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Local Governments Must Act Quickly to Navigate AI Disruption

State Tech Magazine

Extraordinary disruptions are coming to public and private sector jobs in the near future. Local government CIOs must prepare for the sweeping change to be brought by generative artificial intelligence. Any organization facing such upheaval may embrace sound change management practices and prepare accordingly with a 30/60/90 plan to achieve goals to navigate this disruption.

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3 Things to Consider When Centering Health and Racial Equity in City Leadership

NLC (National League of Cities)

On May 8, 2024, city leaders, staff, and partners joined together to take part in the Cities of Opportunity (CoO) Solutions Forum. Cities of Opportunity helps city leaders accelerate their health equity work, embedding the tools they develop through the program into the foundation of their operations.

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Proposed federal AI roadmap would fund local election offices

GCN

Amid warnings that artificial intelligence could “totally discredit our election systems,” a group of U.S. senators released a sprawling roadmap that includes grant funding to keep elections safe from AI.

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Securing Mixed Reality from Emerging Cyberthreats

FedTech Magazine

Mixed reality headsets and similar systems are tested for resiliency against attacks while in development, but once MR and related technologies are deployed, there’s less effort to test for new threats from malicious actors. Direct attacks on users could flood headsets with information designed to cause motion sickness or disorientation. Or, attacks might clutter displays with virtual objects that cause users to misinterpret critical information and compromise military operations.

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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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Boston-area commuter rail bounces back, while other agencies lag

GCN

The MBTA is luring riders back with more frequent service and more trains on the nights and weekends.

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SCP 208: The Final Episode?

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this farewell episode of ‘SCamp Life: The Programming Side,’ Curt and Chris reminisce about the podcast’s journey since 2019. They recount key moments, favorite episodes, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes from over the years. Highlights include the origin story, the introduction of themes and interviews, the impact of the pandemic, and special segments like […] The post SCP 208: The Final Episode?

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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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Congestion pricing: If it can’t make it in New York, can it make it anywhere?

GCN

Other cities are considering it, but all eyes were on the city that never sleeps. By trying to quell controversy over the downtown toll plan, the New York governor sparked new questions about transit funding, environmental goals and political consequences.

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U.S. defense: Fighting the fog of war with data and AI

Open Access Government - Technology News

Morgan Wright, Chief Security Advisor at SentinelOne , walks us through fighting the fog of war with data and AI in this U.S. defense special focus The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is a big organisation encompassing several branches and functions of the armed services. These include logistics, finance, healthcare, research and development, testing and evaluation, operations and maintenance, construction, etc.

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Navigating the generative AI disruption in software

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The technology could accelerate growth, but presents new challenges, including shifts in value pools, user segments, and competitive dynamics that could spur a realignment of product categories.

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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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Agencies Find Zero Trust, Cyber Resilience Go Hand in Hand

FedTech Magazine

Agencies’ cybersecurity budgets continue to increase to help them better prevent evolving threats to sensitive data and systems. Investing in stronger security measures and cyber hygiene training for employees makes sense, but mistakes — such as clicking on a suspicious link — are inevitable, and when they occur, attackers can breach federal systems.

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23M households will no longer receive monthly federal internet subsidy

GCN

The Affordable Connectivity Program has officially run out of money. But more than a dozen internet providers have pledged to offer plans at $30 or less through 2024 for low-income households.

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Singapore’s National Library Board aims to unlock country’s rich heritage with AR app built by AWS Partner NCS

AWS Public Sector Blog

The vision of Singapore’s National Library Board (NLB) goes beyond making information accessible; the NLB is focused on bringing the richness of the nation’s cultural heritage right to the palm of your hand. As part of its LAB25 (Libraries and Archives Blueprint 2025) Singapore Storytellers initiative, the NLB seeks to nurture a stronger appreciation and understanding of the Singapore experience.

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When failure is an option: Fostering organizational innovation and learning

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

To achieve sustainable innovation, companies can embrace failure as a catalyst for driving change. Capability centers can enhance performance and promote learning in high-stakes operations.

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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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How Nature-Based Solutions and Green Infrastructure are Helping Cities Meet Their Climate Action Goals

NLC (National League of Cities)

Advancing local climate action is essential not only to withstand unavoidable climate impacts, such as flooding and extreme heat, but also to strengthen community health and resilience.

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Support for rooftop solar outpaces other energy infrastructure

GCN

A new survey assessed support of local government officials in Michigan for solar, wind and nuclear energy infrastructure and power transmission.

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Use Amazon SageMaker to perform data analytics in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions

AWS Public Sector Blog

Introduction Amazon SageMaker is a fully managed machine learning (ML) service that provides various capabilities, including Jupyter Notebook instances. While RStudio, a popular integrated development environment (IDE) for R, is available as a managed service in Amazon Web Services (AWS) commercial Regions , it’s currently not offered in AWS GovCloud (US) Regions.

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The AI opportunity: How payers can capture it now

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

AI and automation could lower administrative and medical costs and increase revenue. But payers have yet to mobilize to transform their organizations to capture this opportunity.

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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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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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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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Understanding evidence in policy-making

Policy & Politics Journal blog

by Grace Piddington, Eleanor Mackillop & James Downe Different views of evidenceThe role of evidence in the policy-making process is contentious.

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Workers wanted: How to fill the skilled-trade shortage

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In the United States, demand for skilled workers has skyrocketed—and the unmet need for tradespeople risks putting prosperity and even national security at stake. What’s next?

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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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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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The homeowner mutiny leaving Florida cities defenseless against hurricanes

GCN

The federal government is refusing to restore eroded beaches in Pinellas County unless homeowners agree to one condition: public access.

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How to Detect and Remove Threatening Web Shells

FedTech Magazine

Stealthy, persistent threats that open back doors to targeted systems can be just as dangerous as cyberattacks that pose more immediate risks. These slow-acting hacks rely on malicious scripts uploaded to a web server that permit an attacker to administer or control the server remotely. Web shells are scripts or programs for legitimate web-based system management or administration, but bad actors can use them maliciously to gain persistent access to web servers.

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Scaling national e-health: Best practices from around the world

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

We examined best practices from around the world to identify proven ways to implement e-health successfully. These insights could help other countries unlock their own e-health potential.

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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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Healthcare networks in the age of IOT

Open Access Government - Technology News

Dominic Norton, Sales Director from Spitfire Network Services Ltd, analyses healthcare networks in the age of the Internet of things As far-reaching in its impact as advances in biotechnology and medical engineering, the healthcare industry is undergoing a digital transformation driven by the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. These promise to revolutionise care by enabling real-time health monitoring, automating clinical operations, and enhancing the management of hospital resou

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The 'silver tsunami' is here. Is government ready?

GCN

About 10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day. As the nation’s aging population continues to climb, states and the federal government are working to get plans in place to care for older adults.

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How NTSB Leans on Microsegmentation to Improve Its Security Posture

FedTech Magazine

Federal agencies have reported an average of about 30,000 cyber incidents annually for the past five years, according to data from the White House Office of Management and Budget. While that number is down from its height in 2015, when it topped more than 77,000, the potential for damage remains profound, and agencies now continuously update systems and cybersecurity measures in an attempt to achieve the most secure environments possible.

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What is the future of travel?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Travel is roaring back after the COVID-19 pandemic nearly decimated the industry. Here’s what you should know about the journey ahead.

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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.