Early Briefing: Interest in Government Work

The lines for the CIA were out the door at the spring career fair last week at George Mason University in Fairfax, and the Environmental Protection Agency and various Defense Department booths were doing booming business as well. Two months after President Obama took office vowing to make federal service cool again, career services specialists report an increase among college students who want to work for the government.
"What we've seen across the board is an increased interest in government," said Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. "We're hearing from schools that they see government as an employer of choice. Government has been the afterthought option. It's no longer a second choice."
Amid the economic hard times, many students are as motivated by the desire for a steady job as by public service.
Maryland Hospital Association says income is down and expenses have risen
In a report to be released today, the for many of the state's 58 hospitals. The report said says 34 hospitals in the state lost a combined $466.million in the last quarter of 2008.
Virginia hospitals are also seeing reporting shortfalls. District hospitals have yet to do calculations for report results for the final quarter of 2008, but Robert A. Malson, chief executive of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, said they, too, are being affected by the downturn.
Hospital officials in all three jurisdictions said they are looking closely at expenses and developing plans for cutting costs. Many have already made reductions.

The federal inquiry into February's deadly Buffalo commuter plane crash is looking closely at pilot performance, with investigators delving more deeply into the training and oversight provided by Manassas-based Colgan Air, which operated the flight for Continental Airlines.

By Terri Rupar  |  March 26, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Morning Brief
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