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More than $1.65 million
Amount that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has contracted to pay the Edelman public-relations firm through next April for its services in connection with the university's academic-fraud scandal, on top of roughly $500,000 that UNC had previously spent on public-relations services from two other firms and a consultant
>> Raleigh News & Observer | Posted Nov. 20, 2014

More than 930,000
Number of miles of overseas travel that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has undertaken during his five-year tenure--at least 40 trips over 373 days costing more than $4.7 million--meeting officials and visiting sailors and Marines, travel that the former Mississippi governor said is critical to furthering U.S. and Navy interests abroad
>> AP/Military Times | Posted Nov. 19, 2014

7.2%
Unemployment rate for post-9/11 military veterans in October, the lowest ever recorded for that month for that group, while the nation's overall unemployment rate stood at 5.8 percent in October
>> Military Times | Posted Nov. 18, 2014

More than $11 million
Cost incurred by the Pennsylvania State Police alone for the 48-day manhunt--involving more than 1,000 law-enforcement officers from different agencies--that resulted in the capture of Eric Frein, who is accused to shooting one state trooper to death and wounding another trooper outside a state police barracks
>> Philadelphia Inquirer | Posted Nov. 17, 2014

$2
Amount per megabit per month that educational institutions in the northeastern corner of Nebraska are now paying for Internet service, compared to the $1,200 per megabit per month they once were charged, thanks to a decade-long project joining government and educational entities in a single high-speed network
>> Government Technology | Posted Nov. 14, 2014

12,032
Number of federal workers who were furloughed for up to a week due to last year's sequestration budget cuts whose appeals of their furloughs to the Merit System Protection Board had been heard as of Nov. 5, out of 32,759 cases that were filed by workers petitioning for back pay after their agencies sent them home
>> Washington Post | Posted Nov. 13, 2014

51,000
Number of state and local public-health jobs--more than one in five--that have been lost since 2008 across the country due to diminishing federal funding for public-health preparedness, according to a recent survey by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, raising questions about whether the nation's public-health departments would be able to carry out the intensive airport screenings, patient monitoring, public education and other preparations needed to deal with a potential Ebola outbreak in the United States
>> Stateline/Pew Charitable Trusts | Posted Nov. 12, 2014

Nearly $141 million
Amount that attorneys and consultants have billed Detroit for services in the largest municipal-bankruptcy case in U.S. history, billings that federal Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes said he has an "independent obligation" to examine to determine the reasonableness of the fees
>> Detroit News | Posted Nov. 10, 2014

5.5%
Average decrease in energy use last winter for 59 federal buildings in seven states and Washington, D.C., that had completed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded energy-efficiency investments before November 2012, according to a General Services Administration analysis
>> Federal Times
2.1 trillion
Gallons of purified drinking water that researchers estimate is lost each year in this country because of aging, leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters
>> National Public Radio | Posted Nov. 7, 2014

1,642
Number of military veterans who had separated from the service over the previous three years who were reported as hired in fiscal 2013 by the Shaw Group, an energy and construction firm headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., the most of any company with federal contracts of $1,000 or more that are required by provide information on their veterans' hiring, followed by Allied Barton Security Services with 1,612 veteran hires, UPS with 1,150, Home Depot with 916 and General Dynamics with 701
>> Military Times | Posted Nov. 6, 2014

65%
Percentage of the 42,000 elected officials at all levels of American government who are white males, a group that makes up 31 percent of the nation's population, according to a state-by-state analysis by the Reflective Democracy Campaign of the Women Donors Network
>> American City & County | Posted Nov. 5, 2014

8.1 million pounds
Amount of paperwork that the Department of Veterans Affairs has scanned into its new Veterans Benefits Management System, turning a billion documents into electronic files that claims processors can search electronically as the agency whittles away at its disability and pension claims backlog, which now stands at 243,000 cases after peaking at 611,000 in March 2013
>> Washington Post | Posted Nov. 4, 2014

48%
Percentage of federal employees who began their federal careers with only a high-school diploma and who have worked for the government for 10 years or more who have obtained a certificate or associate's degree, while 24 percent have earned a bachelor's degree and 13 percent have received an advanced degree, according to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
>> Federal Times | Posted Nov. 3, 2014

$198.16 billion
California public-pension systems' unfunded liabilities in 2013, up from $6.33 billion in 2003 despite a near-tripling of the amount paid into the funds by cities and counties, to $17.52 billion, and a near-doubling of the amount contributed by employees, to $9.07 billion
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Oct. 31, 2014

61%
Percentage of technology experts interviewed for a report by the Pew Research Internet Project who believe that a major cyber attack will happen between now and 2025 that will be large enough to cause "significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars," while other experts said the current preoccupation with cyber conflict is a product of software merchants looking to hype public anxiety
>> Defense One | Posted Oct. 30, 2014

37,039
Number of federal employees who as of 9 a.m. eastern time this morning had signed an online petition on the White House's "We the People" Web page urging President Obama to declare Dec. 26, the Friday after Christmas, a bonus day off, arguing that they deserve the extra day off after last year's sequestration-triggered furloughs and three years of pay freezes
>> Washington Post | Posted Oct. 29, 2014

