TABLE of CONTENTS November 2005Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
For years, people saw San Diego as a model for good government. That's because they weren't looking very closely.
The growth in rainy day accounts is not what it seems.
This has been a year of partisan polarization and institutional paralysis in Washington. The inability of Congress to provide leadership and generate consensus on major issues has been obvious not only to the nation but also to the world--from the rancorous debate over Terri Schiavo to the squabbling over filibusters and the ethics investigations that have embroiled the leadership.
The former secretary of Health and Human Services offers a bleak and blunt assessment of federal policy.
One critic argues that state complaints about Washington are just posturing.
Gun owners are pushing their constitutional liberties a big step further.
Reducing drug prices is an understandable goal, but it's hard to achieve by fiat.
The Business of Government
Utah finds a sensitive way to build a road through a bird sanctuary.
All eyes are on the packages and backpacks that make their way through Philadelphia's transit system. Not that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority is more of a terrorist target than any other system. Rather, it's that SEPTA is adopting SIEGMA 3E3, a transit explosive detection system.
New York counties, which finance $7 billion a year in Medicaid services, are tapping a new software to catch providers who lie, cheat and steal public dollars with various frauds.
An independent performance audit can help an agency deliver services more efficiently and effectively.
A federal guarantee of Katrina-related debt could end up bailing out powerful interests that don't need bailing out.
Twenty-one states now demand that utility companies operating within their borders derive a larger percentage of energy from renewable resources. Two years, ago only 14 states had such state-wide mandatory portfolios.
Some day soon, a food-tasting event at New York's LaGuardia Airport might help fund the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's budget.
States are accustomed to poaching businesses from one another using tax breaks. In the biotech era, however, it may be enough to poach scientists.
This year's Recognition Awards from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers focus on turning technology into an effective management tool. The eight award winners--from four states-- were honored for adaptations that led to substantial cost savings and revenue growth.