NEWS: Sept. 22, 2011|
Spending | The Nation
Spending Bill's Defeat Raises Shutdown Fears
The threat of a federal shutdown at the end of this month intensified as the House rejected a bill to fund the government through Nov. 18. Conservatives thought the measure's spending level was too high. Democrats rejected it because it included cuts in aid for for victims of Hurricane Irene and other disasters.
Los Angeles Times
Feds Ordered to Review Conference Expenses
A day after an inspector general's report detailed what auditors deemed wasteful spending on Justice Department conferences, the Obama administration ordered all federal agencies to review their conference-related activities and expenses.
Education | Tacoma, Wash.
With Governor's Prodding, Deal
Reached to End Teachers' Strike
Striking Tacoma teachers will vote today on a tentative agreement reached by negotiators for the teachers' union and the school district after Gov. Chris Gregoire called the two sides into her office. Gregoire praised the agreement as "pretty impressive" and said it could serve as a model for school districts across the state.
Tacoma News Tribune
Obama to Scrap Key Demands of 'No Child'
In a move drawing applause from governors, President Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in local schools by scrapping key elements of the No Child Left Behind law and substituting his own brand of school reform.
Public Workforce | The Nation
Proposed Postal Board Could Order Layoffs
A divided House subcommittee approved legislation aimed at forcing a major downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service's workforce and its network of 32,000 post offices and processing plants. The bill would create a board that could take control of the Postal Service's finances, override union contracts and order layoffs.
Wisconsin's Biggest Public Unions Losing Official Status
By the end of today, Wisconsin's major state-employee unions will have effectively lost their official status. Union leaders say they won't seek to meet the high hurdle for keeping that status as laid out in Gov. Scott Walker's union-bargaining law.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Proposal Would Restrict Feds' Attendance at Events
Proposed ethics rules for federal employees aim to restrict their attendance at lobbyist-sponsored social events, but there is concern that the rules might hamper their attendance at a broader range of events such as industry trade shows.
Federal Computer Week
Quarterly Federal Employee Reviews Pushed
Federal managers should review employees quarterly to create a culture of ongoing, continuous feedback, according to a task force including federal personnel officials and representatives of union and management organizations.
Public Officials | Nichols Hills, Okla.
Fire Chief Slain in His Home
Keith Bryan, the longtime fire chief of the Oklahoma suburb of Nichols Hills and a former councilman in nearby Mustang, died after being shot in the head in his home. Bryan's wife told police the gunman was an intruder who apologized to her and said her husband should have hired him.
Technology | The Nation
Funding Seen as Threat to Feds' Move to Cloud
Proposed congressional funding levels for electronic-government initiatives could cripple the federal government's ability to modernize information technology, including moving to cloud computing, a General Services Administration official told a House panel.
New Guidelines Aim to Help Feds Assess Cyber-Risk
The National Institute for Standards and Technology released new guidance to help agencies assess risk within their information-technology systems as part of an overall strategy to instill more prevention in federal cybersecurity.
Corrections | California
Governor to Seek Voters' OK
for Moving Prisoners to Localities
Gov. Jerry Brown said will place on the November 2012 ballot a funding guarantee for prison realignment, the state's shift of responsibility for certain offenders to local government. The framing of the measure, however--and of any tax increase initiative that might accompany it--remains unclear.
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Leadership | Mike Figliuolo
Those Stupid Buzzwords
Words spoken from the heart and the gut are clear, concise, meaningful and genuine. Using buzzwords makes you sound less intelligent. Filling your leadership philosophy with meaningless jargon and difficult-to-define concepts diminishes peoples' trust in you, hindering you from becoming an authentic leader.
Percentage of American voters who support filling only half of the federal government's vacant jobs and reducing wages and benefits paid to federal workers, according to a new United Technologies/
National Journal poll
Lt. Gov. Guadagno and Gov. Christie
“I understand, she would really love to be lieutenant governor, and she's not. And so every chance she gets to kind of stick it to me, she does.”
New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, detailing how he notifies Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno that she will be in charge when he's out of the state, a formality that became a politically charged issue when state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat who lost her bid for lieutenant governor on Gov. Jon S. Corzine's ticket, introduced a bill to formalize the notification process after a secret Christie speech in Colorado came to light
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "A 'Work First' Fix for a Failing Disability System"
Today, noon-1:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Government Technology magazine
Webinar: "Converged Networks in State and Local Government"
Today, 2 p.m. ET
National Association of Counties
Webinar: "Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Promote County Health"
Today, 2 p.m. ET
U.S. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Webinar on Procedural Justice
Today, 2 p.m. ET
Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network
Sept. 23-24, Newark, N.J.
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