Today more than ever, it is critical for state and local governments to practice sound fiscal management and financial planning. Failure to understand financial outcomes undermines a jurisdiction’s economic and political viability. Yet there’s a big gap between what public leaders know about finance and what they need to know.
Is social media public record? With the evolution of communication technologies, interactions with your agency’s constituents are no longer just one-way. But how can your department stay compliant with Florida’s public records laws with the fluid, flexible communications found on Facebook, Twitter, and more?
Is social media public record? With the evolution of communication technologies, interactions with your agency’s constituents are no longer just one-way. But how can your department stay compliant with Washington’s public records laws with the fluid, flexible communications found on Facebook, Twitter, and more?
Close to 20 percent of the nation’s population will be over the age of 65 in 15 years. The socioeconomic impact created by the nation's aging population will be tremendous. All levels of government will be challenged to ensure effective and efficient service delivery with limited financial resources.
Six years after the housing crisis that kicked off the Great Recession, the global economic downturn appears to be ending. Yet for health and human services (HHS) agencies, it seems like 2010. With unemployment still high and wages low, they’re serving alarming levels of beneficiaries.
As unpredictable events affect where we live, there is a critical need to build more resilient communities. We rely on the infrastructure that weaves our communities together to provide livable, prosperous and environmentally responsible communities. Has your jurisdiction taken the necessary steps to fully prepare its facilities and services to be resilient? A team of experts will share a framework for action and best practices.
The increase in public debt is a growing problem facing the U.S. economy. Funds are limited at all levels, from Washington, D.C., and the states to cities and towns. From municipalities to public universities, a large number of America’s public organizations are facing increased budget constraints, yet they hold millions of dollars in debt that could be monetized to bring in immediate and recurring revenues. According to the National Association of Counties (NACo), local government had more than $40 billion in uncollected taxes and fees, while outsourcing about 50% of that debt to third party collectors.
Billions of dollars in fraudulent refunds are being paid out by government every tax year. This not only puts a strain on government’s ability to provide services, but it also erodes public trust in the country’s tax system. The increasing reliance on e-filing for tax returns increases the efficiency of tax operations and taxpayer convenience, but it also strips away crucial layers of protection between identity thieves and unwarranted tax refunds. Stealing identities and filing for tax refunds has become one of the fastest growing non-violent criminal activities in the country.
How can states control Medicaid costs for long-term care, while retaining or improving quality? This is one of the most critical questions confronting governments from coast to coast, as Medicaid covers over forty percent of people in long-term care. Many of them are in nursing homes, even though a good number would prefer to receive at-home or community based care.
Labor costs remain a major concern for public sector organizations, yet most government and education institutions don’t have insight into real-time labor data. This lack of visibility often results in overtime and leave abuse, and pension padding. But what if a city, state agency, or school district could solve this problem and repurpose millions of dollars of waste and inefficiency into better serving the public and garnering their trust?
Improved regulatory compliance can help protect state and local governments against fraud and improper payments.
City auditors often cite internal control weaknesses in audits of small to medium sized governments as the single highest contributing factor in significant fraud within governments.