Sat.Apr 20, 2024 - Fri.Apr 26, 2024

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Justices debate whether cities can make sleeping outside a crime

GCN

Cities worry they could have to “surrender” public places if an Oregon city’s anti-camping law is struck down by the Supreme Court, while advocates say the city rules criminalize being homeless.

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4 Steps That Agencies Can Take to Secure Systems After the CISA Breach

FedTech Magazine

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency reacted quickly after discovering a cyber breach in January that exploited a pair of gateways, a reminder that no entity is immune to such attacks. CISA discovered the breach when hackers tricked an integrity checker tool into failing to detect the compromise and accessed the agency’s Infrastructure Protection Gateway, containing information on U.S. infrastructure and the Chemical Security Assessment Tool used to determine terrorism risks at f

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911 call centers cope with more calls, fewer workers

GCN

Staff shortages are forcing emergency call center workers to pick up more overtime, work longer hours, adding extra pressure to an already stressful job, a new survey found.

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Leadership, Partnerships, and Equity Maps help celebrate the Week of Young Child and Earth Month

NLC (National League of Cities)

The week of April 6 was the Week of the Young Child. Originally started by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, it is a week dedicated to celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. April is also Earth Month.

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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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Google Ad Grants Improve Your Library’s Chances of Being Found in Search: How To Apply and Manage This Incredible Opportunity

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Five years ago, I was listening to an episode of a library podcast about Google Ad Grants , which offers $10,000 monthly advertising credit to qualified nonprofits. Thousands of nonprofits use the program. You apply once, and the grant continues indefinitely. Wow! Many libraries have taken advantage of this program since it was launched in 2004.

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Ep 34: Elevating Staff Training at Camp

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES This episode dives into the transformative approaches Kelie and Shauna are implementing for staff training at their respective camps. From reinventing traditional methods to integrating dynamic activities. The conversation reflects on past experiences, anticipates future challenges, and explores strategies to enhance the camp experience for both staff and campers, highlighting the importance of […] The post Ep 34: Elevating Staff Training at Camp first appeared on Summer Camp Pr

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FCC reinstates net neutrality rules

GCN

Commissioners voted 3-2 to revive net neutrality, which supporters said would prevent the internet from being intentionally blocked or slowed down. Opponents said the effort is unnecessary and violates the law.

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An academic story of contemporary policy and policymaking problems

Paul Cairney

Many policy concepts try to sum up the same story about modern governance: complex policy problems do not respect traditional government boundaries, and require collaborative responses across government and between governmental and non-governmental actors.

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U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Lead the Way on Healthy, Sustainable Infrastructure and Environmental Learning

Homeroom

Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2024 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, District Sustainability Awardees, and Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Across the country 41 schools, 10 districts, one early learning center, and three postsecondary institutions were named. School systems across the U.S. are implementing environmental education standards, flipping the switch on solar Continue Reading The post U.S.

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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, March 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Consumption continues to be resilient, except in Europe; central banks hold interest rates steady due to ongoing inflation risk; business survey respondents show increased confidence in economy.

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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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One city takes to the streets to address extreme heat

GCN

A Los Angeles neighborhood tested the impact of an innovative cool pavement coating, and research shows it holds potential to supplement climate mitigation efforts.

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Extreme Connect 2024: Agencies Can Use Wi-Fi 6E Connectivity Outdoors

State Tech Magazine

In a recent video interview, Jose J. Peña, IT director for the city of Pharr, Texas, said that the enhanced capabilities of Extreme Networks infrastructure ensures that the city can continue to innovate. “We have been doing public Wi-Fi and video surveillance in our city parks for several years now, and this just helps us,” Peña said in an Extreme Networks online presentation.

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Myth vs. Fact: Academic Advisors

Homeroom

BY: Gabriel Bermea, Visiting Scholar at The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) From the belief that academic advisors only handle course scheduling, to the assumption that they make all decisions for students, there are a few persistent myths about academic advisors and their responsibilities. As an academic advising researcher and former post-secondary advisor, Continue Reading The post Myth vs.

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What is top of mind for dairy executives in 2024?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

How will the US dairy industry evolve in response to growing concerns about sustainability and other issues? We conducted our sixth annual survey of dairy executives to find out.

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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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First state-regulated overdose prevention center preps for opening

GCN

Rhode Island is using part of its opioid settlement money to expand harm reduction strategies and demonstrate how the center can impact drug use, crime and recovery.

