Category: Civil Service

Basic Services, Civil Service

Unemployment fraud possibly topped $1 billion in 2020, Washington state auditor says

April 14, 2021

Via: StateScoop

The amount of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims paid out by the State of Washington last year was likely far higher than the $647 million identified by state officials, and possibly as great as $1.1 billion, according to reports published Tuesday […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Oklahoma CISO says pandemic accelerated zero-trust implementation

March 30, 2021

Via: StateScoop

With more than half of the Oklahoma state government’s 30,000-person workforce still performing their duties remotely a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, statewide Chief Information Security Officer Matt Singleton said Tuesday the health crisis encouraged his team to drastically accelerate […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Institutions, Public Works

Will cities work remotely? Officials still have unanswered questions

March 23, 2021

Via: StateScoop

There’s “a light at the end of tunnel” in sight for technology executives that were tasked with suddenly transitioning thousands of city employees and public students to remote work and learning environments last year at the onset of the coronavirus […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Border control systems are gearing up to use facial analysis tech — what could go wrong?

March 3, 2021

Via: TNW

Developments in global border control technologies are providing innovative ways to address issues relating to migration, asylum-seeking and the introduction of illegal goods into countries. But while governments and national security can benefit from this, advanced surveillance technology creates risks […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Transportation Alternatives Wants Mayoral Candidates To Commit to 25% More Open Space 

March 1, 2021

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Vision Zero? How about Vision 25 by 25? A coalition of safe-street advocates are calling on all mayoral candidates to commit to giving streets back to the people, by transforming at least a quarter of the space that’s currently dedicated […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Mobile phishing against government surged with pandemic telework

February 24, 2021

Via: StateScoop

An open-ended period of widespread remote work at all levels of government fueled an aggressive surge in mobile phishing attacks designed to steal public-sector employees’ credentials, according to research published Wednesday by the security firm Lookout. Mobile phishing attempts exploded […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Annual Adjustments to OSHA Civil Penalties

January 15, 2021

Via: Waste360

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced adjustments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021. In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act to advance the […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

Governor Newsom Proposes a Budget; Let the Negotiations Begin

January 11, 2021

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Governor Newsom released his proposed 2021-22 budget on Friday. Its size – $227 billion total – reflects unexpectedly high state tax revenues. The proposed budget is the start of a six-month conversation with the California legislature, which opens its 2021 […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Montana’s Mask Mandate in Doubt With Incoming Governor

December 21, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Incoming Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signaled he won’t continue a statewide mask mandate in place since July, though he said he plans to wear a mask himself and get vaccinated against COVID-19. If Gianforte, a Republican, reverses outgoing Democratic Gov. […]

Basic Services, Civil Service, Public Utilities, Waste Management

An In-Depth Look at the EPA’s National Recycling Strategy

November 19, 2020

Via: Waste360

America’s recycling rate was “well below” 10% in 1970 at the inception of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told attendees of the third annual America Recycles Summit. The establishment of the agency allowed Americans and the […]