NEWS: August 26, 2010
Public Officials | The Nation
Fiscal Panel Co-Chair's Removal
Sought over Social Security E-Mail
Lawmakers and activists are calling on President Obama to remove former Sen. Alan Simpson as co-chair of the president's fiscal commission because of an e-mail the Wyoming Republican sent to the leader of a women's group comparing the Social Security program to "a milk cow with 310 million tits."
Panel Backs Nominee for California Chief Justice
A state commission unanimously approved California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's nomination of appellate judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye as the state's chief justice, putting her in line to become the first minority to lead the state's judiciary if the voters approve her.
San Francisco Chronicle
Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex Chief Ousted
John Chianelli, the head of Milwaukee County's Mental Health Complex, was removed and demoted in the wake of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation into problems at the facility.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ag Secretary Says He Offered to Resign
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he was willing to resign as the controversy over Shirley Sherrod's ouster grew last month but that there was "no appetite for resignation at the White House."
Technology | Marin County, Calif.
County Cancels Troubled System, Sues Consultant
The county pulled the plug on a $30 million computer system, installed by SAP, that officials say could not handle payroll or other routine financial functions. and is suing the system's provider, Deloitte Consulting. Deloitte denies the county's allegations of fraud and says it fulfilled its obligations.
Marin Independent Journal
Defense Official: Get Ready for Cyber War
Any major future conflict will include cyber warfare, which means the nation must develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with cyber threats, says the deputy defense secretary who disclosed the 2008 infiltration of defense networks by malicious code.
Contracting | The Nation
Defense Agency Plans
to Consolidate Contracts
The Defense Logistics Agency will attempt to win cost reductions of up to 10 percent by consolidating smaller contracts into larger, long-term deals as part of an overall efficiency drive at the Pentagon. The agency also is also beefing up its fraud-prevention efforts and updating its business operations, its director says.
Federal Contractor Database Set to Go Public
The database that holds details about federal contractors and their performance records will likely open to the public by the end of the year, a General Services Administration official said.
Military Personnel | The Nation
Army Ending GED Program for Troops
With enlistments by high-school graduates up, the Army is ending a program that helped nearly 3,000 dropouts earn high-school equivalency certificates. The GED pilot program started at Fort Jackson, S.C., in summer 2008, when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had the service scrambling to find soldiers.
Associated Press/Yahoo News
Top Marine: Gays in Sleeping Quarters an Issue
The overwhelming majority of Marines oppose sharing sleeping quarters with openly serving gays and lesbians, an obstacle if Congress lifts the ban on gays in the military, Marine Commandant James Conway said.
Waste Management | Cleveland
High-Tech Carts to Snitch on Non-Recyclers
The city plans to sort through curbside trash to make sure residents are recycling--and fine them $100 if they don't. New carts embedded with radio frequency identification chips will allow city workers to monitor how often residents roll them to the curb for collection.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Utah's Goosenecks State Park
Public Facilities | Utah
Privatization Trial Sought for State's Parks
The chairman of a board looking at privatizing state-government functions would like to see Utah privatize a handful of state parks to see if they can be run more efficiently. The state now manages 43 parks, reservoirs, museums and golf courses.
Salt Lake Tribune
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ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY
Politics | Michael Gerson
Are Social Security and Medicare unconstitutional? This seems to be the unguarded view of some Tea Party advocates of "constitutionalism"--a conviction that is historically uninformed, morally irresponsible and politically disastrous. It undermines a large conservative achievement and would entangle Republicans in an endless, unfolding political gaffe.
“Does anybody in Washington, D.C., have a lick of common sense? Pick up the phone and ask us for the number.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, acknowledging that the state lost its chance at $400 million in federal "Race to the Top" education funds because of a clerical error in which budget information for the wrong years was submitted in its 1,000-page-plus application and saying he would not name the official who made the mistake because he didn't want to scapegoat anyone
Newark Star-Ledger | More quotes
Increase in annual spending by state and local governments on health information technology systems over the next five years, rising to $9.9 billion in 2015, as forecast by the technology market-research firm INPUT
Federal Computer Week | More data
National Association of State Technology Directors
Annual Conference & Technology Showcase
Aug. 28-Sept. 2 | Portland, Ore.
Summit on the Cost of Government
Sept. 14-15 | Washington, D.C.
American Society for Public Administration
Webinar on Project Management
Sept. 15, 1 p.m. ET
Government Technology magazine
Government Technology Conference/East
Sept. 22-23 | Albany, N.Y.
Annual Leadership Conference
Sept. 24-25 | Anaheim, Calif.
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
Sept. 26-29 | Miami
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