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More than $36,000
Amount donated to Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams' campaign fund since 2012 by employees of the sheriff's department, where 21 deputies earned enough overtime in the fiscal year that ended June 30 to boost their annual pay well into six figures as the department exceeded its overtime budget by $2.5 million, with Williams saying the donations had nothing to do with overtime earnings
>> Philadelphia Inquirer | Posted Oct. 8, 2015

About 11 trillion
Gallons of rain that soaked North and South Carolina over the past week causing catastrophic flooding that killed more than a dozen people, a downpour that could fill 636 million 16-by-32-foot swimming pools and would be enough to end the drought now gripping California
>> USA Today | Posted Oct. 7, 2015

Decrease since 2010 in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey score for "global satisfaction"--which measures workers' happiness with pay, their individual jobs and the overall organization--for the Department of Homeland Security, the biggest drop-off among large agencies
>> Government Executive | Posted Oct. 6, 2015

Almost $750,000
Amount raised as of early this morning on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe for to help pay the medical bills of Chris Mintz, the 30-year-old Army veteran and Umpqua Community College student who was shot seven times and perhaps saved lives while charging the gunman who killed nine people and himself last Thursday at the Roseburg, Ore., college, while a petition on the White House's We the People website calling for President Obama to award Mintz the Presidential Medal of Freedom had garnered more than 6,600 signatures
>> The Oregonian | Posted Oct. 5, 2015

Number of mass shootings in the United States in 2015 as of yesterday, an average of more than one a day and a total that includes Thursday's slayings at an Oregon community college, according to Mass Shooting Tracker, which counts as a mass shooting an incident in which four or more people are killed or injured by gunfire
>> Washington Post
Percentage of the 644 million guns owned by civilians around the world that are possessed by Americans, who make up 4.4 percent of the world's population
>> | Posted Oct. 2, 2015

$37.1 million
Amount that California state agencies have paid in penalties to their vendors over the past decade for violating the state's Prompt Payment Act by failing to pay undisputed invoices within 45 calendar days of receipt
>> Sacramento Bee
$1.59 million
Additional rebates that vendors acknowledged owing the federal government during a three-month experiment in which the signature box on a form for reporting rebates was placed at the beginning rather than at the end, among the early successes of a year-old effort by the Obama administration to apply academic research on human behavior to the business of running government
>> New York Times | Posted Oct. 1, 2015

Percentage of those who earned a bachelor's degree from 2006 through this year at an American college or university who strongly agreed that their higher education was worth the cost, according to a new survey of 30,151 college alumni by Purdue University and Gallup
>> Reuters | Posted Sept. 30, 2015

Number of firearms, most of which were loaded, in luggage passengers intended to carry onto airplanes that were intercepted by airport security agents during the week that ended Sept. 17, setting a new weekly record, according to the Transportation Security Administration
>> Reuters | Posted Sept. 29, 2015

Number of sick days that Timothy Hyman, a 78-year-old staff photographer for the Maryland State Highway Administration who is retiring this month, has taken in his 66 years of working for the state, a span that makes him the state's longest-serving employee
>> Washington Post | Posted Sept. 28, 2015

1 in 7
Portion of the 700 million monthly emails received by 1.6 million users of Pentagon email systems that are legitimate, with the rest made up of malicious virus attacks, password phishing attempts and spam, a number cited by Army Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, in discussing the prospect that the Defense Department will seek to transition its unclassified email to the cloud
>> Nextgov | Posted Sept. 25, 2015

The nation's loss in economic growth resulting from more than 850,000 furloughed federal employees working 6.6 million fewer hours during the 16-day government shutdown in October 2013, according to a recent report from the Congressional Research Service
>> Government Executive | Posted Sept. 24, 2015

96 percent
Percentage of government workers at the Department of Housing and Urban Development who might face being furloughed if the federal government shuts down at the end of this month, the highest percentage among Cabinet-level agencies, while no State Department workers would be sent home, according to contingency plans drawn up for the 2013 federal shutdown
>> Washington Post | Posted Sept. 23, 2015

Number of Pennsylvania voters who are registered with the Adarian Party, with many saying they had no idea how they could have ended up identified with a political party named for an alien species with elongated skulls and squid-like features depicted in a comic-book adaptation of a "Star Wars" novel and state officials saying the mistakes are likely the result of alphabetical happenstance--"Adarian" is the first party name on an electronic list of 87 party choices--and human error on the part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's "motor voter" registration program
>> Philadelphia Daily News | Posted Sept. 22, 2015

