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NEWS: March 27, 2012
FEMA's map showing effects of a terrorist bomb on Washington
FEMA's map showing the effects of a 10-kiloton nuclear bomb on Washington

Homeland Security | Washington, D.C.
FEMA: Terrorist Nuke Wouldn't Destroy D.C.
A little-noticed Federal Emergency Management Agency study analyzing the likely effects from terrorists setting off a 10-kiloton nuclear device a few blocks north of the White House predicted terrible devastation for roughly a half-mile in every direction, with more than 45,000 dead. But outside that blast zone, the study concluded, such an explosion would be pretty survivable.
>> AP/Yahoo News

Transportation | The Boston Region
New Commuter Rail Cars a Year and a Half Late
Commuter rail cars designed to replace part of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authorityís aging fleet are at least a year and a half late, with assembly yet to begin at a Philadelphia plant run by a South Korean company that won the $190 million contract to build 75 cars despite little experience in the U.S. rail market.
>> Boston Globe

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe
Patrick Donahoe
Health Care | The Nation
Postmaster General: Health-Care Switch
Could Save USPS Billions in First Year

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will testify before Congress today that the U.S. Postal Service could save nearly $7 billion in the first year of running its own health-care plan, largely through eliminating the need to pre-fund retiree health benefits. But a leading federal health-care expert will blast the Postal Service's plan as unrealistic and disastrous.
>> Federal Times
Female-Condom Program Saving D.C. Millions, Study Says
A Washington, D.C., program that distributes free female condoms in areas of the city with high HIV rates prevented enough infections in its first year to save more than $8 million in future medical costs over and above the cost of the program, according to a study.
>> Washington Post

Technology | The Chicago Region
State, City, County Ally on Cloud for Data
The state, Chicago and Cook County have joined forces to converge their open-data repositories in a centralized website giving people one place to access data from each jurisdiction. Officials lauded the new Metro Chicago Data Convergence Cloud as a way to break down barriers among siloed state and regional government datasets.
>> InformationWeek
Federal Agencies Tangling over New FOIA Websites
Open-government groups are calling on the White House to help resolve an apparent power struggle between the Justice Department and three other federal agencies over creation of new websites for consolidating Freedom of Information Act requests and information.
>> Federal Computer Week

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Adrian Garcia
Law Enforcement | Harris County, Texas
Sheriff Moving 100 Deputies
from Jail Duty to Crime-Fighting

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says that by balancing his department's $392 million budget, he will be able to transfer 100 deputies from jail duties to patrol, investigative and court-protection jobs while hiring hundreds of new civilian jailers.
>> Houston Chronicle
L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Overpaid Contractor $11 Million
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials overpaid a private contractor nearly $11 million for work that wasn't needed and aircraft equipment they already had, according to an internal report.
>> Los Angeles Times

Military Contracting | The Nation
Sting Finds Chinese Counterfeit Military Parts
The Government Accountability Office reported that a sting operation that it conducted found that counterfeit electronic parts remain readily available from Chinese companies for use in U.S. weapons systems, a situation that drew quick condemnation from leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
>> The Hill
GAO: New Technologies Risk Delaying Air Tanker
The Air Force and Boeing risk falling behind schedule as they incorporate three advanced military technologies into the commercial 767 airliner that serves as the basis for the new KC-46 air tanker, the Government Accountability Office reported.
>> Nextgov
Army Says It's Beating Goal for Energy-Efficiency Projects
Army officials said the service is on track to more than double a presidential goal for investments in energy-efficiency projects, with nearly $2.5 billion in performance-based contracts planned.
>> Federal News Radio

Former Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie
Jane Orie
Public Officials | Pennsylvania
State Senator Convicted
of Using Staff for Politicking

An Allegheny County jury convicted state Sen. Jane Orie of 14 of the 24 corruption charges she faced in her retrial on charges of using state staff for political work, likely ending the political career of the prominent Republican lawmaker who was the first woman to serve as the Senate's majority whip.
>> Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Detroit Mayor Has Intestinal Surgery
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing should be back to normal within a month following surgery to repair an intestinal performation, the chairman of the Wayne State University hospital's Department of Surgery said.
>> Detroit News

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Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
Not only do we have to pay
for them, but they have to do something every day. So they look at things they can do, all right? Places they can interfere.

Republic presidential candidate Mitt Romney, at a campaign stop in San Diego, saying President Obama has added 140,000 new government workers during his term and criticizing the "thousands and thousands of bureaucrats who work in Washington"
>> Government Executive | More quotes

$12 million
Amount that HR University, a career-development center for federal human-resources workers launched last year by the Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council, has saved agencies so far, according to the council's executive director
>> Federal News Radio | More data

Parking lot
Transportation | Eran Ben-Joseph
Beyond the Slot
No one loves a parking lot. But as long as we prefer to get around by car, the parking lot is here to stay. Itís hard to imagine an alternative. But the modern surface parking lot is ripe for transformation. We need to redefine what we mean by "parking lot" to include something that not only allows a driver to park his car, but also offers a variety of other public uses, mitigates its effect on the environment and gives greater consideration to aesthetics and architectural context.
>> New York Times | More commentaries

Government Executive magazine
Discussion: "Managing Performance in Government's Largest Agencies"
March 28, 7:30-9:30 a.m., Arlington, Va.

National Contract Management Association
Virtual conference: "Performance-Based Acquisition"
March 28, noon ET

Heritage Foundation
Discussion: "Freeing States from Washington's Overreach: A Roadmap for Customizing Education"
March 28, noon-1 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Alliance for Innovation
Webinar: "Building Leaders in Your Organization--Internal Training Programs"
March 28, 1 p.m. ET

American Society for Public Administration
Webinar: "The Future of Public Administration in 2020"
March 28, 1 p.m. ET

Government Technology magazine
Webinar: "Cutting the Cost of ERP: Is it Faster and Easier in the Cloud?"
March 28, 2 p.m. ET

Brookings Institution and Canadian Red Cross
Discussion: "Natural Disaster Trends and Challenges: Shaken, Drowned, Displaced, Battered and Bruised"
March 28, 3:30-5 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

Governing magazine
Leadership Forum
March 29, Atlanta

Government Executive magazine
Discussion: "A Responsive and Efficient Government: the Case for Case Management"
March 29, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Washington, D.C.

Partnership for Public Service
Webinar: "The Ins and Outs of the Federal Hiring Process"
March 29, 1 p.m. ET

American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Bubble Trouble: Beginning of the End?"
March 29, 2-4 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.

National Association of Counties
Webinar: "Kentucky Justice Reform: Enhancing Public Safety and Improving Performance"
March 29, 2 p.m. ET

Public Technology Institute
Webinar: "Shared Services: The San Carlos, Calif., Experience"
March 29, 2 p.m. ET

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