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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number of unfilled civilian positions as of Friday at North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base, which is struggling to recruit and retain its civilian workforce as potential employees head to better-paying jobs in the nearby Bakken oil fields and area living costs continue to rise
>> AP/Bismarck Tribune | Posted Sept. 30, 2014

Decrease in the number of women hired as federal-government employees between 2000 and 2012, according to an upcoming report from the Merit Systems Protection Board citing an emphasis on the hiring of military veterans into the federal civil service as a contributor to the decrease in the hiring of women
>> Government Executive | Posted Sept. 29, 2014

$5.2 billion
Amount that tax fraud committed by identity thieves cost the federal government in 2013, according to a new Government Accountability Office report that nonetheless gave the Internal Revenue Service credit for preventing $24 billion in unmerited tax refunds and saying that setting an earlier deadline for employers to submit wage reports to the IRS would provide "a powerful tool" to help the tax agency verify individual filings
>> Washington Post, Government Executive | Posted Sept. 26, 2014

Hourly wage for members of Congress for the eight days between Aug. 1 and Nov. 12 that Congress will be in session, assuming 10-hour workdays, according to calculations by liberal activist Ralph Nader that were challenged by lawmakers and their aides who argued that time spent in Washington is only part of their job since they meet with and serve consituents back in their home districts and states
>> The Hill | Posted Sept. 25, 2014

Decrease in the federal prison population in fiscal 2014, to about 215,000 inmates, the first decline since 1980 and a development that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. highlighted as a breakthrough for reform advocates who have tried to reverse the trend of rising incarceration
>> Washington Post | Posted Sept. 24, 2014

More than 150
Number of people who as of Sept. 12 had applied to become Tallahassee, Fla.'s first city ethics officer, with more than 80 percent of the candidates who were deemed eligible for the post having law degrees and many of the applicants either currently or formerly serving in state-government or law-enforcement positions
>> Tallahassee Democrat | Posted Sept. 23, 2014

Percentage of construction workers on 33 Seattle city projects between 2009 and 2013 who were residents of the city, according to a city-commissioned study that is providng impetus for "priority hire" legislation introduced by Mayor Ed Murray that would reserve a percentage of work on projects of $5 million and more for residents of Seattle ZIP codes with high poverty and unemployment
>> Seattle Times | Posted Sept. 22, 2014

Voter turnout in Thursday's referendum in which Scotland rejected independence from the United Kingdom, a record high for any election held in the U.K. since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1918
>> The Scotsman
Voter turnout in the 2008 U.S. election in which Barack Obama won the presidency, the highest in 40 years
>> CBS News | Posted Sept. 19, 2014

Cost of renovating an office suite in the basement of the Indiana Statehouse, along with $2.5 million to acquire software rights and $500,000 in annual maintenance costs, for a new management and performance hub intended to put real-time data on everything from traffic fatalities to infant mortality at the fingertips of government policymakers, a project that Gov. Mike Pence said will make Indiana "the most transparent, the most efficient and the most effective state government in America"
>> Indianapolis Star | Posted Sept. 18, 2014

Percentage of women holding information-technology-related jobs in the federal government, compared to 16 percent of the employees of the Silicon Valley big four: Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter
>> Nextgov | Posted Sept. 17, 2014

Amount of electricity used by Burlington, Vt., that now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass, a threshold the state's largest city, with a population of 42,000, crossed with the recent purchase by the Burlington Electric Department of a hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge
>> AP/Burlington Free Press | Posted Sept. 16, 2014

Number of items of military equipment, including some 8,000 M16 assault rifles, 100 mine-resistant or armored vehicles and 45 helicopters, that California law-enforcement agencies have acquired from the Pentagon under the program that supplies local police agencies with surplus military gear
>> Sacramento Bee

More than 180
Number of state and local law-enforcement agencies that have been suspended from the controversial Department of Defense program that supplies police forces with surplus military gear for losing weapons or failing to comply with the program's regulations
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Sept. 15, 2014

Average amount per house that U.S. Customs and Border Protection spent to build 21 homes for its employees in 2012 in Ajo, Ariz., a small former mining town where the average house costs $86,500, according to a Department of Homeland Security inspector general's audit saying the agency also paid far more than it needed to for land and that it spent about $2.4 million to buy 20 mobile homes that have mostly stood empty
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Sept. 12, 2014

Number of sets of fingerprint evidence that await analysis by the Los Angeles police department, a backlog that has more than doubled in the last two years despite an LAPD campaign to process fingerprints more effectively and that is hampering efforts to solve thousands of burglaries, thefts and other property crimes
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Sept. 11, 2014

Percentage of federal information-technology professionals who say that that they are apprehensive about the process of moving their agencies' data systems to the cloud, according to a survey by MeriTalk, a public-private organization focused on government IT
>> Federal Times | Posted Sept. 10, 2014

Increase in the number of broken or missing windows in New York City Housing Authority buildings from 2005 to 2011, the last year for which data was available, according to a report from the city comptroller's office
>> New York Times | Posted Sept. 9, 2014

Illinois' average for 2010 to 2012 for its public-pension liability as a percentage of state revenue, far and away the nation's highest liability percentage, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service
>> AP/State Journal-Register | Posted Sept. 8, 2014

Amount that, as of Sept. 12, the State Department will charge Americans to formally renounce their U.S. citizenship, a fivefold increase from the current charge and an increase that the department says was needed because the process is "extremely costly," including two "intensive interviews" to ensure that the applicant "fully understands the consequences of renunciation"
>> Washington Post | Posted Sept. 5, 2014

Number of corruption convictions per 100,000 Oregon public employees between 1976 and 2008, the lowest number of convictions of any state and a record credited to factors including strong oversight and audit rules, campaign-finance disclosure regulations and limits on no-bid contracting and gifts to state employees
>> Washington Post

Amount that former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who was granted a federal public defender to appeal his conviction on bribery and other corruption charges, says he has in his bank account, while he says he is deeply in debt and that he, his wife and daughter live off of food stamps and gifts and donations from friends and family
>> New Orleans Times-Picayune | Posted Sept. 4, 2014

More than $100 million
Amount raised as of last Friday for ALS research by the Ice Bucket Challenge, more than double the total federal funding for research into the disease that the National Institutes of Health received in fiscal 2013 and is projected to receive in fiscal 2014
>> National Journal | Posted Sept. 3, 2014

Decrease in average student attendance at college football games since 2009, according to an analysis of stadium turnstile records from about 50 public colleges with top-division football teams, a sign of soaring ticket prices, the proliferation of televised games, more lopsided games and fewer matchups against longtime rivals
>> Wall Street Journal | Posted Sept. 2, 2014

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