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Technology | The Nation
Feds' Delayed Performance.gov Launches
Almost a year after promising to publicly show federal-agency performance data on an online dashboard, the Office of Management and Budget has launched the Performance.gov website. Funding problems were among reasons cited for the site's delayed launch, originally planned for the spring.
Federal News Radio
BART to Limit Wireless Shutdowns
Bay Area Rapid Transit directors, slammed over the San Francisco transit system's shutting down of underground wireless service to stop a demonstration, agreed to limit use of that tactic to extreme situations in which public safety is endangered.
San Francisco Chronicle
Website Tracks Indiana Stage-Collapse Info
The Indiana State Fair Commission has set up a website to provide information on the investigation into the Aug. 13 stage collapse, which claimed seven lives and injured dozens more.
Human Services | Michigan
Lawmakers: No Welfare After 48 Months
The legislature approved a 48-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder that is expected to cast more than 11,000 families--including more than 29,700 children--off the rolls while saving that state $77.4 million in the next budget year.
Earthquake's Aftermath | The East
Cracks showing on the
Region Tallies Earthquake Damage
Structural-engineering teams fanned out across the Washington, D.C., region Wednesday, assessing millions of dollars of damage caused by Tuesday's earthquake. An inspection revealed additional cracks in the Washington Monument's uppermost section, the pyramidion. The Washington National Cathedral and the Smithsonian Institution's "Castle" also were closed as inspectors appraised the damage.
Richmond Water-Treatment Plant Damaged
A basin at Richmond, Va.'s water treatment plant was cracked in the earthquake and taken out of service while the damage is assessed, but officials said water quality is unaffected.
Regulators Scrutinize Virginia Nuclear Plant
Federal regulators are trying to determine whether Tuesday's earthquake in central Virginia subjected the North Anna nuclear plant to more shaking than it was designed to handle.
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
FCC to Examine Quake's Wireless 911 Problems
Federal Communications Commission staff will examine reports that some wireless calls to 911 centers after the earthquake could not get through because of congestion on cellphone networks.
Disaster Management | Wyoming
Multiple Wildfires Overwhelm State
Firefighting crews from around the West are being sent to Wyoming to help battle wildfires that have ignited over the past week and have overwhelmed state resources. Eight fires, six of which started within the past week, are burning in the state.
Public Officials | Denver
State Supreme Court Justice
to Oversee Safety Agencies
Mayor Michael Hancock called the opportunity to appoint Colorado Supreme Court Justice Alex Martinez to his cabinet as the city's sixth manager of safety in a year and a half "a great catch." The post oversees the sheriff's, police and fire departments.
Embattled Florida Corrections Chief Resigns
Edwin Buss' ambitious effort to reform Florida's prison system, the nation's third-largest, abruptly ended with his resignation on the heels of a power struggle with Gov. Rick Scott and his staff.
St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald
Kansas City School Superintendent Quits
Kansas City school Superintendent John Covington submitted his resignation, a decision that may have been spurred by ongoing tensions with school board President Airick Leonard West.
Kansas City Star
Public Workforce | New York State
Judge Backs Teachers in Suit over Evaluations
In a victory for the state's teachers' union, a judge ruled that the state Board of Regents overreached in its interpretation of a new law on teacher evaluations. The New York State United Teachers' suit argued that the regents' action increased the role of of student test scores beyond what the 2010 law permitted.
New York Times
TSA Moves to Offer Early Retirements
The Department of Homeland Security has requested authority to offer early-retirement packages to eligible Transportation Security Administration employees over the next two years.
Part-Time Feds to Get Sunday-Work Pay Boost
The Office of Personnel Management revised Sunday premium-pay regulations to eliminate references to full-time employees, allowing part-time federal workers to earn the extra pay.
The Military | The Nation
Navy Board: Officer Linked
to Bawdy Videos Can Stay
A Navy board of inquiry ruled that Capt. Owen Honors, the former executive officer of the carrier Enterprise who co-produced dozens of controversial and sometimes bawdy video vignettes shown aboard the ship, committed misconduct but can remain in the Navy on active duty.
Ex-California Guard Leader Booted from Force
Maj. Gen. William H. Wade II, who led the California National Guard from 2005 until early last year but has been caught up in allegations of receiving improper double-dip earnings, was summarily removed from active service as a Guard member.
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“There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington.”
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, promising juicy revelations in his upcoming memoir and listing one of them: a secret resignation letter, signed in March 2001, kept locked in a safe, known about by only one of his staffers, and to be retrieved should Cheney have been incapacitated by a heart attack or stroke
More than $85 million
Amount spent by the Department of Homeland Security to fly illegal immigrants caught along the southwest border--102,201 of them since 2004--deep into Mexico rather than simply dropping them off at the border, a program the department says is aimed at deterring the migrants from making another dangerous border crossing but for which DHS officials have chosen not to act on government auditors' recommendations to measure whether the effort is effective
Robert J. Samuelson
If you want to know something about America, there are few better places to start than the "Statistical Abstract of the United States," published annually by the Census Bureau. But the Stat Abstract is headed for the chopping block, with Census claiming that it is condemned to painful triage. If Census doesn't rescind its misguided death sentence, the agency could contract with some wealthy private foundation to support the abstract. Sales might even turn a profit.
National Association of State Treasurers
Aug. 27-31, Bismarck, N.D.
National Association of State Technology Directors
Annual Conference & Technology Showcase
Aug. 28-Sept. 1, Omaha, Neb.
Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas
National Clean Energy Summit
Aug. 30, Las Vegas
Sept. 7, Austin, Texas
1105 Government Information Group
Defense Systems Summit
Sept. 7-8, Crystal City, Va.
1105 Government Information Group
Cloud Computing & Virtualization Summit & Exposition
Sept. 8-9, Washington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute
Book forum: "Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security"
Sept. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ET, New York City
National Association of State Energy Officials
Sept. 11-14, San Antonio, Texas
National Association of State Procurement Officials
Sept. 11-14, Austin, Texas
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