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Why so many election officials are leaving

GCN

Some states are seeing high rates of turnover among local election officials, according to new research. It’s a troublesome trend that may have a silver lining.

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What’s the Status of U.S. Assistance to Ukraine? Our First Reports on Oversight Efforts

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The war in Ukraine has had devastating consequences—creating a humanitarian crisis, threatening Ukraine’s democracy, and exacerbating global challenges, such as food insecurity. Congress has approved $113 billion in response to the Ukraine crisis.

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Congestion pricing plan OK’d in New York

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The plan would bring in billions of dollars for the city’s aging subway system. But some details of how it will be enforced are unclear.

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Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Captures and Preserves Delicate Treasures

FedTech Magazine

The Smithsonian Institution’s massive collection includes items too fragile to put on display or so complex that they’re difficult for scientists to study. Its Digitization Program Office takes these objects and creates 3D scans that preserve them for history, research and outreach to people who may not be able to visit the Washington, D.C., museums.

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The Ultimate Playground Inspection Handbook

Dive into the world of playground safety with this complimentary guide. It offers a detailed exploration of essential practices to ensure the utmost safety for children. Delve into inspection techniques, from assessing equipment conditions to evaluating surfacing materials. Gain insights into maintenance strategies to keep playgrounds in top-notch condition year-round.

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Sustainable style: How fashion can afford and accelerate decarbonization

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Translating fashion’s decarbonization commitments into action has proved difficult. A new McKinsey analysis outlines what the industry can do to reach its targets.

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Pretrial diversion programs are effective. And expensive for participants.

GCN

Courts often charge high fees for people to get into programs that allow them to avoid prison. Alabama's Jefferson County is trying a different approach.

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Five Principles for a New 421-a Property Tax Exemption

The Stoop (NYU Furman Center)

A property tax exemption in New York City is necessary to make rental housing development financially feasible across the city’s varied markets, according to a new policy brief by the NYU Furman Center. Without an exemption, the costs associated with development, which are further exacerbated by high property taxes, would significantly hinder new rental development, especially of mixed-income developments that can provide new housing options for lower-income families.

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Embracing digital transformation with a digital factory

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In this interview, Alinma Bank's chief digital officer discusses the importance of a digital factory to the bank’s overall transformation journey.

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How Technology Can Support State and Local Agencies Striving for Sustainability

State Tech Magazine

Environmental sustainability is an exciting and challenging opportunity for state and local government agencies. Actively supporting sustainability initiatives gives governments the chance to participate in the environmentally conscious actions their communities want, while supporting their public lands. And recent research from Indeed shows that constituents and employees are increasingly demanding responsible sustainability practices.

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Deadly fires from phone, scooter batteries leave lawmakers playing catch-up on safety

GCN

Lithium-ion battery fires move fast, blaze hot and are tough to extinguish.

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7 Signs Your Local Government ERP Is Holding You Back: A Guide for Small Municipalities

Local governments and municipalities serving populations under 200,000 face distinctive challenges in delivering efficient and effective services to their communities. To overcome these challenges, many rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems tailored to their specific needs. Not all ERP systems are created equal, and some may hinder progress rather than support it.

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Perspectives on a slower era in private markets

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

This episode of Deal Volume highlights insights from McKinsey’s most recent Global Private Markets Review, including the state of the industry in 2023 and trends likely to affect investors in 2024.

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What can neighbors do about vacant buildings and lots?

Center for Community Progress

When you live next door to a long-abandoned house or down the street from a vacant lot that’s a magnet for illegal dumping , it’s easy to feel powerless to do anything about it. Vacant or “ blighted ” properties—whether dilapidated, abandoned homes or vacant, overgrown lots— harm neighbors and neighborhoods. More than just eyesores, they threaten public health and safety, drain tax dollars, bring down property values, and make neighbors feel like nobody cares about the neighborhood.

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A new holistic view on circular value chains

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Reimagining the traditional linear flow of supply chains to support circularity could be a growing source of value for companies, consumers, and the planet.

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Solar-Powered Battery Swap Stations Could Speed Rwanda’s Shift to Electric ‘Motos’

The City Fix

Like many parts of Africa, motorcycles are the most popular form of transportation among Rwanda’s 13.3 million people. Whether they’re commuting to work or school, transporting jugs of water from the local taps or just running everyday errands, people on.

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Sustainable Facility Maintenance Management for Small Local Governments

Unlock the potential of sustainable facility management! This guide empowers small local governments to lead with climate-resilient infrastructure, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and more. Elevate your community's resilience, reduce costs, and embrace eco-friendly practices. Discover the role of facility maintenance teams in green cleaning, sustainability analyses, and infrastructure upgrades.

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GRANTEGY: Don’t Leave Your Grants to Chance Series

Grant Consulting Services, LLC

PART I: The Feasibility Study We’ve all experienced the triumphs and struggles that come with seeking grants. That’s why we’ve created a platform that’s more than just lessons; it’s a journey to transform your grant strategy and unlock new possibilities. Grantegy: Don’t Leave Your Grants To Chance is a transformative journey designed to help you reach your grant program’s full potential.

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Getting Started with Generative AI: 3 Thoughts for Government Leaders

Government Technology Insider

It seems like the entire tech news cycle is dominated by discussions about AI – how to use it, its benefits, and, of course, the many ethical and security-related cautions. For state and local governments, getting started with generative AI is another priority on an already long list of priority technology projects. Generative AI – or GenAI – is different from predictive AI in that it generates new software code, text, images, or video from data that it is trained on.

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Building a multilingual contact center for Medicaid agencies on AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

One of the biggest constraints in providing equitable access to care is the language barrier between providers and the patients they serve. For Medicaid agency call centers, there aren’t enough agents to support communication in all the languages requested by a state government. Some states want to support nearly 20 languages in the call center but have agents who speak only two or three languages.

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NLC and Cities Win on Lead Pipe Replacement

NLC (National League of Cities)

President Joe Biden, speaking at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional Cities Conference, touted the achievement of providing funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to replace lead pipes in communities across the country, including private-side lead pipes on personal property that connect to homes.

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ASPA TIMES Magazine: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

PA TIMES Magazine is a publication of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), a not-for-profit corporation. This edition focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in public administration, including guest columns, insights for the field and interviews with city government DEI officers about their work at the local level.

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Senate at an ‘impasse’ over restoring child tax credit

GCN

Republicans in the chamber oppose the way the credit is calculated, making the passage of the tax package approved by the House in February uncertain.

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