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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

$8.8 billion
Amount spent in fiscal 2015 by the federal government on sensor technology that underlies the so-called Internet of Things, 20 percent more than in the previous fiscal year, although a new report from the data/analytics firm Govini suggests that without top-down strategies federal adoption of the technology "will likely remain low"
>> Nextgov | Posted July 29, 2016

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

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