Tech & Data

How Good Is Your Phishing Training? A New Tool Could Help Figure That Out.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are looking to pool more data from outside organizations to further refine it.

Management

One Officer Indicted in Breonna Taylor Case, But Not In Her Death

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No evidence of widespread Covid-19 outbreaks in reopened schools ... California protects Joshua trees but allows solar companies to cut them down ... Colorado will furlough thousands of state employees, including the governor.

Public Safety

Millions Raised to Pay off Debts so Floridians with Criminal Records Can Vote

The money, partially raised by Mike Bloomberg, will go towards paying off the court fines and fees of thousands of people with criminal records, allowing them to vote in the upcoming election.

Sponsor Content

How Better Invoice and Expense Processes Can Boost Productivity

By streamlining invoicing and expense-reporting processes, state and local governments can prove themselves technologically adept, ease employee frustrations and ultimately, support productivity gains that drive worker satisfaction.

Management

Colleges’ Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

College towns across the country have seen frightening COVID spikes.

Management

Court Ruling Clears Way for Ranked-Choice Voting in Presidential Contest in Maine

The state would become the first to allow for the voting method in a presidential election.

Health & Human Services

Contact Tracing in Two North Carolina Counties Shows Difficulty of Reaching Patients

The CDC found that in Mecklenburg County, just 77% of patients could be reached after testing positive for Covid-19. Contact information for those peoples’ recent contacts was provided only 52% of the time.

Finance

Why States and Localities Should Increase—Not Decrease—Spending

COMMENTARY | State and local governments that cut public spending after the Great Recession fared worse than those that increased spending. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

Management

Coronavirus Death Toll Passes 200,000

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | CDC advises against trick-or-treating ... Wisconsin judge grants voters extra time to return mail-in ballots ... Alaskan dog-sled race will kick off as scheduled despite pandemic.

Sponsor Content

You Cannot Defeat What You Cannot See

Critical infrastructure systems depend upon computer-based controls, software, and data communication to operate. As these systems have become increasingly pervasive and interconnected, they’ve also become more vulnerable.

Health & Human Services

Rural Hospitals Teeter on Financial Cliff as COVID Medicare Loans Come Due

Hospital leaders across the country fear the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service may come calling for repayment any day now.

Management

California May Need More Fire to Fix its Wildfire Problem

The longstanding default position of suppressing every fire has created problems throughout the West.

Tech & Data

Survey: More than Half the Tech Workforce Say Pandemic Hurting Career Progression

Networking opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic have been at a minimum, and it’s negatively impacting the private-sector workforce.

Health & Human Services

California’s Deadliest Spring in 20 Years Suggests Covid Undercount

More people died from March through July this year than the average of the same five months during the previous three years. Those "excess" deaths, which might be linked to undiagnosed Covid, were concentrated in communities of color.

Infrastructure

Oregon Expects Reopening and Repairing Roads Damaged by Wildfires Will Take Months

Over 200 miles of Oregon roads were closed as of last week due to the catastrophic blazes. The state’s transportation department is dealing with problems like hazardous trees and rockslide risks.

Management

How Local Governments Can Get Feedback From a More Diverse Range of Residents

Participation in local government often skews heavily toward white residents, elderly people, and homeowners.

Management

CDC Pulls Updated Guidance on Coronavirus Spread, Saying it was Posted By Mistake

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Barges came ashore during Florida hurricane ... Maryland lab stopped using coronavirus tests acquired by governor after false positives ... Pennsylvania inmate finds noose in bed.

Public Safety

Justice Department Dubs New York, Seattle, and Portland as ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions’

The three cities were flagged for “permitting anarchy, violence and destruction” as part of the Trump administration’s bid to cut funding to cities where recent protests over racial injustice and police brutality have occurred.