Whistle while you work

It seems that some federal workers are multitasking when it comes to working at their computers, according to an informal survey by

We asked federal employees whether they spent any time at their work computers conducting nonwork activitie, such as shopping online or checking the latest sports scores. More than 90 percent of the 81 people who responded online said they did so some of the time.

Although it is a tiny survey, more than one third of the respondents — 37 percent — said they did nonwork surfing at work, but also did more work at home.

Apparently, most folks do more than whistling while they work.

Find a link to the Oct. 22 story about misuse of government computers on Download's Data Call at

A must-read

Who could imagine a government commission report not only landing on the bestseller lists but also getting nominated for the prestigious National Book Award? It has happened to the 9-11 Commission's final report.

The book has sold more than 1 million copies and has made numerous best-seller lists. It beat out a number of well-established authors, including Philip Roth and Ron Chernow, to become a finalist for the award.

The winners will be announced Nov. 17.

However, it won't be the first time a government report has been singled out for the National Book Award. In 1973, a report by a special commission in New York on a deadly riot at the state prison in Attica two years earlier was nominated but did not win.

To see all of this year's nominees, visit

The commission's report also could be up for a Pulitzer Prize.

Next-generation space cadets

Students at the Kenneth Carberry Intermediate School in Emmett, Idaho, will learn firsthand from Angela Phillips Diaz, NASA's deputy assistant administrator for legislative affairs, and astronaut Steve Swanson about the Vision for Space Exploration and how the kids can help make it a reality.

"As NASA moves forward in its quest to explore Mars and beyond, it's important for us to energize and excite the next generation about the possibilities," Diaz said. "We must create learning environments that will nurture the first human beings, from all segments of our society, who will become explorers of the Earth, moon, Mars and beyond."

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