NEWS: July 18, 2011|
Public Workforce | Indiana
Governor Praises State Workers,
Gives Them a One-Time Bonus
Lauding state workers for finding ways to save the state money, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced plans to use some of the state's unexpected $1.18 billion surplus on one-time bonuses of $500, $750 or $1,000. About 90 percent of the state's 28,069 employees will receive what Daniels called an "efficiency dividend."
New York State Labor Leaders Push for Concessions
New York State labor leaders, spooked by Connecticut public workers' rejection of concessions, are beginning a campaign to persuade more than 100,000 state employees to accept a wage freeze and other measures to avoid sweeping layoffs.
New York Times
Chicago Mayor Lays Off 625 in Union Showdown
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is sending layoff notices to about 625 city employees and planning to privatize some of the services performed by the workers after union leaders didn't agree to work-rule changes the mayor wants or offer alternate ways to cut costs.
Education | Atlanta
Schools Chief to Workers Implicated
in Cheating: Quit Now or Be Fired
The Atlanta public schools' interim superintendent, Erroll Davis, sent letters to the homes of all 178 school-system employees who have been implicated in a test-cheating scandal with a short message: resign this week or face termination.
D.C. Fires 206 Low-Rated Teachers
The Washington, D.C., schools fired 206 teachers for poor performance, an extension of former schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's aggressive drive to upgrade classroom instruction.
NYC Abandons Teacher-Bonus Program
A New York City program that distributed $56 million in performance bonuses to teachers and other school staff members over the last three years is being permanently discontinued.
New York Times
Military Personnel | Afghanistan
'Fast Lane' Speeds Protective Gear to Troops
The Pentagon is speeding up life-saving gear to troops in Afghanistan--including gunshot locators, more vehicle armor and protective underwear--under a new "fast lane" system run by a small group of senior defense officials.
Appeals Court Temporarily Reinstates 'Don't Ask'
A federal appeals court temporarily suspended its ban on enforcement of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays from openly serving in the military.
Los Angeles Times
Public Officials | The Nation
Former Ohio A.G. Tapped
to Lead New Consumer Agency
President Obama will nominate former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, moving to avoid a bruising Senate confirmation battle that would have occurred had Obama selected Elizabeth Warren, the controversial Harvard law professor who helped to set up the agency.
Help Wanted: Leaders for a Scandal-Torn City
When Bell, Calif.'s new city council was sworn in, the members vowed a complete overhaul of the city's management. But after a monthlong search, officials have not received a single application for the job of city manager, and other top positions remain vacant.
Los Angeles Times
Transportation | Los Angeles
Open for traffic: the 405
Contractors' Speedy Work
"Mission accomplished," proclaimed a beaming Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as the Interstate 405 freeway was reopened Sunday afternoon, cutting short a weekend closure for bridge demolition that had threatened to unleash "Carmageddon." Contractors wer able to finish the work about 17 hours ahead of schedule to pocket an extra $300,000 in incentive payments.
Los Angeles Times
Contracting/Procurement | The Nation
I.G.: DHS Missed Bulk-Buying Savings
The federal Department of Homeland Security did not routinely attempt to slash costs for equipment through bulk purchasing, especially for billions of dollars' worth of explosive-detection tools, DHS' acting inspector general told Congress.
Ex-Contractor Admits Bribing Military Officials
A Philadelphia man who headed a contracting firm pleaded guilty to federal charges of bribing military officials in exchange for contracts related to combat operations in Iraq worth millions of dollars.
Philadelphia Daily News
Health Care | The Nation
Bush's HHS Secretary Backs
Key Provision of Obama Health Law
Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who was secretary of health and human services under President George W. Bush and is a top supporter of Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, strenuously backed a core piece of President Obama's health-care overhaul, urging the states to move forward together in adopting health-insurance exchanges.
Wall Street Journal
States Shifting Veterans' Health Costs to Feds
A growing number of states are shifting health-care costs to the federal government by finding military veterans who receive Medicaid and signing them up for medical benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Technology | Richland, Wash.
Energy Lab Back Online after Cyberattack
Almost two weeks after a cyberattack forced the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offline, it has restored Internet access and most public websites. A spokesman said no classified or sensitive information was compromised.
Federal Computer Week
California Criminal Database Not Flagging Felons
The criminal-records system California relies on to stop child abusers from working at schools and violent felons from buying guns is so poorly maintained that it routinely fails to alert officials to a subject's full criminal history.
Los Angeles Times
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“It was just tongue in cheek at a council meeting. We know marijuana is illegal.”
Shelley Burch, chairwoman of the Snoqualmie tribal council, saying a resolution passed by the council declaring marijuana legal on the Washington State reservation was a gag, intended as a souvenir to frame and present to country singer Willie Nelson when he performed at the tribe's casino
Taxing and Spending | Mark Zandi
Where to Find $4 Trillion
It is encouraging that the Obama administration and Congress are coalescing around the same deficit-reduction math: about $4 trillion over the next decade. The significant disagreements over the composition of that deficit reduction can be overcome if we agree to achieve the entire $4 trillion through cuts in government spending--and that includes tax expenditures: the exclusions, exemptions, deductions and credits that cost more than $1 trillion each year.
More than 25,000
Number of security breaches at U.S. airports since November 2001, an average of about seven a day mostly involving people entering limited-access doors or passageways without permission or unauthorized people going from airport buildings to planes, according to Department of Homeland Security documents
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
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Is Dodd-Frank Regulation Cutting Off Mortgage Credit?"
July 21, 2-4 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
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.
Summit on Cutting the Cost of Government: Cloud Computing, Worker Mobility, and Technology Innovation
July 28, 9-11:30 a.m. ET, Baltimore
National Association of State Treasurers
National Institute for Public Finance
July 31-Aug. 4, Chicago
U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
National Community Policing Conference
Aug. 1-2, Washington, D.C.
American Legislative Exchange Council
Aug. 3-6, New Orleans
Webinar on Unlocking Money-Saving Secrets through Data
Aug. 3, 2 p.m. ET
National Association of State Budget Officers
Aug. 7-11, St. George, Utah
National Conference of State Legislatures
Aug. 8-11, San Antonio, Texas
Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials
Solid Waste Managers Conference
Aug. 9-11, Kansas City
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