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Average annual pension received by retired New Jersey public employees, according to a new report by a left-leaning think thank whose president says that despite a perception that the state's public workers enjoy lucrative retirement benefits the study shows that New Jersey's public-employee pensions rank among the least generous of the nation's 100 largest public plans
>> | Posted Dec. 19, 2014

Number of times the three major aqueducts that supply 88 percent of Los Angeles' water cross the San Andreas fault as they make their way into the region, leading Los Angeles officials to seek proposals aimed at better protecting the water supply and developing alternatives in case an earthquake blocks the aqueducts
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Dec. 18, 2014

Year in which new population projections from the Census Bureau indicate that the U.S. population will become "majority minority," with whites making up 49.7 percent, Hispanics 25 percent, blacks 12.7 percent, Asians 7.9 percent and multiracial persons 3.7 percent
>> Brookings Institution | Posted Dec. 17, 2014

About 200
Number of vacant houses that Detroit is now demolishing weekly, four times the number of a year ago and a rate at which the city soon could be tearing down as many as 10,000 structures a year in its campaign to rid Detroit's neighborhoods of blighted eyesores
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted Dec. 16, 2014

More than 3,800
Number of Virginia state employees--nearly 4 percent of the government workforce--who make annual salaries below the federal poverty level of $23,850 for a family of four, including hospital food-service workers and housekeepers, school security officers, mental health workers, deputy sheriffs, corrections workers, secretaries, researchers, and associate professors
>> Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted Dec. 15, 2014

$81 million
Value of a multi-year contract awarded by the CIA to access advice on pain infliction from two psychologists who developed theories of interrogation based on "learned helplessness," according to the report on the nation's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program released this week by the Senate intelligence committee
>> Government Executive | Posted Dec. 12, 2014

Number of U.S. municipalities, including Atlanta and Indianapolis, that have reclaimed control of their water systems since 2003, ending less-than-favorable public private partnerships, while 10 more have set the wheels in motion to "re-municipalize" their systems, according to a report from Corporate Accountability International and the Public Services International Research Unit
>> American City & County | Posted Dec. 11, 2014

Monthly state pension being collected by Seamus McCaffery, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice who abruptly retired in late October after being linked to a state-government pornographic email scandal and being suspended by his Supreme Court colleagues amid ethics investigations
>> AP/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Posted Dec. 10, 2014

Number of snowshoes, along with 1,600 parkas and 132 pairs of snow trousers, that the Sheriff's Department in Los Angeles County received in March from the Pentagon as part of the Defense Department program that transfers surplus military equipment to law-enforcement agencies
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Dec. 9, 2014

$150 million
Amount that General Electric, which recently announced that it was selling off its consumer-products division because the profit margins are too low but secured more than $16 billion worth of federal contracts between 2007 and 2012, spent on lobbying during that period
>> The Atlantic | Posted Dec. 8, 2014

Percentage of Phoenix's some 12,400 city employees who receive annual raises averaging 4.6 percent or bonuses averaging nearly $2,200 every year under a compensation system that some city leaders want to reform, contending that it spends taxpayer money unwisely or rewards workers regardless of performance
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Dec. 5, 2014

More than $3.9 million
Amount the State Department has spent on alcohol, candy and novelties since fiscal 2010, mostly items given out as gifts around holidays or during special events, far outpacing the amounts spent by other agencies
>> Federal Times | Posted Dec. 4, 2014

Amount that Army researchers say the exertion level of a soldier carrying a hundred-pound load could be reduced, while allowing an unburdened soldier to run a four-minute mile, by the exosuits now under development
>> Military Times | Posted Dec. 3, 2014

Amount of workers' compensation benefits that a U.S. Postal Service employee from Baltimore must repay after she pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming the payments over seven years as the Postal Service has struggled to contain its workers' comp costs, which have grown from $840 million in 2005 to more than $1.3 billion in 2014
>> Federal Times | Posted Dec. 2, 2014

$7.4 million
Amount set aside for this fiscal year in Missouri's state budget for emergency-response expenses for the state's National Guard and the State Emergency Management Agency, funds that will soon run out due to costs related to the Ferguson protests, prompting Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special legislative session to seek more money to ensure that Guard members are paid on Dec. 15
>> New York Times | Posted Dec. 1, 2014

Percentage of federal employees who say they are satisfied with their health-care coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, for which premiums will increase by 3.8 percent in 2015, according to a survey of 500 current or retired federal workers
>> Government Executive | Posted Nov. 26, 2014

Number of the 76 law-enforcement officers across the county who died while on duty last year whose deaths occurred during criminal acts, down from 49 in 2012, according to a new FBI report saying nearly 50,000 officers were assaulted while on duty last year
>> Reuters | Posted Nov. 25, 2014

Percentage of Americans who say the FBI is doing an "excellent" or "good" job, a three-point improvement from May 2013, according to a Gallup poll showing only the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, out of eight federal agencies surveyed for both years, losing ground and the Internal Revenue Service showing the greatest gain, rising from 27 percent to 41 percent
>> Gallup | Posted Nov. 24, 2014

Number of the nearly 6,700 requests to the U.S. Postal Service from law-enforcement agencies last year to monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national-security investigations that were denied, according to postal efficials, a rate of approval that some members of Congress sharply criticized
>> New York Times | Posted Nov. 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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