Crisis Response Initiative

Equipping state and local leaders with tactics and resources to respond in a crisis.

News stories curated by the Editors of Government Technology and Governing.

Protests Drown Out Public Health’s COVID-19 Warnings

For weeks, public officials have warned against the dangers of mass gatherings. Now, some seem OK with protests. That's going to make it harder to convince people to avoid other activities.

Legislative Watch: COVID-19 and the Digital Divide

In a socially distanced world, citizens who most need online support and resources are least likely to be able to access them. Recent bills on the digital divide, including broadband, are addressing the problem.

The American Ethos and the Betrayal of Expertise

History provides us with numerous examples of how knowledge and, most importantly, leadership either withstood the strain of a crisis, or unraveled. We are in one of those periods right now.

Michigan Assures Voting By Mail Won’t Be Riddled With Fraud

Absentee ballots made up 99 percent of the votes from Michigan’s May election and there were zero reports of fraud. Election officials now work to assure voters across the state that mail-in ballots are secure.

Texas’ Contact Tracing Company Says Little About Plans

The company that won the state’s $295 million contact tracing contract hasn’t revealed the subcontractors involved or how much tracers are being paid. The company also won’t discuss details of previous work it's done.

LAPD, FBI to Arrest Looters in Future with Videos, Photos

Both the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI are using photos and videos to arrest individuals who looted or incited acts of violence during this weekend’s protests. But the move has generated concerns.

Jury Trials Begin Again, Carefully

Over the next several weeks and months, courts around the country must figure out how to resume operations in a way that keeps employees and visitors safe, yet also safeguards the constitutional guarantee to a jury trial.

Government Falls into a Recession and Job Cuts Soar

The last recession pummeled the government workforce. Now, the pandemic has hit and once again, layoffs have become a fact of life. But not every state and local government is cutting jobs to stanch revenue losses.

The Need for Equitable Health Care Amid COVID-19

The pandemic is hitting African American communities hardest. Black mayors are taking the lead in narrowing racial disparities and working for policies that help protect everyone.

Coronavirus and the Courts: What Changes Will Stay?

Tech experts who work with county court systems have implemented a number of digital changes to help justice continue to function in the time of COVID-19, and some of those changes may become permanent.

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