74%
Percentage of National Aeronautics and Space Administration employees reporting overall job satisfaction on the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, ranking it first among large federal departments and agencies, while the Department of Homeland Security ranked at the bottom, with 48 percent of its workers saying that they're satisfied with their jobs
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 28, 2014

63%
Percentage of federal employees identified as millennials who say their government jobs give a "feeling of personal accomplishment," compared to 71 percent of federal workers of all other generations, according to the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, while 75 percent of millennial federal workers responded positively to the statement "I like the kind of work I do," compared to 83 percent of other generations
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 27, 2014

30
Number of states of national emergency declared by presidents that remain in effect, including nine declared by President Obama, the post 9/11 state of emergency declared by President George W. Bush and that Obama has renewed six times, and one declared by President Jimmy Carter during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 that remains in effect almost 35 years later
>> USA Today | Posted Oct. 24, 2014

$339
The cost per resident of delivering public services in Burlington County, N.J., the lowest in a state in which the average is $552 per resident, with county officials crediting consolidating operations and other cost-saving measures that were undertaken when property-tax revenues plummeted in the Great Recession
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 23, 2014

183
Number of major-party candidates up for election to Congress this year who have military experience, the first time in recent memory that fewer than 200 veterans were on the congressional campaign trail and a situation that polling data indicates could decrease the number of veterans in the House and Senate to fewer than 100 for the first time since the 1950s
>> Military Times | Posted Oct. 22, 2014

990,399
Number of Social Security disability-benefit appeals awaiting decisions by 1,445 judges--the federal government's largest backlog, dating back to when Gerald Ford was president, and a number that is larger than the population of six different states
>> Washington Post | Posted Oct. 21, 2014

Eight 55-gallon barrels
Amount of medical waste generated each day by an Ebola patient being treated in a U.S. hospital, including protective clothing, disposable medical instruments, packaging, bed linens, dishware, tissues, towels, curtains, privacy screens and mattresses
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Oct. 20, 2014

77,000
Number of $100 red-light-camera tickets that Chicago's inspector general says were generated after Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration this spring issued a shorter yellow-light standard of less than three seconds, a change the city defended as valid but agreed to reverse
>> Chicago Tribune | Posted Oct. 17, 2014

958
The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office's backlog of uncompleted reports on the cause and manner of death, some of them dating back to 2012, a year after the death-ruling backlog came under heavy scrutiny and six months after the chief medical examiner was demoted
>> San Francisco Examiner | Posted Oct. 16, 2014

$187 million
Amount of damage done each year to airplanes in unexpected encounters with animals, including not only birds but also 47 non-flying species, among them bears, alligators, iquanas, terrapins, moose and minks, according to the Federal Aviation Administration
>> Washington Post | Posted Oct. 15, 2014

11.73
Hours per bargaining-unit employee that National Labor Relations Board workers spent on "official time"--conducting union business during work hours--in fiscal 2012, the most of any federal agency, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 14, 2014

$177 million to $434 million
Cost range for putting an electronic device in the hands of every Utah public school student, according to legislative fiscal analysts who recommended that the state settle for cheaper, stripped-down Google Chromebooks rather than pricier Apple iPads
>> Salt Lake Tribune | Posted Oct. 10, 2014

More than 60%
Percentage of threats against President Obama that are now made online, according to the Secret Service, with lawmakers and private security officials questioning whether the agency has adapted to a new social-media landscape in which it must sort through a blizzard of online references to the president, investigate those that raise flags and then reconcile them with the intelligence being gathered on the ground
>> Washington Post | Posted Oct. 9, 2014

$2.9 billion
Federal-employee workers' compensation costs in 2014, down about $100 million from a peak of about $3 billion in 2012 but still well above the $2.3 billion total of a decade ago, according to preliminary Labor Department data, with federal agencies showing mixed results in controlling workers' comp costs
>> Federal Times | Posted Oct. 8, 2014

1743
Year that the Darby Free Library, believed to be the oldest continuously operating public library in the United States, was founded in the Delaware County, Pa., borough by a group of Quakers, an institution that, now occupying a building that dates to 1872, is fighting to make ends meet after surviving the prospect of closure in 2009
>> Philadelphia Inquirer | Posted Oct. 7, 2014

About 22,000
Number of jobs gained by state governments in September, mostly education-related positions, as the overall economy added 248,000 jobs, while the federal government lost roughly 2,000 jobs and local governments lost 8,000, according to monthly data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 6, 2014

704,394
Number of Freedom of Information Act requests received by federal agencies last year, with more than 230,000 of the requests going to the Department or Homeland Security alone and the Department of Transportation running 11 separate FOIA operations, as agencies look for ways to better track and manage the process
>> Nextgov | Posted Oct. 3, 2014

More than 34 minutes
Average time that Florida voters had to stand in line to cast their ballots in the 2012 election, the longest among states whose data were precise enough to be ranked, while Alaska's voters waited the shortest average time, 1.4 minutes, according to a new Government Accountability Office report that cited long ballots and cutbacks in early-voting options for the long waits in Florida
>> Miami Herald, Government Accountability Office | Posted Oct. 2, 2014

550
Number of employees that the Secret Service is short of its "optimal level," according to testimony at a congressional hearing by Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, citing the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, among assertions that drew harsh criticism from members of a House committee for blaming a lack of resources for security breaches
>> Daily Beast | Posted Oct. 1, 2014

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