Spicer cites Md. rape case in calling for immigration "crackdown" | Trump to recommend 1.9% federal pay hike despite budget cuts | CBO: GOP health bill would cost more people insurance than clean repeal
March 22, 2017
News for public administrators advancing excellence in public service
A rape case at a Rockville, Md., high school where an undocumented immigrant has been charged shows the need for a federal "crackdown" on illegal immigration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday. "The president recognizes that education is a state-run and a local-run issue, but I think it is ... cause for concern," Spicer said, adding that the city should "look at its policies."
The Trump administration plans to recommend a 1.9% salary increase for federal employees beginning in January 2018 despite suggesting significant cuts for federal agencies in its proposed budget. Federal employee unions criticized the raise, which "is far below what's called for under the law," said J. David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees.
The health care plan proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act would leave more people without insurance than simply repealing the ACA -- 24 million fewer Americans versus 23 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A floor debate in the House could come as early as Thursday.
President Donald Trump's frequent visits to Palm Beach County, Fla., are increasing both tourism and overtime costs at the county sheriff's office. County Commissioner Steven Abrams is urging legislators to amend a law that bars the county from using tourism tax revenue for public safety services.
Cuts to transportation funding and transit agencies proposed in President Donald Trump's budget outline could lead to long-term problems, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said. He plans to work with Republicans to protect transportation funding.
A cooperative effort by state, county and local officials in New Jersey pinned down the source of high bacterial contamination in Monmouth County's Shark River to leaky sewer lines in Neptune City. The investigation involved dye tests and cameras, and another such effort is planned to track the source of similar contamination in the western portion of the river basin.
A new law gives NASA $19.5 billion in federal funding for the 2017 fiscal year and adds human exploration of Mars to its mission. It also supports use of the International Space Station until at least 2024.
The Department of Veterans Affairs will decide by July if it will replace its VISTA records system with a commercial system, said VA Secretary David Shulkin. But "[deciding which way to go] is not the same as deciding what system we'll use," said Shulkin, who is monitoring a similar change at the Pentagon.
Incorporating humor in the right way can elevate a presentation and help engage the audience, writes Michael Grothaus. He cites research and offers six tips to be more funny, including not trying to be a comedian, practicing jokes beforehand, watching your timing and acknowledging the audience immediately.
If you can recognize and understand workplace conflicts, you can step in early and help resolve them before they get worse, Joel Garfinkle writes. Listen to both people, but be clear about what's acceptable and what's not.
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