Tech & Data

Ohio Policy Meant to Detect Vulnerabilities in Election Websites

Elections officials and vendors are moving forward with plans to roll out vulnerability disclosure programs to help detect problems before the presidential election.


There Are Nine Finalists—and No Mosquitoes—for Mississippi's New State Flag

The state's flag previously featured the Confederate battle flag, widely considered a racist symbol. It was retired in June after nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd renewed calls to replace it.


Wildfires Raging in Several Western States

Fires are forcing hundreds of evacuations in the south and western United States.

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How Better Invoice and Expense Processes Can Boost Productivity

In a world where recruitment and retention remain highly competitive, government agencies can’t afford outdated processes.


Michigan’s ‘Tampon Tax’ Challenged in New Lawsuit

The litigation is part of a national movement toward exempting menstrual products from states' sales taxes.

Health & Human Services

Seven Connecticut Residents Fined $1,000 for Violating Covid Travel Rules

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Montana starts grants for live entertainment venues … An elected police commissioner in Detroit sues police department … Bald eagle takes down a drone.


In a Bid to Save Local Restaurants, Cities Open Streets and Parking Lots to Outdoor Dining

The popular "Streatery" program in Madison, Wisconsin could extend beyond its current October end date.

Public Safety

Jail Populations Are On the Rise

While many jails acted quickly at the beginning of the pandemic to release people and reduce overcrowding, a new analysis shows those efforts have slowed.


How to Use Ventilation and Air Filtration to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus Indoors

COMMENTARY | When it comes to making indoor spaces safer, it is either a matter of bringing in more outside air or removing the virus from air inside a building.

Health & Human Services

Contact Tracers in Massachusetts Might Order Milk or Help With Rent. Here’s Why.

Massachusetts includes a specific role in its COVID-19 contact-tracing program that’s not common everywhere: a care resource coordinator.

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Top IT Considerations for Agencies Moving to Remote Work

Amid a major move to remote work, cloud-based solutions can help state and local governments accommodate their newly remote workforces while accelerating digital transformation.


Uber and Lyft Threaten to Temporarily Pull Out of California After Judge's Ruling

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Iowa residents without power days after powerful derecho, while one-third of state’s crops flattened … North Carolina mayor apologizes for city’s history of racial inequality … New York AG files price gouging lawsuit against egg producer.

Tech & Data

New Coalition Wants to Help in Fight Against Election Misinformation

The Election Integrity Partnership consists of university researchers and others. Local election officials are among those the partnership is hoping to assist in the weeks ahead.


The Worst of Hurricane Season is Likely Still to Come

Nine named storms have already formed during the 2020 hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends in November. Experts are predicting as many as 16 more.

Tech & Data

Survey: More Than Half of Tech Employees ‘Dread’ Work Each Morning

Private-sector tech employees face growing anxiety and loneliness related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Health & Human Services

Transgender Teenagers File Lawsuit Over Arizona’s Ban on Surgeries

Arizona is one of ten states that bans transgender-specific health coverage for people on Medicaid.


This Billionaire Governor Keeps Firing Top Officials When He Has a Crisis

Similar to President Donald Trump, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been particularly aggressive at forcing out top officials, including most recently the state’s top public health officer, faulting others when things go wrong.

Health & Human Services

Nurses and Doctors Sick With COVID Feel Pressured to Get Back to Work

Hospital employees say they must choose between their paychecks and their health or that of their families. Returning to work with symptoms also risks infection among the patients they are meant to heal.