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For equal access, consider both physical and digital accessibility

GCN

COMMENTARY | Features such as clear navigation, readable text and multimedia alternatives improve the customer experience for everyone, leading to higher levels of satisfaction, engagement and trust.

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How Local Leaders Can Make Community Events More Sustainable

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Monica Rowand, Senior Manager, WM Advisory Services Summer is here, and your community may have a list of events on the calendar, from concerts to sports events to graduation ceremonies and more. But have you thought of how to make those events more sustainable?

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What Paris Can Teach Other Cities About Removing Roads

Next City

The City of Light is deprioritizing cars and aims to become “more human.

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Midwest states launch new rail service, 12 years in the making

GCN

The new Borealis Amtrak service between Chicago and St. Paul has given rail advocates something to cheer about. But they hope other new projects can come online quicker.

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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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Work permits: A readily-implemented lever for reducing illegal child labor

GCN

COMMENTARY | New research shows that the work permits process plays a vital role in preventing child labor violations because it educates children, parents and employers about the law.

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Enhancing customer experience in an evolving mobility ecosystem

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Toyota Insurance President and COO Robert Spencer shares his views on how OEMs and insurers can partner to enhance customer experience as the mobility ecosystem evolves.

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How you can build a FedRAMP High-compliant network with Assured Workloads

Google Public Sector

Google Cloud recently achieved a major U.S. government compliance milestone with more than 130 services, including 12 additional Cloud Networking services, approved for FedRAMP High authorization — the strictest standard for protecting the most sensitive unclassified data. To help our customers securely deploy a network architecture that aligns with FedRAMP High, we have outlined several of our recommended best practices.

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Mayoral candidate pledges ‘digital by default’ city services

GCN

In his bid to become the next mayor of San Francisco, Mark Farrell promised to digitize government services within two years.

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State of the Consumer 2024: What’s now and what’s next

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Amid massive shifts in the consumer landscape, companies can’t afford to rely on yesterday’s consumer insights. Here are nine trends that merit close attention.

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Firewall as a Service Fortifies State and Local Governments in the Cloud

State Tech Magazine

As state and local governments adopt cloud resources, they need to remain attuned to cyber resilience. To that end, Firewall as a Service can play an important role in defending against cyberattacks. Within the broader category of Infrastructure as a Service, FWaaS works much like a hardware-based firewall, except that it’s based in the cloud. This approach offers the ability to scale quickly as a network expands and to maintain a solid layer of protection with less hands-on effort.

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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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Democratisation through New Municipalism: The Role of Public-Common Partnerships

Policy & Politics Journal blog

by Iolanda Bianchi In my recent article published in Policy & Politics, I take a journey through the burgeoning phenomenon known as ‘new municipalism’, a movement that is rapidly gaining traction as a powerful catalyst for injecting a breath of… Continue reading →

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Teens say distracted driving messages need to be catchier, more frequent and blunt

GCN

Young adults typically underestimate the risk of distracted driving, making it difficult for public safety officials to craft effective messaging.

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Tech services and generative AI: Plotting the necessary reinvention

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The rapid emergence of generative AI has the potential to disrupt a dynamic the sector has relied on for decades, but it also offers an opportunity to tap a lucrative new market.

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Library Cracks the Code on How To Tell Stories to Stakeholders: They Use Email! Here’s How Their Targeted Newsletter Works

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library During the pandemic, Claudine Bennet was stuck at home, and trying to adjust to her new role as External Relations Manager at Dayton Metro Library , she came up with a fun game. “At the time, I had a map next to my desk at home,” remembers Claudine. “I would glance up and see a city and boom!

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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 are the Biggest Challenges to Federal Cybersecurity? (High Risk Update)

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Cyberattacks have the power to bring our daily lives to a screeching halt. Nearly everything we use to work, play, and live relies on computer systems that are vulnerable to attacks. For example, an attack on an electrical grid could leave millions.

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More cities are seeing budget gaps: Here’s what not to do

GCN

A growing number of cities are having to make tough decisions this spring in order to balance next year’s budgets.

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Five need-to-know facts about using the AWS Cloud for K12 cyber-resiliency

AWS Public Sector Blog

K12 and primary schools across the US have experienced increased cyber threats in recent years, with cyberattacks jumping from 400 to 1,300 over a three-year period. As a result, sensitive information—including personal family issues, behavioral data, and financial information—was stolen by hackers and disclosed. The negative impacts of a cyberattack can be long-lasting, with loss of learning ranging from three days to three weeks and recovery time requiring anywhere from two to nine months.

