SINKHOLE OF BUREAUCRACY: “The employees here pass thousands of case files from cavern to cavern and then key in retirees' personal data, one line at a time. They work underground not for secrecy but for space. The old mine's tunnels have room for more than 28,000 file cabinets of paper records. This odd place is an example of how hard it is to get a time-wasting bug out of a big bureaucratic system. Held up by all that paper, work in the mine runs as slowly now as it did in 1977,” writes David A. Fahrenthold. Some government agencies are hindered by inefficient systems. Our Make Government Work! legislative package would increase government efficiency and effectiveness: David A. Fahrenthold for The Washington Post: Sinkhole of bureaucracy
MOVING FORWARD: Despite Speaker John Boehner's criticism, Senate Democrats are moving forward with a bipartisan bill to extend unemployment benefits: Humberto Sanchez and Daniel Newhauser for Roll Call: Senate Pushes Ahead on Effort to Extend Unemployment Benefits
ONGOING SEARCH: “Lawmakers criticized Malaysia on Sunday for what they described as lackluster cooperation with the U.S. in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. ‘I think across the board people are looking for more in the way of openness from the Malaysian government in terms of sharing the information they have in a timely manner,' Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.), a member of the Homeland Security Committee, said on CNN’s State of the Union,” writes Michael M. Phillips: Michael M. Phillips for The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Lawmakers Criticize Malaysia on Plane Hunt
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STAT OF THE DAY: Among the nation's 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, Houston ranks as the best environment for job creation — it has a job creation index number of 32 — and San Diego ranks as the worst: Andrew Dugan for Gallup: Houston Leads U.S. Metro Areas on Job Creation Index