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Urban Farms Are a Lifeline For Food-Insecure Residents. Will New Jersey Finally Take Them Seriously?

Next City

No water. Pricey permits. Urban farms in Essex County, New Jersey are calling on local governments and the state to make long-term investments in combating food insecurity.

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McKinsey technology trends outlook 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Which technology trends matter most for companies in 2024? New analysis by the McKinsey Technology Council highlights the adoption, development, and industry effects of advanced technologies.

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Why Cyber Resilience Is Critical for Minimizing the Impact of Ransomware Attacks

State Tech Magazine

Ransomware attacks are increasing in frequency, scale and sophistication. According to the most recent Rubrik Zero Labs report, “The State of Data Security: Measuring Your Data’s Risk,” 94 percent of IT and security leaders reported that their organizations experienced significant cyberattacks last year; one-third of these victims endured at least one ransomware attack.

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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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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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Federal Government Made $236 billion “Improper Payments” Last Fiscal Year

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The federal government reported an estimated $236 billion in “improper payments” during the most recently completed fiscal year (FY 2023). Such payments are essentially payment errors that can be the result of many things—include overpayments.

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AWS announces $50 million Generative AI Impact Initiative for public sector organizations

AWS Public Sector Blog

Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the AWS Public Sector Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Impact Initiative. The two-year, $50 million investment is designed to help public sector organizations – and those that directly support their technology needs – to accelerate innovation in support of critical missions using AWS generative AI services and infrastructure, such as Amazon Bedrock , Amazon Q , Amazon SageMaker , AWS HealthScribe , AWS Trainium , and AWS Inferentia.

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2023-2024 Supreme Court Term Roundup: Decisions Important to Local Government

NLC (National League of Cities)

In their 2023-2024 term, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued decisions that directly impact local governments on issues including the constitutionality of collecting impact fees, local authority to make regulations on the matter of homelessness, Title VII employment issues and public officials’ usage of social media.

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How to balance Accessibility and Security in an AI world

Microsoft Public Sector

With the recent announcements around Copilot, especially Copilot for Microsoft 365, many agencies are excited to adopt the new capabilities and unlock user productivity and accessibility. However, there is one lingering question that has always and continues to be in the background: “How to balance accessibility, productivity and security in an AI world.

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Coming to terms with generative AI’s early potential for government

Open Access Government - Technology News

Following the recent international AI Summit, many government executives are assessing how to get started exploring the technology’s potential to improve citizen services One year after generative AI publicly emerged with the launch of ChatGPT and similar tools, it is clear the rapid evolution from AI to generative AI is opening major new frontiers for improving customer service, streamlining processes, and enhancing efficiency in government services.

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It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

Homeroom

It’s FAFSA Week of Action (April 15-19) and to kick off the effort the U.S. Department of Education is thrilled to announce the launch our #FAFSAFastBreak campaign, a national effort to drive FAFSA submissions among high school seniors and returning college students. Everyone has an important role to play! We have already received nearly 200 Continue Reading The post It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

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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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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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From ripples to waves: The transformational power of tokenizing assets

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Tokenized financial assets are moving from pilot to at-scale deployment. Adoption is not yet widespread, but financial institutions with blockchain capabilities in place will have a strategic advantage.

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Q&A: Fort Lauderdale Modernizes Business Applications in IT Overhaul

State Tech Magazine

On April 12, 2023, the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., got 26 inches of rain in 24 hours. The City Hall basement flooded, taking the government’s headquarters out of commission. The deluge came as CIO Tamecka McKay was leading the city through a massive IT modernization effort. With strong support from city leadership, she and her team have kept that program on track, despite the disruption.

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New Houston mayor reverses course on bike, pedestrian improvements

GCN

Mayor John Whitmire ordered pedestrian islands removed, froze projects with bike lanes and suggested cyclists stick to “recreational” trails. It’s a big change in direction from his predecessor’s approach.

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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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A Warning About the Nation’s Fiscal Health

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The federal government is on an unsustainable long-term fiscal path that poses serious economic, national security, and social challenges if not addressed. And the longer we wait to act, the more dire the consequences will be on the economy and the.

