NEWS: May 21, 2012|
Education | The Nation
Small, Rigorous High Schools Top Rankings
The small high schools that dominate the top of the Washington Post's 2012 rankings confirm an accelerating trend: a movement away from the something-for-everyone shopping-mall campuses that once were a national model. Schools that lead the new list are small magnets and charters that focus on college-level courses and tests.
Public Safety | Pinal County, Ariz.
Sheriff's Plan to Sell Surplus Gear
Would Break Pentagon Rules
Sheriff Paul Babeu's office has collected millions of dollars' worth of surplus military equipment that is intended for law-enforcement use and has distributed some of the gear to non-police agencies while preparing to sell other property as a budget booster. Both practices are banned by the Pentagon.
Anti-NATO Hackers Crash Chicago City Website
Anti-NATO hackers brought down the city of Chicago's home page for hours Sunday as leaders of the military alliance met in Chicago and thousands of protesters took to the city's streets.
Audit: Budget Cuts Slowing L.A. Fire Department
Los Angeles firefighters are taking longer to get to medical emergencies following steep budget cuts, according to a much-anticipated city audit of fire department response times.
Los Angeles Times
Public Workforce | California
Analyst Sees Big Problems with Four-Day Workweek
California's nonpartisan legislative analyst said Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to shift state-government workers to a four-day workweek to save $839 million would create some serious problems, including increased deferred-compensation costs and hindered interaction with agencies that operate on regular schedules.
Feds to Hire 20,000 for Outdoor Summer Jobs
The Obama administration announced that it intends to hire more than 20,000 people ages 15-25 for summer jobs in national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands.
Judge's Ruling a Setback for Wisconsin Unions
Wisconsin public-employee unions were dealt a setback when a federal judge said their members would have to opt in, rather than opt out, to having the state deduct dues from their paychecks.
Milwauke Journal Sentinel
The Military | The Nation
Reserves Get First Female Commander
President Obama has nominated Rear Adm. Robin Braun for promotion to vice admiral and chief of the Navy Reserve. If she is confirmed, Braun would become the first female leader of the Navy Reserve and the first for the reserve component of any service.
Navy Halves New Network's Cost Estimate
The Navy has slashed the cost estimates for its Next-Generation Enterprise Network contract, which was projected last October at $10 billion over five years, to between $4.5 billion and $5.4 billion.
Pentagon's Goal: Walkable Military Bases
At military installations, suburban-style sprawl is out and walkable communities are in under new planning guidelines issued by the Defense Department that call for "compact development."
Criminal Justice/Corrections | The Nation
Registry: More than 2,000 Exonerated Since 1989
More than 2,000 people have been freed from prison since 1989 after they were found to have been wrongly convicted of serious crimes, according to a new National Registry of Exonerations compiled by the University of Michigan law school and Northwestern University that covers the period since DNA evidence came into common use.
Los Angeles Times
Guard Killed in Riot at Mississippi Private Prison
Inmates seized control of the privately owned Adams County Correctional Center in Natchez, Miss., on Sunday after riots broke out, and a guard was killed in the chaos in the low-security facility that mostly houses illegal immigrants for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
California Governor Ends Push to to Close Youth Lockups
California Gov. Jerry Brown backed off a plan to phase out the state's Division of Juvenile Justice after county officials warned that closing the youth lockups would overwhelm local authorities.
San Francisco Chronicle
Ethics | Pennsylvania
Joan Orie Melvin|
State Supreme Court Justice
Vows to Fight Criminal Charges
State Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, stripped of her court duties, vowed to fight criminal charges lodged against her involving use of taxpayer-paid staff for political campaigning and said she had no plans to quit Pennsylvania's highest court.
Philadelphia Inquirer/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Two Plead Guilty in $30 Million Contract Bribery Scheme
A former program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and his son pleaded guilty to federal charges in a scheme that paid more than $30 million in bribes and kickback for federal contracts..
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“These are west Texas guys. That's the way we do things here.”
Darrell Newsom, city manager of the Texas Panhandle town of Wolfforth, after two candidates who were tied in the May 12 voting for a seat on the city council agreed to decide the election with a coin toss--saving the town the $10,000-plus cost of a special election--with the losing candidate shaking hands with the winner of the coin toss and wishing him well in his new post
Reuters | More quotes
E. Gordon Gee|
Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee's total compensation for the 2011 fiscal year, the highest among 199 public-college presidents surveyed by the Chronicle of Higher Education whose median total compensation rose by 2.9 percent during the 2010-11 academic year to $421,395
New York Times | More data
Technology | Paul Brubaker and Mark Forman
New Ways to Reform IT
Despite federal information-technology reform efforts focusing on keeping up with the pace of technology, government remains largely incapable of gaining performance breakthroughs in line with IT innovation. Now, in an era of two major IT disruptions--mobility and cloud computing--it is time to refocus IT reforms.
Federal Computer Week | More commentaries
Air Traffic Control Association
Annual ATCA/FAA/NASA Technical Symposium
May 22-24, Atlantic City, N.J.
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Webinar: "Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Public/Private Partnerships"
May 22, 9 a.m. ET
Center for American Progress
Discussion: "Obamacare at Work: Innovations to Deliver Better Care at Lower Cost"
May 22, 9:30-11 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Webinar: "Identity Proofing: Combating Fraud and Improper Payments"
May 22, 2 p.m. ET
Partnership for Public Service
Leadership seminar: "Driving Innovation"
May 23-24, Washington, D.C.
Partnership for Public Service
Interactive workshop: "Creating Pathways to Success: Developing and Guiding Talent at Your Agency"
May 23, 8 a.m.-noon, Washington, D.C.
Center for American Progress and Alaska Federation of Natives
Presentation: "Challenges and Opportunities for Renewable Energy in Alaska"
May 24, 9 a.m.-noon ET, Washington, D.C.
American Enterprise Institute
Discussion: "The First Carbon Trade War? The EU vs. the World"
May 24, 10 a.m.-noon ET, Washington, D.C.
Alliance for Innovation
Webinar: "Performance Management Tools and Techniques"
May 24, 1 p.m. ET
Service Employees International Union
May 28-30, Denver
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