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What Should Live On Your Government Website: Design Tips and Accessible Resources To Include

GovPilot

Local government officials will often face uphill battles when it comes to getting constituents engaged with their websites. It's not just about providing valuable information; it is also about making sure that information is accessible and interesting enough to draw people in. Sometimes, the technical aspects alone, like optimizing for search engines or ensuring mobile compatibility, can be a lot to handle.

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$1 trillion a year in tax breaks goes out the door. Are states keeping track?

GCN

A new report from the Volcker Alliance highlights the lack of transparency around tax expenditures, and calls on states to better monitor whether the tax breaks are achieving their intended effects.

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Ransomware Attacks Require Improved Information Sharing

FedTech Magazine

Government needs broad visibility into the activity of bad actors to fight ransomware. A lack of robust information sharing can lead to “a murky information environment, making it difficult for governments and industry to work together to combat ransomware at scale,” according to a report from the Institute for Security and Technology released in April.

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Embracing generative AI in credit risk

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Credit risk organizations are already adopting gen AI technologies. How can they deploy them safely and at scale?

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Key Strategies for Public Works Employees to Embrace Government Software

In a rapidly evolving landscape, the integration of digital software into Public Works teams has become imperative. This shift presents an opportunity to transcend traditional approaches, unlocking new levels of efficiency, cost savings, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This eBook offers comprehensive strategies to navigate this transformation.

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Cyber Hygiene Fixes for the Overconfident Agency

FedTech Magazine

There exists a major disconnect between the trust most agencies put in their current cybersecurity strategies and their actual ability to defend themselves. While 88 percent of global IT and security leaders feel confident in their organizations’ ability to manage cyber risk, 51 percent report that more than half of their cyber incidents were due to poor cyber hygiene, according to an April study from ExtraHop.

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Massachusetts Helps Municipalities Strengthen Their Cybersecurity Posture

State Tech Magazine

The initial inspiration for creating the Massachusetts Municipal Cybersecurity Summit in 2021 — to encourage cities and towns to work together on cybersecurity prevention — remains a focus for the MassCyberCenter, says Director John Petrozzelli. “This was a way of getting people together to share business cards and ideas — almost crowdsourcing across the state — so the first time an incident happens, you already know people,” he says.

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Time to Start Fighting Quantum Threats

GovLoop

One thing is certain: The day will come when quantum computers are powerful and reliable enough to render traditional encryption obsolete. What’s less certain is when it will arrive. But it’s imperative that agencies prepare today. Wait too long, said Keyfactor’s Chris Hickman, and “you won’t have enough runway to keep your organization safe while you go through all the planning steps.

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Do shareholder activists create lasting value?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Activist investors seek to maximize their own returns—which can lift a company’s share price when activists hold shares. But what happens a few years after an activist exits its position?

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Citizens Benefit from Application Modernization and Identity Management

State Tech Magazine

Code for America advocates easing the citizen experience in clearing criminal records when appropriate. “A criminal record can be a life sentence to poverty, creating barriers to jobs, housing, education and more,” the nonprofit notes on its website. But Code for America has found that the petition processes “to clear criminal records in most states is complicated and burdensome.

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Updating your course reading lists? Check out our essential reading recommendations for Public Policy, Politics and Social Policy from Policy & Politics

Policy & Politics Journal blog

by Sarah Brown and Elizabeth Koebele All articles featured in this blog post are free to access until 31 October 2024 It’s that time of year again when course syllabi are updated with fresh research.

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Empower Digital Government: Strategic Workbook for Modern Transformation

Digital transformation is reshaping government interactions, bringing agencies closer to the communities they serve. However, while many have adopted new digital tools, few have implemented comprehensive strategies to maximize their benefits. Our Strategic Workbook for Modern Government offers a step-by-step guide to developing a sustainable digital strategy.

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Did Supreme Court ruling come too late to reverse ‘chilling effect’ on 2024 disinformation?

GCN

While the justices found in Murthy v. Missouri that two states lacked standing to sue over alleged government censorship, observers warned that the case may have already damaged efforts to crack down ahead of November.

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What does the future hold for India?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

This may be India’s century. We look ahead at seven trends likely to shape the country for years to come—and help it achieve its development goals.

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Driving Change: A Mid-Year Reflection from Community Progress

Center for Community Progress

Dear friends and colleagues, As we enter the second half of 2024, I want to take a moment to reflect on a few remarkable accomplishments Community Progress achieved in the first six months of this year. My time as President & CEO has been an incredible journey so far, so I hope you’ll join me in celebrating these inspiring wins for community revitalization.

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Addressing data sovereignty with edge AI on AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Data sovereignty refers to a concept where individuals, organizations, or governments have control over their own data and infrastructure, ensuring independence, privacy, and security. Data sovereignty with edge artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the concept of maintaining control and ownership over data and AI processes at the edge of the network rather than relying on centralized cloud services.

