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Network Modernization Begins with an Infrastructure Assessment

FedTech Magazine

Most agencies need to conduct a network assessment as they look for ways to improve their technology to better meet their missions. Increased adoption of edge computing and the Internet of Things means agencies are dealing with more and different connected devices and systems, generating an unprecedented amount of data for emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to analyze.

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From foster care to secure housing: How vouchers help young adults build self-sufficiency

GCN

While some first-time renters rush to thrift stores to find eclectic pieces to decorate their new apartments, for adolescents leaving the foster system, the experience of moving out is often much bleaker.

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The Fight to Reclaim Texas’s Highways for People

Next City

Freeways are a policy choice. Meet the Texans working to ensure we make different choices in Megan Kimble’s new book “​​City Limits.

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First Responders and Communities Expect a Rail Safety Bill from Congress After East Palestine Report

NLC (National League of Cities)

Up to three times each day, America’s local first responders are called on to be the first line of defense for local communities when a train leaves its tracks with potentially devastating consequences like we saw in East Palestine, OH, last year.

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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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Why income discrimination laws hurt poor renters

GCN

COMMENTARY| Laws that ban discrimination against voucher holders can push smaller landlords out of the low-income housing market, decreasing the amount of affordable housing.

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SCP 206: Spicing Up Capture the Flag

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Curt and Chris offer up creative ways to invigorate the classic game of Capture the Flag, offering 20 (19?) unique variations aimed at enhancing gameplay for campers. Their ideas range from incorporating themes and adding special abilities to players, to modifying game mechanics with invisibility aspects or involving staff in […] The post SCP 206: Spicing Up Capture the Flag first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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The F-35 Will Now Exceed $2 Trillion As the Military Plans to Fly It Less

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the Department of Defense’s most ambitious weapons program and plays a crucial role in DOD’s ability to meet current and future U.S. national security goals. At the same time, the F-35 has been plagued by.

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City tackles first responders’ opioid compassion fatigue

GCN

When physically and emotionally exhausted emergency personnel started saying, “Let them die.” Officials in Huntington, West Virginia, knew they had a problem. They also had a solution.

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Advancing Local Action on Climate Change: Federal Funding Opportunities for Community Resilience  

NLC (National League of Cities)

Co-authored by Damion DeShield Attendees at NLC’s 2024 Congressional City Conference (CCC) had an in-depth opportunity to speak about innovations, opportunities, and challenges for addressing climate change, advancing clean energy initiatives, and building community resilience. This blog is part of a series highlighting key takeaways from CCC on issues at the forefront of municipal governance.

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UK Gov launches measures to enhance cyber security in AI models and software

Open Access Government - Technology News

In a bid to fortify the nation’s cyber defences and foster economic growth, the UK government has introduced pioneering measures aimed at bolstering cyber security in AI models and software The new measures, which are expected to set a global standard for bolstering protections of AI models from hacking and sabotage, were unveiled today by the UK government (15 May) following the announcement that the security sector is now worth almost £12 billion.

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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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Investigations of Border Encounters that End in Serious Injury or Death

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Deaths and injuries involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection law enforcement personnel along the southwest border have raised concerns about officer and civilian safety, as well as potential misconduct. In 2023, a child died while in Border.

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Why Washington Metro’s leader is ‘bullish’ on post-pandemic transit

GCN

Faced with a drop in riders and major budget shortfalls, Randy Clarke doubled down on providing more service to D.C.-area riders. It seems to be working.

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Decades in the Making: An Introduction to 4 Cities Who Are Leading the Way in Early Learning and the Child Care Economy

NLC (National League of Cities)

NLC’s Early Childhood Success (ECS) team is proud to launch Decades in the Making, a two-year initiative spotlighting a cohort of four cities that have historically demonstrated exceptional commitment to early childhood success.

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Time Well Spent: How One Library Marketing Team Analyzes Metrics and Uses That Data To Prove Their Value

Super Library Marketing

Ann Malthaner spent her childhood visiting the library where she now works, Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. “My office is where the Children’s Department used to be,” recalls Ann. “When I started working here 18 years ago, some of the librarians from my childhood still worked here, and I remember feeling excited to meet them on my first day, almost as if I were meeting celebrities.

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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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Resiliency imperatives for CIOs with sensitive and highly-available cloud environments in AWS GovCloud (US)

AWS Public Sector Blog

Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers, technology leaders, and government agency CIOs continually balance risk and reward to accomplish many things by using AWS GovCloud (US). They work to transform citizen experiences, save taxpayers money, support sustainable growth, expand market presence, modernize legacy systems, increase security, drive efficiencies, strengthen brand equity, and reduce environmental impact, with AWS GovCloud (US) serving as a foundation for strategic technology advancement.

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Passenger rail keeps chugging forward during Infrastructure Week

GCN

Efforts to expand rail have reached significant milestones in recent weeks, from construction on the Northeast Corridor to new funding on Colorado’s Front Range.

