THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Faulty Data Systems Are Still Hampering Pandemic Response

Coronavirus dashboards are built on a pyramid of faxes, spreadsheets and phone calls. Public health technology investments have lagged behind other data-driven systems, making real-time information impossible to come by.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  December 1, 2020
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CISA Director Chris Krebs Fired Over Election Dispute

Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was removed from his position after disputing President Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  December 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

As Pandemic Wears On, Legislators Challenge Governors’ Authority

State lawmakers are increasingly unhappy about being sidelined, while complaining that governors have trampled civil liberties or harmed the economy. But they haven't presented a workable alternative to executive action.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 30, 2020
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Closing the Policy Lag in Changing and Challenging Times

A new book from Harvard Business Review provides policymakers with practical help on how to catch up with and adapt to rapid change in democratic capitalism at the end of a weird year.

By Paul W. Taylor, Editor  |  November 30, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

A Brief History of Georgia’s Runoff Voting – and Its Racist Roots

Elections – like Georgia's runoffs – that require majority support can sometimes be used to exclude those in the minority.

By Joshua Holzer, Westminster College  |  November 30, 2020
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1.2 million

The number of people who traveled through airports on Sunday, the greatest number of travelers since the pandemic hit the U.S. in March. However, the numbers are still half of those who traveled a year ago.


When Young Turks Take Over a Government

Charlotte's majority-millennial city council has accomplished a few things, but mostly what its members have done is squabble with each other. Succeeding as a 'change agent' is harder than it might seem.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  November 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How Government Officials Delivered a Disaster-Free Election

Despite fears that COVID, cyberattacks and misinformation might jeopardize results, voting was smooth and secure. What contributed to this outcome, and how might lessons learned affect future elections?

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 25, 2020
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Service Before Self: Karen Baker’s Career in Public Service

The career public servant has served a president and in the cabinets of three governors, and is not afraid of tackling big, complicated jobs that help the disenfranchised while building better communities.

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Not All Neighborhoods Want Slow Streets. Here’s Why

Well-intentioned transportation projects during the COVID-19 pandemic to slow or remove traffic from city streets tended to serve mostly wealthy, white neighborhoods, said equity activists at the CoMotion LA conference.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  November 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Delaware’s Rest Stop Mystery: Questions About a Roadside Oasis

There’s a highway rest stop at Smyrna, Del., that’s so big and luxurious people get married there. How did that happen and what does it say about America’s tax-supported transportation priorities?

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  November 24, 2020
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Should Local Taxpayers Help Their Neighbors’ COVID-Crushed Businesses?

Cities and counties are stepping in to try to preserve their communities' jobs and economies. It looks like it's helping. But the programs need to be designed to prevent mischief and protect taxpayers.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  November 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Biden’s Best Choice for Secretary of Education

The president-elect should look to the ranks of community-college leaders for filling this critical Cabinet post. Community colleges occupy a strategic position that gives them a unique perspective on education at all levels.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  November 23, 2020
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