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53%
Percentage of 300 local-government executives and senior managers surveyed by Governing magazine who say they have trouble getting all of their work done in a 35-to-40-hour work week, with 69 percent of those who struggle with their to-do lists saying they regularly work more than 40 hours with no additional compensation
>> Governing | Posted July 28, 2016

About 100 acres
Size of the average wildfire today, up from less than 50 acres 15 years ago, an increase that Scott L. Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California at Berkeley, attributes to the widespread practice of suppressing smaller fires, which he says has caused some forests to become "predisposed to larger events"
>> New York Times | Posted July 27, 2016

63
Number of 142 countries that in the 50 years leading up to 2014 at some point had a female head of state, according to the World Economic Forum, while in the United States 37 women have served as governors in 27 states since women gained the right to vote in 1920
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted July 26, 2016

About 4,100
Number of federal employees who were in Cleveland last week protecting delegates, politicians and protesters at the Republican National Convention, which ended Thursday night without violent incidents, a multi-agency security effort led by the Secret Service that included some 3,000 Department of Homeland Security personnel and that is continuing with this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia
>> Government Executive | Posted July 25, 2016

$267 million
Amount the state of Ohio pays to fund its online charter schools each year, with efforts by state officials to make sure that taxpayers are getting their money's worth flaring into a legal battle as the state seeks proof that students at its largest e-school, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, are truly taking classes and the school claiming that the demand threatens its very survival
>> Cleveland Plain Dealer | Posted July 22, 2016

96%
Percentage of Donald Trump voters who believe that the federal government is not doing enough to solve the nation's problems, a sentiment shared by 83 percent of Hillary Clinton voters, according to a new poll that found that 40 percent of Trump voters and 43 percent of Clinton voters nevertheless believe that the federal government is the best hope to fix its own inability to function
>> The Atlantic | Posted July 21, 2016

54%
Percentage of federal employees who think Hillary Clinton received "special treatment" from the Justice Department in its investigation into her email practices during her tenure as secretary of state, while 55 percent think those practices were "unacceptable" for a presidential candidate, according to a poll by the research arm of Government Executive Media Group
>> Government Executive | Posted July 20, 2016

78%
Percentage of Americans who mistakenly think that residents of the District of Columbia have voting representation in Congress, according to recent polling, while 82 percent, when properly informed, think the nation's capital should have a vote in Congress, the goal of a referendum that will be on the November D.C. ballot asking voters to allow city officials to petition Congress to turn a large part of the District into the 51st state
>> Brookings Institution | Posted July 19, 2016

61% and 82%
Percentages of 1,915 active-duty American military personnel surveyed by Military Times who say they are "dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied" with Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee, respectively, while 49 percent of the survey respondents say they intend to vote for Trump, 21 percent say they will vote for Clinton, 13 percent say they will cast their ballots for a third-party candidate and 7 percent say they won't vote at all
>> Military Times | Posted July 18, 2016

About 4,000
Number of cyberattacks by hackers who may be working for foreign governments that Google says it is alerting its Gmail customers about every month--alerts that now take up the user's entire screen, announcing themselves with an angry red flag and the message "Government-backed hackers may be trying to steal your password"
>> The Atlantic, Reuters | Posted July 15, 2016

55%
Percentage of Americans who favor concentrating power at the state level, compared to 37 percent who prefer concentrating authority with the federal government, according to a recent Gallup Poll whose results were similar to the last time Gallup asked the question, in 1981, but far different from the company's 1936 survey, when 44 percent favored empowering state government and 56 percent favored federal authority
>> Route Fifty | Posted July 14, 2016

About 1,500
Annual number of its discarded government computers that Multnomah County, Ore., has begun routing to Free Geek, a Portland nonprofit that refurbishes and recycles old electronics to sell in its thrift store or give to people taking classes to learn to rebuild them, joining the city in donating the aging hardware, which the city has been doing since 2008 while the county contracted with an out-of-state company to dispose of the equipment
>> Portland Oregonian | Posted July 13, 2016

