NEWS: June 16, 2010
Technology | The Nation
Federal CIO: Services Lag
Despite $500 Billion Spent on IT
Despite spending $500 billion on information technology over the past 10 years, the federal government is still mired in paperwork and remains unresponsive to citizens who are increasingly using online transactions, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said.
Federal Computer Week
V.A. CIO: Kill Troubled IT Projects
Roger Baker, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, receives daily progress reports on each of about 100 information technology projects. If any project misses three deadlines, it's automatically terminated.
GSA to Move to Web-Based E-Mail
The federal General Services Administration is planning to move its entire e-mail system to the cloud, seeking to create an effective collaborative working environment, reduce in-house maintenance and apply appropriate security and privacy safeguards.
Public Officials | Pontiac, Mich.
Emergency Manager Quits, Cites Threats
Fred Leeb resigned as Pontiac's state-appointed emergency financial manager, saying he has endured "hate speeches, slander, threats of violence and racism" since taking the post in March 2009. State officials named Michael Stampfler, who has held several city-manager positions, as Leeb's successor.
Town Manager Accused of Bugging Restroom, Offices
Shirly, Mass., Town Administrator Kyle J. Keady was arrested and accused of planting a video camera in the ceiling of the women’s restroom in Town Hall, secretly recording conversations in his office and bugging his assistant and the town accountant
Environment | The Nation
Watchdog to Be Top Oil Regulator
Michael Bromwich, appointed by President Obama to oversee oil drilling as director of the embattled Minerals Management Service, has a reputation for cleaning up embattled organizations. His resume boasts a long list of watchdog positions.
Law Enforcement | San Francisco
Controller: Outsource Crime Lab
City Controller Ben Rosenfield is recommending a phased closure of the city's beleaguered crime lab "if operationally feasible" and gradually contracting out the work done there. The controller's office found that relocating to a new lab would cost the city $15 million to $21 million more than outsourcing the work.
San Francisco Chronicle
Public Workforce | The Nation
Bill Mandates Training for Federal Managers
Legislation introduced by three Virginia congressmen would require federal managers to receive initial training within one year of being promoted and once every three years thereafter while establishing a program to educate supervisors on common managerial issues.
Public Utilities | Washington, D.C.
Embattled Water Agency
Gets New Name, New Look
The city's Water and Sewer Authority moved to abandon a tarnished public identity, unveiling a new name and logo hours before a congressional panel continued probing high levels of waterborne lead revealed in 2004. The utility will now be known as "D.C. Water."
L.A. Utility Moves to Sell Off Assets
The top executive at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is laying the groundwork to sell some of the agency's biggest assets--including the utility's iconic downtown headquarters--as it seeks to cover rising costs without raising rates.
Los Angeles Times
Human Services | The Nation
Senator: Drug-Test Benefits Applicants
People seeking unemployment benefits or welfare would have to first pass a drug test under a proposal U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch will try to add to a $140 billion bill extending tax breaks and social programs. The Utah Republican said his idea would help battle drug addiction and could reduce the nation's debt.
Salt Lake Tribune
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ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
“We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.”
President Obama, in his first speech from the Oval Office, pledging that the federal government will fight the Gulf Oil spill "with everything it takes"
New York Times | More quotes
Obama's Call to Arms
Given all the idiotic advice President Obama has gotten about what to do about the BP oil spill, his Oval Office address had it about right. Call to arms. Three-point plan. End our energy addiction. God bless America. Obama needs to take the opportunity of the oil-spill crisis to show that he is a leader.
Upper-end estimate of the number of barrels of oil--roughly 2.5 million gallons--that federal scientists now estimate could be spewing into the Gulf of Mexico daily from BP's damaged well, a sharp increase over previous estimates and an amount equaling the Exxon Valdez spill every four days
New York Times | More data
American Society for Public Administration
Webinar: Introduction to Performance Measurement and Accountability
Today, 1 p.m. ET
International City/County Management Association
Web conference on Injecting Passion and Innovation into the Local Government Workplace
June 17, 1 p.m. ET
Government Technology magazine
June 28-29 | Chicago
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
June 28-July 2 | Boston
Harvard Kennedy School
Executive education program on
Public-Private Partnerships in a Changing World
July 5-16 | Cambridge, Mass.
GovLoop and Young Government Leaders
Next Generation of Government Summit
July 6-7 | Arlington, Va.
American Federation of Teachers
July 7-11 | Seattle
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