Management

How Much Leisure Time Do the Happiest People Have?

Too little, and people tend to get stressed. Too much, and people tend to feel idle.

Management

Republican Governors Want Trade War With China Over Quickly

An outcome to negotiations that lowers or ends Chinese tariffs could be critical to President Trump’s reelection hopes, Arkansas’ governor predicted.

Sponsor Content

Achieving Success: Modernizing Complex Health and Human Service Systems

Today, government agencies are facing enormous pressure to modernize their systems and processes. From rising citizen expectations and the evolution of new digital services to modernization legislation, agencies have to change the way they serve constituents. But with legacy technology and monolithic systems that have been in place for decades or more, the path to modernization is not always clear.

Management

Sending Queso to the Moon

Austin Mayor Steve Adler provides a queso recipe to future civilizations, including it a package that began a voyage to the moon earlier this week.

Health & Human Services

The Soaring Cost of Child Care, In 5 Charts

The cost of raising children has gotten so overwhelming for so many families that policymakers on both the federal and state levels are floating proposals.

Management

Renewable Energy is Within Reach–Just Ask Holyoke, Mass.

COMMENTARY | Here's what a city that embraced green energy gained.

Management

N.Y.C. Mayor Looks to Tame Abuse of Official Parking Placards

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska to end ferry service in October … Philly term limits … and a Florida mayor shoots at police officers raiding his home.

Tech & Data

State Legislators Want to Mandate Worker Tracking Software for Contractors

NASCIO opposes the legislation proposed in 23 states. One company has been vocal in advocating for the bills.

Management

Climate Change Enters Its Blood-Sucking Phase

As winters grow warmer in North America, thirsty ticks are on the move.

Tech & Data

Why Local Governments Aren’t All Aboard the Blockchain Train

From high costs of implementation to more pressing regulatory concerns, current barriers to entry make the technology difficult to implement.

Smart Cities

Care About Climate Change? Care About Scooters

COMMENTARY | Solving our biggest global crisis of a rapidly warming planet means considering everything through the lens of potential solutions, even something as small as the electric scooter.

Management

New Jersey Said 10 Years Ago It Would Rank Its Most Contaminated Sites. It Never Did.

The rankings were supposed to ensure that the most dangerous sites remained a priority even as the state gave private companies a bigger role in cleanups.

Health & Human Services

Fed Up With High Health Care Costs, A Community Asks for A Better Deal

A Colorado county where residents are dealing with hospital and medical costs much higher than in other parts of the state is now turning to a new model to negotiate on behalf of some of the largest employers in the region.

Health & Human Services

Health Department’s Dog Crackdown Brings No Joy to Brewery Taproom

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin’s measles risk … former Little Rock mayor’s unused paid time off … and a Florida county’s understaffed 911 dispatch center.

Health & Human Services

The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up

The number of adults with autism diagnoses is soaring, but there aren’t enough programs and services to meet the demand.

Health & Human Services

Foster Parents Have Become Professionals in Some States

The idea of hiring professional foster parents to take care of children is controversial, but is being tested as a solution to the shortage of families in these state systems.

Management

Pennsylvania Governor Says Workforce Training ‘Must Break From the Status Quo’

A new audit found that there is a lot of room for improvement with the state’s workforce programs.

Tech & Data

For A Remote Workforce, Technology Builds Agency Culture

COMMENTARY | In a rural state where agency employees are isolated in far flung locales, a digital transformation meant not just efficiency, but "a cultural revolution."

Management

Texas Estimates Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be an Overall Economic Hit

The large geography of the affected region and a significant influx of rebuilding funds helped lessen the disaster’s economic damage to the Lone Star State, according to a new analysis.