Public Safety

Ransomware Attacks on Hospitals Put Patients at Risk

In 2020 and 2021, U.S. health care facilities faced at least 168 such attacks.

Infrastructure

New Online Hub to Help Cities Apply for Federal Infrastructure Funding

The $50 million initiative will provide advice and resources to municipalities, especially small towns, through public sector groups and nonprofits, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Health & Human Services

Public Health Workers Still Fighting the Pandemic, Even as Policy Makers Move On

"It's not over," warns Dr. Georges Benjamin of the American Public Health Association in an interview with Route Fifty.

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Elements of a Strong Cyber Defense Program for SLTTs

It's no secret that developing a robust cyber defense program can be a challenge, especially if you're in the public sector.

Tech & Data

Autonomous Vehicle Camera Footage Could Aid Police Investigations

Data collected by the vehicles in one city shows promise, but privacy advocates say the evidences shows law enforcement agencies are expanding their pervasive surveillance.

Tech & Data

Code for America Unveils First States in Safety Net Cohort

The nonprofit aims to help states build digital tools and services to connect people with health, food assistance and other benefits programs. 

Health & Human Services

States Have Yet to Spend Hundreds of Millions of Federal Dollars to Tackle Covid Health Disparities

A year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded states and local health departments $2.25 billion to help people of color and other populations at higher risk from Covid. But a KHN review shows public health agencies across the country have been slow to spend it.

Management

Why I Remain a Local Government Employee

COMMENTARY | Many public sector workers are leaving their jobs. Here’s why I am staying.

Finance

'Woke Bond Rating’? The Muni Finance Fight Over ESG Scores

Utah officials recently lashed out at a rating agency's use of environmental, social, governance rankings. Investors have an appetite for the metrics, but critics say they're too subjective.

Infrastructure

US Traffic Deaths Hit Highest Mark in Over 15 Years

Federal estimates show the incidents claimed 43,000 lives in 2021. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg warns of a safety “crisis” on the nation’s roadways.

Management

How to Recruit and Manage Short-term Workers

State and local governments have greater reliance on temporary staff, but challenges abound. There are new ways to make these arrangements work.

Health & Human Services

Online Data Could be Used Against People Seeking Abortions if Roe v. Wade Falls

COMMENTARY | Women in states where abortion becomes illegal who rely on the internet for information, products and services related to reproductive health would be subject to online policing.

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Closing the Digital Divide: Approaches from Local Government Leaders

Internet access is no longer a want, it’s a need. Providing equal access to broadband connectivity has become top of mind for local government leaders country wide.

Public Safety

Police Could Have Used New York’s Red Flag Law to Stop the Buffalo Shooting Suspect

State police said they did not file for a protection order under the law after they were called to the accused shooter’s school, where they reportedly investigated a “murder-suicide” threat he made.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Week Finally Yields Actual Infrastructure Projects

Inflation and workforce shortages are causing difficulties. Still, local officials and the Biden administration are touting progress.

Infrastructure

Biden Administration Releases $45B for Broadband to States

Guidance for the infrastructure program says states must make affordable broadband available to the middle class, too, and cannot exclude cities from being considered for the funding.

Finance

Treasury Department Opens Investigation Into Texas Governor's Use of Federal Funds for Border Mission

Texas has been employing coronavirus relief money to help pay for the multibillion-dollar deployment.

Public Safety

Pushback on Louisiana’s Scuttled Abortion Bill Reveals a Limit on How Far Anti-abortion Groups Are Willing To Go

The law would have classified abortion as a homicide, which was a 'bridge too far' for Louisiana lawmakers, said one expert.

Tech & Data

The Front Lines of Government Cybersecurity Defense

COMMENTARY | States and localities should ensure their employees are following four foundational pillars of cybersecurity to help prevent attacks.