NEWS: May 24, 2012|
Ethics | The Nation
Senators Cite Dozens of Incidents
of Secret Service Misconduct
With Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan saying agents implicated in the Colombia prostitution scandal "did some really dumb things," leaders of a Senate committee said agency records revealed 64 allegations of sexual misconduct by Secret Service employees over five years, most of them involving email or online material, as well as another 30 allegations involving alcohol.
GSA Execs in Trouble over Conference Got Bonuses
Five senior General Services Administration officials placed on administrative leave over an extravagant 2010 Las Vegas conference received bonuses of between $9,100 and $11,690 last year.
Privatization | Chicago
Parking-Meter Company Wants $50 Million from City
The latest bill to the city from Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the company running Chicago's metered parking spaces, demands $22 million to cover a year's worth of free parking for vehicles that displayed disabled placards or license plates--part of a nearly $50 million tab that Mayor Rahm Emanuel so far has refused to pay.
Technology Management | The Nation
CTO: 'Bad-Ass Innovators' Needed
The White House is trying to bring a start-up mentality to the government by recruiting programmers and other experts to work on five projects for six to 12 months as part of the new Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said the administration is looking for "bad-ass innovators"--people a start-up venture would hire.
Federal News Radio
White House Unveils Strategy for Mobile Devices
The White House released its long-awaited Digital Strategy, aiming to ensure that agencies manage mobile devices safely and affordably and give citizens mobile access to government websites and applications as well as raw survey and satellite data.
Public Facilities | Detroit
New Life Sought for 84 Vacant School Properties
More than 100,000 children have left Detroit's public schools in the last decade, and school and city officials announced that they are collaborating on a citywide effort to reinvent 84 vacant school buildings and sites into innovative redevelopment projects.
The Military | Kittery, Maine
The USS Miami|
7 Injured in Fire on Nuclear Sub
A fire on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Miami at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard injured seven people, including five firefighters, but did not affect the vessel's reactor, which was not active. Rear Adm. Richard Breckenridge, commander of Submarine Group Two, said this morning that the fire was out.
Corrections | Pennsylvania
Governor Backs Proposals to Overhaul Prisons
Gov. Tom Corbett endorsed a set of recommendations for overhauling the state corrections system projected to save $350.7 million over the next five years, including reserving prison sentences for serious offenders, reducing inefficiencies in the parole process and increasing funding for programs serving victims of crime.
Cybersecurity | The Nation
U.S. Hacks Website of al-Qaeda Affiliate
State Department cyber experts recently hacked into websites being used by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen and substituted information about civilians killed in terrorist strikes for the group's anti-American rhetoric, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.
Video Suggests al-Qaeda Attacks on U.S. Networks
A video purportedly from al Qaeda that promotes cyberattacks on the U.S. electric grid is being circulated by U.S. Senate backers of legislation to regulate the computer security of critical industries.
Public Officials | Illinois
Patrick J. Fitzgerald|
U.S. Attorney Who Prosecuted
Two Governors Stepping Down
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois who oversaw the criminal prosecutions of successive Illinois governors on corruption charges as well as the former Bush-administration aide I. Lewis Libby Jr., will resign at the end of June, the Justice Department announced.
Finance | California
Poll: Voters Support Tax Hikes
California voters are backing Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax hike as well as two other ballot propositions, one that increases the cigarette tax and another that tightens term limits for state lawmakers, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll.
San Francisco Chronicle
Spending Error Costs Salt Lake City $762,000-Plus
Salt Lake City officials want to tap funds left over from completed projects to cover what's described as an "accounting error" that resulted in the city spending $762,273 it didn't have on a fleet facility.
Salt Lake Tribune
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Where Are the Inspectors General?
Inspectors general serve an invaluable purpose in government, ferreting out waste and corruption and exposing internal wrongdoing. But 10 of the 73 federal I.G. posts are vacant. These vacancies are the result of presidential lassitude in filling the spots and, to a significantly lesser extent, of congressional failure to act on the few nominees that have been sent to the Senate. Both President Obama and the Senate have a responsibility to ensure that these posts are filled.
Washington Post | More commentaries
“There are people who want to serve and are physically fit. There are some 20-year-olds who cannot run a mile.”
Georgia Congressman Paul Broun Jr., whose legislation to allow people of any age to enlist in the military as long as they meet health and fitness standards was defeated in a 256-164 House vote
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Number of recently convicted felons who were purged from Florida's voting rolls from January through April, of whom Democrats accounted for 51 percent and Republicans 17 percent, while African-Americans, who make up 16 percent of the state's population, accounted for 43 percent of those who were purged
Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times | More data
Alliance for Innovation
Webinar: "Performance Management Tools and Techniques"
Today, 1 p.m. ET
Service Employees International Union
May 28-30, Denver
Webinar: "Legal Considerations About Cloud Computing"
May 28, 10 a.m. ET
Government Technology magazine
Government Technology Conference West
May 29-30, Sacramento, Calif.
Discussion: "Our Divided Political Heart: the Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent"
May 29, 10-11:30 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
Discussion: "Broadband and Energy Efficiency"
May 30, 10-11:30 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
May 31, Lansing, Mich.
Center for American Progress
Discussion: "The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Education"
May 31, 10-11 a.m. ET, Washington, D.C.
National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators
IT Solutions Management Conference
June 1-2, Washington, D.C.
American Public Human Services Association
National Policy Forum
June 3-5, Washington, D.C.
Water Environment Federation
Collections Systems Conference
June 3-6, St. Louis
Digital Government Society of North America
Annual Conference on Digital Government Research
June 4-7, College Park, Md.
Council for Community and Economic Research
June 4-8, Oklahoma City, Okla.
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