Government Wage Growth Lags Private Sector by Largest Margin on Record

How state and local leaders are responding to the widening gap will have long-term budget ramifications.

What to Watch For in State Legislatures in 2022

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Government Needs to Rehabilitate Its Image to Attract and Retain Workers

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6 Public Sector Workforce Trends to Watch in 2022

Government employees are seeking nontraditional benefits and diversity, equity and inclusion, among other things, according to a new report.

A Pandemic Silver Lining: Public Meetings Have Become More Public

Covid-19 forced governments to have all virtual gatherings. There are disadvantages, government leaders say, but a hybrid meeting model may be here to stay.

Rethinking Public Sector Job Descriptions

COMMENTARY | Writing job descriptions so that they're clear, concise and honest can help attract talent to local governments.

Grappling With the Public Sector Workforce Shortage Crush

When positions aren’t appealing to applicants, sometimes the jobs need to be changed, government hiring officials say.

Living When Things Suck in Government

COMMENTARY | Things are not good right now and it's time to acknowledge it.

Localities and States Are Turning to Data Analytics to Catch Fraudsters—and It's Working

Electronic analysis can be costly, but low-tech paper systems don't work anymore, government officials say.

The Government Job Application Drop-off is 'Snowballing'

The data is alarming: Between fiscal 2019 and 2021, applications per job dropped 32% in states and localities, data shows. But there are strategies to counteract the trend.

Billions Are Coming From Washington. The Fraudsters and the Corrupt Are Drooling.

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'An Absolutely Fascinating' Local Government Job

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Most Local Governments Provide Cyber Awareness Training. Why Do 25% Let Elected Leaders Opt Out?

A new survey from the CompTIA Public Technology Institute highlights cybersecurity concerns among municipal IT professionals, including remote work and rising insurance premiums.

Vultures Descend on Small Town—and Won't Leave

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The Mayor’s Guide to Spending Federal Aid

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3 Strategies for Advancing Facial Recognition Technology in Policing

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Creating More Capital for Underserved Communities Through State-owned Banks

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‘Moms for Liberty’ Group Sets Sights on Local Government 

Leaders hope to create a national ‘parental rights’ movement, starting with school board activism. The group already has 135 chapters in 35 states.

How Cities and Counties Are Prioritizing American Rescue Plan Funds

Infrastructure was the top investment priority for communities of all sizes, followed by replacing lost public sector revenue, according to a recent report.

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