A statewide procurement continuous improvement effort undertaken by the State of Alaska has received the Gold Award, the highest honor in the George Cronin Awards for Procurement Excellence, presented annually by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).
The Internal Revenue Service reminds Alaskans that the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is taxable income for both adults and children, and must be reported on a Federal income tax return. Taxpayers should be sure to set aside enough to cover their tax bill, or consider making an Estimated Payment when they get their PFD.
The US Department of Labor awarded $3.35 million dollars to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development in Trade and Economic Transition Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs).
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced that the 2018 summer count of adult homeless persons in Anchorage is 1,064, an 18 percent drop from the 2017 summer count of 1,304.
August employment was down by an estimated 0.6 percent, or 2,000 jobs, compared to August 2017. Retail had the biggest loss at 1,000 jobs. Professional and business services lost 400 jobs over the year, and so did oil and gas.
Governor Bill Walker issued Administrative Order 300, formally acknowledging the emergency faced by Alaska’s Native languages, supporting their revitalization, and improving government-to-government relationships between Alaska’s state and tribal governments.
Governor Bill Walker offered a statement on the US Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement of $10.4 million in funding to help Alaska to combat opioid abuse:
The Alaska Civilian-Armed Services Team (ACAST) met for the first time last week to begin strategizing ways to make Alaska more attractive to federal defense agencies.
The Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys and Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission have published a report summarizing the current state of knowledge of active faults throughout Alaska.
Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott issued a reminder of the public hearing schedule for Alaskans to provide input on Ballot Measure 1.