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138,000
Number of scrap tires littering vacant lots, stacked in closed business, thrown along the road and hidden in abandoned homes across Detroit that city crews expect to pick up by fall in a push to reverse the illegal dumping tide that has vexed the city for decades, an effort that city officials hope will be helped by its app, Improve Detroit, that allows residents to quickly report problems from broken hydrants to potholes
>> Detroit News | Posted July 30, 2015

About 960,000
Number of the 4.2 million victims of the initial breach of federal personnel files maintained by the Office of Personnel Management, about 22 percent, who have opted for free credit monitoring and other services offerred by CSID, the contractor chosen by OPM to provide protection services for victims of that breach, a "take rate" that far exceeds the typical of 3 to 5 percent for victims of other large private- and public-sector breaches
>> Government Executive | Posted July 29, 2015

Nearly 6%
Increase in the number of Defense Department civilian employees, to 744,000, since defense budgets peaked in 2010, while the figure for defense contractors has ballooned 20 percent to an estimated 730,000, with civilian defense workers now outnumbering the shrinking ranks of active-duty military personnel in an historic shift
>> American Enterprise Institute | Posted July 28, 2015

1873
Year of the opening of Maryland's Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, whose emergency repairs this winter caused widespread train delays on the Northeast Corridor, one of many pieces of aging infrastructure along the nation's busiest rail sector whose daily ridership has doubled to 750,000 riders in 30 years even as its overloaded tracks, power lines, bridges and tunnels have begun to wear out
>> New York Times | Posted July 27, 2015

At least 38
Number of states that, responding to rising costs of health care, now authorize the collection of co-pays from prisoners for medical services they receive in state prisons or local jails, a practice prison administrators justify as a way of discouraging inmates from seeking unneeded medical care but which critics argue may cause genuinely ill inmates to forego treatment
>> Stateline | Posted July 24, 2015

About 60%
Percentage of California residents applying to the University of California who were offered a spot on one of UC's undergraduate campuses for this fall, apparently a record low acceptance rate for in-state applicants, while the percentage of international students being admitted rose to 62.2 percent from last year's 60.1 percent
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted July 23, 2015

About 67,000
Number of of "information security incidents" involving federal information systems reported last year, compared to fewer than 6,000 reported incidents in 2006, according to a Government Accountability Office report saying that a quarter of the incidents were "noncyber," a designation that could describe such practices as paper documents improperly stored on employees' desks
>> Nextgov | Posted July 22, 2015

About 397,000
Number of driver's licenses California issued to residents in the country illegally in the first six months of this year, more than half of the total number the state issued during the period under a new law extending licenses to people regardless of residency status
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted July 21, 2015

About 1,400
Number of teenagers who are learning to hack computers and crack passwords this summer at dozens of free overnight and day camps across the country supported by the National Security Agency, which for decades has run collegiate programs and now is reaching into the ranks of middle- and high schoolers to catch the interest of potential cybersecurity recruits
>> New York Times | Posted July 20, 2015

5,000
Pounds of plastic waste kept out of the waste stream at Utah's Zion National Park yearly after it eliminated the annual sale of 60,000 bottles of water in disposable containers, urging visitors instead to fill reusable bottles with public drinking water, part of an effort launched in 2011 across the National Park Service's 407 parks, national monuments and historical sites that has resulted in a lobbying campaign by companies that produce bottled water to put an end to the effort
>> Washington Post | Posted July 17, 2015

8.8 million
Number of Internal Revenue Service "courtesy disconnects"--when the IRS hung up on customers calling for help because there was no one available to answer the phone--this year, according to a new report to Congress by IRS National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, with fewer than 10 percent of callers whose returns were flagged as suspicious for possible identity theft able to get through to an IRS help line during the tax season's busiest stretch and only a little more than a third of callers looking for other kinds of help getting to speak to someone, the lowest rate in a decade
>> Washington Post | Posted July 16, 2015

More than $180 million
Amount that the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to spend on three parking complexes at the unfinished VA hospital in Aurora, Colo., nearly triple an earlier cost figure for the parking facilities and an increase blamed on many of the same planning and oversight issues that have led to huge cost overruns across the project
>> Denver Post | Posted July 15, 2015

Nearly three-quarters
Proportion of federal employees responding to a Federal News Radio online survey who said "no" when asked if the open-office designs being introduced in government workspaces appealed to them, with their chief complaints centering around noise when working in cubicles or open spaces with low or no partitions
>> Federal News Radio | Posted July 14, 2015

39%
Percentage of 1,000 people surveyed recently by Unisys Security Insights who said they don't think their personal information is safe in the hands of the federal government, second only to survey respondents' fears for the safety of their data held by retailers
>> Nextgov | Posted July 13, 2015

