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4 Steps to Modernizing Agency Applications

FedTech Magazine

Agencies need to modernize their applications in order for their digital transformation efforts to progress. Yet 35 percent of federal IT leaders cited software as the biggest barrier to their tech modernization efforts, which only 43 percent said are a current priority for their agency, according to an EY survey of 300 such decision-makers in October.

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The great Salt Lake City tax tradeoff

GCN

In a few weeks, the city council will be voting on a 0.5% sales tax to support economic development downtown. But it’s not the money that is drawing all the attention, it’s what the city is giving up.

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What Is a Strategic Application Modernization Assessment, and How Can It Help Government?

State Tech Magazine

Most government IT leaders understand the importance of modernizing their applications and data, but they have struggled to get started and map out the right process. According to a 2023 report from the IBM Institute for Business Value, 83 percent of North American IT executives say modernizing applications and data is central to the business strategy of their organizations.

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Empowering Local Economies: Leveraging Small Businesses in Public Procurement

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Megan Lancaster, Senior Research Manager, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Entrepreneurship and small business development have often been celebrated as effective tools in promoting economic stability and mobility within local communities.

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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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Six imperatives for credit unions to secure their future

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Credit union members are aging, and young people tend to see these institutions less favorably than their elders do. Here are six strategies for bringing in younger members to weather the years ahead.

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Building emergency housing to meet the unique needs of older adults

GCN

A silver tsunami of older adults experiencing homelessness is starting to crash across the U.S. Here’s how one state is trying to soften the blow.

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How One Data Dashboard Helps Small Cities Leverage Federal Funding

NLC (National League of Cities)

Co-authored by Lacy Glencora Loftin, Grant Navigator, National League of Citites In many communities, decades of underinvestment in federal workforce development programs, disaster mitigation and federal food programs leaves too many families hungry, vulnerable to extreme weather, underperforming in schools and struggling to make ends meet.

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From ripples to waves: The transformational power of tokenizing assets

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Tokenized financial assets are moving from pilot to at-scale deployment. Adoption is not yet widespread, but financial institutions with blockchain capabilities in place will have a strategic advantage.

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Empowering 1,000-plus partners: How the AWS Think Big for Small Business Program fuels public sector innovation

AWS Public Sector Blog

In the intricate landscape of public sector procurement, the demand for innovation, efficiency, and reliability is paramount. As government agencies seek to modernize their operations and deliver enhanced services to citizens, the role of small businesses becomes increasingly pivotal. Yet, the journey from small business solution to impactful collaboration is a field with challenges and opportunities.

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As mobile IDs proliferate, concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy mount

GCN

New York is the latest state to adopt a mobile driver’s license. But while the technology holds promise and is convenient for users, there remain concerns.

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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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Manufactured Housing: Making Homeownership Attainable

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Challenge of Homeownership Today Homeownership, a key driver of building wealth in the US, is unattainable for many households, This is especially true for low and moderate-income households and first-time homebuyers.

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Decarbonizing logistics: Charting the path ahead

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Companies need to reduce their logistics emissions to meet decarbonization targets, but a new McKinsey survey finds that few companies have clear plans to do so. What is the best path forward?

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Fine-tuning an LLM using QLoRA in AWS GovCloud (US)

AWS Public Sector Blog

Introduction Government agencies are increasingly using large language models (LLMs) powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI) to extract valuable insights from their data in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Regions. In this guide, we walk you through the process of adapting LLMs to specific domains with parameter efficient fine-tuning techniques made accessible through Amazon SageMaker integrations with Hugging Face.

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A match made in housing

GCN

As America’s population rapidly ages and housing costs soar, some states are playing matchmaker and matching young people in need of affordable housing with older adults with room to spare.

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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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GGRF Provides $27 Billion for Clean Energy Projects. Here’s How Cities Can Access It

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), created through the Inflation Reduction Act, is a $27 billion investment in clean energy deployment nationally. It aims to ensure that low-income and historically marginalized communities have fair access to programs that will create good-paying jobs for the future while reducing local air pollution and energy bills.

