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Disaster Relief Often Leaves Disabled People Behind. Disabled First Responders Are Changing That.

Next City

Disability inclusion in emergency preparedness and response doesn’t just mean supporting disabled victims of extreme weather. It also means including disabled communities in disaster relief strategy.

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The impact of generative AI on Black communities

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Generative AI has the potential to widen the racial economic gap in the United States by $43 billion each year. But deployed thoughtfully, it could actually remove barriers to Black economic mobility.

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School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources

Homeroom

Educators and students, don’t forget to tap into one of your best resources as you begin this school year…your school librarian! In today’s school libraries, you can find lively, vibrant spaces focused on learning and community. A school librarian provides personalized learning environments and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for Continue Reading The post School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Embracing the Whole-of-State Approach to Cybersecurity

State Tech Magazine

State and local governments continue to be under siege. Research from CrowdStrike shows that between July 2022 and June 2023, government was the second most frequently targeted industry by nation-state adversaries looking to compromise systems. This research also shows that government and academic sectors were in the top 10 of industries targeted by both nation-state actors and e-criminals.

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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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Would you trust AI to predict your future life events?

Open Access Government - Technology News

Artificial intelligence (AI) model, life2vec, is capable of predicting life events, including estimating the time of death, by analysing health data In a groundbreaking research collaboration between DTU, the University of Copenhagen, ITU, and Northeastern University in the US, scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that uses large amounts of personal data to predict events in people’s lives, including estimating the time of death.

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Behavioral Crisis Response in Minneapolis: Embracing Inclusive Design in Community Safety

NLC (National League of Cities)

Written with support from Candace Hanson (Canopy Mental Health & Consulting) and Gina Obiri (City of Minneapolis Department of Performance Management and Innovation). A Shift Toward Appropriate Response In cities across the country, police, fire and EMS have historically been the first responders to almost all calls for service.

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Microtransit is Eating Science Fiction

Human Transit

A while back I wrote about Ada Palmer’s glorious science fiction series Terra Ignota, which I really do recommend to anyone with the slightest interest in philosophy, politics, or history. But I called out one feature of her world that made me crazy: the fantasy that globe-spanning supersonic driverless flying Uber would enable people to make daily trips of thousands of miles.

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How Federal Agencies Can Leverage the Cloud for Application Modernization

FedTech Magazine

While federal agencies face hurdles to digital transformation and using technology to improve processes and the citizen experience, they are making steady progress. Modernizing legacy, monolithic applications that have resided on on-premises hardware and adapting them to more modern, cloud-based environments is an ongoing project across government. Modernized apps run faster and more efficiently and are also less costly to operate.

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More Fraud Has Been Found in Federal COVID Funding—How Much Was Lost Under Unemployment Insurance Programs

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Criminal charges against individuals in alleged COVID-19 funding fraud are growing. Last month, the Department of Justice announced over 700 new enforcement actions—including criminal charges—against 371 defendants for more than $836 million in.

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How to turn a grant rejection into an acceptance

Professional Grant Writer

We preach that grant writing is a process, a long-term investment in the financial stability of your nonprofit. Grant rejections can be common. The post How to turn a grant rejection into an acceptance appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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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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Can Guaranteed Income Protect Against Gentrification?

Next City

In Louisville, community organizers are betting that a guaranteed income program will reduce community violence in disinvested neighborhoods – and prevent displacement of residents.

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Some employees are destroying value. Others are building it. Do you know the difference?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

More than half of employees report being relatively unproductive at work. New research into six types of employees shows how companies can re-engage workers while amplifying the impact of star performers.

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Addressing data security challenges in shared tenant

Microsoft Public Sector

This is a common architecture we see throughout State and Local Government customers (figure 1). This scenario also exists in many multi-national organizations, as well as very large organizations with a centralized structure. For the public sector, agencies (or companies) are typically managed centrally by the State, City, or County’s central IT team: Figure 1 The operations or central IT team manages the tenant on behalf of the hosted agencies.

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Leveraging Libraries to End the Digital Divide

State Tech Magazine

State technology leaders have a multibillion-dollar opportunity right now to end the digital divide as we know it. With the first installment of federal deployment and digital equity planning funds in hand, more than a dozen states have kicked off coordinated efforts with federal, state and local leaders in pursuit of internet for all. Leveraging America’s libraries can avoid duplication of work and accelerate progress.

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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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What cybersecurity trends can we expect to see in 2023

Open Access Government - Technology News

As organisations become increasingly digital, adopting new technologies, applications and services, what cybersecurity trends can we expect to see in the next 12 months? We’ve come to the end of another year characterised by heightened cybersecurity risk within an environment defined by rising political, social and economic challenges. As such, it’s time once again to look forward and take stock of the future cybersecurity trends that are expected to shape the landscape in the year ahead so that

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Reflecting on 99 Years of NLC: Strengthening America’s Cities, Towns & Villages

NLC (National League of Cities)

On December 12, 1924, at 9:30 a.m., 10 municipal leaders from across the country sat down together at a table in Fraser Hall at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Why 2023 emerged as a banner year for passenger rail

GCN

Many efforts that had been in the works for years started paying off this year, but passenger rail advocates hope even better things are on the way.

