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What does policymaking look like?

Paul Cairney

This post first appeared on the UK Public Policy Design blog. See also: 5 images of the policy process and more discussion of the turtle image.

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AI, sensors enhance wildfire detection

GCN

A pilot program in Oregon’s Willamette Valley will test how well artificial intelligence-enabled sensors can identify and characterize wildfires, which will help with responder resource allocation and boost community resilience.

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Disruption and innovation in US auto financing

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The relatively stable auto-financing market appears poised for change as strong demand draws the attention of a broad range of attackers.

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How Baltimore Engaged Disenfranchised Communities In Its Transportation Planning

Next City

The Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel replacement project would run through a Black community that had already been divided by a highway. Here’s how the city carried out an effective public engagement process.

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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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SCP 182: The ACA National Conference is Next Week!

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES The guys will be at the ACA conference in Orlando next week. They talk about the sessions they may attend, their session (and possible giveaways), and what they’ll be doing for fun around Orlando. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 182: The ACA National Conference is Next Week! appeared first on Summer Camp Programming.

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How Many US&R Teams Are There?

Disaster Zone blog

More than just the FEMA teams identified in an earlier post.

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Don’t Miss New Infrastructure Grants Coming Soon

NLC (National League of Cities)

Since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over one year ago, his Administration has hit the ground running to deliver investments that change people’s lives for the better and get America moving again. Already, over $195 billion has been announced and is headed to states, Tribes, territories, and local governments.

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Into all problem-solving, a little dissent must fall

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In today’s interconnected business environment, companies won’t be able to solve problems effectively without encouraging “contributory dissent”—a healthy approach to gathering diverse perspectives that should be taught to team members, modeled by leaders, and supported by culture.

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A Single Digital Identity Is the Future for State and Local Government Cybersecurity

State Tech Magazine

In recent years, ransomware attacks have become a growing threat to city, state and local government agencies and organizations. Attackers have made headlines for major disruptions in states across the country, including Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Texas. These crippling attacks are not new, however, and as the attack surface continues to expand, bad actors are getting smarter, quicker and more sophisticated.

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The Community-led Effort to Address Vacant and Abandoned Properties in St. Louis County, Missouri

Center for Community Progress

Two years ago, Missouri State House Representative Kevin Windham began asking questions to try to understand why there were so many vacant and abandoned properties in the communities he represented in suburban St. Louis County, Missouri. Who owned these properties? Why were they concentrated in majority Black neighborhoods? Why didn’t someone just buy them and fix them up?

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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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Treasury Reopens Help Line Ahead of April SLFRF Filing Deadline 

NLC (National League of Cities)

On February 14, the U.S. Department of Treasury notified all State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds grantees that the contact center many small and rural cities, towns and villages rely on for guidance will re-open on February 21, 2023. The contact center previously shut down in October 2022.

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Planning for uncertainty in commercial aerospace

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Commercial aviation faces its most uncertain future in decades. COVID-depressed demand is now resurging, but there are many uncertainties and challenges for operators and manufacturers to manage.

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State and Local Governments Fortify Defenses to Reduce Cyber Insurance Costs

State Tech Magazine

In North Dakota, CISO Michael Gregg is running a security operations center that benefits his state and local government agency partners in several ways. Agencies often have trouble hiring qualified cybersecurity staff, Gregg says. By manning a highly capable security operations center, Gregg relieves his North Dakota peers of that challenge. The centralized North Dakota SOC also provides highly effective managed services for state and local agencies.

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How states can prepare for the rise of cryptocurrency

GCN

COMMENTARY | By clarifying crypto tax requirements and thinking longer term about blockchain use cases, states can be ready for the distributed, decentralized internet.

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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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Where to Start for Resources for City Leaders Addressing Homelessness

NLC (National League of Cities)

Cities and city leaders have long been at the frontlines of addressing homelessness. As difficult as the challenge can often seem, homelessness is not inescapable. From Bakersfield/Kern County, CA to Chattanooga, TN, communities have shown that it’s possible to build and refine systems that ensure the experience of homelessness is rare and brief.

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What is productivity?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Simply put, productivity measures the amount of value created for each hour that is worked in a society.

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Chattanooga, Tenn., Will Use Smart Intersection Insights to Plan EV Charging Stations

State Tech Magazine

Chattanooga, Tenn. plans to stand up 86 new smart intersections downtown between 2023 and 2024 to create the largest Internet of Things network of its kind and pave the way for electric vehicles. Together, the “living laboratory” of intersections, equipped with light detection and ranging sensors leveraging 3D-perception software, will be able to detect, track, and predict vehicle and pedestrian movements without invading privacy.

