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How trusted are state and local governments?

GCN

Confidence in lower levels of government may be better than in the federal government, but it’s still not nearly good enough. And that stands in the way of state and local leaders’ ability to get things done.

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Bringing New Insights to DEIA Initiatives

GovLoop

To commit to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility initiatives, public sector leaders must work through some important considerations related to their workforce, finance processes and policies. Three common challenges agencies can face are: Data fragmentation: This results from organizations’ reliance on multiple systems for human resources (HR) and financial processes, which limits their ability to capture, track and analyze DEIA data.

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Improving software security in the public sector

Open Access Government - Technology News

UK public sector organisations are facing threats and increasingly sophisticated attacks on key infrastructure and software security This trend is only expanding as more services become digitised and complex software supply chains multiply the opportunities for malicious actors to infiltrate networks. Cybersecurity has been at the top of the government agenda for a few years already.

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Online Extremism is a Growing Problem, But What’s Being Done About It?

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

A hate crime occurs nearly every hour in the U.S. It’s a growing problem that’s been fueled by hate-filled internet posts on social media and other internet platforms. Many of us have seen news headlines about extremist attacks that were fueled by.

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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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Organizational health is (still) the key to long-term performance

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

McKinsey’s latest findings on organizational health demonstrate that it remains the best predictor of value creation and a sustainable source of competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

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SCP 199: The Art of the Mini-Camp

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Curt and Chris discuss the concept of mini-camps as an introduction to the main camp for younger kids. They delve into how it gives children a taste of what a traditional overnight camp is like, and how it can help manage homesickness. Chris shares his experience of running a ‘discovery camp’, providing an […] The post SCP 199: The Art of the Mini-Camp first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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A Warning About the Nation’s Fiscal Health

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The federal government is on an unsustainable long-term fiscal path that poses serious economic, national security, and social challenges if not addressed. And the longer we wait to act, the more dire the consequences will be on the economy and the.

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Corporate tax breaks are costing schools billions

GCN

A three-month investigation finds that tax abatements are coming at the expense of critical funding for school districts. But not all schools in a community are sharing the cash drain equally.

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WEST 2024: Artificial Intelligence Still Needs a Human Touch

FedTech Magazine

Artificial intelligence can be a valuable military tool, but several top military officials and industry experts said this week that they believe it will work best only if humans remain involved in its use. Speaking at WEST 2024 in San Diego, several officials talked about the coming use of AI in the Navy’s future hybrid fleet, a combination of manned and unmanned vessels.

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How Passwordless Authentication Supports Zero Trust

State Tech Magazine

State and local government agencies carry the heavy burden of collecting and managing large amounts of sensitive data to bring essential services to citizens. Naturally, they want to be on the cutting edge of cybersecurity, which is where the zero-trust security model comes in. And now, we’re seeing an innovation that could bolster zero trust’s already formidable defenses: passwordless authentication.

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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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What technology trends are shaping the mobility sector?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Technological innovation is transforming every aspect of the mobility sector, and more companies are beginning to investigate disruptive technology. A McKinsey analysis identifies the trends to watch.

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A decade in, pedestrian deaths dip under Vision Zero

GCN

Advocates say New York’s experience with the traffic safety approach shows promise, but the city has deployed safety measures like bike lanes and redesigned intersections more often in whiter and wealthier neighborhoods.

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Heirs’ Property and Its Effects on Black Land Ownership in Cities

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Houston City Councilmember Tiffany D. Thomas Black Americans have a complicated relationship with land ownership, pointing back to Special Order No. 15, issued January 16, 1865, which intended to redistribute 400,000 acres (about half the area of Yosemite National Park) of land and a loaned mule to formerly enslaved people in forty-acre partitions.

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Shop Talk at the Garage featuring Maria Roat and Renee Wynn

Microsoft Public Sector

Brought to you by Planet Technologies and Microsoft , "Shop Talk" is a new event series designed to elevate conversation and build community around the effective use of Microsoft tools and technology to drive maximum public sector impact. Join us Thursday, February 22, 2024 , to hear from esteemed special guests Maria Roat, former Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer and Renee Wynn, former NASA Chief Information Officer, as they reflect on their experiences leading transformative government

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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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Generative AI and the future of work in Australia

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Advances in generative AI have accelerated Australia’s automation opportunity. If implemented well, these technologies could improve Australia’s productivity—and the quality of life of its people.

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County officials lobby for internet subsidies

GCN

The FCC is currently turning away hundreds of thousands seeking assistance. If Congress doesn’t soon approve more funding, rural and urban county officials warn, millions will be plunged into “digital darkness.

