NEWS: September 10, 2010
Ethics | Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Charged with Corruption,
County Auditor Resigns
County Auditor Frank Russo resigned from office shortly before federal prosecutors charged him with 21 corruption-related crimes, suggesting that he coordinated a web of corruption that included low-level bureaucrats and the county sheriff, lawyers and sitting judges, construction contractors and business consultants--one of them his own son.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Massachusetts Auditor Accused of Nepotism
Massachusetts' State Ethics Commission alleged that state Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci violated state conflict-of-interest law by directing his office to hire his 75-year-old cousin in 2008.
Military Personnel | The Nation
'Don't Ask' Policy Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
In the first successful legal challenge to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, a federal judge in Riverside, Calif., declared the ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional, saying it violates rights while failing to preserve military readiness.
Los Angeles Times
Army Seeks Troops' Input on 'Don't Ask'
The Army has launched on online inbox, accessible from an internal Army website, that will allow soldiers to share comments on the proposed repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law.
Overhaul Pushed for Military HR Systems
The U.S. military must overhaul and reduce the cost of paying its people, funding their retirements and underwriting their health care, a top Pentagon adviser said.
Contracting | The Nation
Report Slams Pentagon's
Top Contracting Watchdog
The Pentagon's chief watchdog has strayed from its core mission of detecting waste, fraud and abuse and is slipping in productivity, according to a new Senate report saying that in fiscal 2009 the Defense Department Inspector General's Audit Office did not investigate any "major or nonmajor weapons contract or contractor."
Finance | California
Controller: No IOUs for Now
Ten weeks into the fiscal year without a budget, California has sufficient cash in its dwindling treasury to avoid issuing IOUs until at least October, a reprieve from previous projections that the scrip was imminent, state Controller John Chiang said.
Los Angeles Times
Technology | The Nation
I.G.: Cybersecurity Agency's Systems Vulnerable
A scan of information-technology systems at US-CERT, the Department of Homeland Security's primary operational cybersecurity agency, found hundreds of vulnerabilities that could allow someone to compromise data, according to a report from the DHS inspector general.
Government Computer News
Social Security Data Center Project Delayed
A stimulus-funded project to replace an aging Social Security Administration data center is more than six months behind schedule due to a disagreement over where to locate the facility.
Public Officials | The Nation
Obama Picks New Economic Adviser
President Obama will announce Austan Goolsbee, staff director and chief economist on the president's Economic Recovery Advisory Board, to replace the departing Christina Romer as chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, providing continuity in the face of a political storm.
Public Workforce | The Nation
Hill Staffers Owe $9.3 Million in Overdue Taxes
Capitol Hill employees owed $9.3 million in overdue taxes at the end of last year, a sliver of the $1 billion owed by federal workers nationwide. Republican members of Congress are pushing for the firings of government workers who owe the IRS.
Port Agency Workers Fight Free-Ride Crackdown
Unions that represent toll collectors, police and other Delaware River Port Authority workers are fighting the agency's effort to strip them of free rides across the DRPA's four toll bridges.
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“Adrian Fenty: The Jerk D.C. Needs”
The Washington City Paper's headline over its endorsement of Mayor Adrian Fenty for re-election, lauding Fenty, who is not known for his people skills, for overseeing "a dramatically more professional D.C government"
Washington City Paper | More quotes
ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
Number of traffic deaths on the nation's roads last year, a 9.7 percent decline from 2008 and the lowest total since 1950, when there were one-fifth as many vehicles on the roads
USA Today | More data
Darrell M. West
When Myth Drives Policy
Unlike other nations that strategically use immigration policy to pursue their national goals, we lurch from concerns about border security to illegal immigrants to drugs and crime without considering our long-term political and economic priorities. One of the chief sources of our irrationality is the myths that have arisen about immigrants and immigration policy.
Summit on the Cost of Government
Sept. 14-15 | Washington, D.C.
American Society for Public Administration
Webinar on Project Management
Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET
Webinar on Increasing Efficiency and Cost Savings with Purchasing and Prepaid Cards
Sept. 15, 2 p.m. ET
Government Executive magazine
Leadership briefing on Health Care Reform
Sept. 16 | Washington, D.C.
Government Technology magazine
Government Technology Conference/East
Sept. 22-23 | Albany, N.Y.
Annual Leadership Conference
Sept. 24-25 | Anaheim, Calif.
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