NEWS: September 14, 2010
Technology | The Nation
4 Firms Split $2.8 Billion Social Security Contract
The Social Security Administration awarded a contract for information-technology support potentially worth $2.8 billion to Accenture, Computer Sciences, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Analysts say the agency designed the deal to be split among several vendors with the expectation of lower prices.
Colorado Plans Statewide Broadband Network
Colorado won a $100.6 million federal stimulus grant that will be combined with $34.7 million in matching funds to help build an affordable broadband network across the state.
Google's Cloud-Based Apps Moving into Government
With its new federal security certification, Google is making inroads into federal and state government markets with its cloud-based suite of software applications, Google Apps.
Federal Computer Week
Politics | The Nation
Indiana's Governor Making
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has been holding private dinners with top Republican business leaders, policy hands and donors from around the country, an indication that he's thinking more seriously about a presidential bid than he publicly lets on.
Primaries a Test for GOP Upstarts
The 2010 primary season is ending with a blast of people power that recalls Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign--except this time it's conservatives who are fired up, with Republican establishment candidates under threat from upstart "outsiders."
Infrastructure | The Nation
Dangerous Gas Pipes a Problem Nationwide
The deadly explosion of a gas pipeline in San Bruno, Calif., has shed light on a problem usually kept underground: Communities have expanded over pipes built decades earlier when no one lived there. Utilities have been under pressure for years to better inspect and replace aging gas pipes, but the effort has fallen short.
Spending Frozen for Manhattan Rail Tunnel
New Jersey Transit suspended new work and contract awards on an $8.7 billion rail tunnel into Manhattan after the federal government estimated the project may run $1 billion over budget.
Finance | Texas
State's Shortfall Grows to $21 Billion
The working estimate of Texas' shortfall for the upcoming two-year budget period has grown to about $21 billion in the face of smaller-than-expected tax revenues and projected higher costs for education and health care, legislative staff said.
Refunds Set for California City's Illegal Property Tax
California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado signed legislation that will refund $2.9 million to Bell property owners who paid an illegal tax the last three years to cover rising pension costs.
Los Angeles Times
Regulation | The Nation
Survey: Corporate Influence
Threatens Food Safety
A significant percentage of employees of the Food and Drug Administration and the Agriculture Department who were surveyed on food safety said political and corporate influence is threatening public health, according to a poll conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
FDA's Performance-Measurement Push Lauded
Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Jeffrey Zients is lauding the Food and Drug Administration's launch of a new system to measure the performance of more than 100 program offices.
Law Enforcement | The Nation
Falling Crime Rates Defy Explanation
Violent crime reported to police is down in the United States for the third straight year, dropping 5.3 percent while reported property crimes fell 4.6 percent. Experts are hard-pressed to come up with an explanation, since police budgets have been shrinking and crime rates typically head up when the economy heads down.
Public Officials | Illinois
Ailing Chief Justice Stepping Down
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald, who presided over Rod Blagojevich's impeachment trial and cleaned up Cook County traffic courts after a major scandal, will step down next month. Fitzgerald, 69, told his colleagues that he has Parkinson's disease.
Public Workforce | The Nation
Feds Expand Family Leave for Same-Sex Couples
Federal employees with same-sex partners now are eligible for leave without pay to handle routine education and medical needs of their families--a benefit long available to heterosexual couples.
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Banking giant HSBC's forecast of annual U.S. sales of electric vehicles by 2020 as experts debate what kind of infrastructure will be needed to recharge them
CNET News | More data
“They might as well
have brought a brick
R. David Paulison, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying the nation has created a communications system that makes interoperability among public-safety agencies impossible and that the equipment available at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attack left him using handwritten notes to communicate with first responders working on the other side of the rubble
Nextgov | More quotes
ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
Public Workforce | John O'Leary
Can Labor Be
Part of the Solution?
The drive for better, faster, cheaper government is all about a continuous re-examination of work processes. But a dysfunctional labor-management relationship can make change almost impossible. What can be done? One approach: Establish a joint labor-management committee focused on process improvement.
Center for American Progress, American Action Forum and National Journal
Special presentation: Debating Our Fiscal Future
Today, 7:30 p.m. ET | 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.
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
Sept. 26-29 | Miami
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