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State and Local Governments’ Cyber Resilience Efforts Face Constraints

State Tech Magazine

Eighty-nine percent of state and federal government IT and security professionals feel somewhat or very confident about the visibility they have into their cybersecurity landscape — yet a number are facing funding, talent and other challenges, according to a new research report from CDW. A third of the government technology and security professionals who participated in a recent survey conducted by CDW say that their organization’s approach to cybersecurity doesn’t include sufficient budgetary r

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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 case for doubling down on refinery reliability now

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

With unplanned refinery outages at an all-time high, reliability fundamentals remain critical to capturing market opportunities, while digital tools can unlock further impact.

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Agencies Turn to Dozens of Tools to Improve Network Visibility

FedTech Magazine

The majority of state and federal government agencies are running an increasingly complex mix of more than 20 security tools and platforms to boost network visibility, according to the 2024 CDW Cybersecurity Research Report. Such tools create a need for increased training and strain an already stretched workforce, per the report, which is based on a survey of more than 70 state and federal IT and security officials.

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Building compliant healthcare solutions using Landing Zone Accelerator

AWS Public Sector Blog

The rise of cloud computing has brought many benefits to healthcare businesses, such as increased flexibility, scalability, and accessibility. However, with these benefits come challenges to meet regulatory and compliance requirements surrounding data privacy and security. Further, these requirements are complex because they vary both geographically and regionally, increasing the time to release and maintain a solution that meets both the technical and administrative controls necessary to adhere

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These wrongly arrested black men say a California bill would let police misuse face recognition

GCN

Three men falsely arrested based on face recognition technology have joined the fight against a California bill that aims to place guardrails around police use of the technology. They say it will still allow abuses and misguided arrests.

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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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Commercial capabilities: A predictor of growth for medtech companies

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Medtech companies can achieve above-market growth and margin expansion by upping their ‘Commercial Quotient’ through investing in basic, omnichannel, and ecosystem selling capabilities.

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Panelists Propose Solutions to Improve the Efficacy of Housing Choice Vouchers

The Stoop (NYU Furman Center)

Panelists at the Furman Center’s State of the City launch event on May 21 discussed the challenges of administering a federal voucher program and proposed a range of solutions to improve its function—including expanding housing supply, offering more operational flexibility for localities, strengthening protections against discrimination from landlords, and coaching people as they navigate the program so they are empowered to move into new neighborhoods.

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Operationalizing cloud adoption with the AWS Cloud Maturity Assessment

AWS Public Sector Blog

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Maturity Assessment (CMA) uses the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF) to assess the maturity of your cloud adoption, and provide prescriptive guidance on prioritized next steps. By replacing guesswork with data-driven analysis, you will get a blueprint to prioritize, build, and mature your cloud capabilities. The AWS CAF is a set of best practices, tools, and guidance that helps organizations get started with cloud technologies (illustrated in Figure 1).

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MBTA is ‘barely treading water'

GCN

If Boston's public transit agency can't close a $700 million funding gap for the T in the next 13 months, it may have to consider massive service cuts.

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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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Unlocking the power of price transparency data

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Is the future of healthcare consumer-centric?

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What’s Going on in State & Local?

GovLoop

Priorities for States Each year, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) publishes federal advocacy priorities that represent areas of focus for the upcoming year and how states can collaborate with federal agencies, Congress, the White House and strategic partners. 2024 priorities include: AI: States Lead the Way Continue Adoption of Dot Gov Domain Ensure Responsible Implementation of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program Expand and Strengthen the State C

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THE GRAVEYARD OF GOOD IDEAS

Barrett & Greene

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a B&G report titled “ Is Speedy Government Good Government? ” in which we made the case that the pressure for states and localities to solve problems overnight can often lead to failed efforts. “Jumping into new initiatives. without the time for adequate preparation, may be great for elected officials anxious to make quick headlines,” we wrote “But glitter often tarnishes as time passes and efforts go through a rational progression of brainstorming, bringing i

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Highway humor is over some drivers’ heads

GCN

States to drivers: READ OUR WITTY HIGHWAY SIGNS. Feds to states: YOU’RE NOT FUNNY.

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Facility Maintenance Trends for 2024: Whats 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.