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Midwest states launch new rail service, 12 years in the making

GCN

The new Borealis Amtrak service between Chicago and St. Paul has given rail advocates something to cheer about. But they hope other new projects can come online quicker.

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Enhancing customer experience in an evolving mobility ecosystem

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Toyota Insurance President and COO Robert Spencer shares his views on how OEMs and insurers can partner to enhance customer experience as the mobility ecosystem evolves.

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Work permits: A readily-implemented lever for reducing illegal child labor

GCN

COMMENTARY | New research shows that the work permits process plays a vital role in preventing child labor violations because it educates children, parents and employers about the law.

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Delivering services to the public—digitally—with Jennifer Pahlka

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A former US deputy chief technology officer talks about how digitization can be used to create a government that works for the people.

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Key Strategies for Public Works Employees to Embrace Government Software

In a rapidly evolving landscape, the integration of digital software into Public Works teams has become imperative. This shift presents an opportunity to transcend traditional approaches, unlocking new levels of efficiency, cost savings, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This eBook offers comprehensive strategies to navigate this transformation.

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AI in law enforcement is risky, but holds promise

GCN

Leaders should not be reluctant to use AI in controversial applications, even if they risk blowback, one city’s CIO advises.

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State and Local Governments’ Cyber Resilience Efforts Face Constraints

State Tech Magazine

Eighty-nine percent of state and federal government IT and security professionals feel somewhat or very confident about the visibility they have into their cybersecurity landscape — yet a number are facing funding, talent and other challenges, according to a new research report from CDW. A third of the government technology and security professionals who participated in a recent survey conducted by CDW say that their organization’s approach to cybersecurity doesn’t include sufficient budgetary r

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Nursing homes are left in the dark as more utilities cut power to prevent wildfires

GCN

As preemptive power cuts become more widespread, nursing homes are being forced to evaluate their preparedness.

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How U.S. cities are using federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to tackle housing affordability

NLC (National League of Cities)

Co-authored by Glencora Haskins, Senior Research Analyst and Applied Research Manager, BrookingsMayu Takeuchi, Research Assistant, BrookingsJoseph Parilla, Senior Fellow & Director of Applied Research, Brookings Metro Housing affordability remains a central concern for U.S. households.

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Edge Computing Helps Federal Clinicians Serve Remote Regions

FedTech Magazine

Edge computing ensures that federal clinicians operating out of rural areas, war zones, submarines or even the International Space Station (ISS) can access the data they need to make lifesaving decisions in real time. Technologists refer to IT environments in such remote places as “disadvantaged networks” because data transfer is difficult. Still, it’s not impossible if an agency moves to a distributed architecture allowing for analytics at the periphery — as close to the source as possible.

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Want to Be a Featured Contributor?

GovLoop

Have you heard? GovLoop is now accepting applications for its next group of Featured Contributors. The program is an opportunity for current and former government employees, as well as industry representatives, to write on topics about which they’re passionate. It’s a chance to share your knowledge with — and be recognized by — GovLoop’s community of 300,000+ public sector employees, industry partners, and knowledge experts.

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Empower Digital Government: Strategic Workbook for Modern Transformation

Digital transformation is reshaping government interactions, bringing agencies closer to the communities they serve. However, while many have adopted new digital tools, few have implemented comprehensive strategies to maximize their benefits. Our Strategic Workbook for Modern Government offers a step-by-step guide to developing a sustainable digital strategy.

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Leadership: Truth, Trust, and Excellence

Careers in Government

For a leader to regularly achieve excellence means putting the important things first. The post Leadership: Truth, Trust, and Excellence appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Building a Grant Writing Community: A Path to Success and Support

Grant Writing Made Easy

In the world of grant writing, collaboration and community can significantly enhance your journey towards securing funds and making a difference. The process of finding, writing, and managing grants can be daunting, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. Building a supportive grant writing community is key to sharing knowledge, gaining new insights, and achieving your goals.

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Rescuing the decade: A dual agenda for the consumer goods industry

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The industry must rekindle growth when it’s scarce and reduce costs when a lot has been done. Leaders will take on more portfolio changes and capability builds than in past decades.

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3 more states could see marijuana legalization on November ballots

GCN

In some states, lawmakers don’t want legalization, so advocates turn to ballot measures.

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A Guide For Everyone: Accessibility & Inclusivity Inspection Handbook

Dive into this comprehensive guide to inclusivity and accessibility! This handbook equips you with indispensable insights and practical strategies to ensure every space welcomes all. Whether you're an inspector, designer, or municipal employee, streamline compliance with regulations while fostering genuine inclusivity. From detailed checklists to case studies, we cover every aspect, empowering you to create environments that prioritize accessibility without compromising service.

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The McKinsey Crossword: “Soup’s On!” | No. 184

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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CFP: New “ITAL &” column in Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)

A Library Writer's Blog

Information Technology and Libraries Journal (ITAL) is seeking authors for a new column titled “ITAL &”. The “ITAL &” column is a non-peer-reviewed, featured column that focuses on ways in which the library’s role continues to expand and develop in the information technology landscape. The emphasis will be on emerging ideas and issues, with a particular aim to recruit new-to-the-profession columnists.

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How Communities Are Using Data to Address Inequities

GovLoop

The concept of evidence-based policymaking — the idea that policies should be developed and refined based on hard data, not just hunches — can play a critical role in helping state and local agencies identify and mitigate systemic issues that undermine government’s ability to serve all constituents. As agencies become more adept at collecting, managing and analyzing data, they are able to answer critical questions that previously proved elusive.