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A new federal program looks to connect smart buildings with smart policy

GCN

COMMENTARY | Buildings drive a third of the nation’s emissions. Smart buildings can change that with the right policies and programs in place.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Technology: What, When and How to Adopt’

Disaster Zone blog

Finding your technology path going forward.

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Password mismanagement still at the heart of security issues

GCN

While many government employees reuse credentials that have been compromised and put online, one expert warned MFA is not the “silver bullet” solution.

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Celebrate National Women's Month With The State Budget Officers

Barrett & Greene

The 1953 membership photo of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) shows a world in which men dominated the positions of budget officers. This wouldn't have been a surprise to anyone at the time. But the world has changed -- and more than many might guess. Consider the February NASBO webinar that featured an all-female panel including Oregon's Kate Nass, who served as NASBO president from 2020 to 2022; Colorado's Lauren Larson (this year's president) and Ohio's Kimberly Murni

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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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CISA launches pilot to spot ransomware vulnerabilities

GCN

By uncovering vulnerabilities associated with known exploits, CISA can warn critical infrastructure organizations so they can mitigate issues before a ransomware incident occurs.

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Driving growth through consumer centricity in healthcare

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Providing consumers with the experiences they increasingly expect and demand at every stage of the healthcare journey could substantially improve care and cost outcomes.

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Lessons in leadership: Leaning into ambiguity

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Judith Persichilli was confirmed as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Health shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic. She recently sat down with McKinsey to share her insights on leading through crisis and ambiguity.

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Women Continue to Struggle for Equal Pay and Representation

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

While women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, they continue to earn less than men and remain underrepresented in management roles. Today, in recognition of Equal Pay Day, we look at our new report on the gender pay gap and women’s.

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The McKinsey Crossword: Four-Letter Award | No. 119

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Sharpen your problem-solving skills the McKinsey way, with our weekly crossword. Each puzzle is created with the McKinsey audience in mind, and includes a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) business theme for you to find. Answers that are directionally correct may not cut it if you’re looking for a quick win.

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Health info exchange streamlines foster care services

GCN

The Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services’ SHARE eases coordination with physicians, lowering staff burden and health care costs.

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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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Business news to watch in 2023

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As 2023 unfolds, many feel that it’s Asia’s time to lead. What are the business news stories leaders should look out for in the year ahead?

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How to use free satellite data to monitor natural disasters and environmental changes

GCN

Open-access data from government satellites can help state and urban planners visualize environmental changes.

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What is effective government?

Paul Cairney

This post (1) summarises my oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Public Administration Committee Inquiry ‘Public Administration – Effective Scottish Government decision-making’, and (2) introduces my report ‘What is effective government?’.

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Driving growth in consumer goods through programmatic M&A

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Companies that take a programmatic approach to M&A deals outperform their peers, but this strategy requires differentiated capabilities and effective execution.

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Proactive vs Reactive Maintenance: Making the Case for Preparedness

Discover comprehensive strategies for optimizing operations and achieving cost efficiency! This document offers insights into efficient inspections, data-driven decision-making, goal alignment, and resource optimization. It empowers local governments and maintenance departments to streamline operations and ensure significant cost savings. From aligning maintenance goals with community needs to leveraging data for strategic planning, this guide provides a roadmap for smoother, more reliable opera

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The Threats to and Importance of Our Electrical Grid

Disaster Zone blog

Thoughts on the situation we have moving forward.

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Klaus-Jürgen Heitmann on the journey to mobility ecosystems

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

HUK-COBURG Group CEO Klaus-Jürgen Heitmann discusses why and how the insurer is using an ecosystem strategy to expand its traditional business of direct and motor insurance in Germany.

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Banking Mini-Crisis

Disaster Zone blog

No bones about it — they are worried.

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Is it ok to get creative with grant proposals?

Professional Grant Writer

As writers, we may be inclined to experiment with form sometimes, breaking out of the usual rote, technical format. But is it ok. The post Is it ok to get creative with grant proposals? appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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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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The path toward eco-friendly travel in China

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

China can achieve climate-friendly domestic travel—if travelers, tourism providers, and the travel industry at large make sustainable changes now.

