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Dave Nyczepir

Dave Nyczepir
Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He previously was a reporter at the Desert Sun newspaper in Southern California's Coachella Valley and worked for Campaigns & Elections magazine and covered Maryland's 2012 legislative session for the University of Maryland's Capital News Service and holds a master's of journalism from the University of Maryland.
Management

Governors Press for Exemptions From Expanded Offshore Drilling

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has gone silent after excluding Florida from a draft lease sales plan, but letters criticizing that decision’s “arbitrary” nature keep coming in.

Management

Civil Rights Activists Won’t Let Trump’s ‘Racist’ Rhetoric Derail an Immigration Agreement

The president denied on Twitter Friday that he had called Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries,” after attacking a bipartisan deal offering ex-DACA recipients a pathway to citizenship.

Health & Human Services

Latest Round of Federal Homeless Assistance Won’t Necessarily Cover Community Losses

In addition to Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care grants, officials encouraged more state, local and private funding.

Management

Florida Is Off the Offshore Drilling Expansion Table. Now Other States Want Off Too.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s new exemption for the Sunshine State will likely lead to lawsuits over its arbitrary nature.

Health & Human Services

This Winter, Chattanooga Homeless Veterans Feeling HUD’s Summer Funding Cuts

Veterans homelessness was effectively ended in Tennessee’s fourth most-populous city. But some vets are now back out on the streets.

Infrastructure

Uncertainty Around Infrastructure Permitting Cited as a Difficulty for the Energy Sector

In an address, American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard also praised the Trump administration’s recent decision to expand offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf.

Tech & Data

Justice Department’s Census Citizenship Question Increases Undercounting Fears

States with high immigrant populations stand to be impacted amid fears that sharing information may lead to deportations.

Management

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

Smart Cities

Why a City’s or County’s First Autonomous Vehicle Project Should Be ‘Boring’

Localities like Contra Costa County are piloting non-consumer AVs like shuttles, which are great for getting early feedback and benefit all residents.

Management

Blaming States, Trump Dissolves Election Integrity Commission

The body struggled to compile concrete evidence of widespread voter fraud, wracking up lawsuits over voter suppression in the process.

Tech & Data

Sacramento's 5G Broadband Bet

Fifth-generation wireless isn’t yet a reality, but Sacramento Chief Information Officer Maria MacGunigal sees the city’s Verizon deal as a something that will hopefully “generate excitement from other carriers to want to invest.”

Tech & Data

A Tech-Enabled Effort to Fight Census Undercounting in San José

There’s a Jan. 15 deadline for localities to update their residential address lists for the U.S. Census Bureau.

Smart Cities

Virginia Beach Is Using an IoT-Enabled Sensor Network to Predict Flooding in Real Time

Local officials are hoping high-resolution, hydrodynamic models using fluid physics will improve preparedness and response in a low-lying region vulnerable to flooding.

Tech & Data

Highlighting Minnesota Government’s IT Innovations

A new awards program in the Land of 10,000 Lakes selected these four winners.

Tech & Data

Proposed FCC Rules Could Threaten Local Broadband Competition

Rural areas, in particular, may continue to go unserved if small wireless internet providers get shut out of bidding wars for large license areas by the mobile industry.

Public Safety

How One North Carolina County Is Keeping Down Its Jail Population

Mecklenburg County judges are preparing to hold pretrial hearings to determine defendants’ economic statuses before handing down financial punishments.

Infrastructure

Hawaii Wants All Ground Transportation on 100% Renewable Fuel Sources by 2045

The Aloha State continues to push back against President Trump’s retreat from the Paris Agreement with aggressive climate benchmarks.

Tech & Data

How Much State Interest Is There in Proper Election Audits?

As Colorado pioneers best practices, races in Georgia and Alabama show how futile efforts are to verify votes without the right protocols in place.

Tech & Data

How Colorado Is Trying to Stay Ahead of Evolving Transportation Technology

The state understands it can’t hope to outpace Silicon Valley, but it can outpace other states in adopting autonomous vehicles and hyperloop.