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NEWS: Dec. 23, 2010

Public Workforce | The Nation
Elusive Goal: Federal Pay Reform
The Obama administration seems to have stalled on questions of federal pay reform. Recent pay-for-performance failures have left agencies wary of testing the waters, and observers say plenty of work remains before the government can try to overhaul its salary structure.
>> Government Executive
Obama Implements Federal Pay Freeze
President Obama issued an executive order making official the two-year pay freeze for federal civilian employees that he proposed in late November and Congress approved Tuesday night.
>> Government Executive
Congress OKs $4.3 Billion for Ground Zero Workers
Long-delayed legislation providing $4.3 billion in aid to sick Ground Zero workers sailed through Congress after Democrats scaled back the bill to overcome lingering Republican objections.
>> Wall Street Journal

Education | Washington State
Study: Seniority-Based Layoffs Bad for Students
A study by the University of Washington of 1,717 of the state's teachers has found that deciding layoffs based solely on seniority would have a significant impact on students, costing a projected 2.5 to 3.5 months of learning per student.
>> AP/Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Philly Schools Chief Seeks More Procurement Power
Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman's administration has drafted a procurement policy that would diminish the role of professional staff and concentrate contracting power in her hands.
>> Philadelphia Inquirer

David Fisher
David Fisher
Public Officials | The Nation
GAO Taps Pentagon Official as CAO
The Government Accountability Office has hired David Fisher, director of the Defense Department's soon-to-be-defunct Business Transformation Agency, to be its next chief administrative officer and chief financial officer, overseeing GAO's human-capital office, professional-development programs, information technology and field operations.
>> Federal Times
S.F. Mayor Threatens to Delay Swearing-In as Lt. Gov.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said he intends to delay his swearing-in as California's lieutenant governor unless the city's board of supervisors appoints a mayoral successor he approves of before its last scheduled meeting on Jan. 4.
>> San Francisco Chronicle
D.C. Mayor-Elect Taps Three for Key Posts
Washington, D.C., Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray unveiled a trio of nationally known professionals to help him tackle the city's public-education system and high unemployment rate.
>> Washington Post

Technology | Maryland
Inmates Processing Personal Data
Maryland officials for the last seven years have used inmates, including prisoners with a history of fraud or thef, to process Social Security numbers and other personal information from low-income residents receiving medical benefits, a state audit revealed.
>> Washington Examiner
V.A. Reports Patient-Data Security Violations
At least eight U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities were found in recent months to be violating the department's prohibition against using online tools such as Google Docs to share private health information among facilities.
>> Federal Times
Microsoft, Google Battle over New York Campuses
A day after Microsoft announced an agreement to provide its Live@edu cloud-computing service to the State University of New York, Google asserted that it has had an agreement in place for more than a year and a half with SUNY for its Google Apps service.
>> Government Technology
Glitches Shut Down Pennsylvania's Wine Kiosks
Malfunctions with Pennsylvania's grocery-store wine-dispensing kiosks have forced the state's Liquor Control Board to take all 31 of the machines off-line until early January.
>> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
California Consumer Agency Launches Self-Help Wiki
The California Department of Consumer Affairs has launched a new self-help service. Consumer Wiki's topics include auto repair, contractors, landlord-tenant issues, and home buying and selling.
>> Sacramento Bee

Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker
Scott Walker
Ethics | Wisconsin
Governor-Elect's Campaign Probed
Milwaukee County prosecutors are pushing forward with a criminal investigation into campaign activity by county staffers for Gov.-elect Scott Walker, who steps down as county executive next week, as well as questionable donations by a Walker supporter.
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Postal Service Names New Ethics Chief
The U.S. Postal Service named Helen Grant, who has been managing counsel of its civil practice, as its new top ethics officer in the aftermath of embarrassing disclosures about a former key executive.
>> Washington Times
Michigan Congressman Pays for Son's Use of Cadillac
U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan said he has reimbursed the U.S. Treasury $5,682 to cover any period in which his son could have driven a Cadillac Escalade leased at taxpayer expense.
>> Detroit Free Press

Environment | The Nation
Cities Urged to Test Water for Chemical
The Environmental Protection Agency is suggesting that water utilities nationwide test their drinking water for hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen, after an independent survey found the chemical in tap water drawn from 31 cities.
>> Washington Post
Feds Join Suit Against Boston Sewer Agency
The federal government joined a lawsuit against the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, alleging that the agency is violating the Clean Water Act by failing to stop raw sewage and pollutants from flowing into rivers and streams and ultimately into Boston Harbor.
>> Boston Globe

Finance | Prince George's County, Md.
County Exec: Spending Cuts Can Plug Budget Gap
County Executive Rushern L. Baker III says his new administration can plug the $77 million budget gap the county faces by trimming spending and not tapping reserves left by his predecessor, Jack B. Johnson, except in special circumstances.
>> Washington Post

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Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley
The first
Mayor Daley
It's not the time you put in, it is the passion you have given to your years of service.
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who this Sunday will surpass his father Richard J. Daley's record of 21 years holding the city's top office, saying history nonetheless will remember his late father as the city's greatest mayor
>> Chicago Tribune

California map

Bill Lockyer
and Stephen Levy

An Unbroken State
An echo chamber of insults has engulfed California. Critics have suggested that the state will default on its debt payments, that it is addicted to spending and that it has a hostile business climate. The Wall Street Journal even called California "the Lindsay Lohan of states." The criticism is long on inflammatory rhetoric, but it lacks any evidentiary foundation.
>> Los Angeles Times

Number of active-duty military personnel who were diagnosed with a mental-health disorder from January 2000 through December 2009, a 60 percent increase over the previous decade, according to reports by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center
>> Government Executive

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Online Program on Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards
Jan. 3-Feb. 25

Government Services & Technology Summit
Jan. 6, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. ET | Washington, D.C.

International City/County Management Association
Web conference on Community Resilience: Strategies to Weather the Bad Times, Thrive in the Good Times
Jan. 13, 1 p.m. ET

U.S. Conference of Mayors
Winter Meeting
Jan. 19-21 | Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Energy Officials
Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference
Jan. 28-Feb. 3 | Washington, D.C.

Governing magazine
Outlook in the States & Localities Conference
Feb. 1-2 | Washington, D.C.

American Society for Training and Development
TechKnowledge Conference
Feb. 2-4 | San Jose, Calif.

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies
Feb. 2-25 | Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage
Feb. 6-11 | Cambridge, Mass.

National Association of Secretaries of State
Winter Conference
Feb. 11-14 | Washington, D.C.

Conference on Human Capital Management For Defense
Feb. 14-17 | Alexandria, Va.

Conference on Social Media for Government
Feb. 14-17 | Washington, D.C.

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