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The Work of Government Calls for Continuous Improvement

FedTech Magazine

One of the defining features of government is that the work is never actually done, a reality that brings both challenges and opportunities. In practice, that means that much of the work of federal agencies comes down to solving the most pressing problems of today while attempting to head off the problems of tomorrow. This mission might apply doubly to federal government IT professionals.

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A Startling Insight Into the Auditor/City Manager Relationship

Barrett & Greene

by Hala Altamimi Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas In the public administration literature, it is generally expected that city managers are likely to support practices that improve government performance. There’s little question that’s true for a variety of reasons. For one thing, unlike elected officials who can retain their jobs based on simple popularity or name recognition, city managers are evaluated based on their ability to achieve poli

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Downtown retail doesn't work the way people think

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

Given the prevalence of the development of shopping malls over the past 70 years, central business districts (downtowns) have long since been supplanted as major retail centers, with the exception of a few major cities like Manhattan (New York City), Chicago, and San Francisco (Union Square), where the retail stores remained high profile destinations, especially for visitors--not residents.

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Facility Maintenance Trends for 2024: What's Changing in the Industry?

This comprehensive article delves into the transformative trends reshaping local government facility maintenance in anticipation of 2024. From embracing smart technology for efficient management, sustainability's pivotal role to data-driven decision-making, workforce upskilling, and predictive maintenance strategies, each aspect is explored. Insights into outsourcing collaborations, digital twins, safety enhancements, and the broader industry evolution highlight the critical adaptation needed.

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New Governor Has New Equity Priorities for Maryland’s MD THINK Platform

State Tech Magazine

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore’s administration is assessing the Maryland Total Human-services Integrated Network for ways to drive more equitable access to health and human services. The new MD THINK Committee of secretaries in Moore’s Cabinet is considering how to use the platform’s existing capabilities to both meet its goals and build on them. Former Gov.

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And restaurants co-locating in big box stores

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

Space for rent at the entrance to the Walmart on 300 West in Salt Lake City. I don't think this is a good idea or at least, particularly lucrative, either. When the Walmart came to Georgia Avenue in DC, they touted that were supporting local business by having two edge retail spaces, one for a soul food restaurant, the other for a credit union. But the reality is that (1) people going to big box stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, etc., aren't looking to also buy a quality

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Supercharge Your Agency Service Management

GovLoop

An interview with Phill Fox, Principal Customer Success Advocate, Adaptivist, and Sandra Trumbull, Enterprise Solutions Advocate, Atlassian Have you ever submitted an online request and waited and waited for a response? Have you ever had trouble adjusting to constituent demand? “Organizations need to respond with speed to changing circumstances,” said Phill Fox with Adaptivist, an Atlassian solutions provider that specializes in transformation.

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AWS announces the 2023 AWS IMAGINE Grant funding cycle for nonprofits

AWS Public Sector Blog

Today at the IMAGINE: Nonprofit conference , Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the 2023 AWS IMAGINE Grant cycle. Each year, the grant program provides a holistic package of resources, including unrestricted funding, to nonprofit organizations pursuing cloud technology projects for mission impact. Through the AWS IMAGINE Grant, AWS discovers nonprofits that are bringing high-impact technology projects to life.

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Efficiency and Sustainability: Leveraging Digital Solutions in Facility Operations

Speaker: Alan Kavanaugh, BA, CRM, CCPI ​​​​​​​Director of Loss Control & Risk Management

This session is designed to unveil the transformative potential of digital solutions in reshaping conventional practices, offering a roadmap towards greener and more efficient facilities regardless of municipality size. Attendees will learn: Insights into cutting-edge trends and strategies in sustainable facility management. Practical knowledge to effectively incorporate digital solutions for operational efficiency.

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Starting a book group

Princeton Public Library

Aside from the book groups that the library hosts for kids, teens and adults, Princeton is a town that has a healthy number of independent book groups.

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Mobile Device Management: How to implement an effective MDM strategy

Open Access Government - Technology News

Developing a sound Mobile Device Management system is essential to minimise security risk and enhance digital mobility The integration of mobile devices into our working lives has been revolutionary. They now feature prominently in how teams operate and interact with one another and their customers and partners. Smartphones, laptops, and tablets have become invaluable across every industry, and whilst they have the power to maximise productivity and potential, they can also pose a significant da