NEWS: Jan. 19, 2012|
Public Workforce | The Nation
OPM Pledges to Clear Huge Retirement Backlog
The Office of Personnel Management says it plans to clear a backlog of more than 48,000 federal retirement claims within 18 months with steps including hiring more staff and paying more overtime. OPM's goal is to adjudicate 90 percent of all new retirement claims within 60 days, down from the average of 156 days it was taking as of Dec. 31.
Federal Health Plans to Provide Digital Records
All health insurance options in federal health plans will soon allow members to download a digital version of their health records using a technology called Blue Button, OPM announced.
Federal News Radio
Contracting | New York State
Andrew M. Cuomo|
Governor Limits State Payments
for Contractor Executives' Pay
Looking to rein in the use of public money to pay what he called excessive salaries, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order limiting to $199,000 the amount the state will reimburse government contractors to pay their executives. Agency commissioners will oversee the salary caps.
New York Times
E-Government | The Nation
GAO Questions IRS Website-Upgrade Strategy
The Internal Revenue Service has begun a 10-year, $320 million upgrade to improve its website content, design and usability, but the agency should be more strategic in addressing a need to shift inquiries from the public to less-expensive online customer-service tools, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
Federal Computer Week
GSA Sees Dramatic Jump in Website Approval Ratings
The General Services Administration's main website has seen a dramatic 18-point improvement in citizen satisfaction since the American Customer Satisfaction Index began measuring federal website approval ratings in 2003, according to the latest survey.
House Launches Transparency Site, iPad App
More than eight months after proposing new online tools to make U.S. House of Representatives' legislation and documents more readily available, the House Administration Committee launched a new website and an iPad app to help do just that.
Public Safety | Philadelphia
Report Rips Fire Department's
Management, Racial Tension, Morale
The Philadelphia fire department is beset by racial tension, weak management systems, low morale and limited resources, all of which are affecting service quality, according to a review commissioned by a state watchdog agency. The report outlines dozens of recommendations, including revamping the department's organizational structure, charging for some services and privatizing others.
Philadelphia Daily News
East St. Louis Police Chief Quits after Two Months
East St. Louis, Ill., Police Chief Michael Baxton resigned after less than two months in the post. Mayor Alvin Parks said Baxton stepped down for personal reasons and that the move "caught us flatfooted."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ACLU Sues L.A. County Sheriff over Jail Brutality
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit accusing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and other department brass of failing to root out deputy brutality inside the county's jails.
Los Angeles Times
Military Personnel | The Nation
Pentagon Plans Crackdown
on Sex Assaults in the Ranks
The military will ramp up efforts to combat sexual assault in the ranks, a crime the Pentagon suspects is vastly underreported. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the military received 3,191 reports of sexual assault in fiscal 2011, up slightly from 3,158 the year before, but that officials estimate the true number is closer to 19,000.
Cybersecurity | Arizona
Breach Feared for University's Computer System
Arizona State University students and employees were told that the university's ASURITE computer system may have been compromised and that all online services had been suspended.
Researchers: Cyber-Attackers Targeting DoD Security Cards
A Chinese-based cyber-attack is targeting the Defense Department's Common Access Cards used by troops and civilians with technology to steal information from military networks, researchers say.
Public Facilities | Washington, D.C.
Cracks in the monument|
Billionaire to Cover Half
of Cost of Fixing Monument
Billionaire philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, a generous repeat benefactor for Washington's endangered national icons, pledged $7.5 million to cover half the $15 million cost of repairing the shuttered, earthquake-damaged Washington Monument. Congress has already allocated the federal government's $7.5 million share.
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Members of the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System who signed up for retirement benefits during 2011, a 44 percent increase from the average number over the previous four years and the highest number since 12,500 retired in 2003, when major reforms to the system prompted a spike in retirements
The Oregonian | More data
Ash in the 1970s|
Efficiency | Stephen Goldsmith
The Man Who
Put the M in OMB
A commission headed by Roy L. Ash, who died last month, crafted the plan that elevated the old Bureau of the Budget to the powerful White House institution that the Office of Management and Budget has become, and Ash served as its director in two administrations. The direct linking of management and spending decisions in executive offices in governments at all levels is Ash's legacy.
Governing | More commentaries
“We eat history every day, and what we are eating today is going to influence tomorrow. The cheeseburger may not be regarded the same way as passing a new law, but it sure made a difference in people's lives.”
Food historian Andrew F. Smith, interviewed for an article on the claim by Pasadena, Calif., to have been the birthplace in the 1920s of the cheeseburger and the launch of Pasadena Cheeseburger Week, a Chamber of Commerce event promoting area restaurants
Los Angeles Times | More quotes
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