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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.
Infrastructure

Federal and State Officials Criticize Wireless Outages After Hurricane Michael

A consumer advocacy group said regulators are also to blame for the delay in getting service back up. Wireless carriers countered that they’ve restored service as quickly as possible.

Tech & Data

Most Big Cities Are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

The National League of Cities has seven recommendations for those looking to launch pilots.

Infrastructure

Nevada and Arizona Ballot Measures Would Require Utilities to Use More Renewable Energy Sources

While Nevada’s effort to update its renewable portfolio standard has seen little opposition, the largest utility in Arizona is resisting the same measure.

Public Safety

DOJ Slowly Releasing 2017 Public Safety Funds to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Even though some localities are just now receiving their Byrne JAG grants, the battle for 2018 awards is well underway.

Infrastructure

California Mayors Slam Increased Fee to Abandon Utilities as Corporate ‘Giveaway’

Switching to an environmentally friendly community choice energy program will cost customers a bit more every month.

Smart Cities

Resilient Cities Look to Community Development Financial Institutions for Investment

A number of cities are rolling out resilience strategies full of projects that need funding, and impact and mission-related investors make a good fit.

Management

San José and Airbnb Partner to Provide Emergency Temporary Housing

After severe flooding last year, the city hopes to have shelter lined up ahead of time for the next disaster.

Management

Rent Control Gearing Up to Be One of California’s Biggest Ballot Measure Fights on Election Day

Proponents say it is necessary in an increasingly unaffordable housing market, but many local government officials say passing Prop 10 will pave the way for tenant rights groups to run roughshod over elected representatives.

Public Safety

Police Departments Are at a Digital Training Crossroads

Many departments appear to have already embraced artificial intelligence, but their personnel require new skills to make the most of the disruptive technology, a new report says.

Smart Cities

D.C. Prepares to Launch Transportation as a Service

The city wants to boost for-hire vehicle occupancy rates, while also improving low-income residents’ access to transportation and reducing traffic congestion.

Infrastructure

Senators, Providers Criticize ‘Unpredictable’ FCC Funding for Rural Broadband

“Cutting [Universal Service Fund] support cuts the legs out of the business case for rural broadband in many places,” said one telecom CEO.

Tech & Data

3 GIS Policy Trends to Consider

Steering committees, distributed models and named user licensing are catching on.

Management

‘Public Charge’ Rule Would Present Challenges for Cities

Municipal governments’ top priorities are providing for the health and welfare of their residents, and penalizing immigrants seeking public services threatens that, said New York City’s Immigrant Affairs commissioner.

Health & Human Services

Virginia’s ‘Model’ Opioid Data-Sharing Platform Nearly Ready

As the epidemic’s death toll rises, the state is working to get more information into the hands of regional substance abuse coalitions to mitigate deaths and other negative impacts.

Finance

Should Congress Regulate Online Sports Betting?

The NFL is throwing its weight behind a federal framework, while the gaming industry blamed “burdensome” taxes and laws for the allure of illegal sports books.

Infrastructure

FCC Approves New Rule To Limit Local Authority In 5G Rollout

Proponents said the order will insure that delivery of faster wireless service occurs in more areas more quickly, but a key opponent called it “extraordinary federal overreach.”

Smart Cities

Better Data Management is Key to Denver’s Smart City Aspirations

The situational awareness dashboard at the city’s Traffic Operations Center is the first step in a grander plan.

Public Safety

Criminal Justice Experts, DOJ Spar Over Who’s to Thank for Crime Decreases in 2017

Violent crimes dipped in the first year of the Trump administration, but that coincides with state and local strategies focused on community policing and criminal justice reforms.