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NEWS: Nov. 8, 2010

Public Workforce | The Nation
Breach Exposed All GSA Workers' Personal Data
Federal workers at the General Services Administration are on alert against identity theft after an employee sent the names and Social Security numbers of all of the agency's 12,000 staffers to a private e-mail address. The incident occurred in September, but some workers said they did not learn of it until early this month.
MORE: New York Times
San Francisco Transit Riders Vented Frustration
Crowded trains, service cuts and fare hikes were factors in San Francisco voters' approval of a ballot measure eliminating a provision that guaranteed Municipal Transportation Agency operators the second-highest wage among their ranks nationally.
MORE: San Franciso Chronicle
Ruling on Vets a Blow for Federal Intern Program
The much-criticized Federal Career Intern Program is under fire again following findings by the Merit Systems Protection Board that the process violates veterans'-preference laws.
MORE: Government Executive

Human Services | California
Judge Blocks Shutdown of Child-Care Program
A state judge blocked Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to save money by eliminating a $256-million child-care program that serves nearly 60,000 low-income parents. Democratic legislators called keeping the program operating their top priority once Jerry Brown takes office as governor in January.
MORE: Los Angeles Times

Arlington National Cemetery

The Military | The Nation
Arlington Cemetery Getting New Criminal Probe
The Army has launched a new criminal investigation into "questionable practices" at Arlington National Cemetery, where previous inquiries found that hundreds of troops were buried improperly and millions in taxpayers' dollars were wasted.
MORE: Military Times
Marines' Boss: Don't End 'Don't Ask' Now
With U.S. troops locked in a "tough fight" in Afghanistan, Marine Commandant James Amos said now is not the time to lift the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays serving openly in the military.
MORE: Los Angeles Times
Deployed Troops' Kids Seek More Mental-Health Care
Young children in military families are about 10 percent more likely to see a doctor for a mental difficulty when a parent is deployed than when the parent is home, according to a new study.
MORE: New York Times

Higher Education | North Carolina
Universities Move to Tie Funding to Performance
The University of North Carolina system wants to change its funding model to reward high-achieving campuses while hitting those that don't perform so well in the wallet, tying enrollment-growth funding directly to markers such as retention and graduation rates.
MORE: Raleigh News & Observer

Minnesota gubernatorial candidates Tom Emmer and Mark Dayton
Gubernatorial rivals Tom
Emmer and Mark Dayton
Politics | Minnesota
State Girds for Recount in
Not-So-Close Governor's Race

As Democrat Mark Dayton, leading Republican Tom Emmer by nearly 9,000 votes, juggled preparations to become governor-elect, the machinery of yet another Minnesota recount began to grind away. County officials began the methodical process of rounding up ballots and maintaining a round-the-clock guard.
MORE: Minneapolis Star Tribune
L.A. County D.A. Leading in Attorney General Race
With roughly a million ballots still waiting to be counted in the race for California attorney general, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley built a narrow lead--22,817 votes, or three-tenths of a percentage point--over San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris.
MORE: Los Angeles Times
Miami-Dade Mayor Challenges Recall Petitions
More than 112,000 signed petitions were filed seeking the recall of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez, more than double the number needed to force a special vote. Alvarez quickly filed suit to toss the petitions on a technicality.
MORE: Miami Herald
California Election Website's Crashes Bring Refund
The California secretary of state's office is getting a $1,000 refund from the web vendor hosting the crash-plagued statewide election results site last Tuesday. Rackspace Hosting said it "did not comprehend the extremely high volume of traffic that was expected."
MORE: Sacramento Bee

California map
Defense | The Nation
Pentagon Seeks the Go-Ahead
to Wage Global Cyber War

The Pentagon's new Cyber Command is seeking authority to carry out attacks around the globe to protect U.S. interests, drawing objections from administration lawyers uncertain about the legality of offensive operations that would destroy, disrupt or degrade targeted computers or networks.
MORE: Washington Post
DARPA Developing Battlefield Radio Network
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a $20 million project to develop a system using handheld radios as both a battlefield network and a soldier information system.
MORE: Nextgov

Taxing and Spending | The Nation
Republicans Vow to Slash States' Spending
Republicans who have taken over state capitols across the country are promising to respond to crippling budget deficits with an array of cuts, among them proposals to reduce public workers' benefits in Wisconsin, scale back social services in Maine and sell off state liquor stores in Pennsylvania.
MORE: New York Times
Massachusetts Cities Building Up Rainy-Day Funds
Cities and towns across Massachusetts are diverting large sums to rainy-day accounts even as they lay off employees and cut services, girding for what many believe will be a long period of austerity.
MORE: Boston Globe

Jule Sugarman
Jule Sugarman
Public Officials | The Nation
Architect of Head Start Dies
Jule Sugarman, a public administrator whose skill at navigating the federal bureaucracy made him a key figure in founding the Head Start early-education program for poor children in the 1960s, died of cancer at his home in Seattle. He was 83.
MORE: Washington Post

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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who is considered a likely Republican candidate for president in 2012, saying that with the midterm elections over "we now ought to all be about the business of delivering on the change and the duties that we have"
MORE: Indianapolis Star


ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Leadership | Bob Kerrey, Mark L. Alderman and Howard Schweitzer
Obama Needs a COO
A White House chief of staff is important, but the chief of staff has little power over a vast federal enterprise. The federal government should borrow a page from the corporate world: What the country's chief executive officer needs is a chief operating officer who would run the day-to-day government and cut through budget battles, political fiefdoms, parochialism and inertia.
MORE: Washington Post


DATAPOINT

982
Number of full-time teaching positions added in Iowa's public schools between the 2004-05 and 2009-10 school years, a period during which enrollment fell by 9,108 students and little improvement was seen in academic achievement scores
MORE: Des Moines Register


UPCOMING

American Society for Public Administration
Webinar on Emergency Management
Nov. 9, 1 p.m. ET

Omnigov Training Institute
Webinar on Managing a Telework Workforce
Nov. 10, 2 p.m. ET

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
Annual Meeting
Nov. 14-17 | Atlanta

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance
Nov. 14-19 | Cambridge, Mass.

1105 Government Information Group
Security Conference & Exhibition
Nov. 16-17 | Washington, D.C.

Omnigov Training Institute
Webinar on Veterans' Rights in Federal Government
Nov. 17, 2 p.m. ET

International City/County Management Association
Web conference on Volunteerism in Local Government
Nov. 18, 1 p.m. ET

International Public Management Association
for Human Resources

Benchmarking Survey Results Webinar
Nov. 18, 1 p.m. ET

National Governors Association
Seminar for New Governors
Nov. 19-21 | Colorado Springs, Colo.

National Association of Attorneys General
Winter Meeting
Nov. 28-Dec. 3 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

National League of Cities
Congress of Cities and Exposition
Nov. 30-Dec. 4 | Denver

American Legislative Exchange Council
States & Nation Policy Summit
Dec. 1-3 | Washington, D.C.

Council of State Governments
Annual Conference
Dec. 3-6 | Providence, R.I.

National Conference of State Legislatures
Fall Forum
Dec. 8-11 | Phoenix

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