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Inside The 2015 Forbes Billionaires List: Facts And Figures

March 2, 2015 Comments off

Inside The 2015 Forbes Billionaires List: Facts And Figures
Source: Forbes

Despite plunging oil prices and a weakened euro, the ranks of the world’s wealthiest defied global economic turmoil and expanded yet again. For our 29th annual guide to the globe’s richest, we found a record 1,826 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $7.05 trillion, up from $6.4 trillion a year ago. The total includes 290 newcomers, 71 of whom hail from China. Youth are on the rise: A record 46 among the ranks are under age 40. One earthward note: The average net worth of list members came in at $3.86 billion, down $60 million from 2014.

1,024 of 1,031 Highest Paid Federal Employees are VA Doctors

February 26, 2015 Comments off

1,024 of 1,031 Highest Paid Federal Employees are VA Doctors
Source: AllGov.com

Doctors working for the Department of Veterans Affairs are dominating the ranks of the highest paid federal employees, according to a new federal salary database.

Of the top 1,031 highest salaries in federal service, 1,024 belong to “medical officers” employed by the Veterans Health Administration. Leading the way among those physicians is Dr. Thomas Burdon, a specialist in thoracic surgery based in Palo Alto, California, who makes $402,462 a year. The next highest paid is Dr. Thomas Cacciarelli in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who makes $873 less.

Government Executive reported that more than 16,900 federal employees made more than $200,000 in base salary last year. The database does not include the salaries of Department of Defense (DOD) personnel, according to Government Executive.

However, the three best-paid DOD personnel aren’t generals, admirals or anything like that. They’re football coaches. Army’s Jeff Monken tops the list with a guaranteed income of $1,680,000 in 2014, according to a survey by Newsday. He’s followed by Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo at $1,574,809 and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun at “only” $825,000.

The Philanthropy 50

February 19, 2015 Comments off

The Philanthropy 50
Source: Chronicle of Philanthropy

America’s biggest donors gave $9.8-billion to nonprofits in 2014, with foundations and higher education receiving the most money. A number of donors are focused on scientific research, and some tech entrepreneurs are giving while they’re still building their businesses.

Tales of a Government That Works

February 13, 2015 Comments off

Tales of a Government That Works
Source: Government Executive

We’re very pleased to present a new free Government Executive ebook on innovative efforts in the federal sector. Called Making Government Work, it focuses on five stories:

  • Interagency Cooperation: How six agencies came together to help veterans transition to civilian life.
  • New Business Models: The Postal Service wants to deliver your groceries.
  • Data Management: With analysts drowning in information, NSA built a life raft.
  • Measuring Performance: Agencies are applying private sector standards to federal missions.
  • Putting Customers First: Americans increasingly want government services delivered with the touch of a computer.

Each of the stories in the ebook highlights how agencies are beating the odds to fulfill their missions in challenging times.

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Your Cybersecurity Crash Course

February 9, 2015 Comments off

Your Cybersecurity Crash Course (PDF)
Source: GovLoop

At GovLoop, we see information security as the defining challenge of this era of government: How can government meet security demands against modernization? This is by no means an easy task and, unfortunately, it does not yet have a definitive solution. But this guide will challenge you to build a culture of cybersecurity. We’re calling on you to be cyber champions, to learn the best ways to communicate cybersecurity needs across your agency. This guide will help you think about larger cybersecurity trends and create an environment that has the agility to respond to new and emerging threats.

To produce our guide, we asked our online community of more 100,000 government professionals about their cybersecurity challenges and concerns. In this report you’ll find answers to 12 cybersecurity questions:

  1. What does it mean to be secure?
  2. What’s critical infrastructure? Why is it at risk?
  3. How do we recruit and retain the next generation of cyber professionals?
  4. I am not a cyber professional — why should I care about cybersecurity?
  5. How can we create a culture of cyber awareness at our agency?
  6. How can my agency use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?
  7. What are some strategies to combat insider threats?
  8. What kinds of attacks are we most vulnerable to?
  9. How can automation help us become more efficient to combat cyberattacks?
  10. What do I need to know about the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program?
  11. What is our plan when we are attacked?
  12. What do I need to know about cybersecurity and the Internet of Things?

City Planning Department Technology Benchmarking Survey 2015

February 5, 2015 Comments off

City Planning Department Technology Benchmarking Survey 2015
Source: Planetizen

This report benchmarks the use of technology in city planning departments across the United States as of October 2014, suggests gold standards for using technology in planning, and predicts how technology trends will impact planning departments in 2015-2016.

Emerging technologies are fundamentally changing how we plan, develop, and manage our urban areas. Planning professionals are increasingly being called on to adopt new technologies to plan, communicate planning concepts, and engage citizens in the planning process.

The set of technology tools that planning departments use to publish planning information has become increasingly well defined over the last several years. Most planning departments now publish the zoning code and general or comprehensive plan online. A smaller number provide sophisticated online geographic information systems.

However, other key aspects of public accessibility are less clearly defined. Examples of these metrics include whether the planning department’s website is optimized for mobile and tablet devices, the reading level of the content, the use of social media, the frequency of website updates, online permitting, and more.

Kayak 2015 Travel Hacker

February 4, 2015 Comments off

Kayak 2015 Travel Hacker
Source: Kayak.com

Looking within KAYAK’s one-billion-plus travel searches a year, we’ve hacked into the where, when, and how much — to help you become a smarter traveler.

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