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Tag: COVID-19


Basic Services, Public Transport

FTA awards $2.2B for frontline transportation workers

March 9, 2022

Via: Transportation Today News

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently awarded $2.2 billion to 35 recipients in 18 states to help public transportation agencies pay for day-to-day operations as they continue to provide essential service for frontline workers. Funding is through the American Rescue […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

EU invests in recycling schemes

February 22, 2022

Via: Waste Management World

The European Commission announced an investment of over €110 million into LIFE programme integrated projects for environmental and climate protection, selected after a call for proposals covering the year 2020. The funding will support new major environmental and climate projects […]


Other Utilities, Public Utilities

WHO: COVID-19 Waste Places Strain on Medical Waste Management System

February 3, 2022

Via: Waste360

In at least 47 of the world’s least-developed countries, half of health care clinics lack basic water services. With the absence of adequate environmental services and sanitation, the impact of health care waste during the pandemic has been devastating, according […]


Public Utilities, Telecommunications

The three key components of preparing enterprise networks for the hybrid workforce (Reader Forum)

January 7, 2022

Via: RCR Wireless News

As enterprise IT leaders plan for 2022, the hybrid model blending remote and in-office work is likely to be the new normal. According to research from IDC, more than half of workers are planning to continue to work remotely or […]


Electric Utility, Other Utilities, Public Utilities

US utilities have billions in unpaid customer balances. What should they do?

October 6, 2021

Via: Utility Dive

Almost all states have executed extended moratoriums on utility disconnections because of Covid-19. The governor, legislature or state regulators mandated those moratoriums. In some instances, utilities initiated bans on service disconnections but subsequently the government ordered a moratorium. The objective […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

Federal managers seek hard info on COVID-19 testing plans

September 2, 2021

Via: FCW

Frontline agency managers and executives have questions about how they’ll implement the Biden administration’s vaccination and testing requirements, they said in an Aug. 25 letter to top administration officials released publicly on Thursday. The Government Managers Coalition, a coalition of […]


Basic Services, Civil Service

UK government accused of ‘civil service bashing’ in remote working row

August 12, 2021

Via: Global Government Forum

A UK civil service union accused some government ministers of indulging in “civil service bashing” while another warned of industrial action, after a war of words was sparked this week about civil servants’ return to the office. The flurry of […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Virginia launches dashboards to track public health and equity

May 19, 2021

Via: StateScoop

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced on Tuesday a pair of digital dashboards tracking the commonwealth’s public health equity and COVID-19 pandemic response. The “Equity in Action” dashboard showcases which counties in the Commonwealth have received the most personal protective equipment […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Time to Say Goodbye to Some Insurers’ Waivers for Covid Treatment Fees

April 26, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Just as other industries are rolling back some consumer-friendly changes made early in the pandemic — think empty middle seats on airplanes — so, too, are health insurers. Many voluntarily waived all deductibles, copayments and other costs for insured patients […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

California and Texas Took Different Routes to Vaccination. Who’s Ahead?

April 22, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

California and Texas, the country’s two most populous states, have taken radically different approaches to the pandemic and the vaccination campaign to end it. California has trumpeted its reliance on science and policies it says are aimed at improving social […]


Infrastructure, Public Works

Adapting Infrastructure for the Modern World

April 21, 2021

Via: American Infrastructure

With a few months under its belt, 2021 is seemingly bringing a wind of change. After what has been a year of tremendous upheaval and unspeakable grief, the nation seems to finally be finding its footing. With the roll-out of […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Pandemic Highlights Need for Urgent Care Clinics for Women

April 16, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

SAN JOSE — Last spring, only weeks into the pandemic, Christina Garcia was spending her days struggling to help her two young sons adjust to online schooling when she got such a heavy, painful period she could barely stand. After […]


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 […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Recycling Technology Turns COVID-19 PPE into Reusable Plastic Blocks

April 14, 2021

Via: Waste360

The United Kingdom is using approximately 53 million single-use face masks daily. Cardiff-based Thermal Compaction Group has developed specialized thermal heating machines that converts used PPE such as gowns and masks into reusable plastic blocks in one hour. The blocks […]


Infrastructure, Public Works

ANALYSIS: Mayor de Blasio Has Abandoned the Open Streets ‘Program’

April 12, 2021

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Open streets or open warfare? The mayor’s signature effort to bring car-free outdoor space to COVID-stricken neighborhoods last year is increasingly looking like it will collapse unless city officials do something to assert authority over a program that has left […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

California Counties a Hodgepodge of Highs and Lows in Vaccinating Vulnerable Seniors

April 7, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death […]


Public Utilities, Waste Management

Corona provided more packaging waste

March 31, 2021

Via: Waste Management World

The waste management industry has also been hit hard by the Corona crisis: Waste volumes and the composition of waste have fluctuated greatly, and waste management companies have often had to adjust to changes at very short notice. Nevertheless, most […]


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 […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Democrats Gave Americans a Big Boost Buying Health Insurance. It Didn’t Come Cheap.

March 24, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

When Democrats pushed through a two-year expansion of the Affordable Care Act in the covid-relief bill this month, many people celebrated the part that will make health insurance more affordable for more Americans. But health care researchers consider this move […]


Basic Services, Public Transport

U.S. DOT Details the American Rescue Plan’s Benefits for Transportation

March 18, 2021

Via: American Infrastructure

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation highlights the transportation elements of the historic American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), which will provide immediate relief for American workers, help communities that are struggling in the wake of COVID-19, and ensure […]