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Just “Prioritize Ridership”: Is it That Easy?

Human Transit

Matthew Yglesias thinks more carefully about transit than any other US pundit I’ve encountered at his level of celebrity, so his takes are often useful. Today, he has a very broad one, called “ American transit agencies should prioritize ridership over other goals.” He begins: Why does the United States struggle to create cost-effective rail infrastructure?

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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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Technology Is Turning Conference Rooms into Hubs for Seamless Collaboration

FedTech Magazine

With the opening of its Workplace Innovation Lab, the General Services Administration seeks to better understand how hybrid work and the deployment of communication technologies will impact its employees. Located in Washington, D.C., the WIL takes up 25,000 square feet inside GSA headquarters and is equipped with access control and onsite security personnel.

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Award-Winning Library Marketing Team’s Advice for Promotional Success: “Try New Things. Fail. Try More Things.”

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library A few months ago while at a conference, Meghan McCorkell , got the email of a lifetime. The chief of Marketing, Communications, and Strategy for the Enoch Pratt Free Library , she called back to Baltimore and put her team on speaker phone. Meghan was delivering great news: her team won the coveted Library Marketer of the Year award from Library Journal.

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Top highlights from AWS worldwide public sector partners at re:Invent 2023

AWS Public Sector Blog

Jeff Kratz, right, and Thomas Siebel, center, listen as Jason Bonci talks during their fireside chat at the AWS Partner Keynote at re:Invent 2023. This week, the city of Las Vegas served as a vibrant hub of energy and creativity during the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2023 conference. This is my 11th year participating in re:Invent and I continue to be awestruck by the innovative ideas and value that AWS Partners bring to our customers.

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El Paso Tried To Turn This Historic Neighborhood Into A Sports Arena. Then Residents Stepped In.

Next City

After El Paso residents and historic preservationists spent years battling the historic Duranguito neighborhood, the city has backed out and is seeking another site for its stadium plan.

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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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AI-powered marketing and sales reach new heights with generative AI

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

AI technology has revolutionized marketing and sales; now, generative AI promises to disrupt the way B2B and B2C players think about customer experience, productivity, and growth.

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Windows 365 Enterprise meets FedRAMP requirements

Microsoft Public Sector

We’re excited to announce that customers using US Government Community Cloud (GCC) environment and Microsoft Azure can now purchase Windows 365 Enterprise and deploy their Cloud PCs in Microsoft Azure commercial regions. Windows 365 Enterprise has been assessed by a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorized auditor to meet FedRAMP High requirements at data centers within the Continental US and has an agency authorization at FedRAMP Moderate.

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30 State and Local Government IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2023

State Tech Magazine

As state and local governments charge out of the days of the pandemic, leading IT officials are bursting with transformative initiatives that are reshaping the public sector technology landscape. In their work, these officials rely more than ever on partnerships across jurisdictions and with the private sector. Where visible, these strong relationships informed StateTech's list of 30 State and Local Government IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2023.

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New Measures of Postsecondary Education Transfer Performance: Transfer-out rates for community colleges, transfer student graduation rates at four-year colleges, and the institutional dyads contributing to transfer student success

Homeroom

Nathan Sotherland, Kevin Stange, and Jordan Matsudaira The U.S. postsecondary education system provides students with many flexible pathways to earning a bachelor’s degree. One of the most important of these is the opportunity to start a degree at a community college and transfer to a four-year degree program. Community colleges provide access to postsecondary education Continue Reading The post New Measures of Postsecondary Education Transfer Performance: Transfer-out rates for community colleg

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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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The Next Big Way to Tackle Global Climate Challenges? Youth-Led Solutions

NLC (National League of Cities)

By UNICEF USA In the past year, record-breaking summer heat swept across the globe, and extreme weather like hurricanes, wildfires and rising floods devastated communities. Addressing climate change and its impacts has never been more crucial, and youth have been on the front line actively advocating for tangible, practical solutions to the climate crisis.

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Who gets to decide when you die? States consider medical aid in dying

GCN

More than a dozen states introduced bills to legalize the practice in 2023, which observers say can improve end-of-life systems and processes for families and health care providers.

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Changing lives with a new wearable glucose monitor

Open Access Government - Technology News

We could be about to see the world’s first truly non-invasive, real-time, continuous wearable glucose monitor change the lives of those with diabetes forever Afon Technology, a small Welsh-based med-tech startup, is working to develop Glucowear®, the world’s first truly non-invasive, real-time, continuous wearable glucose monitor. The team, headed up by founder Dr Sabih Chaudhry are edging closer to transforming the lives of those living with diabetes around the world with their wearable wristwa

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HPE and Department of Energy Prepare for the Second Phase of Newest Supercomputer

FedTech Magazine

Kestrel, the Department of Energy’s newest supercomputer, has taken flight. The impressive machine would have never left the nest without Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the prime contractor responsible for bringing it to life. DOE tapped HPE in late 2021 to build the new platform to tackle ongoing renewable energy and energy-efficiency research. Kestrel will deliver more than five times faster performance, with 44 petaflops of computing power.

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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.