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CISA, OMB, ONCD and Microsoft collaborate on new logging playbook for Federal agencies

Microsoft Public Sector

As part of our efforts to increase security defaults and follow the principle of secure by design, we are happy to share that a feature change initiated by Microsoft engineering will enable more logging capabilities for Purview Audit (Standard). We have worked closely with the Executive Office of the President (EOP), the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to prioritize this effort for U.S. government customers.

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3 Key Areas of Technological Growth in the Public Sector in 2024

State Tech Magazine

In the age of cloud computing, technology plays a major role in empowering governments to become the data-driven organizations they aspire to be. New emerging use cases in artificial intelligence and cloud computing continue to put pressure on agencies to evolve and embrace these technologies to meet public needs in more efficient, accurate ways. Some in the public sector have been slow to adopt new cloud solutions or buy into the AI trend that has swept the world in the past year.

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Are the Build America rules slowing infrastructure progress?

GCN

State DOTs, transit agencies and the construction industry want the White House to make it easier to comply with rules designed to include American-made products in infrastructure projects.

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The Black Immigrant Women Who Bought a Minneapolis Mall

Next City

Lack of access to proper retail space was crippling these immigrant businesswomen in the Twin Cities. In forming a commercial real estate cooperative, they’re going far by going together.

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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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Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Younger Campers (Ages 5-7)

Summer Camp Programming

Programming for different age groups can be difficult. Each of us tends to have good instincts for a specific age range when it comes to programming. I, for example, am better at programming for tweens (ages 11-13). A colleague of mine is great at coming up with programming for the in-between ages of 8-10. As […] The post Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Younger Campers (Ages 5-7) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Adopting AI at speed and scale: The 4IR push to stay competitive

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

AI has brought the Fourth Industrial Revolution to an inflection point, and manufacturers must choose a path forward: innovate, accelerate, or follow fast.

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It’s Time for City Planners To Be Proactive About Church Property Transitions

Next City

Around the country, churches are closing, downsizing and selling their real estate. Urban planners need to be prepared.

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Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Campers Ages 8-10

Summer Camp Programming

I recently wrote a post on programming for younger campers ages 5-7. In this post, I’m covering ages 8-10 with 5 summer camp programs that offer multiple activities. Each program session is 50 minutes. Digital Storytelling and Animation This program introduces campers to the basics of creating digital narratives and animations, empowering them to express […] The post Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Campers Ages 8-10 first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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The equity story you need for the long-term investors you want

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Sophisticated investors are more likely to afford a company more time to let its strategy play out, even during volatility. But first, they need a clear equity story.

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Trust in government, and opportunities to rebuild it

GCN

Confidence in state and local government may have been waning in recent years, but there are ways communities can help to bolster their resident’s faith in them.

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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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The Shift in Leadership: It’s About Who They Are Being, Not Just What They Are Doing

Careers in Government

This article explores five key areas of this paradigm shift, why they are essential in today's leadership landscape, and provides reflective questions for leaders. The post The Shift in Leadership: It’s About Who They Are Being, Not Just What They Are Doing appeared first on Careers in Government.

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The Best Camp Programs Competition

Summer Camp Programming

Starting Monday, February 19, 2024, I am holding a best camp programs competition. If you would like to enter, click here. GENERAL OVERVIEW This is similar to the online/email roundtables I have run in the past. This time, however, there are prizes involved. While our favorite six submissions will be made public, all those who […] The post The Best Camp Programs Competition first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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How generative AI could revitalize profitability for telcos

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The new technology offers the sector a real opportunity to reverse its stagnant fortunes. But seizing it will require embracing innovation and agility to an unprecedented degree.

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Whole-of-state procurement gives local agencies better pricing, expert advice

GCN

Initially used to extend cybersecurity throughout government, the whole-of-state concept is also being used to push training and software licensing contracts to local agencies.

