NEWS: Oct. 3, 2011|
Public Pensions | The Nation
Census: Biggest Public Pensions Rebounding
Assets held by the country's largest public-pension systems are valued at $2.8 trillion, their highest level in three years, according to new census data. The second quarter marked the fourth consecutive quarter that the retirement systems' investments were up and the seventh quarter of year-to-year growth.
Retired Feds May Get First COLA Boost Since 2008
Federal retirees likely will receive a cost-of-living adjustment of nearly 4 percent in December, the first such boost since 2008.
Public Officials | Washington, D.C.
800 City Board Positions Unfilled
More than nine months after taking office, Mayor Vincent C. Gray has been unable to clear a backlog of more than 800 vacancies on about 170 city boards and commissions, a longtime problem compounded by his administration's missteps over personnel appointments.
Compensation | The Nation
Furloughed FAA Workers to Get Missed Pay
The nearly 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees who were furloughed for two weeks during an FAA shutdown this summer will receive back pay this month. Transportation Department lawyers determined that additional congressional action was not necessary to provide the retroactive pay.
$263,255 Payout Set for Former Miami Auditor
The Miami city attorney's office has done an about-face on compensation due to long-time internal auditor Victor Igwe, whose contract was not renewed earlier this year, allowing Igwe to collect $263,255 in severance and unused vacation and sick pay.
Wayne County Official to Return $200,000 Severance
Saying the issue had become a "distraction," embattled former Wayne County, Mich., economic development czar Turkia Mullin, who now runs Detroit Metropolitan Airport, backtracked and said she will return her $200,000 severance.
Technology | The Nation
Stolen Federal Health Records
Weren't Properly Encrypted
Computer tapes containing personal information on 4.9 million TRICARE military health-care beneficiaries that were stolen from the car of a Science Applications International Corp. employee in San Antonio in September were not encrypted in compliance with federal standards, SAIC said.
City Workers Slam Detroit's New Payroll System
Two years after Detroit rolled out a $23 million system to streamline its payroll, city workers and union officials say it's so flawed it can't pay people on time. A union official says the city spent nearly 10 times what the system was intended to cost.
IBM Gets $240 Million Contract to Run Archives' System
Six years in development, the National Archives and Records Administration's Electronic Records Archive system is finished--at least for now--and NARA has awarded IBM a 10-year, $240 million contract for operations and maintenance of the system.
Federal News Radio
CBO: Proposed Data Law Would Cost $575 Million
The federal government would need to spend $575 million over five years to create new structures and systems to oversee federal spending under the proposed Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Federal Computer Week
Outsourcing | South Florida
Judge Voids Prison Privatization
A state judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by the state's correctional officers' union that the legislature violated the law and the state constitution by using budget language to order 29 prisons and work camps in 18 south Florida counties to be privatized and demanded that the project be stopped immediately.
St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald
Pennsylvania Panel Heavy on Governor's Contributors
Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's new privatization council is taking criticism from Democrats for its makeup, with 17 of its 24 members contributors to Corbett's last campaign.
Public Workforce | Idaho
Judge Backs Curbs on Teachers' Bargaining
A state judge rejected a bid by the state teachers' union to overturn a new state law curtailing the collective bargaining rights of public-school teachers, rebuffing claims by the Idaho Education Association that the new law violated the state constitution.
Politics | Missouri
Secretary of State: No Third-Term Bid
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who lost her bid for the U.S. Senate last year by a wide margin, confirmed what many fellow Democrats had already suspected: She will not seek a third term in 2012.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Wisconsin Governor's Aide
Leaves for Recall Campaign
With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker saying he "absolutely" takes a recall effort against him seriously, his chief of staff announced that he is leaving the governor's office to work on the recall campaign.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Purchasing | The Nation
Federal Agencies Told to Coordinate Buying
Encouraging agencies to reduce waste by leveraging their own buying power, federal chief procurement officer Dan Gordon issued guidance designed to reduce duplication in acquisitions by increasing interagency contracting and information sharing.
Military Personnel | The Nation
Catholic Chaplains Won't Perform Gay Marriages
The archbishop who heads the Archdiocese for the Military Services said Roman Catholic chaplains will not officiate at same-sex marriages on military installations after the Pentagon said chaplains would be allowed to do so in states that allow the unions.
Health Care | Wisconsin
State Seeks to Shift 215,000 to Lower-Cost Plans
Some 215,000 children and adults would shift to lower-cost state health plans under sweeping Medicaid changes proposed to address a nearly $445 million shortfall. Health Secretary Dennis Smith said the cuts would not affect children, pregnant women, people with disabilities or those below the federal poverty level.
Wisconsin State Journal
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“We are trying to provide the lightest footwear without sacrificing lethality.”
Ryan Cade, the Danner bootmaking company's product-line manager for uniform and military products, extolling the qualities of the Melee, a new boot that the company is rolling out for close-quarter urban combat
At least 66,000
Number of state and public-school employees in five states (California, New York, Texas, Florida and Michigan) who are "double-dipping"--collecting government pensions and salaries at the same time
Spending | Alan Simpson
and Erskine Bowles
Dear Supercommittee: Think Big and Bold
As the congressional deficit-reduction "supercommittee" begins its deliberations, many have asked what we would counsel based on our work as co-chairmen of the president's fiscal commission. We can summarize our advice in seven words: Go big, be bold and be smart.
Deltek and TechAmerica
Government Insight Forum
Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Denver
Partnership for Public Service
Interactive workshop: "Assessments in Action: How to Select and Hire the Best Talent"
Oct. 4, 8:30-11 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 6, Sacramento, Calif.
Deltek and TechAmerica
Government Insight Forum
Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Houston
Discussion: "Rebuilding a City: The Do's and Don'ts in Post-Disaster Urban Recovery"
Oct. 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Washington, D.C.
Webinar: "Top 20 FY 2012 Federal Contract Opportunities"
Oct. 6, 2 p.m. ET
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Housing Sector Stimulus: Necessary and Effective or Dangerous and Unfair?"
Oct. 6, 2:30-4 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Forum: "Education Technology: Revolutionizing Personalized Learning and Student Assessment"
Oct. 6, 3-4:30 p.m., Washington, D.C.
American Academy of Certified Public Managers
Annual Professional Development Conference
Oct. 10-12, Salt Lake City
Microsoft State and Local Government
Virtual conference: "The Real Impact of Lean Government: Proven Approaches to Delivering Services Without Compromise"
Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Webcast: "Understanding How to Use Earned Value Management to Add Value in Your Organization"
Oct. 12, 1 p.m. ET
National Association of State Budget Officers
Oct. 13-15, Alexandria, Va.
Partnership for Public Service
Inter-Agency Workshop: "Leading with Less"
Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Washington, D.C.
Deltek and Public Technology Institute
Webinar: "State of City and County IT 2011 National Survey"
Oct. 13, 1 p.m. ET
Oct. 15-18, Nashville
National Staff Development and Training Association
Annual Professional Development and Training Institute
Oct. 16-19, Madison, Wis.
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