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Parking Reform for Municipalities of All Sizes

NLC (National League of Cities)

Parking reform encompasses a set of policy changes related to parking mandates, which specify the amount of parking that developers must provide for new or repurposed properties.

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Re-Thinking Street Design with a Gender Lens: Lessons from a Street Experiment in Istanbul

The City Fix

Although it is widely recognized that gender disparities are echoed in the design and operation of urban transportation systems, gender-responsive transportation planning is still in its early stages. Drawing from the TOPUK project, which stands for “Women Accessing Public Transport,”.

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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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What programmatic acquirers do differently

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Our latest findings bolster the case for programmatic M&A. But beyond doing more deals, what gives programmatic acquirers an edge—and how does their dealmaking translate to value creation?

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House rejects an increase to the SALT cap

GCN

Election-year politics derailed an effort to raise the amount in state and local taxes married couples could deduct. Local governments argued an increase in the cap would help “hardworking American families facing higher federal tax bills.

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Honoring National Gun Violence Survivor Week

NLC (National League of Cities)

By City of Cincinnati Councilmember Anna Albi One hundred and twenty people. That’s how many are shot and killed each day in America, along with an additional 200 who are wounded. In 2023, nearly 400 people were shot in Cincinnati. These numbers are completely heartbreaking.

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Can AI Be Used to Check Stop Control Warrants?

Public Works Group Blog

For some time I have been thinking about how AI could be used to assist civil engineers and the public works industry. While I have several ideas, one obvious application I’ve thought about is using it to check all-way stop control signal warrants as defined by the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Since I was taking a class in AI with homework asking us to create our own GPTs using ChatGPT, I figured I’d use this opportunity to try out the MUTCD stop warrant idea.

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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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McKinsey insurance leadership on 2024 trends and innovations

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As insurance executives plan for the new year, what’s top of mind? What areas are ripe for innovation? McKinsey Senior Partners Jörg Mußhoff and Fritz Nauck discuss these and other topics.

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States look to rein in ballot initiatives with more ballot initiatives

GCN

Ballot measures in recent years have been used to expand Medicaid, preserve abortion rights and raise minimum wages. Now, state lawmakers are turning to them to put more restrictions on the process.

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Better Visibility and Control Through Zero Trust

GovLoop

For the Defense Department (DoD), implementing zero-trust cybersecurity principles are an absolute must to protect against vulnerabilities and to continuously monitor evolving threats. The DoD needs to ensure that their personnel are properly trained, since about a third of cyber-related threats come from the inside. Controlling access and privileges for users and devices on its networks is another must, ensuring that devices are secured and that network identities don’t have unnecessary privile

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This Viral Librarian Shares His Simple yet Effective Formula for Promoting Your Library: Don’t Be Afraid To Share Stories

Super Library Marketing

On a cold Sunday in February, I hopped onto a Zoom call with someone I felt I already knew. About 8 months prior, this Solano County, California resident appeared on my “For You” page on Instagram Reels and TikTok. He shared joyful, heartfelt, hopeful stories of his work and the profound impact libraries had on his life. So, I must admit that when Mychal Threets came into view on my laptop screen, I was a bit starstruck.

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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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CEO excellence: How do leaders assess their own performance?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Early results from our proprietary CEO Excellence Assessment Tool offer insights into the key issues facing more than 100 CEOs, mostly from Asia, and where they feel most confident—and most vulnerable.

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Washington’s key climate law is under attack

GCN

In 2023, the state’s Climate Commitment Act generated more than $2 billion for projects to clean up transportation, shift to clean energy and help communities adapt to the effects of a changing climate. But this fall, voters will get a chance to shut it all down.

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A Plan for Access in Arkansas

GovLoop

An interview with Marty Sullivan, Director of the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts, and Tim Holthoff, Director of the Arkansas Court Information Systems Division Arkansas has long been a national leader in providing public access to court information. Now, the Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts is making good use of American Rescue Plan funds to create a better, more user-friendly case management system that will allow for easier public access to court records.

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How the DoD unified data organization-wide with Apigee

Google Public Sector

Discovering data management solutions that align with the Department of Defense's (DoD) rigorous requirements for scale, security, and stability presents a formidable challenge. When DoD personnel make decisions, they need instant access to the data that supports them. Everything—from managing the DoD itself and executing Command and Control to making smarter decisions about their supply chain—relies on their access to reliable data.

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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.