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NEWS: Dec. 23, 2011
Politics | Indiana
Secretary of State Was Ineligible
to Run for His Job, Judge Rules
The Indiana attorney general's office said it would immediately appeal a ruling by a Marion County judge that embattled Republican Secretary of State Charlie White was inegible to run for his office in 2010 and that Democrat Vop Osili should be declared the winner. White also is facing felony charges of voter fraud, perjury and theft.
Poll: D.C. Mayor Would Be Defeated for Reelection
Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray continues to get low marks for his running of the city and would be defeated for reelection by either of the two most recent former mayors, according to a new poll.
N.C. Gubernatorial Candidate Cleared in Campaign Probe
The North Carolina elections board cleared Pat McCrory's unsuccessful 2008 Republican gubernatorial campaign of Democrats' allegations of illegal collusion with a national party group.
Raleigh News & Observer
Purchasing | The Nation
GAO: Strategic Sourcing Saved $16 Million
The General Services Administration may have some fuzzy dollar figures on savings for office supplies, but Government Accountability Office auditors found the main conclusion is correct: The federal strategic-sourcing initiative--agreements with 15 vendors offering discounted prices to agencies--has saved an estimated $16 million.
Federal Computer Week
Shared Services | East Cleveland, Ohio
City-County Library Merger Rejected
The East Cleveland school board voted against merging the financially distressed East Cleveland Library with Cuyahoga County's public libraries, a move that an East Cleveland Library board member said forces the library to look for other sources of money.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Seattle Leads Push for Regional Public-Safety Network
The city of Seattle is leading a multijurisdictional effort to employ a public-private partnership to build a new wireless public-safety network covering King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Public Facilities | Washington, D.C.
Cracks from the quake|
Washington Monument Repairs
Expected to Cost $15 Million
Repairs to the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will probably cost about $15 million, with half paid by the government and half with private money, according to the National Park Service and the legislation that funds the work. The monument suffered extensive cracking and chipping and has been closed since the Aug. 23 earthquake.
Congress Slashes GSA's Construction Funding
Federal agencies will see hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts in funding for new buildings and renovations under the spending bill approved last week. The General Services Administration, which had asked for $840 million, instead will receive $50 million.
The Military | Arlington, Va.
Army Finds Problems with 64,000 Grave Markers
About 64,000 grave markers--about one in four--at Arlington National Cemetery may need to be replaced or added to accurately account for the dead following an Army review ordered by Congress of each of the nearly 260,000 headstones and niche covers on the grounds.
Technology | The Nation
OPM's New CTO to Focus on
Retirement System, Glitchy Jobs Site
The Office of Personnel Management has brought in a 25-year federal IT veteran, David Bohen, as its chief technology officer: His mission is to concentrate on the agency's outdated retirement system and ensure that its relaunched job-search site, USAJobs.gov, continues to function properly after its rocky start.
All V.A. Medical Centers Now Linked on Facebook
The Department of Veterans Affairs has passed an important social-media milestone: All 152 of its medical centers are now connected with veterans, their families and the public on Facebook.
Education | Texas
500 School Districts Now Suing State
Sixty of the state's largest school districts filed a lawsuit alleging that Texas' public-education system is inadequate and inequitable, the fourth such suit filed since June. More than 500 Texas school districts now are involved in funding litigation against the state.
Seven States to Share $200 Million from Race to the Top
Seven states that were runners-up in last year's $4 billion Race to the Top competition--Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey and Pennsylvania--will share a $200 million consolation prize that will fund small pieces of their original school-reform plans.
Public Officials | The Nation
Court Rejects Birthers' Suit
A group of Southern Californians who insist that President Obama was born in Africa and should be ousted from the Oval Office had their case thrown out by a federal appeals court panel, which ruled that none of the "birthers" had the standing to sue.
Los Angeles Times
Border-Protection Chief Resigns
With his recess appointment by President Obama expiring, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin resigned from the post. Bersin received the recess appointment in 2010 after the Senate blocked his confirmation.
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“We have a perception driven by ideological positioning that federal employees have been on the gravy train. It's class warfare.”
John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service and a former senior federal official with agencies including the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Office of Personnel Management, asked to weigh in on the landscape for federal workers in 2011 and on what 2012 may bring
Washington Post | More quotes
Annual salary of Dr. Electron Kebebew, a prominent researcher at the National Institutes of Health's Center for Cancer Research, making him the highest-paid career federal employee on a list posted by Wikiorgcharts.com that excludes Defense Department employees, U.S. Postal Service employees and certain national-security workers
Federal Times | More data
The Risk of a Federal Brain Drain
Efforts in Congress to whack away at federal pay, benefits and staffing without fully understanding--or even caring about--the potential impact are neither helpful nor wise. With morale among federal workers deteriorating and retirements ticking up, the government is again at risk of a sudden, uncontrolled brain drain.
Federal Times | More commentaries
Webinar: "Information Security for Management: What Your Senior Leaders Need to Know"
Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. ET
American Enterprise Institute and Partnership for American Recovery
Lecture: "The Lost Majorities: 2008, 2010, and America's Political Future"
Jan. 9, 5:30-7 p.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
National Emergency Management Association
Emergency Management Policy & Leadership Forum
Jan. 17-19, New Orleans
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Jan. 18-20, Washington, D.C.
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, Association of Government Accountants and Association of Local Government Auditors
Webcast: "Workplace Ethics: Understanding Your Responsibilities"
Jan. 18, 2 p.m. ET
Public Technology Institute and National Association of State Chief Information Officers
Webinar: "Technology Forecast 2012: What State and Local Government Technology Officials Can Expect"
Jan. 19, 5 p.m. ET
National Contract Management Association
Mid-Year Leadership Conference
Jan. 20-21, Las Vegas
American Society for Training and Development
TechKnowledge Conference & Exposition
Jan. 25-27, Las Vegas
National Association of State Personnel Executives
Jan. 27-29, 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
Outlook in the States and Localities Conference
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Washington, D.c.
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.
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