NEWS: April 6, 2012|
Technology | The Nation
IRS Chief: Staffing Short
to Maintain Old IT Systems
The Internal Revenue Service's information technology has long been dramatically underfunded, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman says, and some of the IT systems at the foundation of its tax-processing system are so old that it is running out of employees who understand how they work.
Federal News Radio
Public Workforce | The Nation
Lawmakers Slam GSA Employee-Rewards Program
The General Service Administration's troubles may extend beyond revelations of a lavish employee junket. House Republicans said an employee-rewards program in the GSA's Pacific Rim Region handed out "at least $200,000 worth of taxpayer funded iPods, gift cards and other valuable items ... for questionable reasons at best."
Union Chief: Chicago Teachers Ready to Strike
Chicago school officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have created such a "hostile" climate that teachers in 150 schools have voted overwhelmingly in mock ballots to support a strike should contract negotiations fail, teachers' union President Karen Lewis said.
Municipal Finance | Orange County, Calif.
State: County Illegally Diverted $73.5 Million
Orange County officials illegally diverted $73.5 million from local schools and colleges and used the money to balance the budget and cover day-to-day expenses, state officials alleged in a lawsuit. County Supervisor Bill Campbell said the move was justified and legal.
Los Angeles Times
Detroit Must Hire CFO, Program Management Director
With the Detroit city council's approval of a consent agreement with the state, Mayor Dave Bing now has six days to create the positions of chief financial officer and program management director and then 30 days after that to hire the people for the positions.
Detroit Free Press
Education | Prince George's County, Md.
Three College Students Now
Frontrunners for School Board
Three college students, Edward Burroughs III, Raaheela Ahmed and David Murray--two of them teenagers and one a 20-year-old--crushed their opponents in the county school board primary races and now are the front-runners heading into November's general election. Ahmed defeated school board Chairman Jeana Jacobs.
Chicago College Bans Media Contact by Faculty, Staff
The publicly funded Chicago State University has instructed its faculty and staff that only authorized university representatives can share information with the media and that everything from opinion pieces to social-media communications could require prior approval.
Virginia College Shuts Down Amid Federal Accusations
ACT College, a northern Virginia for-profit vocational school, shut down amid federal allegations of financial mismanagement and withholding of students' federal financial-aid money.
Public Officials | Detroit
Mayor Hospitalized for Embolisms
Mayor Dave Bing has been readmitted to Henry Ford Hospital and is being treated for an acute pulmonary embolism in each lung as he recovers from surgery to correct a perforated colon, according to the mayor's doctors, who offered a positive prognosis.
Defense Secretary's Trips Home Costly
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reimbursed about $17,000 to the Treasury for frequent travel to his California home, trips that cost the federal government some $860,000 because he is required to fly on military jets that cost about $3,200 per flight-hour to operate.
Border Security | The U.S.-Mexico Border
3 Plead Guilty to 'Fast and Furious' Gun Trafficking
Three men pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking high-powered rifles and other guns to Mexico from Arizona under the botched "Fast and Furious" federal sting operation that allowed more than 2,000 U.S. bought weapons to slip across the border in 2009 and 2010 and that has been tied to the murder of a U.S. federal agent.
DHS Accidentally Released Border Contractor Data
Department of Homeland Security officials accidentally released information that may have contained proprietary contractor data related to a Southwest border video-surveillance project, prompting officials to delete online documents and block a website.
Ethics | Montana
Appeals Court Panel to Probe
Federal Judge over Obama Email
The chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed a special judicial committee to investigate misconduct allegations against Montana Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, who sent an email from his chambers that contained a racist and misogynistic joke about President Obama's mother.
Great Falls Tribune
Michigan City School Board Member Charged with Theft
Highland Park, Mich., school board member Robert Davis, an activist who repeatedly challenged the state's attempted restructuring of Detroit's finances, was indicted on charges that he stole more than $125,000 from the cash-strapped school district.
FBI Probe of Arizona A.G. Preceded Whistleblower
The FBI was investigating state Attorney General Tom Horne in January, at least a month before a disgruntled employee in his office alleged campaign-law violations by the state's top prosecutor.
Ex-CIA Officer Accused of Leaking Secrets
John C. Kiriakou, a former CIA officer who expressed public doubts over the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique, was indicted on charges that he leaked classified secrets to journalists.
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California's Mojave National Preserve|
Almost 3,000 Percent
Increase in population density from 1940 to 2000 around the Mojave National Preserve in California, which was among many national parks that saw large increases in nearby population during the period, according to researchers at Montana State University
AP/Yahoo News | More data
Leadership | Jim Clifton and Stephen Ander
To Fix Management, Hire Better Managers
News about low morale at the Department of Homeland Security is alarming, given the significant role DHS plays in our safety. Recommendations that DHS develop its leaders and improve its communications won't solve the systemic problems rooted in poor management. The long-term solution involves overhauling the hiring and selection of managers. Gallup researchers have discovered that there actually is a silver bullet: Simply name the right manager for the job. Nothing fixes a manager who has little talent for the task at hand.
Gallup/Government Executive | More commentaries
“We find people, and it saves lives.”
Roxann Ryan, a criminal analyst with Iowa's state intelligence branch, on the widening use of cellphone tracing by law enforcement, a practice that civil-liberties advocates say raises legal and constitutional issues, particularly when police act without court oversight
New York Times | More quotes
National Association of County and City Health Officials, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
National Health Promotion Summit:
April 10-11, Washington, D.C.
Discussion: "Addressing the Weak Housing Market: Is Principal Reduction the Answer?"
April 10, 9:30-11 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Partnership for Public Service
Discussion: "Going Virtual--Maximizing the ROI of Online Training"
April 11, 8:30-10 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Alliance for Innovation
Webinar: "Alliance Resources and Knowledge Network Training"
April 11, 1 p.m. ET
Government Executive magazine
Discussion: "The U.S. Navy's Expanding Role"
April 12, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Washington, D.C.
1105 Government Information Group
Seminar: "The Role of IT in Transforming American Health Systems"
April 12, 7:30 a.m.-noon ET, Washington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "Hunger Games: Rethinking U.S. Nutrition Policy"
April 12, noon-1:30 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Conference: "Evaluating the Homegrown Terrorist Threat"
April 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
National Association of State Procurement Officials
How to Market to State Governments Meeting
April 15-17, Orlando, Fla.
National Public Employer Labor Relations Association
Annual Training Conference
April 15-19, Orlando, Fla.
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers
Middle Management Conference
April 16-18, Little Rock, Ark.
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