NEWS: May 22, 2013|
Public Officials | The Nation
Federal CIO to Lead OMB's
Management Team Temporarily
Steven VanRoekel will temporarily lead the White House Office of Management and Budget's management team while continuing to serve as the federal government's chief information officer. Last week, President Obama tapped the previous OMB deputy director for management, Danny Werfel, to temporarily lead the embattled Internal Revenue Service.
Fired Detroit Library Official Charged with Taking Bribes
Tim Cromer, who was fired in Feburary as chief administrative officer of the Detroit Public library following FBI raids of library offices and his home, was indicted along with two technology contractors on allegations that he took bribes and kickbacks totaling $1.4 million.
Politics | Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel|
Councilman Defeats Controller
in $33 Million Race for Mayor
With City Councilman Eric Garcetti holding an eight-point lead, City Controller Wendy Greuel called Garcetti early this morning to concede the race for mayor, ending a two-year campaign that, at $33 million, was the most expensive in the city's history.
Los Angeles Times
Harrisburg Voters Oust Embattled Mayor
Linda Thompson, the embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's financially crippled capital of Harrisburg, was ousted on Tuesday when she lost the Democratic primary to the owner of an independent bookstore.
Pittsburgh Councilman Wins Mayoral Primary
With a convincing win for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Pittsburgh, City Councilman Bill Peduto was on the threshold of capturing the office he's sought in three campaigns.
Portland Voters Reject Fluoridation for 4th Time
Despite support by five city commissioners and health advocacy groups, Portland, Ore., voters soundly rejected a plan to fluoridate city water. It was the city's fourth defeat for fluoridation since 1956.
Efficiency | St. Paul/Ramsey County, Minn.
County Ending Joint-Purchasing Arrangement
St. Paul has handled purchasing for Ramsey County since the early 1960s, but the county is ending the joint-purchasing arrangement. County board Chairman Rafael Ortega said the cost of using the city office was "prohibitive," while county Finance Director Lee Mehrkens cited the city's and county's different business practices and software.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
OMB Finance Rules Aim to Focus Agencies on Outcomes
Aiming to focus federal agencies on outputs and outcomes rather than inputs, the Office of Management and Budget is finalizing a new directive to change financial-management processes.
Federal News Radio
Tax Administration | The Nation
IRS Official to Take the Fifth
Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official at the eye of the storm over the improper scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, will refuse to answer questions from the House Oversight Committee today. Lerner stated her intention to invoke her Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination through her attorney, who said she "has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation."
Ex-IRS Chief 'Dismayed' by Targeting of Groups
Former IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman told the Senate Finance Committee that he was "dismayed and saddened" by revelations that his agency targeted conservative political groups but that he had been unaware of the problem until after it was fixed.
Watchdog Group Sues IRS over Tax-Exemption Rules
The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit to compel the IRS to impose stricter standards for what types of groups qualify for tax-exempt status.
The Military | The Nation
DISA Cancels $45 Million Sole-Source Data Contract
The Defense Information Systems Agency abruptly canceled a $45 million sole-source contract it awarded in April to a small disadvantaged business in Hanover, Md., to store of hundreds of billions of satellite and drone imagery files. DISA said it planned instead "to pursue competitive means" to award the contract.
Army Suspends Fort Jackson's Commander
The Army announced that it had suspended the commander of Fort Jackson, S.C., Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, amid misconduct allegations that include adultery and a physical altercation.
Higher Education | Virginia
The Rotunda at U-Va.|
Consultants: University Losing Ground to Other 'Public Ivies'
A higher-education consulting firm had a blunt message for the University of Virginia's governing board: Despite U-Va.'s vaunted stature as a "public Ivy," school and state leaders have been complacent in the past 15 years and U-Va. is now falling behind many of its competitors.
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The Presidency | Doyle McManus
The Second-Term Scandal Plague
What is it about presidents' second terms that makes them seem so scandal-ridden? The iron law of longevity. All governments make mistakes, and all governments try to hide those mistakes. But the longer an administration is in office, the more errors it makes and the harder they are to conceal. Just ask Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton or George W. Bush, all of whom spent much of their second terms playing defense.
Los Angeles Times | More commentaries
Percentage of 233 senior-level state- and local-government officials surveyed by Governing magazine who say they have a positive view of President Obama, down from an approval rating of 54 percent last summer, while 62 percent of the surveyed officials say the country is on the wrong track, up from 39 percent last year
Governing | More data
“It is expensive. It is inefficient. It hurts us, in terms of our international standing. It lessens cooperation with our allies on counter-terrorism efforts. It is a recruitment tool for extremists. It needs to be closed.”
President Obama, pledging to redouble efforts on his failed first-term campaign promise to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorism suspects
McClatchy Newspapers/Miami Herald | More quotes
Center for American Progress
Discussion: The Case for Diverse Voices in Public Policy"
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Memos to National Leaders Capstone Event
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Association of Government Accountants
Audio conference: "Ethics"
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American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "NCLB Sanctions: Tests Taken, Lessons Learned"
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Annual Network Leadership Training Academy
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