NEWS: July 29, 2011|
Efficiency | The Nation
Panel of Federal IGs to Target Waste, Fraud
The Obama administration launched its new Government Accountability and Transparency board, naming a team consisting mostly of experienced inspectors general to recommend use of new technology to reduce waste and fraud, improve decision-making and improve access to spending data.
Public Officials | Miami-Dade County
Mayor's Top Aides Getting Top Dollar
While demanding concessions from county employees, Mayor Carlos Gimenez is handing hefty salaries to his new administration's coterie of top advisors that rival--and even surpass--some of the pricey compensation packages paid in the previous administration that was ousted by county voters.
Hospitalized New Jersey Governor: 'I Feel Fine'
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a serious asthma attack Thursday, landing him in hospital for a few hours. But the 48-year-old governor, who has long struggled with his weight as well as chronic asthma, insisted that he was OK: "I'm fine, I feel fine."
Labor Departnent Official Resigns Under Ethics Cloud
Raymond M. Jefferson, a Department of Labor official appointed by President Obama to oversee a jobs-training program for veterans, resigned after an inspector general's investigation found that he had violated federal procurement rules and ethics principles.
Cleveland Hires Water Chief Ousted by Kansas City
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson named Bernardo Garcia, who was forced out as Kansas City's interim water director by that city's acting city manager, to head the Cleveland Water Department.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Houston Transit Chief Suspended for Accessing Sex Sites
George Greanias, president of Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority, was suspended without pay for a week for using the agency's Internet access to visit sexually explicit websites.
Military Personnel | Killeen, Texas
Soldier Accused of Plotting
Another Fort Hood Attack
An AWOL soldier was accused of plotting a second attack against soldiers at Fort Hood after authorities acting on a tip from a Killeen gun-store clerk reported finding weapons, jihadist materials and enough gunpowder to make 10,000 rounds of handgun ammunition in Pfc. Naser Abdo's motel room.
San Antonio Express-News
Veterans Win PTSD Benefits in Lawsuit Settlement
More than a thousand Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder would be given lifetime disability retirement benefits under terms of a lawsuit settlement.
Contracting | Essex County, N.J.
Sole Bidder on Jail Contract has Political Ties
Community Education Centers, a company whose executives have close political ties to Gov. Chris Christie and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., was the sole bidder on a contract to to run a 450-bed immigration detention center that federal officials would like to turn into a model for such facilities.
New York Times
Technology | Los Angeles County
County Starting over on $700 Million
Putting Los Angeles County at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds, county leaders voted to scrap years of planning for a vast emergency-communications system and restart the search for companies to build the complex, $700 million project.
Los Angeles Times
Navy Eyes Array of Moves to Cut IT Costs
To meet an order to cut its business-technology budget by 25 percent over the next five years, the Navy will look to approaches including application consolidation, data-center optimization and perhaps cloud computing, Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen says.
Federal CIO Forecasts Stiffer Contract Competition
Competition for federal information-technology contracts will be stiffer as agencies shift services to the cloud and demand greater value from contractors, says federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
Nevada County Moves to Streamline Business Licensing
Clark County, Nev., is in the midst of a pilot project aimed at streamlining its business-licensing process and enabling data-sharing between the county and some of its cities.
Wildlife Management | Idaho
State to Allow Extensive Wolf Hunting
Idaho, described by some as one of three "wolf-occupied states" in the northern Rockies, will open its wolf population, now estimated at about 1,000 animals, to extensive hunting and trapping to reduce their numbers to no fewer than 150 under a plan approved by the state Fish and Game Commission.
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Spending | Jim Chrisinger
Better Ways to Cut
Slashing spending across the board protects the worst spending and makes a hash of priorities. There are better ways. Instead of just cutting, we should ask some questions: How can we create the most value with less money? Even better, are there ways to leverage "less money" to actually move our organizations forward?
Number of dogs adopted from Maricopa County, Ariz., animal shelters--triple the usual rate--in the two and a half weeks after county animal-control officials began holding an adoption sale, charging only the mandatory county-license fee of $17 rather than the standard adoption fees ranging from $50 to $150
“There's a lot of Americans that feel they're a bit more nuanced than the prescriptive positions that the two parties offer right now.”
Elliot Ackerman, chief operating officer of Americans Elect, a Washington, D.C.-based group working to hold a "virtual convention" on the Web in June 2012, when the major-party presidential nominees will be all but decided, to select an alternative, bipartisan ticket to run in all 50 states
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
Center for American Progress
Discussion: School Finance Reform: Impacts on Equity and Lessons from Rhode Island"
Aug. 3, noon-1:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
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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