February 10, 2013 |
In 2012, the Washington commercial real estate market became more competitive for investors. Our region faced the threat of sequestration — automatic federal budget cuts — only to see a decision on those cuts deferred until March. Uncertainty led to stasis: executives across the region paused their hiring and investment, waiting for the government to act. This led to the first year of negative net absorption — more space being vacated than leased — on record for the Washington area office market.
October 19, 2012
We asked: The debate over private vs. federal workforce pay and compensation continues. Have you ever been engaged by anyone on the issue? How does your pay and compensation stack up against your counterparts in the private sector? You said: I'm the head of new media, plans and analysis for my agency. That is the equivalent of a VP of public relations. In the commercial sector, depending on corporation size and region, I make somewhere between $30,000 and $200,000 less than my civilian counterpart would.
December 29, 2012
As a former federal employee, I know that many, if not most, government workers work hard [ "Budget ax creeps closer to reality for federal workers," news story, Dec. 25]. Still, I had a schadenfreude moment when the story lamented: "Federal workers have become jaded after a two-year pay freeze and congressional fights over spending that keep agencies lurching from one stopgap budget to another. " These are budget conditions that the private sector in much of the nation would kill for. Patrick Kearns , Cardiff-by-the-Sea,...
April 17, 2008 |
In a county that houses a building that was hit by a hijacked airplane, planning for the next emergency takes on a special urgency. Since the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Arlington County has taken steps to help residents prepare for disasters. Now, officials are extending that effort to the private sector, enlisting the business community in a joint project to get ready for terrorist attacks or other emergencies. The Businesses for a Safer Arlington Partnership consists of a series of workshops...
July 22, 2012 |
When tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes strike communities throughout the United States, federal, state and local teams immediately rush to the scene to provide emergency aid and assist in recovery and rebuilding efforts. Often missing from the equation has been the full integration of the private sector into the government's disaster planning and response—a limitation that Dan Stoneking of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been systematically addressing.
June 14, 2012
President Obama is being excoriated by the GOP for telling the truth. Sure, unemployment remains high, but as Ezra Klein reminds us in his June 12 column [" When it comes to explaining policy, politician Jindal knows better. Or should. "], corporate profits as a percentage of gross domestic product are the highest we've seen in decades, while corporate tax payments (also as a percentage of GDP) are at a historic low. So judging by a couple of key metrics, the private sector is, in fact,...