65%
Percentage of Americans who disagree with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision affirming the right of colleges and universities to consider race and ethnicity in admissions, according to a Gallup poll, with questions drafted with Inside Higher Ed, that found people with some postgraduate education most likely to support the decision (45 percent), followed those with a college degree (35 percent) and those with a high-school diploma or lower level of education (27 percent)
>> Inside Higher Ed | Posted July 12, 2016

$820 million
Amount that the federal government spent on wireless devices in the 2015 fiscal year, a five-year low and a 21 percent decrease from a peak of $992 million in fiscal 2012, according to a report by the market-analysis firm Govini, which attributed the improvement to "government-wide efforts to streamline procurement of wireless devices and support services"
>> FedScoop | Posted July 11, 2016

$278,000
Annual pension that Mike Riley, who retires in August as general manager of Sacramento Regional Transit--and who worked up the ranks of the agency over four decades, earning recognition for his dedication--will be eligible to collect, $48,000 above his current salary, the result of a pension supplement the agency has made available in recent years to a few top officials
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted July 8, 2016

30%
Increase in fiscal 2015 in the number of "show cause" or investigative letters sent by federal agencies to government contractors, despite a small decrease in contractor suspensions and debarments -- what many procurement attorneys call "capital punishment for contractors" -- from the previous fiscal year
>> Federal News Radio | Posted July 7, 2016

About $437 million
Amount that the Pentagon spent last year on its more than 130 military bands, whose some 6,500 musicians include not only traditional brass and drum corps but also rock acts, conservatory-trained jazz ensembles, bluegrass pickers and even a calypso band based in the Virgin Islands, a level of spending that has steadily increased in recent years and is bringing proposals by some in Congress to scale back the bands' activities and costs, while military leaders defend the music as a relative bargain that helps strengthen relationships with allies and bolster morale among the troops
>> New York Times | Posted July 6, 2016

20,111
Number of the 35,302 Washington, D.C., city-government workers who are classified as "career," "educational," "excepted," "executive," "legal" and "management supervisory" and who live not in the city they serve and manage but in nearby Maryland, Virginia and other jurisdictions, according to the city's Department of Human Resources, with non-residents holding such a solid majority of those positions despite a 10-point residency preference that is added to the employment scores of qualified D.C.-resident applicants
>> Washington Post | Posted July 5, 2016

91% and 86%
Percentage of Republicans and Democrats, respectively, who view the opposing party "very unfavorably," according to a new Pew Research Center survey indicating that America's partisan divide is deeper today than it has been at any point in nearly a quarter-century, with nearly half the members of both parties saying their opponents stir feelings of fear and anger in them
>> New York Times | Posted June 24, 2016

$3.8 billion
Amount in child support collected in the 2015 fiscal year by the Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division, a sum that grew by $162 million between 2014 and 2015--accounting for fully 45.2 percent of the national increase of $360 million--and which the agency says makes Texas first among 54 states, territories and districts for the amount of child support collected
>> Houston Chronicle | Posted June 23, 2016

$4,500
Amount that a 27-year-old man who is serving a 50-year sentence for fatally shooting two unarmed men, and who owes $50,681 in restitution in his murder convictions, will receive in a settlement with Yakima County, Wash., after accusing the county of violating public-disclosure laws by heavily redacting records he requested, with a county prosecutor saying some of the redactions were unwarranted and that simply preparing to defend the case would have cost more than the settlement
>> Yakima Herald-Republic | Posted June 22, 2016

About 1 in 10
Number of the California State University system's 460,000 students who are homeless, while one in five doesn't have steady access to enough food, according to the initial findings of a Cal State study launched to better understand and address an issue that remains largely undocumented at the nation's public universities.
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted June 21, 2016

$279,043
Amount that Henry Sciortino, who was removed recently from his $12,000-a-month job as executive director of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority tasked with oversight of Pittsburgh's struggling finances, was paid by the state from December 2008 through July 2015 for unused vacation and personal days, with the authority's interim executive director saying he had been able to find no documentation of Sciortino's leave or days worked
>> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Posted June 20, 2016

6,000
Number of hours of video, along with more than 13,000 photographs and more than 40,000 pages of FBI reports, that have been provided for the federal conspiracy trials of defendants in the takeover of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a volume of evidence raising concerns among defense lawyers who have to decipher it but who also are pushing the government to release additional information from the FBI's investigation
>> The Oregonian | Posted June 17, 2016

