Data

Price Jumps Prompt Pocketbook Policies in States

The Midwest and South are seeing the biggest spikes.

America Is Running on Fumes

COMMENTARY | In film, science, and the economy, the U.S. has fallen out of love with the hard work of ushering new ideas into the world.

No Strategy Needed to Start Leveraging AI in Government

While states should formulate a strategic vision for long-term use of artificial intelligence, the pandemic showed that AI can successfully assist with vital public services, according to a survey of state CIOs.

Robocallers Try New Tactics to Evade Crackdowns

Scofflaws innovate after every government attempt to block scam calls.

Food Delivery Robots Gaining Popularity

The emerging technology poses regulatory questions for state and local governments.

How One City is Working to Make Spending Data More Transparent

Efforts by Los Angeles' controller to open up city fiscal data took on an added dimension when Covid-19 hit.

Cyber Insurance for Local Governments Costs More, Covers Less

More governments have cyber incident coverage than ever before, but the escalated risk of ransomware and cyberattacks means higher premiums, rising deductibles and greater scrutiny of security protocols.

States With the Most and Least Cybercrime

Alaska has the highest amount of cyber fraud per person every year while West Virginia has the least, according to a recent report.

Scammers Are Using Fake Job Ads to Steal People’s Identities

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front. Scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment benefits.

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.

Most and Least Fashionable Cities in the U.S.

New York City ranks as the most fashionable city while Wichita, Kansas comes in last, according to a recent report.

State Mandates Can Help Improve Nursing Staff Shortages

States are creating alternative approaches to solve the heightened problem of filling nursing jobs, according to a report based on American Hospital Association data.

Tech Company Makes Case to Run a Local Government

A Nevada commission is studying the concept. But an executive a cryptocurrency firm says its plans for an "innovation zone" won't work inside an existing county.

New Data Show Major Broadband Gaps in Smaller Counties

But even larger places have issues with inadequate internet service, according to a National Association of Counties report.

Transportation Agencies Grapple With Lasting Effects of Telework

Many workers are not going back to offices full time and governments need to figure out how to adjust. “When we are not collecting gas taxes and ferry fares, our budget is hurting," one state transportation chief said during a Route Fifty event.

How Cities are Using Data to Tackle Key Challenges

More than 50% of cities surveyed in a recent report say data analytics are enabling them to deliver services and expand programs more efficiently, effectively and equitably.

How One State Used Technology and Data to Improve Traffic and Reduce Emissions

COMMENTARY | Hawaii’s DOT added artificial intelligence technology across major roads and intersections to reduce per day traffic by seven minutes per person and 140 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

What Law Enforcement Leaders Need to Know About Use-of-Force Data

The results of collecting and analyzing data can provide critical information to minimize unnecessary use-of-force incidents, according to the Police Executive Research Forum.

The Best and Worst States for Child Well-Being

Massachusetts took the top spot in the KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual survey from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, while Mississippi ranked 50th.