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Rebuilding the collapsed Baltimore bridge will be a ‘FAR bigger challenge’

GCN

While recent bridge replacements have been completed in a matter of weeks, this incident will be tougher to recover from and have wider impacts.

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Federal Government Made $236 billion “Improper Payments” Last Fiscal Year

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The federal government reported an estimated $236 billion in “improper payments” during the most recently completed fiscal year (FY 2023). Such payments are essentially payment errors that can be the result of many things—include overpayments.

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How to balance Accessibility and Security in an AI world

Microsoft Public Sector

With the recent announcements around Copilot, especially Copilot for Microsoft 365, many agencies are excited to adopt the new capabilities and unlock user productivity and accessibility. However, there is one lingering question that has always and continues to be in the background: “How to balance accessibility, productivity and security in an AI world.

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Surge in Encrypted Attacks on Government Underscores the Need for Improved Defenses

FedTech Magazine

In the wake of escalating cyberthreats — including the Play ransomware gang’s 300-plus attacks on public entities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and the breach of two federal agencies — it is clear that malicious cyber actors are increasingly targeting government through encrypted attacks. The federal government is taking steps in the right direction to prepare agencies.

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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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Modern data strategy for government tax and labor systems

AWS Public Sector Blog

Introduction Government authorities such as tax, unemployment insurance, and other finance agencies across the US and globally are seeking ways to innovate. They are trying to unlock insights from their data, deliver better customer experiences, and improve operations using cutting-edge technologies such as generative artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and other data analytics tools.

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SCP 202: Exploring Specialty Camps (Part 1)

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In part one, Curt and Chris delve into the world of specialty camps and their significance in offering targeted experiences beyond traditional camping. They discuss the evolution and variety of specialty camps, from music and equestrian camps to coding, robotics, and even escape room camps, highlighting the unique opportunities these provide for children […] The post SCP 202: Exploring Specialty Camps (Part 1) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Why so many election officials are leaving

GCN

Some states are seeing high rates of turnover among local election officials, according to new research. It’s a troublesome trend that may have a silver lining.

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What’s the Status of U.S. Assistance to Ukraine? Our First Reports on Oversight Efforts

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The war in Ukraine has had devastating consequences—creating a humanitarian crisis, threatening Ukraine’s democracy, and exacerbating global challenges, such as food insecurity. Congress has approved $113 billion in response to the Ukraine crisis.

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SCP 203: Exploring Specialty Camps (Part 2)

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In the second installment of their discussion on specialty camp ideas, Curt and Chris share an array of unique camp themes, drawing from both their personal experiences and broader trends. They delve into a variety of specialized camp options, including cooking, survival, archery, scuba diving, music production, detective camp, and fitness camps, among […] The post SCP 203: Exploring Specialty Camps (Part 2) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Economic conditions outlook, March 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Survey responses show increased confidence in the economy—globally and at home. Geopolitical concerns persist, and respondents increasingly view political transitions and policy changes as pressing risks.

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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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Pro teams aim to score nicer stadiums—and maybe more—from the public

GCN

Sports teams are asking for millions of dollars in public subsidies to build or refurbish their stadiums, and many want to create nearby fan districts to boost their bottom lines too.

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March 2024 - Microsoft 365 US Public Sector Roadmap Newsletter

Microsoft Public Sector

Release News Teams Deprecating the ability to view websites inside the Website tabs in the new Teams Upgrades to importing a schedule in the Shifts app - GCC Optimize screen sharing for video – GCC March, GCCH & DoD April Viva Viva Topics will be retired as Microsoft focuses our efforts on building new knowledge and content experiences in Microsoft Copilot SharePoint Online List owners and collaborators with the permission to edit the list will be able to collect information on their lists w

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Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Captures and Preserves Delicate Treasures

FedTech Magazine

The Smithsonian Institution’s massive collection includes items too fragile to put on display or so complex that they’re difficult for scientists to study. Its Digitization Program Office takes these objects and creates 3D scans that preserve them for history, research and outreach to people who may not be able to visit the Washington, D.C., museums.

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Good Jobs, Great Cities Spotlight: Monroe, NC

NLC (National League of Cities)

In May of 2023, Monroe, North Carolina, was selected for the inaugural Good Jobs, Great Cities Academy, a first-of-its-kind national technical assistance initiative and partnership between NLC and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.

