Five years ago, a report from the municipal website builder OpenCities found many ways local governments needed to improve. Now a follow-up finds that they’ve improved in some areas, but still have plenty of work to do.
State and local governments are incrementally working back toward the employment levels they saw before the pandemic, but one organization points out that many job losses have been permanent.
In a regulatory filing, the secretive firm revealed key financial and operational details — including a surprisingly small number of customers and a far greater focus on federal agencies than state and local government.
There's a lot to be worried about in government cybersecurity, but according to IBM, the buildout of modern security infrastructure, more solid planning and thorough testing has started to pay off.
The pandemic has led to the steepest yearly decline in sales tax revenue in at least 24 years, according to a just-released report. And the National League of Cities expects recovery to be slow.
A regularly updated look at how a historic pandemic has changed the public-sector workforce, month by month and sector by sector. Plus, is seasonally adjusted data missing something important?
Even as cases of COVID-19 surged, public-sector employment — like the rest of the economy — continued a slow, steady recovery in July. But state and local governments foresee danger as they prep for next year's budgets.
Which states have shed the most public employees? Which have added the most? And what types of jobs are leading the pack? New numbers from the Census Bureau help to illustrate the big picture.
Amid calls to reduce police funding, a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that in 2017, police spending per capita recovered to its pre-recession peak after years of steady increases.
Public-sector jobs — especially in local government — disappeared rapidly in April and May amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But in June, the most recent data shows that employment was relatively flat.
While most sectors saw month-over-month growth in employment, the government continued losing workers in the latest jobs report — a trend not unexpected given agencies' reliance on tax and fee revenue.
Budget cuts are coming, but uncertainty surrounds them. So now experts are weighing in on how much money states might lose, what it will mean for technology work and what we can learn from the Great Recession.
New numbers from the federal government show that government — and local government in particular — has not been immune from the current economic havoc. And because of budget cycles, the job losses might increase.
Unemployment will hit government in many ways. Federal data on unemployment insurance claims can show which industries have suffered most, but right now the reports can only provide a sneak preview of what's happening.
Every state in the country is currently going through a historic, gargantuan rise in unemployment insurance claims. Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor help to show when, where and how much.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on an economic deep freeze, and as a result, most cities in the U.S. are anticipating revenue shortfalls this year, according to new survey data — especially the larger cities.
Data on the availability of text-to-911 is spotty, so it's difficult to get a consistent national picture. However, the numbers that are available show that some states are far more advanced than others.
New data from technology companies Cloudflare and ZenCity help to illustrate when, how and to what extent interaction with government online has changed since COVID-19 led to widescale shutdowns across American society.
The act, a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, will distribute $150 billion among states, localities, tribal governments and territories proportional to population. Here's how that distribution is likely to play out.
The federal government offers .gov as a means of adding credibility to governments online, but few local jurisdictions use it. A new bill would create grants to help more state and local agencies make the jump.
Data from the U.S. General Services Administration shows that larger counties are far more likely to participate in the .gov program than smaller ones, and certain states have barely touched it.