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Why Cyber Resilience Is Critical for Minimizing the Impact of Ransomware Attacks

State Tech Magazine

Ransomware attacks are increasing in frequency, scale and sophistication. According to the most recent Rubrik Zero Labs report, “The State of Data Security: Measuring Your Data’s Risk,” 94 percent of IT and security leaders reported that their organizations experienced significant cyberattacks last year; one-third of these victims endured at least one ransomware attack.

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White nationalist, anti-LGBTQ activity on the rise, annual hate report shows

GCN

Much of the increase in hate and extremism can be attributed to a 50% surge in white supremacy hate groups in 2023, the highest jump ever recorded by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Artificial Intelligence May Help IRS Close the Tax Gap

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Hundreds of billions of dollars are potentially missing from what should be collected in taxes each year. Known as the “tax gap,” this money is the difference between what is owed and what is paid by taxpayers. The tax gap has been a problem for.

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Could this state's health ‘hub’ model treating opioid addiction go nationwide?

GCN

Washington state's model provides a walk-in, “one-stop shop” for substance-use disorder patients. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is now championing it in Congress.

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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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Advancing Just Transitions in the Built Environment

The City Fix

Climate change and social inequality are two of the most pressing challenges of our time. But, in the race to net zero, a narrow focus on decarbonization risks exacerbating inequality and results in a rising tide of “greenlash” (backlash against.

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Auditing reimagined: Looking beyond the public dollar

GCN

COMMENTARY | Today’s auditors don’t just account for finances, they also account for outcomes. Local government leaders should look to them as key allies.

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FCC approves pilot to boost cybersecurity in schools

GCN

Amid a rapid increase in ransomware attacks on schools, the agency is allocating $200 million over three years to strengthen cyber protections.

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Author Talks: Can thinking like an artist improve your decisions?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As artists arrange objects on a canvas, they do four things deliberately that other people don’t. Elspeth Kirkman says doing those four things—and tackling our biases along the way—can lead to better choices.

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Univ. of Pittsburgh Athletics use AWS to unlock data insights for every step of the fan journey

AWS Public Sector Blog

This is a guest post written by the leaders from the University of Pittsburgh’s Athletic Department. The University of Pittsburgh Athletics Department has always embraced innovation. Their football team was the first to put numbers on their jerseys and to travel by plane. In 1914, they fielded a women’s varsity basketball team, six years before women had the right to vote.

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From AI to Impact: Capabilities powering Lighthouses’ 4IR adoption

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

When technologies reach a certain level of maturity, the next challenge is speed and scale. Factories and entire supply networks—not use cases—become the pilots.

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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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Well-Run Paid Family and Medical Leave Programs Deliver Measurable Benefits to States, Workers and Families

Government Technology Insider

As state governments consider how best to support worker’s rights, including work-life balance and improved access to healthcare, many are discovering the benefits of paid family and medical leave (PFML) programs for individuals, employers, and states. Data from states with active programs have demonstrated their efficacy and necessity , showing reductions in employee bankruptcy and employer costs, increased participation in the workforce, and decreased usage of other state benefits such as unem

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How AI drive efficiency in Irish healthcare: Lessons for the NHS

Open Access Government - Technology News

In March, the unveiling of the NHS Productivity Plan marked a significant milestone in UK healthcare, with the Chancellor announcing a cash injection of £3.4 billion into the NHS. But what changes will be made? Here Jess O’Dwyer, General Manager for Europe, Pocketalk , explores how healthcare in Ireland should inform the NHS Beyond a mere infusion of funds, the NHS Productivity Plan represents a strategic initiative to modernise the entire NHS operation.

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Second Serve: Pickleball Five Years Later

ParkTalk podcast

In 2019, a ParkTalk Podcast series covered pickleball's popularity and health benefits. Five years later, we reexamine the sport and explore the growth in the last half decade and how the culture around pickleball can continue to change. In 2019, a ParkTalk Podcast series covered pickleball's popularity and health benefits. Five years later, we reexamine the sport and explore the growth in the last half decade and how the culture around pickleball can continue to change.

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Voices from Princeton and beyond

Princeton Public Library

Everyone has a story to tell. Even if a person sees no great value in their own story or chooses not to share it, the texture of The post Voices from Princeton and beyond appeared first on Princeton Public Library.

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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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5 Ways to Improve Cross-Government Cyber Collaboration

GovLoop

An interview with Meredith Ward, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Whether they like it or not, state and local governments cannot afford to go it alone on cybersecurity. First, because so many of their systems and services are interconnected, an attack on one agency puts others at risk. Also, they can find strength in numbers, with the opportunity to share insights, information and even resources.

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Phillipsburg, NJ Launches New GovPilot Partnership And Will Soon Implement Government Management Software Into The Township

GovPilot

The NJ Township just began a new partnership with the government management software provider to streamline operations and government services in the municipality.

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An Engaging Strategy for Audience Outreach

GovLoop

Improving public trust and engagement doesn’t happen by chance. It requires a strategy, a clear metric for success — more than click and open rates — and data to benchmark against. And agencies should realize that their audiences are ever-changing, said Carolina Prieto, Solution Advisor for Digital Communications with Granicus, a company that provides digital experiences to help agencies better serve their constituents.

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Lodi, NJ Deployed OPRA Discovery Misc Requests Module With GovPilot

GovPilot

Lodi Borough expands their partnership with the government management software provider to streamline operations and government services in the municipality.

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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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Mr. Smith may go to Washington, but he’s not the only one–our 2024 Sammies finalists visited Congress for a day of meetings and conversations

Partnership for Public Service

Recently, the Partnership took more than two dozen 2024 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals ® finalists up to Capitol Hill to promote their work to their congressional representatives. The meetings, dubbed “Sammies Hill Day,” took place with senators and representatives on both sides of the aisle and was a fantastic way to highlight the impressive work of the thousands of federal employees who serve the American people every day. 2024 Sammies finalist Pete Guria, a director at the Enviro

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