Category: Public Institutions

Public Institutions, Public Works

Resilience, pipelines & PURPA: FERC regulators preview major issues at NARUC

February 14, 2018

Via: Utility Dive

This year’s winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) gave state regulators the uncommon opportunity to hear from all five regulators on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the space of just a few days. On […]

Public Institutions, Public Utilities, Public Works, Waste Management

L.A. Public Works Head Repenning Talks Challenges, Goals

September 15, 2017

Via: Waste360

Waste360 recently spoke with Repenning about how Los Angeles plans to turn its franchise system into a model program and how the city is working to reach its goal of achieving zero waste by 2050. Los Angeles, one of the […]

Public Institutions, Public Works

New Oregon Law Aims to Shed Light on Police Bias in Traffic Stops

August 22, 2017

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Racial profiling in traffic enforcement is pervasive throughout America. Despite high-profile investigations that long ago revealed how law enforcement agencies intentionally target black and Latino drivers, racial bias in traffic stops persists. The racial disparities are also apparent in enforcement […]

Public Institutions

Small Colleges and Small Towns Working Together for Their Futures

March 9, 2017

Via: Urbanophile

My latest column in the March 2017 issue of Governing magazine is about how small liberal arts schools are partnering to try to help the small towns where they are located succeed. In this they are imitating big cities, where […]

Public Institutions

Open data in the public sector – what’s next?

December 2, 2016

Via: ComputerWeekly

We have lots of data and we are now exposing and sharing some of it. We have grasped the issue and need to move on. So what’s next? Today, if you go on any government or public sector website, you […]

Infrastructure, Public Institutions

US grant aims to help Flint schools deal with lead crisis

October 12, 2016

Via: American Infrastructure

U.S. education officials on Friday announced a $480,000 grant to help Flint Community Schools as the public district grapples with problems associated with the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water crisis. The money will support the hiring of attendance specialists, counselors and […]

Emergency Services, Miscellaneous, Public Institutions

1,100+ law enforcement agencies using open data mapping tool

October 7, 2016

Via: StateScoop

In a time of tension between law enforcement and the public, more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies across the country are using a crime mapping tool to try to push data about their work out to citizens in a way […]

Health & Insurance, Public Institutions, Public Water System

NSF International and ASHRAE Sign Agreement to Advance Knowledge of Building Water Health

July 13, 2016


Global public health organization NSF International and ASHRAE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) dedicated to protecting public health by establishing safe management practices for building water systems. These systems include cooling towers, air conditioning units for large buildings, […]

Civil Service, Others, Public Institutions, Public Transport

How to Get Real Feedback in a World of Grade Inflation

July 13, 2016

Via: Urbanophile

Supervisors wrote glowing feedback in order to avoid having to deliver unpleasant messages, and to avoid creating a paper trail that might undermine their own ability to fight for their employees in the actual ranking meeting. Similarly, I used to […]

Civil Service, Health & Insurance, Others, Public Institutions, Social Security

Quality of Life and Prospect Theory

July 12, 2016

Via: Healthcare Economist

Prospect theory states that individuals view transactions relative to a fixed reference point.  Individuals are risk averse for gains (i.e., they would prefer $10 for sure over a 50/50 of winning $0 or $20) but risk loving over losses (i.e., they […]