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NEWS: March 18, 2011
Governmental Operations | The Nation
Federal Shutdown Averted for Three Weeks
The Senate sent President Obama legislation that would cut $6 billion from current discretionary spending and fund the federal government for another three weeks beyond today, averting a government shutdown while providing additional time for lawmakers to negotiate a deal for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The Military | The Nation
Pentagon to Cut 200-Plus Senior Execs
Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined plans for slashing more than 200 senior civilian executive positions across the department. Affected positions include 97 members of the Senior Executive Service, 21 senior-level and scientific professionals, five Defense intelligence senior executives and 53 Defense intelligence senior-level positions.
I.G.: Pentagon Missing Overpayments to Contractors
The Defense Department is not adequately uncovering large overpayments to contractors, according to the Pentagon's inspector general, who reported that less than half the department's $303.7 billion in first-quarter expenditures last year were reviewed.
Suicide Rate Triple for Female Soldiers at War
The suicide rate for female soldiers triples when they go to war, according to the first round of preliminary data from an Army study. The findings show that the suicide rate rises from five per 100,000 to 15 per 100,000 among female soldiers at war.
Army Outlines Military Life After 'Don't Ask'
The Army will use a 30-page PowerPoint presentation to explain to troops how the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal will work while underscoring that its purpose is "NOT to change beliefs."
Public Officials | Miami-Dade County
Election to Replace Ousted Mayor
County commissioners are poised to set a special election for voters to pick a successor to ousted Mayor Carlos Alvarez, rather than appoint a mayor themselves. The consensus to call an election comes against a backdrop of intense voter anger that makes the option of a mayoral appointment politically toxic.
Utah's Air-Quality Director Fired
Utah environmental director Amanda Smith fired the head of the state's Division of Air Quality, Cheryl Heying, saying the agency needs "a different and new approach."
Salt Lake Tribune
SEC May Charge Four Fannie/Freddie Execs
The Securities and Exchange Commission is moving toward charging at least four former and current Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac senior executives with violations related to the financial crisis.
Public Workforce | Costa Mesa, Calif.
City Lays Off Nearly Half Its Workers
Costa Mesa has sent layoff notices to nearly half of its 472 full-time employees in a dramatic austerity program being closely watched by other cities struggling with ballooning pension obligations. The layoffs of 213 workers stunned city employees, one of whom apparently committed suicide by jumping off of City Hall.
Los Angeles Times
Camden Set to Rehire 65 Laid-Off Police, Firefighters
Camden, N.J., which in January laid off 168 police officers--nearly half the force--and 67 firefighters will be able to rehire 50 officers and 15 firefighters thanks to an infusion of $2.5 million in state aid.
Labor Relations | New Mexico
Unions: Firing of State Labor Board Illegal
Unions say Republican Gov. Susana Martinez broke the law by firing all three members of the state's Public Employee Labor Relations Board and they they will try to reverse the move with an appeal to the state Supreme Court. A Martinez spokesman said the firings were within the scope of the governor's authority.
Hialeah City Workers Reject New Contract
Unionized Hialeah, Fla., city employees overwhelmingly rejected a contract that would have slashed their salaries and benefits by about 25 percent and saved the city $15 million over three years.
California Scientists, Engineers Have Deal with Governor
California's state scientists and engineers, who have been furloughed three days per month in the absence of labor contracts, say they have reached tentative agreements with Gov. Jerry Brown.
Law Enforcement | New Orleans
Feds: Police Have Culture of Excessive Force
A U.S. Department of Justice report outlines what it describes as a pervasive culture of use of excess force in the New Orleans police department. During the past two years, the report says, not only have officers used force inappropriately against civilians but the department also has systemically failed to investigate the incidents.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Denver Police Ordered to Cut $24 Million
Denver's police department must slice almost $24 million from its operations next year, which could mean more than 100 jobs will be cut, according to the city's budget office.
Technology | New Orleans
Industry Groups Honor Seven Federal IT Programs
A program to streamline the whitewater-rafting permit-application process. A project that provides service members and veterans with information on traumatic brain injury via social media. Those are among seven federal IT programs honored for excellence by the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council.
Federal Computer Week
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Public Workforce | Scott Walker
Better than the Feds
Imagine the outrage if government workers did not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits. Consider the massive protests that would be staged. Think I'm talking about Wisconsin? No, I'm talking about the federal government. Most federal workers do not have these rights. The reform plan we signed into law in Wisconsin is more generous than what President Obama offers federal employees.
“When using social media, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc. department members shall be mindful that their ... postings become part of the worldwide electronic domain.”
A warning to Detroit police officers from police-department officials reflecting worries that social-media postings could taint prosecutions--an order that was transmitted to the force by teletype
Amount Philadelphia's inspector general, former federal prosecutor Amy Kurland, says her office, with 17 full-time employees and a budget of nearly $1.3 million, saved or recovered for the city last year by uncovering corruption, fraud, misconduct and waste, including the discovery of eight checks totalling $3.4 million from the Department of Defense covering city wage taxes for federal employees who work in the city that sat uncashed for five years
Center for American Progress and OpenTheGovernment.org
Sunshine Week Discussion: the Road Forward on Open Government
Today, noon-1:30 p.m. ET | Washington, D.C.
International Public Management Association for Human Resources
Seminar on Public Sector Benefits
March 20 | San Diego
National Public Employer Labor Relations Association
Annual Training Conference
March 20-23 | San Diego
Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Driving Government Performance
March 20-25 | Cambridge, Mass.
National Emergency Management Association
March 20-25 | Alexandria, Va.
National Lieutenant Governors Association
Federal-State Relations Meeting
March 23-25 | Washington, D.C.
International City/County Management Association
Web Workshop on Leadership, Management and the Key Role of Performance Measurement
March 23, 1 p.m. ET
International City/County Management Association
Web Conference on Social Media for Local Government
March 24, 1 p.m. ET
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