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The Importance of Investing in and Celebrating the Public Works Workforce

NLC (National League of Cities)

With Support from: Joshua Yates, Director for Public Works, Birmingham, AL National Public Works Week (NPWW) is an annual celebration of the vital role municipal public works departments play in cities, towns, and villages across the country. In every community, committed Public Works workers provide services that are critical to our quality of life.

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Summer Driving Essentials—Understanding Move Over Laws Can Save Lives

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Hitting the road this summer? Driving can be stressful. And if you’ve ever needed to pull over on the shoulder, you certainly know the feeling of anxiety caused by other cars whizzing by. “Move Over/Slow Down” laws are meant to keep people and.

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IS SPEEDY GOVERNMENT GOOD GOVERNMENT?

Barrett & Greene

Not to be overly blunt, but we’ve grown sick and tired of hearing people complaining about how long it takes state and local governments to make dramatic improvements in the lives of their residents. Anyone who has been reading this website, or any of our other writing, will know that we’re firm believers that a band of dedicated people working in government can make important changes for the better.

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A new future of work: The race to deploy AI and raise skills in Europe and beyond

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

To gain the full productivity benefits of generative AI and other technologies, Europe and the United States will need to focus both on improving human capital and accelerating technology adoption.

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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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Building a Forever Modern IT Infrastructure Starts in the Cloud

Government Technology Insider

With ever-shortening refresh cycles, today’s technology can quickly become part of an agency’s legacy infrastructure. While IT is quick to point out the problematic mainframes and the difficulty of finding COBOL programmers, technology purchased in the last five to seven years can create just as many challenges as agencies seek data interoperability, automation , and the integration of AI into workflows.

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NYC’s Independent Recyclers Emerged From the Pandemic Stronger Than Ever. Here’s How.

Next City

New York’s canners and lateros have acquired property, created a redemption facility and community hub – and begun to organize.

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In the spotlight: Performance management that puts people first

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Performance management systems help people continuously develop—but most companies fall short of best practices. A set of defined design choices can help guide leaders forward.

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Leadership and Perception

Careers in Government

How you perceive things, events, people, and interactions is an ongoing activity, second by second, minute by minute, day by day. The post Leadership and Perception appeared first on Careers in Government.

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AWS Partner Kokomo24/7 transforms Los Angeles Unified School District’s health data system in one year

AWS Public Sector Blog

In May 2022, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the US, encountered a problem. The COVID-tracking and health data system built for the district during the COVID-19 pandemic had become clunky, difficult to customize, and expensive to maintain. With more than 500,000 students in the system, LAUSD administrators wanted to lower the cost of their infrastructure technology to redirect funds toward supporting teachers and students with classroom reso

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State policies banning gender-affirming care have 'chilling effect' across the country

GCN

The number of laws restricting LGBTQ rights is on the rise, experts say. The trend could worsen transgender individuals' access to mental and physical health care and exacerbate discrimination.

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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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Strategic alliances for gen AI: How to build them and make them work

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Strategic alliances are a must for companies looking to build value from generative AI. But approaching them like traditional vendor arrangements won’t work.

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Define Your Work Culture with Respect, Accountability & Cooperation

Careers in Government

The biggest issue facing business leaders during a transition is that for many, the work culture in place pre-crisis wasn’t very healthy. The post Define Your Work Culture with Respect, Accountability & Cooperation appeared first on Careers in Government.

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State and Local Governments Make Progress Against Ransomware

State Tech Magazine

State and local governments are highlighted in a new report that provides a mixed assessment of the effects of ransomware attacks on global organizations. But despite some positive news, the report also illustrates why it’s vitally important for state and local governments to have strong cyber recovery strategies in place to reduce downtime and restore essential functions quickly and efficiently.

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New cyber range helps future tech workers wargame cybersecurity

GCN

Fulton-Montgomery Community College in New York will open its range to students this fall, making it the first in the nation to offer one on campus as part of its academic curriculum.

