Sequester takes its toll on National Mall

A few items that caught our attention today:

A view of the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial. (Alex Brandon/AP).

A view of the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial. (Alex Brandon/AP).

Sequester takes toll on Mall. The automatic spending cuts will force the National Mall to go without its popular Fourth of July concert, as well as reducing the number of Park Police officers patrolling the area and affecting clean-up operations. Lisa Rein provided details in a Washington Post article on Friday.

Obama’s second-term cabinet, in one graphic. In the Loop’s Emily Heil provides a comprehensive look — literally, since we’re talking graphics — at the president’s inner circle. Who’s coming, who’s going, and who’s staying? View the graphic.

Does the government have an innovation problem? A federal-employee survey suggests agency’s are doing less to foster innovation. Nonetheless, a Harvard group ranked the top 25 government innovations this week, recognizing five federal programs for their creative approaches. Learn more from an article in Friday’s Washington Post.

IRS mails expensive furlough notices. The agency sent hundreds or possibly thousands of costly, last-minute overnight letters via UPS last week to notify employees of furloughs starting May 24, Federal News Radio reported. The memos cost $10 to $13 apiece, according to the article.

Hear LBJ ordering slacks. Recordings of President Lyndon B. Johnson provide audio of the late commander in chief ordering pants with some very specific, somewhat graphic talk about his crotch, according to a report from Government Executive.

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