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GovMadness Update: Who Made the 2nd Round and Notable Upsets

After a week of hardcore voting the GovMadness field has been sliced in half from 64 to 32. There were definitely some close match ups and even a few upsets as we saw some major agencies and cities get knocked out.

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Here’s what happened on the Agency side of the bracket:

– DoD gets the easy victory over IBB (International Broadcasting Bureau). This one was pretty much what you expect out of 1 vs 16 game.

– In a battle of heavy weights the State Dept. took down GSA with 56 percent of the vote. Early exit for GSA is surprising looking at GovLoop demographics.

– NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) pulled the upset on SSA (Social Security Admin). Something tells me Japan’s recent tragedy might have spurred this pick, thoughts and prayers go out.

– DOI pushed through The SEC (Securities & Exchanges Comm.) to move to the second round

– The Smithsonian Institution slipped passed the EPA by the narrowest of margins to slide into the second round where the bracket really opens up for them

– Treasury knocks out EEOC in really no surprising fashion as everyone loves money.

– DOJ pushes the FCC out of the tournament so now we no longer have to censor this blog

– Heavy favorite, the VA dominated The National Labor Relations Board with 78 percent of the vote moving on to round 2.

– The Energy Dept. put it on HUD setting up and interesting 2nd round match between DOE and VA.

– DOT cruised through USAID driving forward towards the final 4.

– NARA almost pulled the shocker but in the end HHS rallied to stay in the tournament by eeking out 52 percent of the vote.

– The Education Dept. took down Dept of Commerce in a lopsided fashion. Watch out I’m labeling ED as a dark horse to win it all

– Food triumphs as USDA out muscles the SBA to make it into round 2

– Dept of Labor beat down the FDIC in a match up that wasn’t close from the get go.

– Ressler’s old team DHS moved to round 2 with 60 percent of the votes over the Government Printing Office.

Here’s what happened on the city side of the bracket:

– NYC takes down Nashville in a win for every one that doesn’t like country music

– San Fransisco wins their in state battle with the capital Sacramento with 54 percent of the vote

– DC is an easy winner over Albuquerque taking the highest voting percentage win of the first round

– New Orleans knocks off Phoenix in an upset but come on we all new people would vote for the swamp over the desert right?

– San Jose uses it’s Silicon Valley swagger to defeat Columbus, OH

– Boston bounced Houston in what the seeding calls an upset but what we at GovLoop call normal… Boston will go far

– Detroit’s recent advertising has paid off as they take down El Paso

– Philly marched over Oklahoma City and looks to be on a collision course with Boston in the 3rd round.

– Chicago outs it’s neighbor to the north making easy picking of Madison, Wi

– In the closest match up Dallas beats Memphis by a single vote.

– Austin takes it’s weirdness into round 2 with a victory over Tucson

– Lets Rodeo San Antonio as their win over Milwaukee sets up a Lone Star State showdown with Austin in Round 2

– Baltimore beats Indianapolis with 69 percent of the vote

– In an intriguing match up San Diego slips passed Denver in a battle that should have happened a few rounds later

– Seattle had no problems handling Jacksonville

– LA rallies to beat Virginia Beach and avoid the big upset and early exit.

The current match-ups are awesome so don’t forget to get your votes in and we’ll have another update on Thursday.

Also you can check the standings for who is currently winning the bracket challenge. Right now there’s a lot of traffic at the top with one leader at 31 points but several others just one or two points of the pace.

GovMadness Standings

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