May, 2024

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One Solution to Car-Dependency: Have Non-Drivers Plan Our Transportation Systems

Next City

One-third of Americans don’t have a driver’s license. Anna Zivarts says it’s time for transportation planners to include them in decision-making.

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SCP 205: After Hours Activity Ideas for Camp

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Curt and Chris explore engaging activities at camp after the sun sets. They share personal stories, offer practical tips for implementing classic nighttime activities like kitchen raids, night swims, and campfire cooking, and offer some more innovative and memorable ideas. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 205: After Hours Activity Ideas for Camp first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Why so many bad bosses still rise to the top

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Narcissism. Overconfidence. Low EQ. Why do we persist in selecting for leadership traits that hamper organizational progress—and leave the right potential leaders in the wrong roles?

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Why income discrimination laws hurt poor renters

GCN

COMMENTARY| Laws that ban discrimination against voucher holders can push smaller landlords out of the low-income housing market, decreasing the amount of affordable housing.

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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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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

NLC (National League of Cities)

By: Sigvanna Tapqaq, Nome, AK, Common Council Member Leadership Circle Member/ NLC Local Indigenous Leaders (LIL) Introduction May 5th is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIW) Day, most widely celebrated across the U.S. and Canada.

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UK Gov launches measures to enhance cyber security in AI models and software

Open Access Government - Technology News

In a bid to fortify the nation’s cyber defences and foster economic growth, the UK government has introduced pioneering measures aimed at bolstering cyber security in AI models and software The new measures, which are expected to set a global standard for bolstering protections of AI models from hacking and sabotage, were unveiled today by the UK government (15 May) following the announcement that the security sector is now worth almost £12 billion.

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Ep 35: Understanding Bullying vs. Conflict with Emily Galinsky

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Kelie and Shauna are joined by Emily Galinsky from Bright Moose Training to discuss the crucial differences between bullying and conflict in youth programs, camps, and schools. Emily shares insights on how to recognize the signs of both, strategies for prevention, and handling conflicts effectively. The conversation explores real-world applications […] The post Ep 35: Understanding Bullying vs.

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Gen AI talent: Your next flight risk

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Active users of gen AI are high value and in demand—and in many cases, poised to quit. New research reveals how to attract them, keep them engaged, and motivate them to stay put.

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E-bikes are a ‘game changer’ for bike shares

GCN

Ridership on the systems in cities big and small after the pandemic is stronger than ever, and bike-share operators say the electric devices are a big reason why.

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ASTERRA helps build a more sustainable Earth by identifying and mitigating ‘lost water’ using AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Water is one of Earth’s most precious resources, yet a considerable amount goes missing worldwide every day. This lost water is typically referred to as nonrevenue water (NRW), and pipeline leaks are one of its main sources. Water pipeline leaks can damage critical infrastructure and put communities in danger, as well as lead to significant unplanned expenses and wasted resources.

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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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Local Governments Are Developing Early AI Use Cases, CIOs Say

State Tech Magazine

Local government CIOs agreed that artificial intelligence has great potential for staff augmentation but noted that they are only in the early stages of testing AI use cases. Speaking Thursday at the Public Technology Institute’s 2024 AI and Cyber Summit in Washington, D.C., Scott Varner, director of IT and management information systems for Frederick County, Va., asked, “Wouldn’t you love to be doing the real work instead of all of the executive summaries?

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How South Korea’s Tech Hub Embraced the 15-Minute City

Next City

Busan’s mayor is taking a collaborative approach to championing “happy proximity,” turning his city into a living laboratory for urban regeneration.

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SCP 206: Spicing Up Capture the Flag

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Curt and Chris offer up creative ways to invigorate the classic game of Capture the Flag, offering 20 (19?) unique variations aimed at enhancing gameplay for campers. Their ideas range from incorporating themes and adding special abilities to players, to modifying game mechanics with invisibility aspects or involving staff in […] The post SCP 206: Spicing Up Capture the Flag first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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AI for social good: Improving lives and protecting the planet

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As AI advances from predictive to generative capabilities, its potential to address social issues defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals expands.

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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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From foster care to secure housing: How vouchers help young adults build self-sufficiency

GCN

While some first-time renters rush to thrift stores to find eclectic pieces to decorate their new apartments, for adolescents leaving the foster system, the experience of moving out is often much bleaker.

