NEWS: May 24, 2011
Public Workforce | The Nation
Report: 450,000 Public-Sector Jobs May Be Cut
Around 450,000 people who work for state and local governments could get pink slips in fiscal 2012, sharply up from the 300,000 positions shed this fiscal year, according to a report by UBS Investment Research. A UBS economist said the deficits states and municipalities will have to close will climb to $155 billion.
Stacked three-deep at a California prison
Corrections | California
Supreme Court Orders 33,000 Inmates Released
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce the population of its jammed prisons by 33,000 in two years to repair a health-care system that lower courts found was defying constitutional standards. Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said the state could comply without releasing any dangerous criminals.
San Francisco Chronicle
Disaster Response | Joplin, Mo.
Joplin Tornado Was Deadliest in Six Decades
The death toll from Sunday's tornado climbed to 116 and more than 1,000 people were treated for injuries as first responders continued to pull bodies from a debris field three-quarters of a mile wide and six miles long. Seventeen individuals found buried alive in the debris of the nation's deadliest single tornado in nearly 60 years.
600 Buildings Badly Damaged by Minneapolis Twister
Minneapolis officials said the Sunday tornado that killed one person left more than 600 buildings needing major repairs and 35 homes so badly damaged that they can no longer be occupied.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Military | Portsmouth, Va.
Adm. Greg Thomas
Shipyard Chief Reassigned Pending
Probe of Command Environment
Less than a year after his predecessor was sacked, the commanding officer of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Rear Adm. Greg Thomas, has been temporarily reassigned pending a formal investigation by the naval inspector general into the shipyard's command environment.
Technology | The Nation
Survey: IT Pros Favor Private or Hybrid Clouds
Federal, state and local government IT professionals think private clouds or public-private hybrids will be a better option than public clouds for use in their agencies over than next five years, according to a new survey commissioned by a software firm.
Army Seeks Commercial Battlefield Data System
After more than 14 years of development, the Defense Department has decided to look to commercial sources for a key battlefild radio system the Army wants for sending and receiving broadband data.
Hawaii Moves to Create IT Office, Name CIO
The Hawaii legislature has approved $1.2 million annually for the state's new Office of Information Management and Technology, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie plans to appoint a state CIO by July.
Ethics | California
CalPERS Board Members, Execs Face Gifts Probe
Three California Public Employees' Retirement System board members and dozens of current and former pension-fund executives are under investigation by the state's political watchdog agency over allegations that they failed to accurately report gifts.
Human Services | The Nation
Social Security Chief: Program
for Disabled Children Flawed
Social Security Administration Commissioner Michael Astrue acknowledged that there are major flaws with the $10 billion Supplemental Security Income program for children with disabilities and said he was aggressively seeking congressional approval to conduct an independent study of the program.
Public Services | The Nation
Postmasters: USPS Trying to Dodge Law
Two postmasters' groups lodged a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission accusing the U.S. Postal Service of trying to sidestep the law to make it easier to close post offices, stripping communities of their right to challenge closings and undermining Congress' intention that every post office have a postmaster.
Higher Education | Texas
Budget Deal Would End College Aid for 41,000
Texas' state universities and colleges would provide financial aid to 41,000 fewer students over the next two years under a proposed budget agreement. Key senators warned that the cuts would narrow the path to upward mobility for minority and poor youths.
Politics | Massachusetts
Democrats Woo Consumer Advocate
to Challenge Massachusetts Senator
Democratic Party officials are trying to enlist Elizabeth Warren to run for the U.S. Senate against Massachusetts Republican Scott P. Brown rather than have her continue to set up the new federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
New York Times
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Feds and the Future
Federal employees understand they're going to share in the deficit-reduction pain. But policymakers must view cuts to pay, benefits and staffing with an eye toward the long term. Injudicious decisions could have far-reaching and even devastating impacts on retention, morale, recruitment and the effectiveness of federal services and programs.
More than $750 million
Amount in unpaid taxes owed to the federal government by at least 3,700 companies and nonprofits that were recipients of $24 billion in economic-stimulus contracts, according to a Government Accountability Office investigation
“If it can work for the River Styx, why not the Beltway?”
Economist Kevin Hassett of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, referring to the river that in Greek mythology formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld and that was said to be bridged by a toll ferry, arguing that federal, state and local governments could raise hundreds of billions of dollars through highway privatization
International City/County Management Association
Web workshop on Leadership, Management & the Key Role of Performance Measurement
May 25, 1 p.m. ET
Webinar on Managing "Big Data" to Meet Today's Needs
June 2, 2 p.m. ET
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
State Battles Summit
June 6-8, Washington, D.C.
Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government
June 6-24, Cambridge, Mass.
National Association of State Facilities Administrators
June 12-15, Denver
Government Technology magazine
Government Technology Conference/Southwest
June 13-14, San Antonio, Texas
Local Government Clean Energy Summit
June 15-17, Washington, D.C.
Webinar: State & Local IT Market Forecast
June 16, 2 p.m.
U.S. Conference of Mayors
June 17-21, Baltimore
National Association of Attorneys General
June 20-23, Chicago
State Legislative Leaders Foundation
June 23-26, South Bend, Ind.
American Society for Training and Development
Telling Ain't Training Conference
June 27-28, Boston
National Education Association
Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly
June 30-July 5, Chicago
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