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The role state and local governments can play in supporting safe workplaces

GCN

COMMENTARY | Extreme heat and new technologies have created less obvious but equally potent new dangers in workplaces. More state and local action can address ongoing and new threats.

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State-level conservation action sparks hope for nature

GCN

COMMENTARY | Spurred by strong local support and successful conservation ballot initiatives, elected leaders are collectively building a menu of policies that could turn the tide of nature loss.

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SCP 205: After Hours Activity Ideas for Camp

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Curt and Chris explore engaging activities at camp after the sun sets. They share personal stories, offer practical tips for implementing classic nighttime activities like kitchen raids, night swims, and campfire cooking, and offer some more innovative and memorable ideas. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 205: After Hours Activity Ideas for Camp first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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NIST Updated Its Cybersecurity Framework. What Does That Mean for Agencies?

FedTech Magazine

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s February release of version 2.0 of its Cybersecurity Framework is a milestone in the evolution of cyber standards, expanding them to encompass all sectors. CSF 2.0 is the first major overhaul of the framework — a published set of guidelines, best practices and standards for reducing organizations’ cyber risk first introduced in 2014 — which widens its scope beyond critical infrastructure entities to all entities.

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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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This state’s ‘unsexy’ AI policy takes transparency to the next level

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From AI “nutrition labels” to keeping an inventory of artificial intelligence tools, Connecticut is embracing sweeping rules that would “talk to people about why we're using it, how we're using it.

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Why so many bad bosses still rise to the top

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Narcissism. Overconfidence. Low EQ. Why do we persist in selecting for leadership traits that hamper organizational progress—and leave the right potential leaders in the wrong roles?

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Multilingualism, my Superpower!

Homeroom

BY: Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition It was August 1992 in Austin, Texas, when I first walked into a U.S. public school. I still remember how scared and nervous I was. I didn’t speak a word of English. I recall people speaking and asking me questions Continue Reading The post Multilingualism, my Superpower!

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E-bikes are a ‘game changer’ for bike shares

GCN

Ridership on the systems in cities big and small after the pandemic is stronger than ever, and bike-share operators say the electric devices are a big reason why.

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Gen AI talent: Your next flight risk

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Active users of gen AI are high value and in demand—and in many cases, poised to quit. New research reveals how to attract them, keep them engaged, and motivate them to stay put.

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May the 4th Be With You—Want to Fight Fraud? ‘This is the Way…’

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Happy early Star Wars Day! A not so long time ago (April), in a galaxy nearby (ours), the Jedi Council (GAO) issued a first-of-its-kind estimate of fraud across federal programs and operations. We estimated that the federal government could lose.

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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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Southern Cities Strive to Ensure Second Chances

NLC (National League of Cities)

By: James Crowder, Annie E. Casey Foundation April is Second Chance Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the unique barriers faced by people with criminal records and the tremendous potential they have to contribute to neighborhoods, cities, and civil society more broadly.

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Federal broadband subsidy cut amid fears over its future

GCN

The Affordable Connectivity Program will pay some households just $14 in May, down from $30. Unless Congress acts on a $7 billion extension bill, it will run out of money at the end of the month, plunging some families, supporters warn, into “digital darkness.

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Digital twins: Capturing value from renewable hydrogen megaprojects

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Hydrogen developers could use digital twins to improve the economic viability of renewable projects and meet increasing demand. Here, we illustrate how, using renewable hydrogen as an example.

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Efforts to Address Current and Historic Environmental Injustice Need to be Strengthened

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Historically marginalized and underserved communities often face greater socioeconomic and environmental burdens such as disease, poverty, and pollution. Some communities are exposed to higher levels of air pollution from diesel exhaust, live closer.

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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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What Is Kerberoasting? How Can Agencies Boost Cyber Resilience?

FedTech Magazine

The government is an attractive target for cybercriminals and nation-state actors employing Kerberoasting attacks due to agencies’ reliance on Microsoft’s Active Directory for user authentication and authorization. Those agencies also manage vast amounts of sensitive data while faced with challenges related to legacy systems, bureaucratic processes and budget constraints, so it can be difficult for them to maintain adequate cybersecurity defenses against identity-based attacks such as Kerberoast

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States take aim at local basic income programs

GCN

The no-string-attached cash assistance initiatives have become the target of some state policymakers who claim the programs are a misuse of public funds.

