September 20, 2013 |
The BlackBerry, once the most coveted gadget of Washington's political and business elite, appears to be near extinction as its parent company on Friday announced nearly $1 billion in losses for the second quarter. It was the latest of dire announcements from BlackBerry in recent days as it falters in its competition with popular smartphones such as Samsung's Galaxy and Apple's iPhone . BlackBerry said it would lay off 4,500 people, or 40 percent of its staff, and slash operational...
September 18, 2013 |
Fairfax County hired fewer teachers this year than in the past, with 1,841 new teachers entering classrooms this fall. Despite the fewer hires, the school system's teacher workforce continues to grow at a rate similar to the increases in the student body. In the past five years, the number of teachers in Fairfax County has grown by 8.95 percent. During the same period, the student population grew up about 6.37 percent, with 184,625 students projected to enroll this year. The student-to-teacher ratio...
September 11, 2013
This is the meeting schedule for the D.C. Council and its committees for the coming week. All meetings are in the Council Chamber of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, unless otherwise noted. Today Workforce and Community Affairs roundtable, 11 a.m. FY 2013 Summer Youth Employment Program (government witnesses). Tuesday Finance and Revenue regular meeting, 10 a.m., room TBA. Legislative meeting and Committee of the Whole regular meetings, 10 a.m. Wednesday ...
September 6, 2013 |
Americans are participating in the workforce at the lowest level in 35 years , according to government data released Friday, as lackluster job growth fails to offset the droves of people who have given up looking for work. According to the Labor Department, the economy added a disappointing 169,000 jobs in August. In addition, the government lowered its estimate of the number of jobs created in June and July by 74,000 positions. The grinding pace of recovery has hollowed out the...
August 30, 2013
The Post's Aug. 25 front-page article " Budget battles win little savings " presented some unique information: For example, "The government has about 4.1 million employees today. . . . That's more than the population of 24 states. " Now, I didn't know that, but is it good or bad? I can't tell. Please put useful information — e.g., U.S. government employees as a percentage of total population — in comparison with countries, such as Germany or the Netherlands, that have a reputation for efficiency.
August 26, 2013 |
A wave of retirements by senior federal employees has begun rolling across the government as aging baby boomers who held on to their jobs during the economic downturn are increasingly calling it quits. With retirement accounts on the rebound, many veteran workers are finding little reason to remain in government, especially at a time when agency budgets are being slashed, workers are being furloughed and morale is tumbling. The number of executive branch employees retiring this fiscal year, which ends next month, is on...