Nearly 20,000
Number of hours by which as many as 40 Census Bureau employees who process background checks on new hires and contractors fudged their time-and-attendance reports over four years, costing the government some $1.1 million, according to an inspector general's report saying that some of the employees who were investigated may have committed a federal crime by interfering with the IG's investigation and threatening whistleblowers who reported their conduct to a hotline
>> Government Executive | Posted Sept. 21, 2015

Number of the top seven spots for colleges' economic diversity held by University of California campuses, according to the New York Times' latest College Access Index, a measure of the share of students who receive Pell grants, their graduation rates and the prices colleges charge both low- and middle-income students
>> New York Times | Posted Sept. 18, 2015

Percentage of Americans age 16 and older who say closing their public library would impact their lives and communities, according to a Pew Research Center survey also reporting that 46 percent of Americans age 16 and older say they visited a library or bookmobile in the prior year, down from 53 percent in 2012
>> Pew Research Center | Posted Sept. 17, 2015

Percentage of government workers who say they are satisfied with the retirement plans their employers offer, compared to 57 percent of private-sector workers, according to combined data from the last five years of an annual Gallup poll which also showed greater satisfaction among government workers in eight other categories including health insurance, vacation time, supervisors and job security, while private-sector workers reported more satisfaction in the categories of flexibility of work hours, recognition of accomplishments and stress
>> Gallup | Posted Sept. 16, 2015

Default rate among student-loan borrowers whose debt falls between $1,000 and $5,000, while the rate for those who borrowed more than $100,000 is 18 percent, a difference attributed to the heaviest borrowers being those who take out loans for graduate school and earn more after graduation, while defaults are concentrated among those who borrow less but drop out without a degree and struggle to find well-paying work
>> Brookings Institution | Posted Sept. 15, 2015

Number of cases reporting whistleblower retaliations against federal employees and other alleged personnel-rule violations that the Office of Special Counsel received last year, a record number reflecting a 17 percent jump from the number filed in 2013, according to the agency's annual report to Congress
>> Federal News Radio | Posted Sept. 14, 2015

More than 200
Number of the more than 250 Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services employees who have been arrested and charged with a crime since January 2013 who are still employed by the department, according to state Corrections Secretary Stephen T. Moyer, who says that now that the scandal-plagued Men's Detention Center in Baltimore has been closed he's turning his attention to cleaning up what he calls a lax culture of employee discipline in the department
>> Baltimore Sun | Posted Sept. 11, 2015

More than 21,000
Number of deaths and serious injuries that could be prevented if all communities used automated cameras to curtail speeding, according to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study focusing on Montgomery County, Md., which began using speed cameras in 2007 and has seen a reduction of 59 percent in the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph
>> Washington Post | Posted Sept. 10, 2015

As much as $170.3 billion
Amount of the gross domestic product of 35 major cities in the U.S. and Canada that could be erased by a stock-market crash, surpassing estimates for the impact of natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes as well as terrorist attacks, according to Lloyd's of London
>> Bloomberg/Insurance Journal | Posted Sept. 9, 2015

Percentage of Americans who now support same-sex marriage, while 35 percent oppose it, according to Pew Research Center polls indicating a reversal of attitudes since 2001, when 57 percent opposed same-sex marriage and 35 percent supported it
>> Pew Research Center | Posted Sept. 8, 2015

20,310 feet
New U.S. Geological Survey measurement of the height of North America's tallest mountain, Alaska's Denali, 10 feet shorter than its official height on Monday, when President Obama restored the original Native Alaskan name to the former Mt. McKinley
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Sept. 4, 2015

More than 49,000
Number of weddings performed last year at New York City's Manhattan marriage bureau, up nearly 50 percent from the number performed in 2008 that's being attributed to factors including the legalization of same-sex marriage and the effort in 2009 by then-mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to reimagine the bureau in an effort to rival Las Vegas as a wedding destination
>> New York Times | Posted Sept. 3, 2015

Number of people who received assistance in 2014 from Colorado's Gambling Addiction Program, according to a state audit saying 83 percent of the funds allocated to the program in fiscal 2015 went to administrative and marketing expenses and to the program's contractor
>> Denver Post | Posted Sept. 2, 2015

Number of government-issued computers, including desktops, laptops and iPads, that an unnamed senior Commerce Department official kept at her home for about six months in 2013-14, allowing family members to use them "to view and/or store pornographic, sexually suggestive, and racially offensive materials," according to an inspector general's report, triggered by a whistleblower's complaint, saying that the official also approved federal money to assemble an office coat rack and submitted false travel and attendance reports
>> Government Executive | Posted Sept. 1, 2015

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