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NEWS: Dec. 9, 2011
Public Workforce | The Nation
Army to Cut Thousands of Civilian Jobs
Army officials said they will cut 8,700 civilian jobs next year at 70 locations across 37 states, eliminating the positions by Sept. 30 to cope with anticipated budget cuts. The Pentagon said 90 percent of the job cuts will come from three Army commands.
>> Government Executive

Municipal Finance | Michigan
State Scrambles to Rewrite Emergency-Manager Law
State officials acknowledged that they are working on a plan to rewrite Michigan's emergency-manager law and dodge a union-inspired push to get the law suspended and then repealed by the state's voters. Emergency managers are running the Detroit public schools and the cities of Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint and Pontiac.
>> Detroit News

Richard Cordray
Richard Cordray
Public Officials | The Nation
GOP Blocks Consumer-Agency Nominee
Filibustering Senate Republicans who oppose the powers of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau blocked the confirmation of President Obama's nominee to head the agency, former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. Obama left open the option of a recess appointment, although Republicans have thwarted that tactic recently.
>> New York Times
A.G. Says He Won't Quit over Botched Gun Sting
Congressional Republicans grilled Attorney General Eric Holder over a botched gun-smuggling sting in Mexico, with one lawmaker saying "heads should roll." Holder defended his handling of the episode and said he has no intention of resigning.
>> Reuters
Ex-Secretary of State to Lead Huge Texas Coastal Project
Bringing to reality a 130-mile, four-county coastal recreation area that will form a buffer to protect the Houston area from catastrophic storm surges will be the task of former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III and a Houston businessman.
>> Houston Chronicle

Public Facilities | California
Audit Slams State's School-Construction Oversight
The state's oversight of seismic and structural safety standards on school-construction projects has been ineffective and incomplete, with thousands of projects left uncertified even after they were finished, according to a report by state Auditor Elaine Howle.
>> Sacramento Bee
Detroit School Administrators to Leave Leased Space
The Detroit public schools plan to move hundreds of adminstrators out of controversial and expensive leased office space and into district-owned property, saving about $1.8 million a year.
>> Detroit Free Press

The ad that was pulled by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
The ad that was pulled by the
Pennsylvania liquor board
Alcohol Control | Pennsylvania
Liquor Agency's Date-Rape Ad
Pulled after Storm of Protest

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board purged from the Internet a public-awareness advertisement linking binge drinking to sexual assault after thousands of email protests and angry phone calls objecting that the ad appeared to blame rape victims for their assaults. The "couldn't say no" ad was part of a PLCB media campaign aimed at young adults.
>> Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Technology | The Nation
New Controls Aim to Speed Up Feds' Move to Cloud
Looking to expedite the adoption of cloud computing throughout the federal government by employing a "do once, use many times" framework, federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced the creation of new uniform security controls that aim to deliver a cost-effective, risk-based approach for cloud adoption and use.
>> Government Technology
$4 Billion Saved by Zapping Troubled IT Projects, Feds Say
Federal officials say agencies have saved nearly $4 billion in the past year through reviews that resulted in scaling back or canceling information-technology projects that were over budget or delayed.
>> Nextgov

Deriek Crouse
Deriek Crouse
Public Safety | Blackburg, Va.
Campus Police Officer's Slaying
Evokes 2007 Shooting Rampage

The slaying of Virginia Tech police officer Deriek Crouse and the death of his apparent assailant Thursday came on the same day that Tech's police chief and other university officials were in Washington to appeal a $55,000 federal fine for violating a federal law by failing to alert the campus during the 2007 shooting rampage that claimed 33 lives.
>> Roanoke Times

Homeland Security | Seattle
Man Pleads Guilty in Plot to Attack Military Center
One of two men accused of conspiring to carry out a machine-gun and grenade attack on a Seattle military-processing station in July pleaded guilty to three federal charges. Prosecutors said Walli Mujahidh and another U.S. citizen hoped to inspire like-minded radical Muslims to carry out terrorist attacks.
>> Seattle Times

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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter in the saddle
Butch Otter in the saddle
QUOTABLE
We all deserve the chance to do things that relieve some of the tension that we have to deal with.
Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, who will be acting governor while Gov. Butch Otter attends a rodeo in Las Vegas and Lt. Gov. Brad Little leads a trade mission to Brazil and Mexico that Otter had been scheduled to lead, saying he understands Otter's decision to skip the trade trip
>> Idaho Statesman | More quotes

VIEWPOINT
Public Workforce
The Public Sector's Pain
Buried in the relatively positive numbers contained in the November jobs report was some very bad news for those who work in the public sector. There were 20,000 government workers laid off last month, by far the largest drop for any sector of the economy, and mostly from states, counties and cities. That continues a troubling trend that's been building for years, one that has had a particularly harsh effect on black workers.
>> New York Times | More commentaries

Lincoln Tunnel toll booth
DATAPOINT
890,000
Decrease in the number of cars and trucks that used Port Authority of New York and New Jersey bridges and tunnels from Sept. 19 through Nov. 22, a 4 percent drop compared to roughly the same period a year ago that came after cash tolls were increased to $12 from $8
>> New York Times | More data

UPCOMING
Center for American Progress and Washington Monthly
Special presentation: "The Teflon Presidency of Barack Obama"
Today, noon-1:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

International City/County Management Association
Web workshop: "Leadership, Management, and the Key Role of Performance Measurement"
Dec. 12, 1 p.m. ET

GovInfoSecurity.com
Webinar: "Fighting Fraud: Stop Social Engineers in Their Tracks"
Dec. 13, 1 p.m. ET

Governing magazine
Online forum: "Innovation, Mobility and Government"
Dec. 14, 2 p.m. ET

GovInfoSecurity.com
Webinar: "Defending Against the Insider Threat"
Dec. 19, 1 p.m. ET

National Emergency Management Association
Emergency Management Policy & Leadership Forum
Jan. 17-19, New Orleans

U.S. Conference of Mayors
Winter Meeting
Jan. 18-20, Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, Association of Government Accountants and Association of Local Government Auditors
Webcast: "Workplace Ethics: Understanding Your Responsibilities"
Jan. 18, 2 p.m. ET

Public Technology Institute and National Association of State Chief Information Officers
Webinar: "Technology Forecast 2012: What State and Local Government Technology Officials Can Expect"
Jan. 19, 5 p.m. ET

National Contract Management Association
Mid-Year Leadership Conference
Jan. 20-21, Las Vegas

American Society for Training and Development
TechKnowledge Conference & Exposition
Jan. 25-27, Las Vegas

National Association of State Personnel Executives
Mid-Year Meeting
Jan. 27-29, Washington, D.C.

National Association of Secretaries of State
Winter Conference
Jan. 28-31, Washington, D.C.

Human Capital Institute
Talent Strategy and Workforce Planning Conference
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Atlanta

>> Full events listings