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The F-35 Will Now Exceed $2 Trillion As the Military Plans to Fly It Less

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the Department of Defense’s most ambitious weapons program and plays a crucial role in DOD’s ability to meet current and future U.S. national security goals. At the same time, the F-35 has been plagued by.

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Agencies Continue to Build Toward Their 5G Future

FedTech Magazine

Agencies continue to work toward the goal of connecting all employees through the same network, no matter their location, to boost efficiency and security. The Census Bureau envisions more than 600,000 enumerators for the 2030 census connecting to a private 5G network — whether from a regional office or at someone’s doorstep — in lieu of the cloud. However, the timing for that shift is likely six years away.

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Combating cyber-enabled fraud: Sapphire’s proactive cyber security approach

Open Access Government - Technology News

The Internet offers many advantages. However, with online crime totalling $8tn globally, the system seems broken In the UK, fraud is the most experienced crime, accounting for 40% of all crimes. Shockingly, 80% of reported fraud is enabled through online means, with many cyber-enabled frauds remaining unreported. The true number of such incidents is much higher.

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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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First Responders and Communities Expect a Rail Safety Bill from Congress After East Palestine Report

NLC (National League of Cities)

Up to three times each day, America’s local first responders are called on to be the first line of defense for local communities when a train leaves its tracks with potentially devastating consequences like we saw in East Palestine, OH, last year.

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The rapid evolution of payments in Latin America

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Cash is no longer Latin Americans’ preferred way to pay, as debit cards, credit cards, and mobile payments have gained fans, presenting opportunities for financial-services companies.

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Federal broadband subsidy cut amid fears over its future

GCN

The Affordable Connectivity Program will pay some households just $14 in May, down from $30. Unless Congress acts on a $7 billion extension bill, it will run out of money at the end of the month, plunging some families, supporters warn, into “digital darkness.

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May the 4th Be With You—Want to Fight Fraud? ‘This is the Way…’

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Happy early Star Wars Day! A not so long time ago (April), in a galaxy nearby (ours), the Jedi Council (GAO) issued a first-of-its-kind estimate of fraud across federal programs and operations. We estimated that the federal government could lose.

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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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The Impacts of El Niño Go Far Beyond Water

The City Fix

Over the past several months, the climate pattern El Niño has disrupted different regions and sectors across the world. Zimbabwe recently declared a state of disaster, due largely to El Niño-induced drought. The city government in Bogotá, Colombia, announced water rationing as reservoir levels.

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How To Implement (just about) Anything

First State Insights

Tom DeWire, Founder and Principal Consultant of EdScale, speaks with Troy Mix, Associate Director of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), about his 2023 book, "How To Implement (just about) Anything: Lessons from 25 years in public education." This interview covers Tom's perspectives on the importance of and challenges associated with implementation, along with his lessons for driving and sustaining change in complex systems.

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What the Hazardous Substance Designation of PFAS Chemicals Means for Local Governments

NLC (National League of Cities)

On April 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as the Superfund law. PFOA and PFOS are two of the most widely used and widely studied PFAS chemicals.

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New tactics for new talent: Closing US semiconductor labor gaps

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

America’s impending semiconductor expansion depends on three labor pools that are currently under pressure. Without new action, large talent gaps will likely persist, despite current workforce development.

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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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Celebrating Public Service—and Public Servants

GCN

COMMENTARY | Government is asked to solve our toughest and most intractable problems. That’s why we need to celebrate the people who make a difference through government service.

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Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education

Homeroom

There is a famous phrase amongst Indigenous people about walking in two worlds: one being a path of traditional teachings, and the other being a path in the western world. I’ve related to and reflected on this statement all throughout my educational journey, but especially as I’ve worked to instill Native language & culture in Continue Reading The post Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Investigations of Border Encounters that End in Serious Injury or Death

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Deaths and injuries involving U.S. Customs and Border Protection law enforcement personnel along the southwest border have raised concerns about officer and civilian safety, as well as potential misconduct. In 2023, a child died while in Border.

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NIST Updated Its Cybersecurity Framework. What Does That Mean for Agencies?

FedTech Magazine

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s February release of version 2.0 of its Cybersecurity Framework is a milestone in the evolution of cyber standards, expanding them to encompass all sectors. CSF 2.0 is the first major overhaul of the framework — a published set of guidelines, best practices and standards for reducing organizations’ cyber risk first introduced in 2014 — which widens its scope beyond critical infrastructure entities to all entities.

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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.