Management

Six States Announce Purchasing Compact for Rapid-Result Covid-19 Tests

The agreement, negotiated by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, aims to increase production of the tests, which can deliver results in less than a half hour.

Tech & Data

Census Bureau Says It Will Stop the Count A Month Early

Because of complications caused by the pandemic this spring, the Census Bureau had planned to keep counting people until Oct. 31.

Infrastructure

We Need to Talk About Ventilation

How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?

Sponsor Content

The Agency Working World After COVID-19: Adjusting to the New Normal

Okta’s Kelsey Nelson weighs in on how government agencies can tap technology to keep a remote workforce productive, collaborative and secure.

Health & Human Services

Artificial Intelligence, Health Disparities, and Covid-19

How racially biased is AI medicine? Experts are asking if biased algorithms worsen Covid-19’s toll on Black Americans.

Public Safety

Tear Gas Bans: A Policing Change Not Gaining Traction

At least 100 agencies used forms of tear gas on people in the past two months.

Public Safety

Dozens of Minneapolis Police Officers on Leave for PTSD

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Members of a Pennsylvania city council could censure colleagues who attended Black Lives Matter protests … People in Louisiana aren’t providing their contacts to contact tracers … To go to Alaska, you must test negative.

Management

What Seniors Can Expect as Their New Normal in a Post-Vaccine World

Older people are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. Even when a vaccine is available, the lives of many will continue to be different than before.

Finance

A Third of NYC Small Businesses Could Close as Result of Pandemic

New reports shed light on the long-lasting impacts the coronavirus outbreak could have on small businesses.

Management

Colorado’s Focus on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce

COMMENTARY | Through ongoing conversations, strategic development and measurable goals, Colorado is working to increase equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the state government workforce.

Management

States Crack Down on Large Gatherings as Covid-19 Continues to Spread

Minnesota officials are seeking damages from a ranch owner who held a three-day rodeo in defiance of state regulations on large gatherings. They say at least one attendee tested positive for Covid-19 days after the event.

Health & Human Services

Lack of Public Data Hampers COVID-19 Fight

Thin public health budgets and dated technology stymie reporting efforts.

Sponsor Content

Vigilance and Visibility: The Case for Stronger IT Hygiene in Local Governments

Even as local governments have amassed a greater arsenal of devices and endpoints to connect their departments, enterprise security and visibility have struggled to keep pace.

Management

‘This Push to Open Schools Is Guaranteed to Fail’

COMMENTARY | It is time to stop pretending. Our children are staying home.

Health & Human Services

Report: In Spring, White House Scrapped Comprehensive, National Covid Testing Plan

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Sleepaway camp in Georgia was the site of a large Covid outbreak … Houston authorities launch public education campaign to prevent coronavirus spread … NYC says people in certain neighborhoods need to reduce electricity use.

Management

‘Success Addicts’ Choose Being Special Over Being Happy

COMMENTARY | The pursuit of achievement distracts from the deeply ordinary activities and relationships that make life meaningful.

Infrastructure

Michigan Partners with NBA to Help Provide Election Support

As states prepare for increased voter turnout in November, they are pursuing new partnerships and poll worker recruitment efforts to get ready.

Finance

Virus’ Hit to Sales Tax Revenues is Coming Into Focus and It’s Not Good

New data shows a 10%, or $42 billion, drop in state and local sales tax receipts in the second quarter. Factors like whether groceries are taxed appear to be affecting collections in some states.

Finance

New Jersey Could Allow Local Governments to Borrow to Avoid Budget Cuts

Lawmakers this week approved legislation that would allow county and municipal governments to issue "coronavirus relief bonds" they would then pay back over 10 years.

Public Safety

Investigators Found Alabama’s Prisons Are Plagued by Rampant Violence. Is Sentencing Reform the Answer?

The Justice Department says much of the abuse in the state’s prisons stems from overcrowding. Advocates say overcrowding is caused by laws that result in harsh prison sentences that are out of sync with the rest of the country.

Tech & Data

Facial Recognition Algorithms Struggle to Detect Faces Under Masks, NIST Study Finds

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found facial recognition algorithms developed pre-pandemic struggle to identify masked faces.