NEWS: July 15, 2011|
Governmental Operations | Minnesota
Governor: 'Nobody Is Going to Be Happy' with Deal to End Shutdown
The budget deal between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders to soon end the longest state-government shutdown in U.S. history raises the revenue Dayton sought, $1.4 billion, without tax increases that Republicans opposed, relying on borrowing from schools and the sale of tobacco bonds. "No one is going to be happy with this, which is the essence of a real compromise," Dayton said.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Finance | The Nation
Second Rating Agency Puts U.S. on Credit Watch
Placing the United States on a credit watch, Standard & Poor's said there is a 50 percent chance it will downgrade the U.S. government's credit rating within three months because of the impasse over increasing the nation's debt ceiling. S&P's action followed a similar move by Moody's Investors Service.
Federal Workers Asked Again for Cost-Saving Ideas
The Obama administration launched its third annual SAVE Awards contest, looking to federal workers for cost-cutting ideas.
Cybersecurity | The Nation
Pentagon Reveals Massive Data Theft
The Pentagon revealed that in the spring it suffered one of its largest losses ever of sensitive data in a cyberattack believed to have been by a foreign government. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said 24,000 files files were stolen.
New Cyberwar Strategy: Retaliation
The military says it will move from merely defending against cyberattacks to deterring them by letting enemies know the U.S. is willing to retaliate with its own virtual weapons or military force.
Wall Street Journal
Public Officials | Massachusetts
Embattled Transportation Secretary
Cites Personal Reasons for Departure
State Transportation Secretary Jeffrey B. Mullan, under fire for failing to communicate the danger from falling and corroding light fixtures in Big Dig tunnels, said he will step down by year's end for personal reasons, a decision he said he conveyed to Gov. Deval Patrick's administration in May.
Former North Chicago School Board Member Indicted
Former North Chicago school board member Gloria Harper and the school district's transportation director were indicted on charges of taking kickbacks totaling at least $800,000 over 10 years from companies that received lucrative school-bus contracts.
Technology | West Virginia
State Scales Back Broadband Project
West Virginia could end up with as much as $40 million in unspent federal stimulus funds after scaling back a project to expand high-speed Internet access across the state. State officials, who had announced plans to lay more than 2,400 miles of fiber-optic cable, are now talking about installing about 900 miles of fiber.
NYC Launches Contest to Remake City Website
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced "Reinvent NYC.Gov," a contest to engage Web designers and developers in redesigning the city's main website.
Treasury Dept. Launching Invoice-Processing System
The Treasury Department said it will implement an electronic invoice-processing system by the end of fiscal 2012 and will require all Treasury vendors to use the portal starting in 2013.
Federal News Radio
Human Services | Miami-Dade County
Mayor Wants to Offload Head Start
County commissioners gave Mayor Carlos Gimenez the go-ahead to develop a plan, aimed at helping to close a gaping hole in the county's upcoming budget, to delegate the delivery of Head Start services for poor children to an outside agency.
18 in Arizona Indicted for Food-Stamp Fraud
Eighteen people were indicted on charges of selling Arizona food-stamp electronic-benefits-transfer cards for half their value, costing the program $700,000.
Military Personnel | The Nation
Feds: Hold Off on Ending 'Don't Ask'
The federal government asked the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its order last week demanding an immediate halt to the enforcement of the ban on openly gay troops in the military, saying that ending the ban now would pre-empt the "orderly process" for rolling back the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
AP/San Francisco Chronicle
DoD Lacks Workforce Strategy, Congress Told
The Department of Defense has not clearly identified its staffing needs or developed a comprehensive long-term plan for managing its workforce, the House Armed Services Committee was told.
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Leadership | Adrian C. Ott
The YouTube-stoked controversy over a group of soldiers flying home from Afghanistan being forced to pay $2,800 for extra bags could be dismissed as a case of miscommunication. But it highlights a trend in management: excessive reliance on rigid rules and metrics that disable employee judgment. Rules are comfort food for management.
Harvard Business Review
“It's like a bad divorce. How can you celebrate after so much pain has been caused?”
Margy Pennings, a Minneapolis businesswoman, finding little to cheer about in the news that Minnesota's state-government shutdown, which delayed road projects, ruined vacations to state parks, halted horse racing and threatened to stop the flow of beer, is likely soon to come to an end
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Indiana's current cash reserves, nearly $400 million more than had been expected only a couple of months ago, a bonanza that state Auditor Tim Berry says is mostly a result of increased tax revenue rather than cost-cutting
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Not So Sweet: Sugar, Milk Programs Are Sour for Families"
Today, noon-2:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
National Association of State Personnel Executives
July 16-20, New Orleans
Center for American Progress
Discussion: "Lowering Costs and Improving Quality in Health Care: Bundling as a Payment Reform Innovation"
July 18, 10-11:30 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
1105 Government Information Group
Federal Office Systems Exposition
July 19-21, Washington, D.C.
National Association of County & City Health Officials
July 20-21, Hartford, Conn.
American Society for Public Administration
Webinar on Validating Increased Performance
July 20, 1 p.m. ET
Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program for Senior Managers in Government
July 24-Aug. 12, Cambridge, Mass.
National Lieutenant Governors Association
July 27-29, Puerto Rico
Next Generation of Government Summit
July 28-29, Washington, D.C.
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