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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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Virtual Leadership Requires These 5 Skills

Careers in Government

Virtual leadership must actively inspire teams to be purposeful, positive, and productive. The post Virtual Leadership Requires These 5 Skills appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Ep 30: Understanding Mass Violence and Its Impact on Children in Camps with Shane Meserve

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Kelie and Shauna, are joined by Shane Meserve, a consultant and trainer on mass violence and child abuse prevention, for a discussion on the topic of mass violence and its impact on children and camps. The episode focuses on ways in which programs like camps can aid in prevention, utilization […] The post Ep 30: Understanding Mass Violence and Its Impact on Children in Camps with Shane Meserve first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Deploying generative AI in US state governments: Pilot, scale, adopt

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

States could have much to gain from using generative AI tools in their operations. A low-risk strategy may be to test some applications while preparing a longer-term implementation plan.

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States clash over what responsible AI looks like

GCN

While some states are still establishing task forces and preparing to take advantage of the tech, others are more hesitant, warning of job losses and federal influence on a nascent industry.

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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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10 Reasons for Government & Education to Join Google Cloud Next '24

Google Public Sector

Are you ready to bridge the digital divide, deliver citizen-centric services, and future-proof your agency in 2024? Public sector technology is evolving at breakneck speed, with AI, cybersecurity, and sustainable solutions taking center stage. Join us at Google Cloud Next ‘24, April 9-11. Here are 10 great reasons to register now for Next ‘24! Master cutting-edge AI: Dive into Google's advanced AI tools through workshops, demos, and sessions that propel your mission forward.

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How to run a successful grant writing program

Professional Grant Writer

Grant writing success is the unicorn of the nonprofit world. Any experienced grant writer knows well the frustrations, struggles, and challenges that come. The post How to run a successful grant writing program appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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How to be a better chief of staff

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The chief of staff role sits at the intersection of leadership and support. It also comes with enormous responsibility, opportunity, and influence. Here’s how to navigate it.

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EPA expands water program to help more disadvantaged communities apply for grants

GCN

Many communities lack the resources necessary to conduct the technical assessments needed to win federal grants. The EPA wants to help.

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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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How Guaranteed Income Programs Can Help Cities Narrow the Racial Wealth Divide

NLC (National League of Cities)

According to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the gap in wealth between white households and households of color has grown 47 percent over the last 30 years.

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Building Civic Trust Through Civic Tech

GovLoop

Civic tech makes it easier for people to interact with government agencies. When well-designed, it improves constituent experiences (CX) and promotes equity and engagement. A new term to some, “civic tech” relates to technology that directly facilitates CX, constituent experience or communication. It can include applications such as community platforms that connect constituents to services and resources, open data initiatives and participatory budgeting tools.

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The growing imperative of energy optimization for telco networks

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Rising energy costs, growing consumption, and the need to meet decarbonization goals are pressuring telcos to lower costs and to use electricity more efficiently.

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'Graffiti bombing' hits abandoned skyscrapers in Los Angeles and Miami

GCN

COMMENTARY | Graffiti artists in both cities recently tagged swiftly and extensively downtown skyscrapers that had been abandoned. The form of activism, which has a long history in cities, was met with a mix of admiration and condemnation.

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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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Recent Trends in Real Estate Development: Winter 2024

Community and Economic Development Program of UNC

Source: stock.adobe.com (Editorial Use License) This blog post is part of a regular series that reports recent trends in private real estate financing. These posts are meant to inform local governments about current conditions facing private developers and development projects in their communities. Lending for real estate development projects Last quarter’s post discussed how rising interest rates affected private developers’ ability to cover debt payments, thereby affecting the financial feasib

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Leading for Impact

Careers in Government

Your purpose becomes your objective, which leads to measurable outcomes. These outcomes are used to assess impact through quantitative and qualitative data. The post Leading for Impact appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Healthcare in Latin America: What are consumers looking for?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A survey of more than 4,200 people paints a picture of typical healthcare consumers in Latin America, including their tendency to defer care and their desire for more convenient settings of care.

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As millions wait on food stamp approvals, feds tell states to speed it up

GCN

To adequately staff safety net programs, some states are boosting workforce funding, and others are investing in new computer systems to speed up claims processing. But food security advocates say recent backlogs are a symptom of long-term disinvestment.

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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.