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The Future of Federal Remote Work: Lessons from the NSF and NARA

FedTech Magazine

The American Federation of Government Employees and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently signed a new collective bargaining agreement that will expand telework and remote work options in an effort to find new ways to achieve efficiency and work-life balance. AFGE says that the agreement came as a result of lessons learned from lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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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Tech disruption powers smart city expansion

GCN

Cloud, inexpensive sensors and low-powered wide-area networks are giving smaller cities a way to build real solutions for both staff and residents.

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The Power of Relationships for the Lonely Grant Writer

DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services

If you listen to the Fundraising HayDay podcast or know me some other way, you will quickly learn that I am an EXTRA extrovert. People are my passion, my jam, my lifeblood. As far as I am concerned, friends and quality relationships make the world go round. Trust me, if we know each other, we are probably friends. If we aren’t yet, just give it time.

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Why Modernizing IT Is a Top Priority for State and Local Governments

State Tech Magazine

With smaller technology teams and modest budgets, state and local governments face a never-ending battle when it comes to IT modernization. According to NASCIO, legacy modernization is a top priority for state IT leaders in 2023, trailing only concerns about cybersecurity, digital government and the workforce. Also, 48 percent of state IT leaders indicate that the majority of their applications need to be modernized.

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AWS announces AWS Modular Data Center for U.S. Department of Defense Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability

AWS Public Sector Blog

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) relies on modern military applications that are data-heavy and depend on low latency to enable critical communications and coordination in the field. Accessing, processing, and sharing data at the tactical edge has become increasingly essential to mission success – whether the mission is a large-scale military operation, crisis response effort, or coordinating the transportation of critical supplies and troops.

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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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Are Grant Professionals Ethical?

Grants4Good

Whether you are a grant professional, grant writer, or you work with one, have you ever wondered about ethics? Sure, there’s the rare story about the grant writer impersonator who gets paid by the nonprofit and claims they submitted and received state grant awards, only to pocket the money. It’s real and it happened just […] The post Are Grant Professionals Ethical?

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House Committees’ Inquiry into National Labs Spotlights the Threat of Spear-Phishing

FedTech Magazine

A joint inquiry by the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology into a Russian hacking team’s attempts to target at least three of the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories serves as a reminder that spear-phishing campaigns remain an ever-present threat to agencies. By Feb. 16, the committees are seeking documents and communications between the DOE; the Brookhaven, Argonne and Lawrence Livermore national labs; and any other l

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Don’t Miss New Infrastructure Grants Coming Soon

NLC (National League of Cities)

Since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over one year ago, his Administration has hit the ground running to deliver investments that change people’s lives for the better and get America moving again. Already, over $195 billion has been announced and is headed to states, Tribes, territories, and local governments.

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Bouncing Back: How’s Your Data Resilience?

GovLoop

Data resilience is critical to smooth operations at your agency. If any of the following applies to data at your agency, you’re at risk and vulnerable to cyber attackers: Data is spread out across different systems and applications Security practices are inadequate or not properly updated Staffing and resources are lacking to properly manage the data You’ll also be behind the curve when it comes to recovering that data and getting your services back online for your constituents after a securit

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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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Has mining lost its luster? Why talent is moving elsewhere and how to bring them back

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A well-managed, motivated, and trained workforce has been a core driver for productivity and safety in mining; an unprecedented skills shortage in the mining industry is elevating talent to the top of miners’ agendas.

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Emerging Technology: Best Practices for 5G Network Slicing

FedTech Magazine

In December, the National Security Agency’s Enduring Security Framework (ESF) partners, along with experts from the NSA and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, released their assessment of threats associated with 5G network slicing. Network slicing involves dividing a physical network into multiple virtual networks to support a variety of use cases.

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Presidential Scholars Program Recognizes Outstanding CTE Students and Teachers

Homeroom

In 2015, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program began recognizing outstanding students in the field of Career and Technical Education. The move was designed to highlight innovation within CTE programs and the educators who empower these students. “The opportunities I received through CTE allowed me to realize my full potential and helped me to familiarize myself Continue Reading The post Presidential Scholars Program Recognizes Outstanding CTE Students and Teachers appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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‘Whole nation’ effort needed to build broadband workforce

GCN

Federal investment could mean the creation of up to 150,000 broadband-related jobs, but state and local leaders must build robust apprenticeship programs and commit to diversity to make it happen.

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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.