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Advanced semiconductors for the era of centralized E/E architectures

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Next-gen automotive E/E architectures require sophisticated centralized compute units to cope with increasing feature needs. Fusion chips and chiplet-based designs are potential enablers.

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How CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment Is Helping Agencies

FedTech Magazine

Federal IT leaders looking to jump-start application modernization within their agencies should first conduct assessments of their app portfolios to create a game plan, according to Greg Peters, the founder of CDW’s own assessment. Peters says automating such an assessment, as CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment does, further speeds up modernization efforts.

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Platform lets cities, residents shop granny flat options

GCN

Like an Etsy for accessory dwelling units, an online platform displays preapproved designs and specs for ADUs, giving local governments a tool for streamlining construction and reducing the housing shortage.

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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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How Cities Can Prepare Now to Meet New PFAS Drinking Water Regulations 

NLC (National League of Cities)

With the Biden Administration finalizing new PFAS drinking water regulations for municipalities, it is time for local leaders to begin working with their water utilities.

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Netherlands advanced: Building a future labor market that works

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The Netherlands has high ambitions for living standards, housing, healthcare, education, and the environment, requiring higher productivity growth through technology and a “train of job transitions.

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So You Have Technical Debt? Get in Line.

FedTech Magazine

Many agencies are at a tipping point when it comes to technical debt. Vendors simply can’t support legacy hardware anymore, and agencies need a cloud alternative while planning the effort to modernize their applications. Where is technical debt bogging down federal IT, and how can agencies pivot? Many find it’s becoming harder to deal with outdated IT as the rate of technological innovation increases.

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An overlooked tool for chipping away at the opioid crisis

GCN

Too few states are assessing residents for substance use disorders, a practice that one expert says could get drug users into treatment earlier.

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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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Combatting Discrimination in Our Nation’s Largest Employer—the Federal Government

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The federal government is our nation’s largest employer with more than 2 million workers. Equal opportunity laws and regulations are meant to ensure workplaces are free from discrimination. But investigations by analysts here at GAO and Office of.

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Author Talks: Ruchir Sharma on the pitfalls and promise of the capitalist system

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

“Money makes the world go round,” but Rockefeller International chairman Ruchir Sharma argues that capitalism really isn’t achieving its full potential. If financial bailouts aren’t the answer, what is?

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CISA’s Greenfield Solution: A Model for IT Modernization in the Zero-Trust Era

FedTech Magazine

Managing security effectively across a vast landscape of legacy technologies at some point feels like a losing proposition for federal cybersecurity and IT teams. There are too many updates, patches and critical fixes to tackle — all to maintain systems that likely don’t offer the power or agility required to run more innovative solutions. Enter the “greenfield” approach, which allows agencies to regain control and build new environments free of legacy code while dramatically reducing their atta

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In tax code ruling, U.S. Supreme Court declined to open ‘Pandora's box’

GCN

Justices sided with the government, avoiding a decision that could have upended the tax code and cost state and local governments trillions of dollars.

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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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The Data-Informed Community Engagement (DICE) Approach to Public Safety Turns Analytics into Action

NLC (National League of Cities)

This is one in a series of blogs focused on Gun Violence Awareness in June. To connect with NLC’s Justice Initiatives Team and other cities working to address violence in their communities, email us at justiceinitiatives@nlc.org.

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The ‘inside out’ leadership journey: How personal growth creates the path to success

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In a new book, four McKinsey senior partners show why leaders must connect with themselves first before they can inspire and empower their organizations.

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New citation metrics for Policy & Politics

Policy & Politics Journal blog

To all our authors, reviewers, Editorial Board members, readers, friends and supporters, We’re delighted to announce that Policy & Politics (P&P) has achieved a 2 year impact factor of 4.

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3D visualization predicts hurricane damage before it happens

GCN

By applying this technology to coastal communities or community buildings, such as schools and stores, researchers can help residents and officials create a plan for hurricane season.

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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.