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Efficiency | The Nation
Feds to Inventory 11 Agencies' Duplicative Programs
A new pilot program to inventory export, trade and competitiveness programs across 11 federal agencies is the Obama administration's first step in an initiative aimed at reducing duplication across the government. A report by the Government Accountability Office last March detailed scores of duplicative programs.
>> Federal News Radio
Congressional Fate Uncertain for Obama Revamp Plan
President Obama's announcement that he is seeking authority to reorganize federal trade and business-related functions could face some fine-tuning or outright resistance in Congress.
>> Government Executive

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Scott Walker
Elections | Wisconsin
State Election Officials: Hold
All Recall Votes on Same Day

As Democrats plan to submit more than a million signatures today for a recall election for Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans, state election officials are preparing to go to court to try to ensure that any recall elections are scheduled on the same day to save money and lessen logistical problems.
>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin Unions Seek Single Walker Challenger
Wisconsin's largest unions are working on plans to throw their collective weight behind a single Democratic candidate committed to restoring collective-bargaining rights to pre-Walker status.
>> The Capital Times of Madison

Public Workforce | The Nation
Survey: Federal Job Losses Accelerating
Job creation by the federal government fell further into negative territory in December with Gallup's Job Creation Index at -20, worsening from -15 in November and from -12 in October. While 23 percent of federal employees in December said their area was hiring, 43 percent said employees were being let go.
>> Gallup
Miami-Dade County Launches Wave of Layoffs
Miami-Dade County began issuing pink slips to scores of employees after commissioners rejected Mayor Carlos Gimenez’ controversial plan to increase health-care costs for members of two unions.
>> Miami Herald

Vivek Kundra
Vivek Kundra
Technology | The Nation
Former Federal CIO Joins Cloud Firm
The federal government's biggest champion of cloud computing, former Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, has joined a cloud-computing provider as executive vice president of emerging markets. The chief executive of, which provides customer relationship management services, called Kundra "an amazing technology visionary."
>> GovInfoSecurity
State Department's Info Security Chief Moving to DHS
One of the most respected federal chief information security officers, John Streufert, is moving from the State Department to the Department of Homeland Security to direct its cybersecurity division.
>> GovInfoSecurity

Energy | The West
Study: Military Bases Have Big Solar-Power Potential
There is enough vacant land on seven military bases in the western United States to generate 7,000 megawatts of electricity--the equivalent of the power generated by seven nuclear plants--from solar energy, according to a new Defense Department Study.
>> Federal News Radio

Screenshot from Marine video
Screenshot from Marine video
The Military | Afghanistan
New Training Ordered
in Wake of Urination Video

Army Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of all NATO combat troops in Afghanistan, has ordered mandatory training outlining how to handle war casualties in the wake of the online posting of a video showing four Marines urinating on the corpses of suspected Taliban fighters.
>> Military Times
To Reduce Stigma, Army Seeks New Name for PTSD
The president of the American Psychiatric Association says he is "very open" to an Army request to come up with an alternative name for post-traumatic stress disorder so that troops will feel less stigmatized and more encouraged to seek treatment.
>> Houston Chronicle

Public Officials | The Nation
Trade Group Challenges NLRB Appointments
The constitutionality of President Obama’s recess appointment of three members to the National Labor Relations Board was challenged in court by the National Federation of Independent Business in an addition to an existing lawsuit challenging a new NLRB rule requiring workers to be notified of union rights.
>> Bloomberg Businessweek
North Carolina's HHS Chief Leaving for Private Sector
Lanier Cansler, head of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is leaving the department at the end of the month for a job in the private sector, but will remain chairman of a commission on affordable health care.
>> Raleigh News & Observer
Houston's Inspector General Resigns
Houston Inspector General Robert Doguim is resigning after 14 months on the job, saying that while he believes the I.G.'s office should be an independent department he is not leaving in protest.
>> Houston Chronicle
184 New Jersey School Board Members Get Reprieve
The New Jersey Department of Education granted an extension until Jan. 27 to 184 school board members who missed the deadline for getting fingerprints taken for criminal background checks.
>> The Record of Bergen County

Trees on San Francisco's Cole Street
San Francisco's Cole Street
Environment | San Francisco
Property Owners' New Job: Maintaining City Trees
Thousands of San Francisco property owners are about to find themselves in the tree-maintenance business now that the city has begun transferring the responsibility for more than 23,000 street trees--and their upkeep costs--to local residents. Forcing property owners to pick up the cost for keeping the street trees healthy is expected to save the city about $300,000 this year.
>> San Francisco Chronicle

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Leadership | Hitendra Wadhwa
The Wrath of a Great Leader
Average leaders focus on results, and that's it. Good leaders focus on the behaviors that will get the results. And great leaders focus on the emotions that will drive these behaviors. One emotion that shapes our behavior is anger, and Martin Luther King Jr. knew of the power that came packed in this emotion. King had reason enough to be provoked, time and again. But only by taming his own anger did King earn the right to become a messenger of peaceful struggle.
>> Inc. | More commentaries

More than $48 million
Amount Los Angeles County paid to more than 3,900 departing county workers in 2010 for unused vacation, sick and compensatory time and holiday credit, with the vast majority of the 64 workers who reaped more than $100,000 employed by the Sheriff's Department
>> Los Angeles Times | More data

Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal
Mike O'Neal
May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
A passage from Psalms quoted by Kansas's Republican House speaker, Mike O'Neal, in an email reference to President Obama, which O'Neal says he meant only as a call for the Obama's re-election defeat, not the president's death, adding that he has no intention of resigning despite a petition signed by 25,000 people
>> Wichita Eagle | More quotes

Center for American Progress
Discussion: "Illustrating the Success of Health Care Reform"
Jan. 17, 1:30-3 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

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

1105 Government Information Group
Seminar: "Cybersecurity Implementation Strategies for Present and Emerging Threats"
Jan. 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Center for American Progress
Discussion: "Achieving Results Through Community School Partnerships"
Jan. 18, 9:30-11 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

International City/County Management Association
Webinar: "Making an Impact on Energy Use in Your Community: EPA's Green Power Communities and Local Climate and Energy Program"
Jan. 18, 1 p.m. ET

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

Association of State Correctional Administrators
Winter Meeting
Jan. 19-22, Phoenix

1105 Government Information Group
Seminar: "Let's Talk Government Cloud Security"
Jan. 19, 7:45 a.m.-noon, Washington, D.C.
Webinar: "Business Continuity Risk Assessment & Resource Allocation"
Jan. 19, 1 p.m. ET

International City/County Management Association
Web conference: "Using Metrics to Improve Efficiencies and Transparency"
Jan. 19, 1 p.m. ET

Government Executive magazine
Webinar: "Achieving Efficiency in IT Acquisitions"
Jan. 19, 2 p.m. ET

Government Technology magazine
Webinar: "Beating the Insider Threat: Is Printing Cybersecurity's Weakest Link?"
Jan. 19, 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 Correctional Association
Winter Conference
Jan. 20-25, Phoenix

American Enterprise Institute and International Tax Policy Forum
Discussion: "Taxing Innovation in a Global Economy"
Jan. 20, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

American Enterprise Institute and International Tax Policy Forum
Discussion: "The Literacy Challenge: Getting Reading Right in More Classrooms"
Jan. 24, 10-11:30 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

International City/County Management Association
Web conference: "Installing Solar on Municipal Facilities"
Jan. 24, 1 p.m. ET

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

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