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10 Tips to Get a Federal Transportation Grant

NLC (National League of Cities)

Co-Authored with: Ndemazea Fonkem, Federal Advocacy Intern at the National League of Cities As we close out the second of five years of historic infrastructure grant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, there is still time for cities, towns and villages to bring an infrastructure grant home. The U.S.

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Ep 23: Staff Training Ideas and Thoughts

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES This episode was recorded before the 2023 summer season. Shauna and Kelie share their plans for staff training and share some great resources. Take a listen and get some cool ideas for your 2024 staff training. Links: Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers (book) How Long To Visiting Day?: Creative Role-Playing […] The post Ep 23: Staff Training Ideas and Thoughts first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Reframing employee health: Moving beyond burnout to holistic health

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A new McKinsey Health Institute survey across 30 countries offers insights into how organizations can help create a workplace that prioritizes physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.

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Automated End-to-End Testing Helps Enable Better Constituent Experiences

Government Technology Insider

While agencies have made great strides towards improving constituent experiences, there is often complexity and confusion when constituents have to navigate multiple forms, processes, or levels of government to request services. Consequently, constituents have demanded more unified digital experiences. To achieve this, state government agencies will need to break down data silos to provide agencies with the ability to make accurate data-driven decisions that improve overall constituent experienc

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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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Social media cases hinge on definition of what amounts to state action online

GCN

The U.S. Supreme Court wrestled in two important cases over whether public officials acted improperly in blocking constituents on their personal social media accounts.

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AI trustworthiness: Is the biggest AI challenge cultivating trust?

Open Access Government - Technology News

Elham Tabassi, Chief of Staff, Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S., says that cultivating AI trustworthiness may well be the biggest challenge to date Dramatic advances in generative artificial intelligence (AI) over the past year – and their rapid availability in products and services – have catapulted AI into the public’s imagination with images and predictions which are both enormously promising and deeply concerning.

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Data Governance: What It Is and How It Enhances Data Management

State Tech Magazine

State government needs policies and procedures to ensure data is accurate and handled properly from the start. Data governance fills that role: It helps organizations define and manage the ways in which data is input, stored, accessed and ultimately deleted. So, what Is Data Governance? Data governance represents “a set of processes, policies and practices that ensure an organization’s structured data is regulation-compliant throughout its lifecycle by assessing its quality, security and accessi

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Who should have land-use authority in green energy projects?

GCN

Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation that would shift some land-use authorities to the state to streamline renewable energy developments. But local governments and residents fear their voices will get left behind in the race to build green infrastructure.

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Optimizing Digital Twins Supports DOD Testing and Innovation Efforts

FedTech Magazine

The U.S. Air Force leads a growing number of federal entities that are deploying digital twins in novel and exciting ways because it’s devoted significant research and development resources toward such endeavors. The Air Force Research Laboratory not only uses digital twins to design, prototype and evaluate aircraft and weapons systems but also is developing a digital environment called the Colosseum where vendors’ proposed systems can battle virtually.

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Innovative growers: A view from the top

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

McKinsey research shows that a focus on aspiration, activation, and execution can help companies out-innovate and outgrow peers.

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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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State and Local Governments Modernize for a Seamless Hybrid Cloud Journey

State Tech Magazine

State and local government agencies face the same quandary as their private sector counterparts when it comes to the future of data architectures: Do they continue to service existing environments or do they modernize with cloud and/or hybrid cloud infrastructure?

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Looming ‘fiscal cliff’ shows deeper problems with transit funding, researchers say

GCN

A new report from the Urban Institute finds that too many transit agencies rely on a single source of funding, and those revenue streams are often volatile.

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American Credit Card Debt Hits a New Record—What’s Changed Post-Pandemic?

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

It’s Halloween! And while you may be thinking of goblins and ghosts, nothing can haunt you the way credit card debt does. While consumers’ credit card debt dropped during COVID, signs point to it starting to crawl back to pre-pandemic levels. And.

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A McKinsey Africa podcast with Ashraf Sabry, founder and CEO of Fawry

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Africa’s fintech start-ups are leveraging mobile technology and innovative platforms to transform digital banking. We spoke with Ashraf Sabry, founder and CEO of Fawry, about the sector’s potential.

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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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3 Ways for State Agencies to Protect Citizens’ Digital Identities

State Tech Magazine

The Improving Digital Identity Act of 2021 gives agencies the incentive and funds needed to protect citizens’ digital data. Now is the time to invest in the tools, people and processes required to achieve that objective. When a person interacts with a state agency or healthcare provider, one of the first pieces of information the organization asks for is a driver's license or Social Security number.

