NEWS: Jan. 27, 2012|
Public Officials | The Nation
New Recovery Board Chief
Has Hit the Ground Running
The federal Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board's new leader, Kathleen Tighe, took over just a few weeks ago, but she already has moved full speed ahead using cutting-edge strategies for tracking federal spending, increasing government transparency and doggedly pursuing fraud detection and mismanagement.
Management Shakeup Vowed for Cook County Morgue
Cook County, Ill., Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the management of the county morgue will be overhauled and some staffers will lose their jobs in the wake of reports that hundreds of bodies have been piling up at the facility.
Finance | Los Angeles
Better-Performing Pensions Aid City Budget
The performance of two Los Angeles city-employee pension funds that had been taking a beating in the investment markets improved enough during the last fiscal year to help provide $90 million in much-needed budget relief to the city.
Los Angeles Times
Arizona City's Credit Downgraded over Delayed Team Sale
Moody's Investors Service downgraded Glendale, Ariz.'s bond rating on $680 million of debt, citing delays in selling the Phoenix Coyotes hockey franchise that plays at the city-owned arena.
Colorado Governor: Privatize Workers' Comp Fund
Despite the ongoing concerns of business groups, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is recommending the privatization of the state-chartered workers' compensation insurance fund.
Transportation | Texas
1,500 Miles to Get 75 mph Speed Limit
Good news for Texas leadfoots: The speed limit will soon rise from 70 mph to 75 on nearly 1,500 miles of interstate highway, bringing to 3,584 the number of miles where drivers can go 75 mph--or faster. The new limit was approved by the Texas Transportation Commission after studies on the roads determined that the change would be safe.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Massachusetts Vehicle Registry Moves to Cover Budget Cuts
Massachusetts officials say they not expect a proposed $15 million budget cut to force layoffs or branch closures at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, outlining plans to defray the lost revenue by selling online advertisements and leasing surplus property.
The Military | The Nation
Fight Likely over Pentagon Pay-Raise Limits
The Pentagon took the first major step toward shrinking its budget after a decade of war as it announced that it wanted to limit pay raises for troops starting in 2015, increase health insurance fees for military retirees and close bases in the United States. The pay-raise limits are certain to ignite a political fight in Congress
New York Times
Pentagon Cuts Would Put Contractors on the Spot
The Defense Department's proposed budget cuts would affect contractors in two ways: in alterations to major weapons systems and an intensified search for efficiencies in Pentagon management.
Database Targets Fraud Against Troops, Families
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a new joint database aimed at making it easier to head off financial fraud that targets military service members, veterans and their families.
Navy Plans to Boost Renewable-Energy Purchasing
The Navy said it will be ramping up its use of public-private partnerships to purchase one gigawatt of renewable energy--enough electricity to power a city the size of Orlando, Fla.--by 2020.
Public Workforce | Phoenix
Police Hiring Freeze Extended to 2015
The Phoenix police department will extend its hiring freeze to 2015, which means the city would go six and a half years without a new officer recruited to the force. City officials have relied on attrition to avoid layoffs, but officers have been hanging onto their jobs longer than expected because of the uncertain economy.
All Feds to Be Surveyed on Satisfaction
In what Obama-administration officials are calling a first, all federal employees--permanent, full- and part-time--will get the chance to participate in this year's Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
Politics | North Carolina
As Governor Bows Out, Democrats
Scramble for a Replacement
The announcement by Gov. Bev Purdue, facing a tough re-election fight as one of the nation's most endangered Democrats, that she will not seek a second term shocked North Carolina's political establishment, creating a scramble to find a strong replacement in a political swing state that will host the Democratic National Convention.
Raleigh News & Observer
Two Ex-Walker Aides Charged with Illegal Campaigning
Two top staffers for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive were charged with illegally doing political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Technology | The Nation
DoJ Defends Troubled Wireless Network Project
Following a critical inspector general's report, Justice Department officials are defending their wireless network program, which they say has been hampered by a lack of funding, a changing technology environment and other circumstances beyond their control. The I.G. said the program has cost $356 million over 10 years.
Federal Computer Week
FBI: Federal Reserve Worker Stole Software
The FBI has charged a former computer programmer at the Federal Reserve with stealing software used to track government finances and issue account statements for federal agencies.
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Public Workforce | Joseph A. McCartin
The Unions=Deficits Myth
On Jan. 17, 1962, President Kennedy signed an executive order giving collective-bargaining rights to most federal workers for the first time, triggering a huge wave of unionization at all levels of government. For 20 years after Kennedy's order, public-sector union rights were not controversial. Lately, however, critics of public-sector unions are fond of alleging that Kennedy's extension of union rights to government was a mistake, one that is responsible for today's budget deficits. The facts don't support these allegations.
Los Angeles Times
PLUS: James Windle on why ending what has become tantamont to an indefinite tenure system for the federal workforce would go a long way toward improving accountability in government.
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“To every criminal out there, I just put a $20,000 bounty on your head.”
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, announcing an assortment of initiatives aimed at stemming the city's rising homicide rate including $20,000 rewards for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of murder suspects
Philadelphia Daily News | More quotes
Amount paid at auction for nearly all of Navy Commander Wilma Roberts' possessions--more than 7,000 pounds of goods valued by the Navy nurse at $60,000 and that included her family Bible and the ceremonial sword from her son's military-academy graduation--which were sold off by a West Bend, Wis., storage company while she was deployed in Kuwait after a communications snafu resulted in the Navy failing to pay her storage costs
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | More data
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Edison to Enron: Energy Markets and Political Strategies"
Today, 4-5:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
National Association of Secretaries of State
Jan. 28-31, Washington, D.C.
Human Capital Institute
Talent Strategy and Workforce Planning Conference
Jan. 30-Feb. 1, Atlanta
Water Environment Federation
Utility Management Conference
Jan. 30-Feb. 2, Miami
Center for American Progress
Discussion: "The Obama Administration's National Security Policy"
Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Outlook in the States and Localities Conference
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Washington, D.c.
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Competing for Talent: The United States and High-Skilled Immigration"
Jan. 31, 9-10:30 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Government Innovators Network and National Institute of Justice
Elder Abuse Webinar Series: "Building a Risk Assessment Tool for the New Hampshire Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services"
Jan. 31, 2 p.m. ET
Discussion: "Improving the Environment for Entrepreneurship"
Feb 1, 8:30-10 a.m., Washington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "What the Election Year Will Mean for Education Policy"
Feb. 1, 9-11 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Public Technology Institute
Webinar (for nonprofits): "Utilizing Appreciative Inquiry as a Tool for Collaboration and Innovation"
Feb. 2, 1 p.m. ET
National Association of Counties
Webinar: "Enhancing Local Criminal Justice Practice with a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council"
Feb. 2, 2 p.m.
Webinar: "Information Security for Management: What Your Senior Leaders Need to Know"
Feb. 3, 10 a.m. ET
Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education
Program on Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage
Feb. 5-10, Cambridge, Mass.
National Association of State Energy Officials and Association of State Energy Research & Technology Transfer Institutions
Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference
Feb. 7-10, Washington, D.C.
Government Executive magazine
Leadership briefing: "The Human Capital Challenge"
Feb. 7, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Energy and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
National Electricity Forum
Feb. 8-9, Washington, D.C.
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