American City & County en Police in New Jersey get a communications upgrade <div class="node-body article-body">The Little Falls, N.J., Police Department replaced its existing AT&T Centrex system with a new ShoreTel communications setup.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:23:00 +0000 72931 at California law school’s MPA offering prepares advocates for change (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">John Kirlin of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law discusses some of the features of his school's MPA program. He also offers advice for people thinking of enrolling in an MPA degree program. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Human Resources Procurement Professional GPN Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:11:00 +0000 72921 at <p>John Kirlin</p> Alcohol monitoring technology safeguards public in Volunteer State <div class="node-body article-body">The Hamilton County, Tenn., Corrections Department uses SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM CAM) and SCRAM Remote Breath systems to monitor alcohol-involved offenders.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Technology Technology Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:29:00 +0000 72911 at <p>In the photo: A client using a SCRAM Remote Breath instrument.</p> When watch lists aren't enough <div class="node-body blog-body">Haystax Technology President Chriss Knisley explains the importance and methods of maintaining watch lists and using analytics to better utilize them.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law Enforcement Viewpoints Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:44:00 +0000 72901 at Public procurement institute awards cities, counties procurement achievement awards <div class="node-body article-body">The National Procurement Institute recently awarded 202 recipients across the country its annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Procurement Professional Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:04:00 +0000 72891 at <p>Public-private partnership concept. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> New Hampshire school district upgrades voice communications setup <div class="node-body article-body">The Monadnock Regional School District in New Hampshire has upgraded its old PBX phone system with a cloud-based voice system from FairPoint Communications.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Facilities Products at Work Technology Technology Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000 72881 at Utility vehicle line offers versatility (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Choose from several models in the Cushman Hauler utility vehicles lineup. Both gas- and electric-powered models are available.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Fleets Green Public Works Public Works Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:44:00 +0000 72871 at <p>In the photo: A Cushman Hauler with optional power dump assembly.</p> Louisiana municipalities begin recovery after horrific flood <div class="node-body article-body">Cities and parishes across Louisiana are beginning recovery efforts to rebuild and give aid to the residents devastated by the massive flooding last week.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:13:00 +0000 72861 at <p>Aerial photo showing flood devastation in Baton Rouge, La. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Access control system streamlines building access in Illinois village <div class="field-byline"> Michael Keating &amp; Jason Axelrod </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Westmont, Ill., village officials chose the AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller for its building security needs. The system allows the village to keep its legacy card readers and keypads, door locks and door position sensors.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facilities Products at Work Homeland Security Security Government Security Security & Fire Control Technology Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:44:00 +0000 72851 at <p>In the photo: The AXIS A1001 Network Door Controller and AXIS Entry Manager control building access in village facilities in&nbsp;Westmont, Ill.</p> The same technology that makes your city smarter can bring in new jobs <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains how investing in the Internet of Things can bring startups, tech jobs and vitality to cities. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Viewpoints Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:12:00 +0000 72841 at Is accelerated fiscal year-end spending old school? (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Federal contracts expert Gloria Larkin tells GPN that contractors who focus on specific contract vehicles and social media may achieve success at the end of the federal fiscal year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Federal Finance Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:33:00 +0000 72821 at <p>Gloria Larkin</p> Hoosier State school buses roll on money-saving propane autogas <div class="node-body article-body">The Metropolitan School District (M.S.D.) of Warren Township, Ind., is now using alternatively fueled school buses to transport students. A propane autogas fuel system, manufactured by ROUSH CleanTech, powers each of 11 buses.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Fleets Products at Work Fleets Green Technology Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:24:00 +0000 72811 at <p>The bus in the photo is one of the Blue Bird Propane Vision buses that M.S.D. Warren Township recently acquired. A propane autogas fuel system, manufactured by ROUSH CleanTech, powers each bus. The Warren Township district installed two onsite autogas fuel stations to power its new alternative-fuel buses.