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Extreme Connect 2024: Texas Officials Spotlight Cybersecurity Cooperation

State Tech Magazine

“One of our biggest challenges is tackling the whole-of-state approach to cybersecurity,” said Texas CIO Amanda Crawford in a chat with Extreme Networks Chief Marketing Officer Monica Kumar on Wednesday. Crawford and Seguin CIO Shane McDaniel addressed a sold-out audience on a very busy and productive day at Extreme Connect 2024, emphasizing that cybersecurity cooperation between levels of government remains top of mind for them, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Securing Agencies’ Cloud Migration Paths Requires Data-Level Security

FedTech Magazine

There is always an inherent risk of compromise when moving data from one location to another. Some data might be lost, while other data might end up being corrupted or incomplete. Cloud migration adds the possibility of human error and technical issues, heightening the risks associated with data transfer. Agencies navigating cloud migration to align with the Biden administration’s National Cybersecurity Strategy can mitigate some of these risks with a solution called content disarm and reconstru

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Brazil, Colombia join the AWS Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance to tackle talent gap

AWS Public Sector Blog

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the demand for skilled tech professionals continues to outpace the supply. This talent gap poses significant challenges for businesses across Latin America, with almost half of tech vacancies remaining unfilled due to a lack of qualified candidates. Addressing this challenge, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has expanded the Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance to Brazil and Colombia.

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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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5 Opportunities for Micro-Greening in Low-Income Urban Settlements

The City Fix

Climate-change-induced events such as heat waves and floods severely impact quality of life in urban areas. It can be financially disruptive and even fatal, disproportionately impacting settlements most vulnerable to climate risks. Greening of open spaces can be an important.

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Government Career Paths in Public Recreation

Careers in Government

If you have a love of nature, people, and community, a career in public recreation could be a great fit. The post Government Career Paths in Public Recreation appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Achieving racial equity in college admissions starts in pre-K

GCN

COMMENTARY | The class of 2028 is the first college class to be admitted after the end of affirmative action. Without it, we need big-picture reforms.

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Institutional Owned Land and New York City’s Housing Crisis: The Extent of Faith-Based Owned Land Ownership

The Stoop (NYU Furman Center)

As New York City grapples with its most severe housing shortage in over half a century, state and local policymakers are actively seeking a range of ways to promote housing development using institutionally-owned land, including Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs). To gauge the opportunity's scale, the NYU Furman Center analyzed the zoning of FBO-owned land in New York City, detailing its scope and geographic spread.

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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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Creating a common language for learners, educators, and employers with AI

Google Public Sector

A lack of skills holds back tens of millions of people from finding jobs, growing in their careers, and adapting to today’s business opportunities. For example, an estimated 920 million people globally have an education that does not match their job 1 , while 60% of workers will require new training before 2027 but only some have access to adequate training opportunities 2.

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Trust, Leap, and Learn

Careers in Government

If you want to create momentum in your life, you must be willing to leap, trusting that everything you need is already inside you. The post Trust, Leap, and Learn appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Southern governors raise pressure in fights with auto unions

GCN

Republican officials want to tell automakers that get big financial incentives for new factories that they have to use secret ballots during unionization efforts.

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Financial Decision Making Can Get Harder with Age—We found 24 Federal Programs that Help Seniors and Those with Disabilities

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Older adults and people with disabilities must often make tough decisions that can have lasting consequences on their financial well-being. They may also need assistance in making these choices. At the same time, they could be vulnerable to financial.

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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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GCCH Monthly M365 Webinar: New Teams Updates and Cross-Cloud Collaboration Envisioning

Microsoft Public Sector

We’re looking forward to our next GCCH M365 Webinar on Tuesday, April 30, at 1200 EDT. It’s the Dave show as we’ll be joined by both Dave Jennings (new Teams) and Dave Nobles (empowering secure and effective collaboration between GCCH and DoD). To receive a calendar invite, please register here. In addition, please find attached a roll up of April M365 roadmap highlights.

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What Role Does Social Impact Play in Attracting Gen Z to Government Jobs?

Careers in Government

Zoomers care about making a change and will choose careers with companies committed to a cause. The post What Role Does Social Impact Play in Attracting Gen Z to Government Jobs? appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Making AI better than us—What could possibly go wrong?

GCN

COMMENTARY | Trained on data scraped from all corners of the internet, today’s generative AI applications are rife with biased data. Developing a trustworthy AI framework requires cross-sector collaboration.

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Transforming How New York Protects and Serves its Community

Google Public Sector

In today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) is making a significant impact across the country, delivering scale, efficiency and utilization of responsible best practices. New York is leading the way, embracing this technological shift, using generative AI (gen AI) to revolutionize how the government serves its constituents.

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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.