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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.
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.

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.

Tech & Data

Using Data to Figure Out Where Transit Should Go

Fixed-route bus use, in particular, has seen steep declines in use while ride-sharing continues to grow in popularity, according to a new report.

Infrastructure

This Rural Priority Won Big in the Federal Spending Bill

Some infrastructure funding was included in the final legislation signed by President Trump last week.

Management

Invasive Species Have Some States Seeking Increased Federal Partnership

More than 5,000 invasive species—from plants like cheatgrass to rodents like nutria—inhabit the U.S. causing about $120 billion in economic damage annually.

Smart Cities

Managing the Risks Inherent to Smart Cities

A new guide for non-technologists aims to help local officials avoid technology and policy pitfalls.

Infrastructure

Republican Senator Says Infrastructure Proponents Need to Be Realistic

“We can do little reauthorizations within the current constraints, but to do something big we’d have to fess up and agree that you have to pay for things,” said U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Management

Bike Share Continues to Have an Equity Problem

Washington, D.C made it a goal to place more bike stations in disadvantaged neighborhoods, but wealthier, white areas are favored while usage remains low in predominantly black wards.

Smart Cities

Forget Smart Cities. It’s Regions That Need to Be Smarter.

Widespread digital access and comprehensive infrastructure inventories will be the keys to regional success, according to Brookings policy experts.

Infrastructure

‘At-Risk’ Railroads Hit Safety Equipment Deadline, Officials Say

After delays, Association of American Railroads staff are confident the industry will implement positive train control where federally mandated no later than Dec. 31, 2020.

Infrastructure

State and Local Lawmakers Pitch How to Pay for a Big Infrastructure Package

Congress has little time to reach consensus on ideas like increasing the gas tax and phasing in vehicle miles traveled before the 2020 election cycle shuts their window to fix and modernize everything from roads to water pipes.

Infrastructure

Trump Short on Infrastructure Details in State of the Union

The president said it's time to deal with ‘crumbling infrastructure,’ but delivered no concrete ideas on how to invest.

Management

Where Millennials and Seniors Have Moved Since the Recession

Young adults are heading to knowledge-based metros, while Arizona and Florida remain retirement hubs, the Brookings Institution found in a new analysis.

Management

State Integration of GIS Into Elections Is Slow Going

The scattered nature of voter information is the biggest hurdle, but geospatial data can mean the difference between a voter receiving the proper ballot.

Management

Why States Should Be Watching Rhode Island’s Election Audit Pilots

The state is expected to be the second to turn to risk-limiting audits but the first with polling places to do so, and it has yet to choose from among three methods.

Management

City Officials Push for National Housing Strategy

A new housing task force intends to publish a policy toolkit in June for localities looking to address the affordability crisis, but federal, state and private partnerships are key.

Health & Human Services

Streamlining Local Health Department Inspections and Permitting

No two agencies are alike, which made designing a software solution for preconfigured forms and procedures difficult in the past.

Public Safety

Getting Tough on Hate Crimes

Mayors are alarmed by the increasing number of hate crimes across the U.S., recognizing prevention is better than prosecution.