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Future of Government Awards 2023 celebrate use of technology to transform people’s lives

AWS Public Sector Blog

Today, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)—the leading UN organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change—the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Institute , and Public Digital , a consultancy whose purpose is to help global institutions thrive in the internet era, announced the recipients of the Future of Government Awards 2023.

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Ransomware Attacks Require Improved Information Sharing

FedTech Magazine

Government needs broad visibility into the activity of bad actors to fight ransomware. A lack of robust information sharing can lead to “a murky information environment, making it difficult for governments and industry to work together to combat ransomware at scale,” according to a report from the Institute for Security and Technology released in April.

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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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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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CISA, OMB, ONCD and Microsoft collaborate on new logging playbook for Federal agencies

Microsoft Public Sector

As part of our efforts to increase security defaults and follow the principle of secure by design, we are happy to share that a feature change initiated by Microsoft engineering will enable more logging capabilities for Purview Audit (Standard). We have worked closely with the Executive Office of the President (EOP), the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to prioritize this effort for U.S. government customers.

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Challenges and opportunities of digital innovation for the UK property market

Open Access Government - Technology News

The UK property market is starting to use a diverse collection of technological solutions to navigate and thrive in an ever-changing environment At the same time, the technological landscape is shifting fast. While AI has dominated headlines, the range of technological solutions available to support property businesses across the board has grown significantly over the past five years.

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Leadership and Perception

Careers in Government

How you perceive things, events, people, and interactions is an ongoing activity, second by second, minute by minute, day by day. The post Leadership and Perception appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Individualism Is Making Public Transit Worse

Next City

For buses and trains to work well, they must meet the needs of many different people at the same time.

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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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The state of AI in early 2024: Gen AI adoption spikes and starts to generate value

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As generative AI adoption accelerates, survey respondents report measurable benefits and increased mitigation of the risk of inaccuracy. A small group of high performers lead the way.

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Scaling Cloud Services Tops State and Local Procurement Priorities

State Tech Magazine

GovWin has identified scaling cloud services as its No. 1 “hotspot” for state and local contracting, noting that bids pertaining to scaling cloud increased 39 percent since 2023, more than any other procurement area. State and local agencies have turned to cloud services such as Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service and Storage as a Service to modernize IT, improve access, and reduce maintenance and hardware costs.

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West Virginia’s top election official on trust, social media and secure elections

GCN

Ahead of what promises to be a hectic election season, Secretary of State Mac Warner spent part of his last National Association of Secretaries of State Winter Conference touching on conspiracy theories, among other topics.

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Lack of Sleep Has Left Our Military Less Combat Ready and More Prone to Accidents with Dire Consequences

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Lack of sleep among active duty service members has led to fatal accidents and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to ships, vehicles, and aircraft. Many service members reported slower reflexes and responses, lower cognitive function, and.

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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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A tech pipeline for rural communities: West Virginia joins AWS Tech Alliance

AWS Public Sector Blog

Last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the AWS Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance to improve the employment gap by increasing tech skills globally. The initiative brings together a coalition of Fortune 500 companies and other employers, government agencies, workforce development organizations, and education leaders to better prepare learners for entry-level tech careers.

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Cyber Hygiene Fixes for the Overconfident Agency

FedTech Magazine

There exists a major disconnect between the trust most agencies put in their current cybersecurity strategies and their actual ability to defend themselves. While 88 percent of global IT and security leaders feel confident in their organizations’ ability to manage cyber risk, 51 percent report that more than half of their cyber incidents were due to poor cyber hygiene, according to an April study from ExtraHop.

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Exploring the Link Between Housing Stability and Mental Health

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Mia Chapman Millions of people in the United States living with mental health challenges face barriers to finding and maintaining stable housing. Mental health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and mental health illnesses are some of the most common health conditions across the country.

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Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners

Homeroom

High school teachers across the country worked with their students this past fall to enter the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Your Place in Space Challenge. The challenge was the first in the CTE Momentum series, which prepares high school students for rewarding careers and increases access to career and technical education (CTE). Through the Continue Reading The post Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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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.