$137,229
Annual pension that Dorval R. Carter has been collecting since November 2009, when he took an early retirement deal and left his top-level post with the Chicago Transit Authority at age 52, a benefit Carter had to forgo in May when he accepted Mayor Rahm Emanuel's offer to return for a third stint with the transit agency, this time as its president at an annual salary of $235,000
>> Chicago Sun-Times | Posted July 10, 2015

23%
Percentage of California's state-government workforce that is Hispanic despite the fact that Hispanics make up about 40 percent of the state's population, a long-standing disparity that the state has tried several times to remedy and that was the subject of a joint legislative hearing that followed a Census Bureau report that as of July 1, 2014, the number of Latinos living in the state had surpassed the number of whites
>> Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times | Posted July 9, 2015

37%
Decrease in the number of reported violent crimes in Pontiac, Mich., since the Oakland County sheriff's office took over law enforcement in the city, from 6,025 reported violent crimes in 2011 to 3,740 in 2014, an improvement that county Sheriff Michael Bouchad attributes mostly to the greater manpower and other resources that the sheriff's office is able to devote to policing in the city
>> Detroit News | Posted July 8, 2015

15.8%
Gender-pay gap among the 472 employees of the White House, compared with 17.9 percent last year and 9.2 percent for Washington, D.C., with women working at the White House now earning a median of $12,350 less than their male counterparts, according to an analysis of a new White House salary report
>> American Enterprise Institute | Posted July 7, 2015

More than 130,000
Number of calls fielded from current and former military personnel around the world since 2011 by Vets4Warriors, a Princeton, N.J., support hotline staffed by veteran peers that has been lauded as a model but which lost its Pentagon funding as part of an effort to cut costs and streamline services and is being funded for the next year by $2.5 million appropriated by the New Jersey legislature as the hotline tries to find private funding
>> New York Times | Posted July 6, 2015

42%
Average increase in fine particulate matter in the air near sites of fireworks displays, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study finding the pollution peaking at more than twice its average around 9-10 p.m. each July 4th, as some 14,000 fireworks displays across the country dazzle onlookers, and then dropping to background levels the next morning
>> Washington Post | Posted July 2, 2015

More than 245
Number of people the National Transportation Safety Board estimates have died, along with 4,260 who were injured, in preventable railroad accidents since 1969, when the NTSB began calling for technology known as positive train control that can automatically slow or stop a train and that the agency says would have prevented May's deadly Amtrak accident in Philadelphia
>> Reuters | Posted July 1, 2015

About $5.7 million
Monthly total of premium payments and medical-care costs that California is saving since the California Public Employees' Retirement System last year removed 5,300 people wrongly listed as dependents of state workers and retirees who were eligible for state medical coverage, with new state legislation requiring that the eligibility of dependents be periodically verified
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted June 30, 2015

$43.1 million
Amount set aside by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans with personalized handbooks explaining benefits they're eligible for that sat unspent in an account for three years, according to an inspector general's report citing a "breakdown in fiscal controls" and concluding that the VA had no need for the money
>> Washington Post | Posted June 29, 2015

Nearly 40,000
Number of new LED streetlights that Detroit's Public Lighting Authority expects to have installed by the end of July, putting the authority six months ahead of its timetable as it works to re-light the city, where two years ago about 40 percent of the streetlights were not working
>> Detroit News | Posted June 26, 2015

47
Number of federal agencies and departments--including the Defense, Justice, Treasury and Energy departments as well as the CIA and director of national intelligence's office--whose logins and passwords have been found strewn all across the Web, according to a report by a CIA-backed data-mining company saying that at least a dozen agencies don't require authentication beyond passwords to access their networks
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted June 25, 2015

247
Number of instances from January 2011 to May 2015 in which professors, students or others in higher education faced threats to their safety or their ability to conduct research or teach in 65 countries around the world, including cases in which scholars have been physically threatened or imprisoned, according to a new report by the New York University-based Scholars at Risk Network
>> Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted June 24, 2015

$11,700
Amount that the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is spending on five treadmill work stations to be shared among its 500 employees, an expenditure that was defended by an agency spokesman as partly in response to a "sitting is the new smoking report" but that drew criticism from a state lawmaker who said that "if employees are concerned about their health, they can go to a club or a community center"
>> Denver Post | Posted June 23, 2015

98%
Percentage of the U.S. population living within 10 miles of one of the nation's more than 54,000 federally licensed firearms dealers, such as the one from which the South Carolina man accused of murdering nine people at a Charleston church obtained his handgun, according to a 2013 analysis by Mayors Against Illegal Guns
>> USA Today | Posted June 22, 2015

78%
Percentage of current and former federal employees responding to an online survey who rated the Office of Personnel Management's communication with them about its recent data breaches as "poor," while 12 percent rated it "fair," 3 percent said it was "good" and less than 1 percent called it "excellent," with only 10 percent saying information provided by the agency helped them understand what they should do next
>> Federal News Radio | Posted June 19, 2015

