Management

The Mayor’s Guide to Spending Federal Aid

COMMENTARY | Cities should use the rescue funds to make big and bold changes that will propel them into the future.

Finance

Restaurants Urge Mayors to Extend Outdoor Dining Through Winter

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors warning that thousands more restaurants could close without support to keep outdoor dining going. 

Infrastructure

Illegal Evictions Rising, but Landlords Rarely Face Consequences

Some landlords are changing locks and shutting off utilities to get tenants out without going to court, tenant organizers say.

Sponsor Content

Telework, Navigating the "New Normal", Transforming Employee Engagement

In this installment of our Up Close series,” The Future of Work” Nextgov Senior Editor Aaron Boyd sits down with federal leaders to discuss what’s next for the federal workforce.

Finance

A Breakdown of the Black-White Homeownership Inequality Gap

Homeownership is less achievable for Black Americans and they live in neighborhoods with houses valued at $48,000 less than white families’ homes, a new report reveals.

Tech & Data

Mitigating Cloud Risks in Government Starts With Full Visibility of Shadow IT

COMMENTARY | New survey findings highlight the need for a data-centric approach to cloud security in the era of remote work.

Finance

Tax or Treat! State Laws on Candy Taxation Vary Wildly

Whether you pay tax on your Halloween treat supply depends on which state you live in and how it defines candy.

Tech & Data

Data’s Role in Measuring Program Outcomes and Preventing Fraud, Waste and Abuse

COMMENTARY | The American Rescue Plan has shown a spotlight on government use of funds. Here are strategies state and local governments can use to ensure their programs generate positive community results.

Public Safety

Cities Crack Down on Unvaccinated Municipal Workers

New York City expanded its vaccine mandate to all employees Wednesday while Chicago began to place police officers who refused to disclose vaccine status on unpaid leave.

Public Safety

'Willing to Take Assistance' Whatever to Combat Illegal Marijuana Farms

An Oregon county declared a state of emergency and is begging the state for $750,000, 45 new employees and the National Guard, which officials say is necessary because the illegal businesses are running rampant, depleting resources and spiking crime.

Tech & Data

How One State Tech Agency Strives to Attract and Retain Great Workers

A "culture of public service" is key, but initiatives like "no meetings Thursday" can also help, officials said.

Finance

The Simplest Fix to America’s Rent Problem

COMMENTARY | The country’s voucher-focused help for American renters is mired in red tape, and many landlords opt out. Would cash work better?

Sponsor Content

5 Best Practices for Achieving Zero Trust in a Changing Threat Landscape

Cybersecurity risk has expanded across every reach of state and local government due to major shifts in hybrid remote work environments.

Public Safety

Percentage of Women in State Policing Has Stalled Since 2000

Female officers are less likely to use force and are named in fewer complaints.

Public Safety

Local Taxpayers Are Footing the Bill for Climate Disasters

The costs for paying to fix or replace infrastructure and other assets more adversely impact low-income groups, according to a report.

Public Safety

Public Health Workers Request Federal Aid to Combat Threats

After the Justice Department said it would intervene to assist school boards and educators who have become the target of harassment during the pandemic, a public health association wants the same resources.

Tech & Data

National Cyber Director: Liability Should Be Part of the Equation for Public-Private Collaboration

Cyber leaders’ plan to emphasize collective defense over offense hinges on industry’s willingness to share information with government in real time.

Tech & Data

More Emphasis Needed on OT Security to Quash Cyberattacks

COMMENTARY | Utilities should take the same track as data centers because not much is going to stop the attacks from scaling.

Management

Should States and Localities Have Official Languages?

Voters in one Pennsylvania county will decide whether to remove English as the official language in a city charter. Dozens of states and localities have similar measures on the books.

Tech & Data

3 Strategies for Advancing Facial Recognition Technology in Policing

As more agencies launch FRT programs, standard best practices should be discussed regularly to ensure this technology protects citizen’s privacy and civil liberties, according to a recent report.

Health & Human Services

Census Prompts Push for More Indigenous School Lessons

The number of people listing Indigenous heritage increased by almost 4.5 million.