$434,000
Average salary and bonuses of Los Angeles' small corps of full-time port pilots in 2015, making them by far the city's highest-paid employees, with a rare opening last year filled by Michael J. Rubino, whose father is the city's chief port pilot, although Rubino was later terminated when it turned out that his application for the job had overstated his tenure as a tugboat captain
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted June 16, 2016

$935,000
Listing price for a five-bedroom, four-bath home in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Springfield, Va., that was built with the help of Fairfax County high school students who worked alongside professionals as part of a building-trades class aimed at giving a practical edge to students who want to become architects or engineers
>> Washington Post | Posted June 15, 2016

More than $320 million
Amount that Maryland's public pension system, which is on track to fail to meet its modest goal of a 0.51 percent return on investments for fiscal 2016, pays each year to professional fund managers who tout their ability to beat the market with smart investments, bolstering an argument that, as some other states have done recently, it should bid farewell to high-cost financial wizards and shift more money into passively managed index funds
>> Washington Post | Posted June 14, 2016

24%
Average daily percentage of drivers in the San Francisco Bay area's carpool lanes who use the lanes during the morning commute without the required number of passengers, according to a study by regional transportation officials, resulting in the carpool lanes failing to meet federal standards that require speeds of 45 mph or more 90 percent of the time and raising concerns that continuing to fall short of the standards could lead to a loss of federal highway funds
>> San Francisco Chronicle | Posted June 13, 2016

78%
Percentage of federal employees in permanent General Schedule pay grades 13 to 15 at 24 major agencies who received performance ratings of "outstanding" or "exceeds fully successful" during calendar year 2013, compared to 67 percent in grades 9 through 12 and 60 percent in grades 1 through 8, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office
>> Government Executive | Posted June 10, 2016

$8.8 billion
Amount that the federal government spent in fiscal 2015 on the sensor-driven technology known as "the internet of things," a 20 percent increase from the previous fiscal year driven mostly by defense spending, according to a report from Govini, a research analysis firm
>> Nextgov | Posted June 9, 2016

More than 300 million
Number of people who visited all U.S. national park sites in 2015, including lakeshores, seashores, and monuments as well as the national parks themselves, a 14-million-person increase from 2014, with the National Park Service looking at another record year of visitors and looking for new ways to cope with--or limit--the flow as it prepares to celebrate 100 years in existence
>> Christian Science Monitor | Posted June 8, 2016

About 650,000
Number of newly registered voters in California going into today's presidential primary, expanding the state's electorate to nearly 18 million in a surge attributed to the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, with one poll suggesting that about two-thirds will cast their ballots by mail
>> AP/San Francisco Chronicle | Posted June 7, 2016

1,158
Number of Americans who renounced their U.S. citizenship in the first quarter of this year, more than 10 times the number in the first quarter of 2008, with the spike in expatriations that began in 2013 attributed not to fears of a Donald Trump presidency but to new federal tax-reporting requirements and penalties for assets held overseas by U.S. citizens, rules aimed at detecting and discouraging tax evasion via offshore bank accounts
>> Washington Post | Posted June 6, 2016

10 cents
Amount Indiana will charge this weekend for entry to any of the state's 24 parks and eight reservoir properties, which normally cost $7 for in-state vehicles, as a way of celebrating the state park system's centennial by charging the same for admission that visitors paid when the first of the parks were created in 1916
>> Indianapolis Star | Posted June 3, 2016

$900
Average decrease in the amount that students who earned vocational certificates from for-profit colleges made annually after attending the schools than they did before attending them, while demographically similar students who received the same certifications from public community colleges earned $1,500 more than they did before attending those schools, according to a new National Bureau of Economic Research study
>> Washington Post | Posted June 2, 2016

$7,500
Average cost of replacing a service water line in Flint, Mich., to deal with city's contaminated water, nearly double the $4,000 estimated by the state Department of Environmental Quality last fall, according to a report for the state by an engineering firm indicating that the earlier estimate by the DEQ did not include permit fees
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted June 1, 2016

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