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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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The growing importance of software product marketing managers

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As launching new products becomes more challenging, the multifaceted role of product marketing manager is poised to become a differentiator for the most successful software providers.

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It’s Time to Lead (Mindfully) in the Public Sector

Careers in Government

The variety of positive and negative emotions felt by workers encapsulates the nuances within the changing landscape of the modern-day workplace. The post It’s Time to Lead (Mindfully) in the Public Sector appeared first on Careers in Government.

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What We’ve Learned from Two Years of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Daniel Kim In July 2022, the US launched 988, a simplified number to access the national Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The program offers 24/7 free and confidential counseling services and mental health resources nationwide by dialing 988 through phone, text, or chat.

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Prioritization key to prep for website accessibility rule

GCN

Now that the Department of Justice has issued a final rule to make government websites accessible for people with disabilities, states and localities have to start implementing it. Here’s how.

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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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Master data management: The key to getting more from your data

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Master data management can give organizations a leg up by allowing them to easily organize and access data about customers, suppliers, products, and employees.

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14 Tips for Improving Feedback

Careers in Government

When working with others, there is ample opportunity to provide feedback. The post 14 Tips for Improving Feedback appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Google Cloud Research Innovators launch fourth cohort to drive innovation

Google Public Sector

Now in its fourth year, the Google Cloud Research Innovators program is proud to announce 23 new participants who have been selected for their innovative ideas and commitment to solving some of today’s most difficult challenges using AI and cloud computing technology. This year’s cohort will collaborate with each other and Google experts to accelerate their most groundbreaking projects.

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Are modular homes the future of affordable housing?

GCN

In Buena Vista, Colorado, a public-private partnership crafted a patchwork of legislation, partnerships and regulatory tools to help a local company quickly deliver factory-built, affordable rental units.

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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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The promise and the reality of gen AI agents in the enterprise

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Generative AI technology is improving so quickly that a range of new capabilities are rapidly coming online, but only for those who can understand how to use them.

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15 Years After the Subprime Meltdown, Renters Could Still Be Feeling the Impacts

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The 2007-2009 financial crisis may seem like a distant memory now. But many are still feeling its impact. After millions of homeowners defaulted on their mortgages and lost their homes, investors bought up these properties and converted them to.

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Google Cloud Achieves FedRAMP High Authorization on 100+ Additional Services

Google Public Sector

On the heels of achieving Top Secret/Secret authorization for Google Distributed Cloud Hosted, Google Public Sector today announced it has reached another significant milestone, with more than 100+ additional cloud services now authorized at FedRAMP High. U.S. government customers can now access leading enterprise-grade Google Cloud capabilities that span cybersecurity, analytics, AI, and more in FedRAMP High environments using Assured Workloads.

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Shiny new things and public priorities

GCN

COMMENTARY | The economic growth and civic pride benefits of new stadiums are not enough to compensate for the required public financial commitment.

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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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Author Talks: Fighting the good fight

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Are you built to face your greatest fears head-on? Marine Corps veteran and Microsoft executive Nate Boaz shares ways to develop the courage to get through the most trying times—and come out on top.

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How AI Is Reshaping Human Resources in the Public Sector

Careers in Government

Another advantage of this technology is improved recruitment. AI enhances its processes using advanced algorithms. The post How AI Is Reshaping Human Resources in the Public Sector appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Q&A: The State Department’s Tech for Life Initiative Lets Workers Keep Devices Longer

FedTech Magazine

With one of the most mobile civilian workforces in the federal government, the State Department reprovisions devices every time an employee transfers to a new post. The department’s 13,000 Foreign Service officers serve in 270 countries — including locations the department describes as “hardship posts” — and change duty stations every two or three years.

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New York’s slow progress moving to EVs highlights obstacles cities face

GCN

While the city has struggled to build public chargers for electric vehicles, it has made strides in electrifying its own fleet.

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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.