions, most of which have sat in storage for nearly three years because VA officials didn't check ahead of time with the contractor installing the televisions in patient rooms to ensure they properly fit the project's design and specifications
>> Government Executive | Posted Aug. 15, 2016

$311,000
Amount that the Department of Veterans Affairs' Detroit medical center spent for hundreds of televisions, most of which have sat in storage for nearly three years because VA officials didn't check ahead of time with the contractor installing the televisions in patient rooms to ensure they properly fit the project's design and specifications
>> Government Executive | Posted Aug. 12, 2016

2.79 million
Current number of civilian federal workers, a federal-government employment level not seen since the sequestration budget cuts that took effect in March 2013 and a workforce size that is now larger than when President Obama took office in 2009, with agencies adding 41,000 employees in the last year
>> Government Executive
About 30,000
Number of workers added by state and local governments and schools in July, the largest monthly increase in a year, although employment in the sector remains well below pre-Great Recession levels
>> Governing | Posted Aug. 11, 2016

15%
Percent of Americans who do not think there is solid evidence for rising global temperatures, a 9 percent decrease in climate-change skepticism from early 2015 and the lowest level of global-warming doubt since 2008, the year the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College began surveying Americans on the issue
>> Brookings Institution | Posted Aug. 10, 2016

About 33%
Percentage of hundreds of executives surveyed in the United States and seven other countries by Intel Security and the Center for Strategic and International Studies who say a lack of cybersecurity talent could be making their nations more vulnerable to cyberattacks and that governments aren't doing enough to fill that gap, while about 71 percent agreed that the cyber skill shortage makes them "more desirable hacking targets"
>> Nextgov | Posted Aug. 5, 2016

2,639
Number of protests, according to Deltek federal market analysis, that were filed by bidders for federal contracts in the 2015 fiscal year, a 60 percent increase from the number filed in 2008 that has occurred despite federal acquisition officials' efforts to engage industry before, during and after the bidding process
>> Nextgov | Posted Aug. 4, 2016

At least 40
Number of states that, despite U.S. Supreme Court rulings in separate cases in 1989 and 1990 overturning them as unconstitutional infringements on free speech, still have laws prohibiting burning or other desecration of U.S. or state flags, violations of which have resulted in the arrests of at least seven people since 2007
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Aug. 3, 2016

106
Number of the United Nations' 193 member countries that now provide open access to government data by making data sets available to the public, up from 46 countries that were providing such access in 2014, according to a new UN report
>> FedScoop | Posted Aug. 2, 2016

$1
Cost of a 52-page pocket version of the U.S. Constitution that became a best-seller on Amazon.com after Muslim-American lawyer Khizr Khan, whose son was killed while serving in Iraq, flashed his own pocket-sized edition of the Constitution during a speech at last week's Democratic National Convention and offered to lend it to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted Aug. 1, 2016

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