Category: Basic Services

Basic Services, Emergency Services

MPs slam Home Office over troubled Emergency Services Network programme

July 17, 2019

Via: ComputerWeekly

The Home Office project to build a new communications network for the emergency services faces “substantial levels of risk”, and further delays and cost increases are “inevitable”, according to a highly critical report by MPs. The Emergency Services Network (ESN) […]

Basic Services, Others

Utilities need accelerated declassification to protect against cyber attacks: NERC CEO

July 16, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

While there has been no loss of load in North America that can be attributed to a cyberattack, the threat of an attack is at an all-time high, according to NERC. To protect the country’s power grid from a coordinated […]

Basic Services, Public Transport

Oklahoma Gets Serious About Transit Sooner Than Later

July 9, 2019

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Public transit is catching on even in some of the reddest parts of America, including Oklahoma where a new state office will oversee an overhaul of bus and rail service. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Monday it would form […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

California tees up wildfire liability bill as utility, consumer groups diverge on solutions

July 3, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The California legislature will attempt to pass AB 1054 in a week, but opposition is bubbling up that could complicate the governor’s preferred schedule. Attorneys representing wildfire victims say the legislation should be tabled or rewritten to include more consumer […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Electric Utility, Public Utilities

As Renewables Surge Ahead of Coal, Lawmakers Introduce National Renewable Standard 

June 27, 2019

Via: PowerMag

A bill introduced by Senate Democrats on June 26 establishes a national electricity standard that would require large retail suppliers to source at least 1.5% of their power from renewables by 2020 and gradually grow that share through 2035. The […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Utilities, Waste Management

House Passes Amendment to Develop National Recycling Strategy

June 21, 2019

Via: Waste360

During floor consideration, the House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment led by U.S. Congresswoman Haley Stevens, who represents Michigan’s 11th District and is the chair of the House Subcommittee on Research & Technology, in H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

NYC Mayor Appoints Russ to Head Housing Authority

June 19, 2019

Via: Waste360

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Gregory Russ as the new chair of the New York Housing Authority (NYCHA). Russ has more than 25 years of experience in public housing, according to ABC 7, most recently serving […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services

California approved utility wildfire plans. The next step is to see if they’re working

June 18, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

California’s wildfire season is only weeks old, but already PG&E has utilized the new Public Safety Power Shutoff capabilities included in mitigation plans. Looking ahead, regulators say they need to develop tools that can help determine whether or not the […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

What’s the value of energy storage? Minnesota aims to find out

May 29, 2019

Via: Utility Dive

The omnibus appropriations bill, which includes $150,000 for the Commerce Department “to conduct an energy storage systems cost-benefit analysis,” will yield much-needed insight into how batteries can bring value to Minnesota’s electrical grid, storage advocates said as they praised its […]

Basic Services, Others, Social Security, Social Services

New ID policy looks to leverage government credentials

May 24, 2019

Via: FCW

An updated credentialing policy from the White House aims to make PIV cards interoperable across agencies and tap federal identifiers like Social Security numbers to secure digital transactions. Read More on FCW