Management

‘A Safety Net That’s Ripped’: Problems Plague State Unemployment Systems

In states like Florida and Alabama, people have struggled to get unemployment insurance benefits as the coronavirus continues to drive a flood of claims.

Finance

Covid-19 Exposes Why the Postal Service Needs to Get Back Into the Banking Business

COMMENTARY | People lacking access to banks has been a major problem in the coronavirus response. Now is the time to again start exploring banking services provided by the Postal Service.

Tech & Data

One-Third of U.S. Workers Want Permanent Remote Work

A new Morning Consult survey finds many workers would like to continue working from home after the coronavirus pandemic recedes and some would likely move to a new city or state if remote work becomes permanent.

Sponsor Content

In the 5G Era, Productivity Tools Help Manage Government Spend from Home or on the Go

Now, as remote work looks likely to become a more permanent shift for many in the public sector, underlying technology could help to bring an even larger boom, experts say.

Health & Human Services

Dribble, Don't Spit: University Debuts New Saliva-Based Covid Test

The test is free for students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois, where it was developed. Results are available in 24 hours, but it's unclear whether testing would be mandatory.

Management

Supreme Court Rules Nearly Half of Oklahoma is Native American Land

The full implications of the ruling on criminal justice—and maybe other areas of the law—are not yet known as Oklahoma negotiates with tribes in wake of the verdict.

Health & Human Services

This Isn’t Sustainable for Working Parents

The pandemic has already taken a toll on the careers of those with young children—particularly mothers.

Management

Pandemic, China Trade Deal Fuel Farmer Doubts

A U.S.-China trade deal is falling short on its commitments.

Management

One in Six Mississippi Lawmakers Tests Positive for Coronavirus

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Supreme Court rules that much of eastern Oklahoma is an Indian reservation ... Houston GOP convention canceled by mayor … Maryland to hold “normal” election in November.

Health & Human Services

As Covid Testing Soars, Wait Times For Results Jump To A Week—Or More

People going to coronavirus testing sites are finding it often takes a week or more to get results back. That means patients don't have the information they need to change their behaviors.

Management

Job Prospects In Cities Dim For Workers Without College Degrees, Study Finds

The research shows an erosion of middle-income jobs for this group of workers between 1980 and 2015, which has been particularly devastating for those who aren’t white.

Public Safety

It Can Be Difficult to Revoke a Police Officer's License. Some States Are Trying to Make it Easier.

Nearly all states require police officers to be certified, but not every state has a process for revoking that license, even in the face of egregious misconduct.

Sponsor Content

4 Top Considerations for Agencies Protecting Against Credential-Based Attacks

Here’s what types of attacks are on the rise — and what governments can do about it.

Health & Human Services

A Spike in People Dying at Home Suggests Coronavirus Deaths in Houston May Be Higher Than Reported

In Houston, one of the nation’s fastest-growing coronavirus hot spots, more residents are dying before they can make it to a hospital. Medical examiner data shows that an increasing number of these deaths are the result of COVID-19.

Management

From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Benefiting from Crisis Lessons Learned

COMMENTARY | Elected and appointed officials must anticipate a broad range of possible catastrophes and put effective plans in place now to meet challenges like Covid-19 and future disasters.

Public Safety

Releasing People From Prison Is Easier Said Than Done

As the pandemic threatens the lives of those behind bars, the country must confront a system that has never had rehabilitation as its priority.

Management

Factory Jobs Catch Bounce From PPE Manufacturing

New shutdowns because of the virus surge could mean more layoffs.

Health & Human Services

Medical Sector Grapples With Troubling Protective Gear Shortages

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah governor considers statewide mask mandate ... Virginia governor asks schools to change Confederate names ... Atlanta mayor rebukes National Guard deployment.

Health & Human Services

Local Rollout of Contact Tracing Apps Can Help Combat Skepticism, Experts Say

The smartphone technology can be useful for notifying people who’ve come in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus, but getting people to download the apps is proving to be a challenge.

Health & Human Services

Supreme Court Says Employers Can Deny Birth Control Coverage Due to Religious or Moral Objections

In a 7-2 decision, the court said the Affordable Care Act grants the federal government power to "identify and create exemptions from its own guidelines."

Public Safety

San Francisco Lawmaker Introduces ‘CAREN Act’ to Stop Racially-Biased 911 Calls

The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies Act would create penalties for those who make false emergency reports.