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How to Budget for Equity and Drive Lasting Change

COMMENTARY | State and local governments should prioritize equity in their budgets by using data, being outcome driven and engaging the whole community.

September Saw One of the Biggest Drops in Women’s Jobs Since Pandemic Began

More than 300,000 women left the labor force last month, the second time in the pandemic that the start of a new school year and loss of child care has caused a major drop-off of women from the workforce.

Lack of Diversity in the Government Workforce Can Lead to Retention and Trust Issues

African Americans and Hispanics are underrepresented among managers and professionals, and women are underrepresented among chief administrative officers, according to a report.

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Eliminate Manual Processes Route and Approve Invoices from Anywhere

Today’s finance teams carry a heavy burden, supporting everything from growth strategies to long-term planning – all while continuously delivering monthly and quarterly numbers and keeping cash flowing. But even as demands on finance departments grow, many still spend excessive time using paper, spreadsheets, and e-mails to process vendor invoices, approvals, and payments.

Why Mail-in Voting Became a Partisan Issue

Prior to 2020, mail-in voting was largely noncontroversial across the United States. Former President Donald Trump changed that.

The Complicated Art of Getting Community Engagement Right

It's not always easy for cities to collect feedback from residents. Officials are looking at fresh ways to get the job done, while trying to avoid pitfalls like “engagement fatigue.”

How the Pandemic Can Help Government Prepare for Future Crises

COMMENTARY | A new report provides a dozen lessons learned from Covid-19 that can help governments at all levels deal with diseases and natural disasters to come.

A Showdown Over Idaho Governor’s Authority

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order to “fix” the state’s rules on vaccine mandates while Gov. Brad Little was away on business.

Employers Have Been Offering the Wrong Office Amenities

COMMENTARY | Workplaces need fresh air, not foosball tables and coffee bars.

The Failure of Government's Post-Covid Imagination

COMMENTARY | Twelve lessons to guide the future of work.

The Toll of Compassion Fatigue on Government Employees

Traumas can be contagious. When public sector workers are exposed to endless stories of pain, they can develop mental health and other problems.

Food Delivery Workers Won New Protections in New York City. Can the State Keep Up?

The historic legislation guaranteed ride-hailing drivers and delivery workers minimum pay, but statewide reforms are harder to come by.

State and Local Government Beats out Federal in Survey of Citizen Trust

Digital services had a strong impact on whether residents found governments trustworthy, according to the report from Deloitte.

A Free Tool to Help Cities Take Full Advantage of Federal Aid

The collaboration between Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors lets city leaders search information and ask questions about rules and regulations related to coronavirus relief money.

Hard Work Isn’t the Point of the Office

COMMENTARY | The pandemic disrupted soft work—the gossip, eavesdropping, and casual relationship-building that aren’t a formal part of your job.

Disinformation May Be the New Normal, Election Officials Fear

Races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia this year could face election falsehoods.

Another Truth About Remote Work

COMMENTARY | A misconception about the prevalence of working from home explains a lot about confirmation bias in America.

The Worker Shortages Plaguing the Public Sector

There are a variety of reasons New York is struggling to maintain essential services.

Boston Will Elect Someone Other Than a White Man as Mayor for the First Time

Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, both women of color, will advance to the two-person general mayoral election set for November 2.

A Pivotal Moment for States and Localities Electrifying Their Fleets

Technology breakthroughs, federal funding and grants are reducing barriers to going electric with government-owned vehicles.