2023

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How generative AI can boost consumer marketing

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

From automating processes and powering hyperpersonalization to permanently altering the idea generation process, generative AI is poised to be a catalyst for a new age of marketing capabilities.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Grassroots Movement That Built Puerto Rico’s First Community-Owned Microgrid

Next City

In the small mountain town of Adjuntas, an "energy insurrection" is building a model for clean, reliable power across the island.

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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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Unlocking the potential of generative AI: Three key questions for government agencies

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Government organizations may seek to jump on the gen AI bandwagon, but the technology’s complexities could sideline their efforts. Our framework addresses some critical implementation questions.

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Seven Things to Know About the Student Loan Payment Count Adjustment

Homeroom

Borrowers Have More Time to Consolidate Loans to Benefit from the Adjustment By: Federal Student Aid Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray Since this summer, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has approved almost $44 billion in debt relief for more than 900,000 borrowers as part of the payment count adjustment. This is a one-time initiative Continue Reading The post Seven Things to Know About the Student Loan Payment Count Adjustment appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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The Rising Threat of Domestic Terrorism in the U.S. and Federal Efforts to Combat It

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Domestic terrorism is on the rise. Several attacks have been widely reported in the last few years. For example, in May 2022, a racially-motivated individual shot and killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York. A 2018 attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue left.

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5 Questions State and Local Agencies Can Ask About AI

State Tech Magazine

Artificial intelligence technologies, such as machine learning, speech recognition and computer vision, are becoming common building blocks for applications in the public sector. Here are answers to some common questions. Can AI improve citizen services? AI absolutely is a valuable tool. For example, state and local governments have become enthusiastic about putting as much information as possible online, but this is often siloed based on department or government level.

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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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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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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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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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Automated End-to-End Testing Helps Enable Better Constituent Experiences

Government Technology Insider

While agencies have made great strides towards improving constituent experiences, there is often complexity and confusion when constituents have to navigate multiple forms, processes, or levels of government to request services. Consequently, constituents have demanded more unified digital experiences. To achieve this, state government agencies will need to break down data silos to provide agencies with the ability to make accurate data-driven decisions that improve overall constituent experienc

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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.