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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

Management

A New Bill in Washington State Seeks to Reduce Unneeded Packaging

Laws requiring companies to cover the costs of recycling services are gaining momentum in the U.S. Washington is one of the latest states to consider a strategy that is popular in Europe.

Finance

How the Debt Ceiling Debate Puts State and Local Dollars at Risk

With a battle over federal spending brewing between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, counties and low-income housing advocates are warning of potentially damaging cuts.

Infrastructure

White House Launches New Push to Help States Remove Lead Pipes That Carry Drinking Water

Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will be part of the Lead Service Replacement Accelerators program.

Public Safety

Pain of Police Killings Traumatizes Black People and Communities Across US

COMMENTARY | Evidence shows that many Black Americans experience police killings of other Black people as traumatic events, and that this trauma diminishes the ability of Black communities to thrive.

Infrastructure

Over $1 Billion Now Available to Convert Bus Fleets to Cleaner Fuels

Purchases of electric and hydrogen-powered buses are among the projects eligible for a new round of federal grants.