One-third
Portion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's entire aviation budget that was spent between 2008 and 2012 on executive transportation, including travel by attorneys general, FBI directors and other top bureau officials, according to a new bureau report saying the executive travel had not interfered with any operational flights
>> International Business Times | Posted June 18, 2015

3.1%
Decrease in federal contract spending last year, to $447.6 billion, with most of the decrease coming at the Department of Defense following the drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq, while the Department of Health and Human Services saw an increase of about $1 billion in spending on services by medical providers
>> Government Executive | Posted June 17, 2015

$54,435,743
Amount spent over two years by Department of Veterans Affairs employees in the purchasing department of a VA hospital in the Bronx to buy prosthetic limbs for veterans, spending that has come under the scrutiny of a VA inspector general because the purchases were made with government purchasing cards that were used at least 2,000 times, in each case for $24,999--one dollar below the agency's charging limit for the cards
>> Washington Post | Posted June 16, 2015

$13,000-$15,000
Amount that Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller for the city of Dixon, Ill., who is serving a nearly-20-year federal prison sentence for committing the largest government embezzlement in U.S. history, is collecting annually in "breeder royalties" on quarterhorses that were seized by the Justice Department and auctioned off, funds that federal officials have frozen and are working to seize as well and return to the city from which she stole nearly $54 million
>> Dixon Daily Telegraph | Posted June 15, 2015

124 million
Number of 29-cent Elvis Presley postage stamps out of the 500 million issued in January 1993 that were never used, adding $36 million to the U.S. Postal Service's bottom line and making it the agency's most successful commemorative stamp--besting Marilyn Monroe, Batman, Frank Sinatra and even Harry Potter--with the Postal Service hoping to find the same success again with a new Presley stamp that will be issued Aug. 12 at the late entertainer's Graceland estate
>> Washington Post | Posted June 12, 2015

47%
Percentage of state- and local-government human-resources professionals responding to a recent survey who reported that their jurisdictions hired temporary or contract employees in 2014, up from 33 percent in 2013
>> Center for State and Local Government Excellence | Posted June 11, 2015

$3.4 million
Lifetime average earnings gap between what college graduates with degrees in the highest-paying majors--which are clustered around science, technology, engineering and mathematics--earn compared to those with the lowest-paying majors, which include education, the arts and social work, accoding to a recent study from Georgetown University using census data to analyze wages for workers representing 137 college majors
>> The Tennessean | Posted June 10, 2015

364%
Increase over six years in hepatitis C infection rates in the central Appalachian states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, caused by a rise in the abuse of injectible drugs, according to a report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention saying that about 45 percent of the new cases were among people under 30
>> CNN | Posted June 9, 2015

$32 million
Amount that the University of California system spent on financial aid for non-California-resident students in 2013-14, an amount that has grown from $6 million in 2003-04 as the number of non-resident students has grown from 4 percent of all undergraduates to 13 percent
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted June 8, 2015

$1.4 million
Amount that the city of Irvine, Calif., has spent on outside auditors hired in 2013 to determine how more than $200 million was spent between 2005 and 2012 trying to transform a retired Marine Corps base into a sprawling municipal park, only a portion of which was ever built
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted June 5, 2015

55
Average daily number of gallons of water used by Australians, an amount that efficiency programs that were put into place during a tortuous drought from the late 1990s through 2012 drastically reduced, an effort that water officials in California, whose residents use 105 gallons per day on average, are studying for guidance as the state copes with its own drought
>> AP/Yahoo News | Posted June 4, 2015

About 1.5 million
Number of smartphones and other mobile devices used by employees of federal agencies, which spend about $1.2 billion on the devices each year but for which the agencies aren't maintaining complete inventories or fully tracking spending, according to a Government Accountability report saying that only one of the 15 agencies reviewed, the General Services Administration, has a system for monitoring spending on the devices and service plans and scanning for unused devices
>> Nextgov | Posted June 3, 2015

As much as $13 million
Amount that Arizona's Department of Revenue expects to pay to upgrade a computer system it could start replacing as soon as next fiscal year, a plan defended by officials who say taxpayers deserve an efficient tax system sooner rather than later and that full implementation of a new system could take anywhere from four to six years--assuming that the legislature agrees to fund it
>> Arizona Republic | Posted June 2, 2015

$20.2 million
Amount in Social Security benefits that the federal government has paid out over the past half-century to more than 130 U.S. residents linked to Nazi atrocities during World War II, according to a forthcoming report from the Social Security Administration's inspector general concluding that virtually all of the payments were proper under policies in place at the time
>> New York Times | Posted June 1, 2015

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