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House proposes slashing $4B from the EPA

GCN

The GOP funding cuts, passed along party lines, would significantly impact state and local efforts to improve drinking water and reduce water pollution. Additional cuts would severely hamper environmental justice projects.

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Microsoft Reference Identity Architectures for the US Defense Industrial Base

Microsoft Public Sector

Microsoft & National Defense ISAC Collaboration: Microsoft Reference Identity Architectures for the US Defense Industrial Base Empowering the DIB Sector: ND-ISAC Cloud Security & Architecture and Microsoft Cloud Services Working Groups’ Whitepaper Tackles Multi-Tenant and External Collaboration Challenges During the National Defense Information Sharing and Analysis Center ( ND-ISAC ) annual executive summit, Chief Information and Security Officers (CIO/CISO) representing defense sector c

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Sustainable feedstocks: Accelerating recarbonization in chemicals

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Reducing greenhouse gases is essential for chemical companies to remain competitive. Investing in feedstock sources and conversion technologies can help close the gap to net zero.

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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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Unhoused individuals gain shelter, prove their identity using AWS-powered solution Kiip

AWS Public Sector Blog

Noah Harlan, left, and Kiip colleagues at Homeless Connect Day event in Los Angeles. Access to key documentation is both a struggle and a necessity for vulnerable and at-risk communities. For the unhoused, being ‘document ready’ is essential to avoid delays or denial of access to benefits and services they need. For one individual in Los Angeles recently, it meant the difference between having a safe bed in a shelter and being in police custody.

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Cities ask the EPA to help them curb methane emissions from landfills

GCN

Despite local efforts, millions of tons of the powerful greenhouse gas, mostly from thrown-out food, are being released into the atmosphere. In a letter, cities have asked the EPA for grants, trainings and stronger regulations.

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A Nevada Library Shares How They Used A Smart Video Marketing Strategy To Combat Drag Story Hour Protests

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County As a child, Jamie Hemingway wandered acres of backyard and admired the lush scenery of her home in North Carolina. When she wasn’t exploring the outdoors, she was at the library. “I still have memories of my school library, and asking my parents to take me to the public library where we lived near Winston-Salem,” she remembered.

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Smarter Government: How New Jersey Courts Began a Journey to Zero-Trust Security

State Tech Magazine

In 2020, employees of the New Jersey judicial system could not report to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Jersey Judiciary CIO Jack McCarthy was faced with a challenge: how to ensure these newly remote workers could securely access sensitive systems using legacy architecture. McCarthy turned to solutions from Zscaler and started to forge a path toward zero-trust security.

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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 Myths About Data Backup in the Cloud: What Municipalities Need to Know 

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Clark Cooper, Senior Strategic Advisor, VC3 When talking with towns and cities, we often hear a variety of perspectives and observations about cloud data backup. It’s a technology that has rapidly advanced and improved over the years, becoming an essential part of many data backup and disaster recovery strategies.

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States, localities should transition to the.gov domain ‘hard stop,’ federal official says

GCN

The cybersecurity official noted the benefits of using the free domain at a recent event, following the release of a report warning of escalating cybersecurity threats.

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The power of partnership: How the CEO–CMO relationship can drive outsize growth

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Amid a challenging macroeconomic environment and rapid change, CEOs are searching for the next engine for growth. The answer may be right in front of them: a redefined and reinvigorated relationship with their CMO.

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4 Pillars of Zero-Trust Architecture from the View of the New Jersey Judiciary

State Tech Magazine

In a recent video chat with StateTech, New Jersey Judiciary CIO Jack McCarthy outlined four pillars of a zero-trust architecture. McCarthy discussed how the New Jersey courts system adopted Zscaler products in support of zero trust when the 2020 pandemic forced all state employees to work from home. He applauded how Zscaler first provided the courts with a means of authenticating user identities.

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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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Drones: The New First Responder Tool

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Esmael Ansari, Vice President of Government Relations at BRINC Drones Congress reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) every five years and is currently working on renewing the FAA, which is crucial for the future of drone technology.

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Access to public records is 'deteriorating terribly'

GCN

In a time when trust in state and local government is under siege, public access to information is particularly vital.

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How mobility budgets can change the future of transportation

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A mobility budget is an employee benefit that can help employers attract and retain talent. It’s also an emerging solution to increase sustainable transit use and reduce congestion in urban areas.

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Bringing Data and AI to Life

GovLoop

Good leaders are evangelists for making data-based decisions. They don’t need highly technical degrees: They need an appreciation of data’s ability to drive modernization efforts and successful outcomes for the organization and the people they serve. They “are not averse to trying new approaches that solve some big [societal] problems with data and [are] not waiting for a crisis to make this progress,” said Michael Anderson, Chief Strategist with Informatica Public Sector, an Enterprise Cloud Da

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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.