PRIMA RiskWatch
Jan. 13, 2011

PRIMA's Awards Program deadline extended!
The deadline for application submission is now Jan. 21, 2011, so don't delay!

It's not too late to get the recognition you deserve! PRIMA has extended the deadline for the 2011 Achievement Awards Program to Jan. 21. Submit your application today for PRIMA's 2011 Awards Program in one of these categories:

Only voting government members qualify for this program.

For more information or to view the online brochure, contact Jessica Konrath, at or 703.253.1270 or visit the PRIMA website. More

Congress mulls stepping up security
Lawmakers are already engaged in vigorous debate over their security, with several pushing for dramatic measures and more money and others saying the actions of a single deranged gunman shouldn't shut them off from the public.More

Arizona lawmakers seek to block funeral protests
Reuters via Yahoo! News
Arizona state lawmakers moved swiftly on Tuesday to try to block members of a Kansas-based fundamentalist church from staging anti-gay protests at the funerals of the six shooting victims in Tucson. By unanimous votes, state lawmakers in both houses of the Legislature passed emergency legislation to bar such protests within 300 feet of funeral and burial services for one hour before and after the ceremonies. Violators would face a misdemeanor charge.More

San Diego city attorney says freezing base salaries legal
San Diego Union-Tribune
The city of San Diego can legally freeze the base salaries of its workers as a long-term solution that would shave hundreds of millions of dollars off its $2.1 billion pension deficit, according to a legal opinion released by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.More

Berkeley, Calif., auditor report shows $310 million benefit debt
The city of Berkeley, Calif., has an unfunded liability for promised employee benefits of $310 million — which equates to $197,000 for every full-time city employee — according to an eye-opening story by Daniel Borenstein published in the Contra Costa Times.More

Will lawmakers be as accessible?
Omaha World-Herald
Rep. Lee Terry regularly meets with constituents at public events around town. He held eight "Coffee With Lee" gatherings last year to hear what was on their minds. The Omaha Republican walked into those cafes, restaurants and grocery stores without bodyguards or a personal security detail. But Terry and other lawmakers are evaluating their security measures in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. It's a difficult equation, fulfilling a public official's fundamental obligation to remain accessible while being mindful of the potential for violence.More

Officials look at downtown Baltimore club security after shooting
The Baltimore Sun
Sunday morning's fatal shooting near a downtown Baltimore club follows similar incidents at other downtown establishments in recent years, and city officials say it will lead to more discussion about security surrounding Baltimore's nightlife. "We've been having this conversation now for several years," said City Councilman William H. Cole IV. "We've had issues before, but we've managed to get the club owners to beef up their security and improve their procedures for letting people out."More

Government survey shows Mexicans felt less secure in 2010
Dow Jones Newswires via NASDAQ
A survey by Mexico's National Statistics Institute, or Inegi, showed that people's perception of public security deteriorated in 2010 compared with the previous year, as the government pursued its aggressive campaign against organized crime. Inegi said its index of security perception, based on a nationwide survey with people over 18 years of age at 2,336 households, was 96.2 in December compared with 97.3 in December 2009.More