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From start-up to centaur: Leadership lessons on scaling

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

This playbook for founder CEOs on scaling from start-up to standout and beyond borrows lessons from the global B2B software-as-a-service industry.

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A Leap Ahead: How Community College Has Given Me A Head Start on the World

Homeroom

Less intelligent. Less capable. Less likely to succeed. These are just some of the harmful stereotypes commonly associated with students who choose to enroll in a community college. Despite those enrolled comprising over 8.9 million undergraduate students and 1.6 million public high school students, the stigma surrounding community college stubbornly remains.

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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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Ask the Grant Pro: Grant for Education

DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services

Dear experienced grant writer, I want to write a grant proposal for education to prepare to start a business is this ok? Thanks, Eager learner Dear eager learner, Great question! If you are looking for education for yourself to prepare to be a business owner, I would recommend reaching out to your local Small Business Development Center to see what education opportunities they are able to provide at little to no charge.

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Illinois' child welfare agency goes on a hiring spree

GCN

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has reduced hiring times for frontline workers from nine months to just a few weeks. Agency leaders hope a bigger staff will help improve the lives of kids it serves.

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What is deep learning?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Deep learning is a type of machine learning that is more capable, autonomous, and accurate than traditional machine learning.

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Automated Email Marketing Is a Time Saver for Your Library but It May Also Be a Terrible Experience for Your Patrons! Here Are the Pros and Cons.

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library My maternal grandfather was small (he stood about 5 feet 3 inches tall) but mighty. He returned from World War Two to a wife and four children. He made ends meet by farming, driving a milk delivery truck, and working on a road construction crew. He taught me to build fences, crack walnuts with a vise, and drive a tractor and a car.

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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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Renaissance Learning improves operations and scalability by migrating to AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Renaissance Learning is a global leader in the pre-K–12 education technology (EdTech) space. Renaissance delivers its products to 16 million students across the world, and its digital solutions are used in more than one-third of US schools and 100-plus countries. As part of its cloud consolidation strategy, Renaissance decided to migrate DnA , its standards-based assessment creation and administration solution, from Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Measuring and managing risk in the quest for resilience

GCN

COMMENTARY | Incidents like the Baltimore bridge collapse should motivate local leaders to think carefully about risk management, prevention and mitigation.

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Why flow matters most in highly complex manufacturing

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

To meet escalating demand for the latest advanced products, companies need a better way to handle the interactions and uncertainties of increasingly complex manufacturing.

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Update for MOHELA student loan borrowers

Homeroom

Update about federal student loan servicing The U.S. Department of Education, including its office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), is constantly working to improve the student loan borrower experience. FSA has worked tirelessly to give borrowers the information and support they need to take advantage of all of the benefits of the student loan repayment Continue Reading The post Update for MOHELA student loan borrowers appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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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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NASCIO 2024 Midyear: Maryland CIO Katie Savage Seeks Greater IT Coordination

State Tech Magazine

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore appointed Katie Savage as the state CIO in January 2023. Previously, Savage served as director of the Defense Digital Service. She began her career as an urban planner, producing an open data portal for the city of Chicago prior to going to lead the City Tech Collaborative, a public-private partnership. Her background gives her deep insights into how to best use data in government as she strives to improve citizen services.

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Data for dementia: State’s brain health registry helps prep for an aging population

GCN

The Virginia Memory Project will catalog dementia cases and caregiving needs to inform policy and programming for aging adults.

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Anant Bhalla on the convergence of insurance, asset management

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The former CEO of American Equity Investment Life reflects on his career path, Brookfield’s acquisition of AEL, and his predictions for the insurance industry.

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Zero Trust: How can local councils defend against the increasing cyber threats?

Open Access Government - Technology News

The recent ransomware attack on Le icester City Council is a stern reminder of how vulnerable UK local councils are to increasing cyber threats. How should local councils defend themselves? The council not only experienced a massive 1.3 terabyte data theft but also saw its support services shut down , including child protection, adult social care safeguarding, and homelessness.

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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.