Management

8 Ways to Improve Communication In Your Office

There is nothing more important to master than our ability to effectively communicate with each other in pursuit of advancing organizational and individual goals.

Tech & Data

To Fend Off Hackers, Local Governments Get Help From States

But some city hall leaders say they can’t necessarily rely on states for cyber aid because many are busy trying to deal with their own cyber preparedness.

Management

U.S. Mayors Push for Dream Act by Year’s End

Democratic senators signaled they’re willing to increase border security to get a deal done, so long as a “pathway to citizenship” is assured and additional immigration enforcement provisions tabled.

Tech & Data

3 Takeaways From the American Community Survey

The survey, which is collected over a five-year period is the nation's only source of small-area estimates for socio-economic and demographic data.

Infrastructure

Seeking Solutions for the ‘Water Infrastructure Death Spiral’

It’s a problem communities can face when populations and property values decline.

Tech & Data

L.A. Cyber Center Hopes to Be a Model for Cities Nationwide

During the past four years, Los Angeles has centralized its cyber operations using models developed by the federal government and industry sectors.

Health & Human Services

Portland Mayor Hits Back at Carson’s Comments on Homelessness in West Coast Cities

Ted Wheeler says that if the HUD secretary thinks government should take a passive role, he “should step aside and allow someone up to the task to lead.”

Public Safety

Did Climate Change Worsen the Southern California Fires?

Seven of the state’s 10 largest modern wildfires have occurred in the last 14 years.

Health & Human Services

To Strengthen Public Health, Look to Prisons

High rates of infectious disease in state prisons present a challenge—and an opportunity.

Health & Human Services

Emergency CHIP Funds for States Are Nearly Halfway Gone

States may not be able to count on reallocated money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for much longer.

Health & Human Services

Federal Housing Officials Emphasize Local Solutions to Increasing Homelessness

HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s team said communal response needs to be scaled, particularly in major West Coast cities, but without addressing where federal funding fits in.

Public Safety

De-energized Power Lines Can’t Spark Wildfires

It’s a simple strategy: Let technology tell you exactly when to cut power in weather conditions that can fuel a major blaze. But utilities and regulators still have to learn how to do it right.

Finance

Republicans Mull Expanding State, Local Deduction in Tax Legislation

GOP leaders in the House and Senate have voiced an openness to including a limited deduction for state and local income taxes as they move toward finalizing their tax code rewrite.

Infrastructure

D.C. Has to Work Around a White House That Denies Climate Change to Prepare for a 500-Year Flood

The city needs the federal government's cooperation to make its climate-change resiliency plan work.

Finance

Why It’s Getting Easier for Marijuana Companies to Open Bank Accounts

Banks and credit unions are becoming more comfortable serving marijuana businesses. But the progress could be wiped out by President Trump’s Justice Department.

Management

How to Avoid a Sexual Harassment Claim

Not only do you not engage in unwelcome behaviors, you understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that no one else engages in them.

Infrastructure

New RAND Study Pushes Back on Descriptions of Widespread Crumbling Infrastructure in U.S.

The report includes recommendations for Congress to consider as lawmakers develop future public works policy.

Smart Cities

Mayors Gather in Chicago to Sign New International Municipal Climate Charter

"Rather than burying our heads in the sand, Chicago is working with cities across the country and around the world to address the threat of climate change," according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.