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Commerce reports $1.6 billion savings for decennial census

August 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Census Bureau is returning $1.6 billion to taxpayers, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Bureau Director Robert Groves announced on Tuesday during a briefing on the 2010 head count. The duo, who spoke to reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, credited an aggressive advertising campaign built around the...

Commerce reports $1.6 billion savings for decennial census

August 10, 2010 The Census Bureau is returning $1.6 billion to taxpayers, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Bureau Director Robert Groves announced on Tuesday during a briefing on the 2010 head count. The duo, who spoke to reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, credited an aggressive advertising campaign built around the...

Panels vote to maintain six-day postal delivery schedule

July 30, 2010 The Senate Appropriations Committee and the House Approprations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government on Thursday approved spending bills that include provisions requiring the U.S. Postal Service to maintain a six-day delivery schedule. "The support for six-day delivery remains strong in Congress. Yesterday's votes show that the Postal Service's...

Outgoing OMB chief: Public has a point about government waste

July 28, 2010 In his farewell address on Wednesday, the director of the Office of Management and Budget said the public is onto something when it criticizes the federal bureaucracy. OMB chief Peter R. Orszag, whose last day is Friday, told an audience at the Brookings Institution that citizens often are correct when...

Poll: Some feds are overpaid and underworked

July 27, 2010 More than half the public believes some federal employees are overpaid, according to the results of a new poll released Tuesday. A May survey of 2,523 participants conducted by Hart Research Associates found that 67 percent of respondents believed a major source of government waste was due to inefficient federal...

New TSA chief gets pressure on collective bargaining

July 23, 2010 Now that the Transportation Security Administration chief has had about a month to settle into his job, unions and some lawmakers are starting to make more noise on collective bargaining rights for airport screeners. On Thursday, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley encouraged members of Congress to sign a...

USDA offers Sherrod civil rights job

July 21, 2010 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack apologized late Wednesday to former Georgia Director of Rural Development Shirley Sherrod for asking her to resign over racial comments without first learning the whole story, and offered her another position within USDA, the Associated Press reported. Sherrod told AP she would consider the new opportunity....

USDA official resigns over racial comments

July 20, 2010 An Agriculture Department official resigned on Monday over controversial racial remarks she made at a March NAACP banquet, according to various news reports. USDA Georgia State Director of Rural Development Shirley Sherrod told CNN Tuesday that the Obama administration forced her to resign after she described during the March NAACP...

Virginia Democrat objects to federal pay freeze

July 20, 2010 A Virginia lawmaker whose district is home to many federal employees said on Tuesday that he does not support a pay freeze for government workers. Democratic Rep. Jim Moran, during a town hall meeting in Washington for employees of the Environmental Protection Agency, also admitted he doesn't believe parity between...

Panelists: Push for transparency must come from the top

July 19, 2010 Top- and mid-level federal managers must lead the cultural change critical to the success of the Obama administration's efforts to make government more transparent, officials said during a panel discussion in Washington on Monday. "This city is entrenched in a lot of stuff," said Lindy Kyzer, former social media manager...

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