J.B. Wogan

Governing staff writer

J.B. covers a number of beats including immigration, gun control, politics and more for GOVERNING magazine.

A new startup might be the key to identifying the neighborhoods most affected by drug use.
A lack of skilled professionals is driving some states to adopt a more European approach to filling vital positions – apprenticeships.
It's one of the ways states are trying to address growing concerns about the security of voting.
History suggests that social services will be in high demand for months. Are caseworkers in Texas and Florida prepared?
C-Stat has helped Colorado become one of the best states at getting benefits to unemployed and low-income people.
Some cities post letter grades on restaurants. King County opted for something more visual. The person who pushed for public ratings in the first place, though, isn't satisfied.
What’s changed most, says Jacobs, is a new management system under Gov. Doug Ducey, a former businessman, that borrows from "lean" practices in the business world to speed up the way they do things.
Lots of cities use social science data to help make decisions. But the District of Columbia is going a lot further.
Using data to measure government performance has caught on in much of the country. But the tactic is in trouble in Maryland.
The first-place prize of $10,000 went to RideAlong, a digital tool meant to facilitate safer interactions between police and people with mental illness.
Left with unanswered questions, state and local election officials are worried about the Department of Homeland Security's latest attempt to stop hackers. DHS' response? Calm down. We're here to help.
Even though most polls are working with decades-old machines that lose or miscount votes, states and the federal government are largely ignoring the problem.
Tax incentives aren't always the best way to lure businesses. Many are simply going where the talent is.
Discrimination doesn't always appear in the most obvious places. Many government policies and practices are seemingly unbiased and uncontroversial, but actually disproportionately harm minorities.
City officials across the country are using the gaming craze to educate and engage with the public — and have some fun.
Sharing economy companies like Uber and Lyft claim that the people who work for them are “independent contractors,” thus ineligible for most employee benefits. That argument may prove difficult to sustain.
To tackle the problem of vacant properties, Memphis is acknowledging that it needs help.
St. Paul, Minn., wants its urban areas to welcome everyone -- whether they're 8 or 80 years old.
A foundation is promoting the use of evidence-based prevention programs to help young people in low-income, urban neighborhoods.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is spreading its latest grants across 19 communities to support an outdoor office, a carpentry-based workforce program and more.
Most people don't know they can get their juvenile records erased. Thanks to a group of young people, there's now an app for that.
Many cities are trying to use behavioral science to better communicate with citizens. New Orleans is testing the effectiveness of different text messages.
The U.S. Supreme Court has put the Obama administration's plan to cut carbon emissions on hold.
Instead of waiting to help until kids get in trouble, Los Angeles County is using data analytics to help them before. So far, it's proving successful.
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have given millions to overhaul public education. But their cash has proven to be anything but free money or a remedy to systemic problems.
The organization is spending $42 million to help the selected cities improve their performance and services using data-driven decision-making.
Like many cities, Mobile, Ala., didn't even know how many blighted properties it had. Instagram offered a cheap and simple way to start figuring that out.
A Boston startup has installed benches that can charge phones, sense heat and count pedestrian foot traffic.
Most states have laws to protect bikers from cars, but they're hard to enforce. One city is testing a new device that makes it easier.