Finance

Feds Award $315 Million in Grants for Homelessness Programs

Nearly four dozen communities across the country will share in the money.

Management

Ranking the Best and Worst City Flags

For the first time in nearly 20 years, a group of flag enthusiasts has released survey results grading the municipal banners, many of which have undergone recent redesigns.

Management

State & Local Roundup: Cranking Up Workforce Development Programs

Plus: A governor moves to rein in remote work. City workers go on strike. A semiconductor factory announcement. And more news you can use from across the country.

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State CIOs Report Greater Workforce Challenges, Evolving Responsibilities Post-Pandemic

The rapidly changing work environment is demanding more of the CIO while complicating efforts to staff a highly skilled workforce.

Management

Minnesota to Require 100% Carbon-free Electricity by 2040

Utilities can use a mix of solar, wind, hydropower, nuclear, hydrogen power, and biomass—energy obtained from burning wood and trash—to meet the 2040 goal.

Tech & Data

More Details Emerge on New York City Free Internet Pilot

Residents in Section 8 housing will be covered by a wireless mesh network under the program announced by Mayor Eric Adams.

Infrastructure

How One State Is Rolling Out an EV Charging Tax System

Iowa got a head start four years ago when it passed a tax on kilowatt hours sold. Here’s what they’ve learned so far.

Infrastructure

Apartment Construction in US Rises to Levels Not Seen Since 1970s

But a new report also predicts a slowdown in the coming year. Meanwhile, single-family homebuilding remains sluggish.

Management

Human Resources Has a Data Problem. Here’s How To Fix It

COMMENTARY | Public sector HR departments need to evolve from counting activities and outputs to measuring results and outcomes.

Tech & Data

‘Ghost Buses’ Haunt Transit Agencies and Frustrate Riders

Transit agencies should release canceled or delayed bus data to the public to avoid unhappy travelers, experts say.

Management

A Journey from Work to Home is About More Than Just Getting There

COMMENTARY | The psychological benefits of commuting that remote work doesn’t provide.

Finance

Congress and Watchdogs Scrutinize Covid Aid Lost to Fraud

Federal officials are still going after fraudsters who siphoned billions from emergency Covid-era programs, while also trying to prevent similar malfeasance in the future. State-managed unemployment programs are one area getting heavy attention.

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Case Study: Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services

Discover how The Work Number helped Los Angeles County provide rapid relief amid a heightened need during COVID-19.

Infrastructure

As More Electric Vehicles Hit Roads, States Look to Replace the Gas Tax

Taxing drivers for the miles they drive and imposing fuel taxes on electricity sold at commercial chargers are just some of the options states are considering.

Tech & Data

Urban Heat Map Reveals Priority Spots for Cooling Efforts

Citizen scientists in Milwaukee collected air temperature and humidity data to help state officials focus where heat prevention efforts are most needed.

Infrastructure

City Planners Are Questioning the Point of Parking Garages

COMMENTARY | As many cities grapple with the housing crisis, some places are rewriting regulations and finding creative ways to repurpose these hulking masses of concrete that suck up valuable real estate.

Finance

An Often-Overlooked Reason for Public Sector Job Vacancies

Agencies have struggled to recruit and retain workers, but it’s not uncommon for them to hold jobs open in order to shift salary dollars around in their budgets to cover other costs.

Health & Human Services

End Nears for Covid Public Health Emergency

But expansions of key safety net programs that involve states are no longer tied to the directive and are already set to wind down.

Infrastructure

Nine ‘Mega’ Projects Score Grants Totaling Over $1 Billion

Nearly $300 million of the federal funding will go to a high-profile rail tunnel project linking New York City and New Jersey.

Management

Report: 14% of Young Adults Want to Work for Government

They preferred businesses of any size to government or nonprofit work.

Public Safety

Texas Governor Hires 'Border Czar' to Accelerate Wall Construction

Mike Banks, a recently retired Border Patrol agent, will work with the Texas National Guard and state troopers to find ways to deter people from crossing the border illegally.