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Water Infrastructure & Environmental Protection: Federal Funding Opportunities for Urban, Rural and Suburban Communities

NLC (National League of Cities)

Co-authored by Damion DeShield This blog series highlights key takeaways from the National League of Cities’ Congressional City Conference Deep Dive Sessions. In the series, we delve into the pressing issues and innovative solutions discussed by city leaders, experts and federal agencies at the forefront of municipal governance.

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Spotlighting true public servants during Public Service Recognition Week: Part 1

Partnership for Public Service

During Public Service Recognition Week 2024, the Partnership for Public Service shined a spotlight on dedicated individuals who work behind the scenes to serve their communities and country. To celebrate the invaluable contributions of public servants, I embarked on a journey to delve into the experiences, challenges and triumphs of four people making a difference in local government and the federal workforce.

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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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NHS England scales review of critical services using AWS Well-Architected Framework

AWS Public Sector Blog

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Framework is designed to help build resilient, secure, and efficient solutions. It is structured around six pillars: operational excellence, security, reliability, performance efficiency, cost optimization, and sustainability. Understanding this framework can greatly benefit AWS customers looking to enhance and refine their cloud environments.

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Feds open the door to $2B in Northeast Corridor rail improvements

GCN

The grant applications come as President Joe Biden, a longtime railroad fan, wraps up his first term and Amtrak ridership rapidly rebounds from pandemic-era lows.

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Ransomware Attackers Seek Payday Through Disruption of Operations

State Tech Magazine

In 2019, the city of Lodi, Calif., was hit by ransomware attacks, which prompted CIO Benjamin Buecher to upgrade the city’s defenses. “A few years back, we were hit by three attacks in three months by the same ransomware,” Buecher says in a Rubrik case study. “The attack significantly impacted our municipal services. Our objective was to prioritize the recovery process to get critical services back up as soon as possible.

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How to Prepare Your Network for IPv6

FedTech Magazine

Federal agencies must have at least 80 percent of their IP-enabled internet assets on IPv6 by Sept. 30, 2025. Nearly half of all government domains are now IPv6-enabled, according to a Commerce Department report. That positions them to take advantage of the more stable, more secure protocol, which also offers vastly more addresses than IPv4. Domains that have not yet started an update must design new network architectures to support IPv6, as well as update devices and endpoints to handle the new

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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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Secure your organization’s Internet of Things devices using AWS IoT

AWS Public Sector Blog

The public sector’s use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices is steadily growing, as these organizations learn how to implement and derive value from IoT solutions. Public sector agencies and organizations deploy IoT devices in a variety of areas, such as transportation and infrastructure, crime prevention, education, and utilities and environment. For example, IoT devices with control systems help deliver power and water to citizens or detects gas leaks in pipes.

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Efforts to reform federal broadband subsidy gain traction

GCN

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for tweaks to the Affordable Connectivity Program’s rules in a bid to keep it from sunsetting this month.

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Tragic Flooding in Brazil; a Wake-Up Call for the World

The City Fix

After a week of record-breaking rainfall in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil is experiencing an environmental and humanitarian tragedy. The death toll from the floods is in the dozens. The number of missing persons has surpassed 100.

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What are the four types of grants?

Professional Grant Writer

The grant writing world is wide and diverse. There are scores of funders, foundations, and groups seeking funding for all manner of activities. The post What are the four types of grants? appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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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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4 Ways Agencies Are Paving the Way for Generative AI

FedTech Magazine

As agencies prepare to increase adoption of generative artificial intelligence, they will need to simplify how they source, deploy and manage AI infrastructure. While evaluating generative AI’s many possibilities, agencies will likely consider a mix of cloud, edge and on-premises infrastructure. Cloud-based services for AI include Dell’s APEX for generative AI, which improves agencies’ ability to scale computing power based on real-time data use, says Paul Perez, technology senior fellow for Del

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‘Mission Impossible’ masks, bad data and immature tech dog age verification for social media

GCN

Another state signed a law restricting minors’ use of the platforms. But the continued growth in technology as well as “low-tech fraud” could make enforcement more difficult.

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City Colleges of Chicago drives tech program innovation with AWS Machine Learning University and Tech Alliance

AWS Public Sector Blog

Summary City Colleges of Chicago (CCC)—the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation—participates in two no-cost Amazon Web Services (AWS) initiatives to advance and develop undergraduate technical programs. The AWS Machine Learning University Educator Enablement Program (MLU EEP) and the Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance connect early career talent to in-demand technical jobs globally, including in Illinois.

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Latest Policy Process research from Policy & Politics free to access

Policy & Politics Journal blog

As proud co-sponsors of the Conference on Policy Process Research 2024, we bring you our latest policy process research, free to access for the conference period from May 15-17. Please look out for members of our team attending COPPR!

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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.