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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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New Florida law bans kids under 14 from social media

GCN

It is the latest in a series of efforts by states to regulate social media in a way that protects minors and stands up to legal challenges. But opponents say Florida’s law still runs afoul of the First Amendment.

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States Improve Unemployment Insurance Systems with Cloud Solutions

State Tech Magazine

Anyone in Wyoming who’s applied for unemployment benefits is familiar with the state’s Department of Workforce Services. What they may not realize: The unemployment insurance system through which claims are filed does not run on infrastructure at DWS headquarters in Cheyenne but on an offsite Microsoft Azure Government data center. The DWS moved its UI system to the cloud in 2018 using federal funding from the U.S.

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Sustainable style: How fashion can afford and accelerate decarbonization

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Translating fashion’s decarbonization commitments into action has proved difficult. A new McKinsey analysis outlines what the industry can do to reach its targets.

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Women’s History Month 2024: Celebrating the Success of Women in Municipal Government 

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Yvette Colbourne, Commissioner, City of Miramar, Florida President, NLC Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) This year’s Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) luncheon, held during our Congressional City Conference (CCC) in Washington, D.C., was especially memorable as the sold-out room welcomed keynote speaker Ayesha Rascoe, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

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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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Congestion pricing plan OK’d in New York

GCN

The plan would bring in billions of dollars for the city’s aging subway system. But some details of how it will be enforced are unclear.

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The Key to Professional Development

GovLoop

Our NextGen Gov Virtual Training Summit line-up has keynote topics that are perfect for anyone who wants to move their career forward. We’ve curated a jam-packed agenda around the topics that matter most to government employees like you. Now the difficult part: which sessions will you join on May 15? We’re here to help – below is a list of our upcoming keynote sessions so you can start planning your schedule.

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Driving innovation with generative AI

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Companies with innovation cultures are way ahead of peers in deploying—and benefiting from—generative AI.

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The Sun is Going Away! How Municipalities are Preparing for the 2024 Solar Eclipse

NLC (National League of Cities)

This year, on April 8, a total solar eclipse will directly pass over several states from Texas to Maine, impacting an estimated 31.6 million residents.

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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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Without federal internet subsidies, state efforts to offer low-cost broadband could be impacted

GCN

The end of the Affordable Connectivity Program will not only impact the 23 million households participating, but also those who live in areas where broadband is being built out.

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Embracing the Roles Your Agency Plays

GovLoop

Building trust with constituents is difficult. It means establishing and maintaining relationships as you carry out your agency’s mission. Among other variables, there is an ever-present challenge: the mind-boggling task of playing many different roles in people’s lives. The relationships they experience through interactions with federal, local and state agencies can vary so much.

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Rethinking organizational health for the new world of work

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Yes, organizational health still drives long-term performance—but the way leaders measure and diagnose health should change, new research shows.

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Strengthening Federal Cybersecurity: CISA, Zero Trust, and Google Workspace: Exclusive Sessions at Next ‘24

Google Public Sector

The Federal IT landscape is undergoing a rapid shift toward stronger cybersecurity, driven by CISA's Zero Trust Maturity Model v2.0. This model offers a roadmap for federal agencies to boost their cyber posture. For government agencies, selecting the right tools to navigate this transformation is paramount. Google Workspace enters the picture with its robust security capabilities, designed to meet the demanding compliance requirements of federal agencies.

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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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Survey: Few states have ‘established’ privacy program

GCN

As states race to protect Americans’ data, the number of chief privacy officers has increased in state government. Still, a majority reported in a recent survey that they are building their programs.

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April Online Training Opportunities

GovLoop

Spring is here, and free professional development opportunities are blooming at GovLoop. This season, we’re buzzing about new tech, improving your customer experience through surveys, retaining your superstar employees, and more. Check out the online training line-up we’ve curated for April, and don’t forget to register. Even if you can’t attend live, registrants will receive a recording of the session the following day.

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Making green logistics services profitable

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Logistics companies have struggled to commercialize decarbonized services. A new approach could help win over customers and boost margins while reducing emissions.

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What’s It Like To Promote a Library With a Non-Circulating Collection? Marketer at a Cultural Institution Takes Us Behind the Scenes

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Growing up in Columbia, Missouri, Lili Pangborn visited her local library nearly every day after school. “The library staff quickly began to recognize me,” recalls Lili. “They would offer to help me with homework or chat about whatever books I was reading at the time. I feel like this willingness to help others is common among library staff; libraries truly are a special place for community collaboration!

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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.