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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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Is it time to break up with fireworks?

GCN

Fourth of July celebrations have long featured flashy pyrotechnics. But more environmentally friendly spectacles could take their place.

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What to read next: McKinsey’s 2024 annual book recommendations

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Looking for your next book? Each year, McKinsey seeks out the best books in business, technology, workplace culture, and more. Here’s our 2024 list, recommended by CEOs, founders, editors in chief, and other global leaders.

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Equity in Action: Shaping Local Climate Solutions for All

The City Fix

Every three years, ICLEI hosts the ICLEI World Congress to showcase how subnational actors advance sustainable urban development worldwide. The most recent installment, ICLEI World Congress 2024, held June 18-21 in São Paulo, Brazil, converged over 1,500 global attendees to.

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Interpreting Freeman Tilden

Park Leaders

“Does it really make any difference if you do believe something, but are at the same time intolerant of someone who does not agree or concur in your beliefs?” In this episode, Walt Dabney returns to share his extraordinary experience as a student trainee. Walt is the retired director of Texas State Parks and a former National Park Service employee who held various roles during his distinguished career.

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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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Supreme Court sends Florida, Texas ‘censorship’ laws back to lower courts

GCN

The justices left in place preliminary injunctions blocking the two laws but said the appeals courts must further study their First Amendment implications.

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Unpacking the mysteries of productivity

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Leading economist Chad Syverson speculates about the ingredients in productivity’s secret sauce.

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3D-printed material paves the way for advanced soft robotics and wearable devices

Open Access Government - Technology News

Researchers at Penn State University have revealed a 3D-printed material that promises to transform wearable devices This new material, shown in their recent publication in Advanced Materials, combines softness and stretchability with high conductivity, overcoming key limitations of existing fabrication methods. Led by corresponding author Tao Zhou, assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Engineering, the team addressed longstanding challenges in achieving both flexibility and elect

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July’s Online Training Opportunities

GovLoop

Summer can be tricky when it comes to carving out time for professional development. Between tackling your regular duties, juggling summer vacation schedules for you and your coworkers, and the ongoing obligations in your personal life, you might wonder if there’s any time for career growth. Good news – there is! We’ve got our July plans in place for professional development and once you register, if you can’t make it the day of, you will receive a recording to watch when

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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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It’s hot. Is your community pool open?

GCN

An ongoing lifeguard shortage means some pools and beaches are staying closed amid record-breaking heat waves across the U.S. Here’s what states and municipalities are doing about it.

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Automation and the talent challenge in American manufacturing

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

US manufacturing companies are facing a talent and labor crisis. Is it time they took a fresh look at their automation options?

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Advancing Fairfield County as a Tech Hub

The Whistle Post

The goal of the Stamford Partnership is to have hundreds more area residents assume jobs in the tech sector in the coming months and tap into the necessary training to help establish Greater Fairfield County as one of the country’s most promising tech hubs. The Stamford Partnership is a public-private consortium that brings together various constituencies and stakeholders to identify needs and improve the quality of life across Southwest Connecticut.

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The Right Conferencing Tools Can Promote Meeting Equity

State Tech Magazine

Cisco recently published the results of a hybrid work survey that found 88 percent of federal, state and local government employees are very or somewhat satisfied with hybrid work arrangements. In the survey, 86 percent of respondents said being able to work remotely was important to them in future roles. For in-office and remote workers to share truly effective conferencing between their locations, state and local agencies must ensure that they enjoy meeting equity.

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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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Biden administration announces new rule to protect workers from heat-related illnesses

GCN

The rule would cover 35 million workers whose jobs include being in the heat and require activities that could raise core body temperatures, like construction, agriculture and landscaping, as well as those in indoor environments, like kitchen workers.

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Supply chain ‘goes rouge’: Inside Coty’s makeover

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Coty chief global supply chain officer Graeme Carter explains how the beauty company’s people-first approach to digital and AI is helping it reach its goals.

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Micromanagers In An Office Setting: Combating Negative Workplace Behavior With GovPilot

GovPilot

If there is one thing everyone hates in any job, it's being micromanaged. Micromanagers are awful for workplace settings because they undermine the capability of hard working employees, spreading negativity and doubt throughout the office.

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Expanding Opportunity for Low-Wage Workers through Systems Alignment

Community and Economic Development Program of UNC

Low wage workers are core to the U.S. economy and often serve in vital front-line occupations related to childcare, food service, retail, personal services, transportation, and agriculture. Women and people of color, especially Black and Hispanic residents, comprise a large portion of the low-wage workforce and often face numerous barriers that hinder their ability to move up to better jobs.

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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.