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President Obama's Weekly Address Dings Republicans On Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Sunday, 25 October 2015 11:03

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - President Obama used his weekly address to encourage his supporters to care for the environment while criticizing Republicans for what he says is  lack of support.

"In his address, he encouraged Congress to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund which has protected more than 5 million acres of land for more than half a century, without costing taxpayers a dime," according to a posting at whitehouse.gov.

"Republicans in Congress let the fund expire despite strong bipartisan support. And he reminded us that we all have to do our part to address climate change, promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and ensure a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations."

The audio of the address can be found at whitehouse.gov.

President Obama Previews Criminal Justice Tour With Weekly Address On Reform PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 19 October 2015 06:05

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Kickign off plans to travel the country to talk with people involved in criminal justice reform, President Obama focused his weekly address on the issue.

The address can be found at whitehouse.gov.

According to the White House website:

"Our country faces a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration that traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.  There are 2.2 million people behind bars in America today, compared to 500,000 just 30 years ago.  

This topic isn’t new – the President has talked about the unfairness of much of the criminal justice system since his time in the Senate.  And while we’ve taken steps to address this issue, members of both parties agree that we can do more.  

Over the next few weeks, the President will travel the country and meet with Americans who are working to fix the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials working to lower the crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners who are earning their second chance.  And he promised to continue to work with Congress to pass meaningful criminal justice reform that makes the system cost-effective, fairer, and smarter, while enhancing the ability of law enforcement to keep our communities safe."

Defense Dept. IG: Workplace Violence Plan Needed PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 16 October 2015 05:28

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - A new report from the Defense Department's watchdog says the department needs a comprehensive approach to address workplace violence.

The report from the Inspector General was released Thursday.

From the report, which can be found at dodig.mil:


Among other recommendations, we recommend that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security review and analyze the Fort Hood and Defense Science Board recommendations and the concurrent internal reviews conducted by the Military Departments, Combatant Commands, and DoD Components to:

-- verify that existing policies and procedures have addressed identified gaps and deficiencies; identify systemic issues not addressed; and identify opportunities for streamlining processes and eliminating redundancies;

-- develop and execute an implementation plan to close existing gaps and deficiencies through cross-functional coordination with DoD Components; employ corrective action to remedy systemic issues identified; streamline processes and eliminate redundancies; and provide completion dates for any outstanding recommendations.

OPM: Disabled Federal Employee Workforce Nears Quarter of a Million PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 October 2015 05:58

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Latest data from the federal Office of Personnel Management shows continued progress toward President Obama's goal of hiring more disabled personnnel.

In a memo with the new report, Acting Director Beth Cobert wrote:

"By the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, total permanent Federal employment for people with disabilities had increased from 234,395 in FY 2013 to 247,608, representing an increase from 12.80 percent to 13.56 percent. New hires with disabilities totaled 20,615, representing an increase from 18.18 percent in FY 2013 to 19.74 percent in FY 2014."

The memo and report can be found at opm.gov.


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