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Basic Services, Public Transport

Federal Railroad Administration releases priorities for Northeast Corridor

November 18, 2022

Via: Transportation Today News

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently released its list of priority projects in the Northeast Corridor (NEC), a railroad line that spans from Boston to Washington, D.C. The NEC Project Inventory guides up to $24 billion in funding FRA will […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services

T-Mobile US, Sinch launch real-time emergency text capability

November 2, 2022

Via: RCR Wireless News

T-Mobile US has partnered with cloud platform provider Sinch to launch NextGen 911 Real-Time Text (RTT), a new service that allows customers to text for emergency assistance. RTT, which the carrier first implemented in its devices in 2016, refers to […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Two Democrats spell out exactly how they want agencies to improve services

November 1, 2022

Via: FCW

A slew of agencies would receive new directives to make their services more accessible to Americans under a bill from a pair of House Democrats, who said the government is wasting taxpayers’ money and time. The Trust in Government Act […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

How data analytics helped a California police department shave a year off an investigation

October 27, 2022

Via: StateScoop

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of law enforcement cases now include digital evidence as part of the investigation, according to recent industry figures. Yet, it can take days or weeks for investigators to properly process and analyze the digital breadcrumbs on a […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

CISA to focus on water, education and health sectors over the next year 

October 24, 2022

Via: FCW

Over the coming year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency plans to concentrate more of its attention on critical infrastructure sectors that adversaries target due to the essential services they provide but which don’t have the assets to defend themselves, […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Federal CIO charts path to streamlining government services

October 24, 2022

Via: FCW

One of the federal government’s top technology officials said Monday that the federal government could provide transformational digital tools to deliver public services to citizens, but legacy data policies are standing in the way. Federal Chief Information Officer Clare Martorana, […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Where public agencies are investing to improve customer service

October 17, 2022

Via: StateScoop

Technology advancements and the increase in digital tools offer the potential to improve the delivery of public services. The customer and citizen experience (CX) matters—and like counterparts in the private sector, state, county and municipal government agencies recognize that providing […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

GSA to study demographic equity in remote identity tech

September 26, 2022

Via: FCW

The General Services Administration plans to conduct an equity study on how remote identity proofing technologies—such as facial recognition—perform across various demographics. As part of that process, GSA’s Technology Transformation Services submitted a request to the Office of Management and […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Lawmakers are setting a tight schedule to avoid a government shutdown

September 21, 2022

Via: FCW

Congress is teeing up a tight series of votes to fund the government past Sept. 30, with lawmakers giving themselves little time to avoid a shutdown ahead of the looming deadline. The Senate—which is expected to act first on a […]


Basic Services, Infrastructure, Public Transport, Public Works

Feds prep $500M program for transportation tech

September 19, 2022

Via: FCW

The process to award $500 million in federal grants that states and local governments can use to pay for cutting-edge transportation projects is slated to get underway later this month. Funding for the competitive program, dubbed Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Law enforcement is searching for new ways to protect elections

September 15, 2022

Via: StateScoop

A new coalition of election administrators and law enforcement officials met in Washington on Wednesday to develop strategies for connecting their respective communities to push back against a rising tide of online and physical threats against the voting process. Members […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Interruption to rail service could cost economy $2B per day, report says

September 12, 2022

Via: Transportation Today News

A newly released report from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) has found that interruption to the country’s rail service could impact economic output and cost more than $2 billion per day. A shutdown looms as unions continue to negotiate […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Commerce revises export rules to boost U.S. standards development on critical tech

September 9, 2022

Via: FCW

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security drew praise from industry leaders for nixing a license requirement to release technology controlled by Export Administration Regulations—so long as it is for “standards-related activity.” “This interim final rule … amends the […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

FTA issues additional special directives to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority after inspection

September 2, 2022

Via: Transportation Today News

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a new set of safety changes for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) rail transit system following a safety inspection. The new changes are in addition to the ones announced […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

HHS dinged on security from all sides

August 29, 2022

Via: FCW

The Department of Health and Human Services’ information security program is “not effective,” according to the latest Federal Information Systems Modernization Act audit conducted by the agency’s Office of Inspector General. The OIG’s report, released in April, identified deficiencies in […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

Minnesota receives $3.4M federal grant for six electric buses

August 25, 2022

Via: Transportation Today News

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it had secured a $3.4 million federal grant for six electric buses. The new buses, MnDOT said, will replace six conventional gas-powered buses in rural transit systems in that state, including two buses […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Cyber is a team sport–here’s how the public and private sectors can play together

August 23, 2022

Via: FCW

Over the past year, we’ve seen the government take instrumental strides to improve the nation’s cybersecurity and combat the rise in cyberattacks targeted at the public sector. From the Cybersecurity Executive Order to the Zero Trust mandate, the Biden Administration […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

A union is urging support for TSA workforce reform in the defense policy bill

August 22, 2022

Via: FCW

The American Federation of Government Employees also said they oppose a plan to delay the Defense Department’s return to one-year probationary periods for new employees. Read More on FCW


Basic Services, Public Transport

Presidential Emergency Board issues rail contract to avert strike

August 19, 2022

Via: Transportation Today News

The Presidential Emergency Board, the organization charged with helping to resolve contract differences between the U.S. Class I railroads and their unionized workforce, made its recommendations Tuesday in a report to the White House, the railroads, and organized labor. The […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

A top senate democrat has asked DOJ to investigate missing Jan. 6 text messages

August 2, 2022

Via: FCW

A top Senate Democrat wants the Justice Department to take over investigating the missing text messages in the lead up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said it’s necessary for Justice […]