</p> Keating Report: Mid-year 2016 forecast on government budgets and spending—Part 2 <div class="field-deck"> Governments are investing in greenspace and GIS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Rochester Hills, Mich.’s Mayor Bryan Barnett discusses the city’s efforts to develop a new regional destination, Riverbend Park. Governments are also increasing their investments in geographic information systems.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development GIS & GPS Finance Parks & Recreation Fiscal Management GIS & GPS Parks & Recreation Public Works Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:53:00 +0000 72801 at <p>The photo shows a concept design for a crescent overlook above the Clinton River at Riverbend Park in Rochester Hills, Mich.</p> Opening your digital doors to citizens <div class="node-body blog-body">Akamai Vice President of Public Sector Tom Ruff details how local governments can overcome challenges present in optimizing their web portals.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement Technology Viewpoints Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:19:00 +0000 72791 at Expert: GSA is implementing 2 major initiatives important to contractors <div class="node-body article-body">Government marketing expert Michelle L Hermelee discusses two GSA initiatives and what they mean for federal contractors.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Federal Finance Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:49:00 +0000 72781 at <p>Michelle L Hermelee</p> Cities pursue solar power through different strategies <div class="node-body article-body">Between building solar arrays, buying panels in existing arrays and installing their own panels, cities are harnessing solar power through several strategies.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Renewable Energy Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:46:00 +0000 72771 at <p>A solar array in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Infrastructure upgrade helps Texas city reach sustainability goals, cut expenses (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">To help support its sustainability goals and modernize the city’s infrastructure, El Paso, Texas, has partnered with Johnson Controls and Acuity Brands Lighting on a major project.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Efficiency Green Public Works Technology Public Works Technology Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:10:00 +0000 72761 at <p>In the photo: one of the 1,000 100-watt Washington Postlite II LED luminaires that the city of El Paso, Texas, installed in the downtown area. The fixtures replaced 175-watt metal halide decorative fixtures. The luminaires are from Holophane, an Acuity Brands company.</p> Cities miss out on federal transportation grants <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently issued a round of grants that helped some cities, but denials of these same grants has stalled infrastructure projects in others, leaving these cities to look for other options. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Public Transit Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:25:00 +0000 72751 at <p>The skyline of Milwaukee, Wisc. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Golden State MPA focuses on both conceptual theory and professional development (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">John Binkley, associate dean at The Tseng College of Extended Learning at California State University, Northridge, discusses some of the features of his school's MPA degree progam.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Fiscal Management Human Resources GPN Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:49:00 +0000 72741 at <p>John Binkley</p> Options for mechanical system upgrades <div class="field-deck"> Webinar highlights details in cooperative contract  </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A recent webinar highlights ways that governments can upgrade aging HVAC and mechanical systems in facilities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Contracts Coop Solutions Facilities Cooperative Purchasing Finance Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing Technology Technology Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:09:00 +0000 72731 at <p>In the photo: A Trane centrifugal chiller assembly. The company is expanding its chiller lineup.</p> Technology can help governments conform to new federal overtime regulations (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Rock Regan of Kronos offers his thoughts on the new overtime regulations. He also tells how his firm's systems can aid in time and attendance record-keeping. Kronos is a global provider of workforce management solutions.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal Finance Human Resources Technology Technology Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:31:00 +0000 72721 at Sacramento County adopts renewable diesel into fleet, expects lower emissions <div class="node-body article-body">Sacramento County, Calif. has started using renewable diesel in its fleet, which is expected to cut its greenhouse gas emissions immensely.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:23:00 +0000 72711 at <p>The Watt Avenue and US-50 Interchange in Sacramento County, Calif. Image via <a href="">Sacramento County</a>.</p> FY 2016: The curtain is coming down on the federal fiscal year <div class="node-body article-body">Marc Vogtman of GovTribe offers his views on end-of-fiscal-year budget and spending trends.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Federal Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:40:00 +0000 72701 at <p>Marc Vogtman</p> Brush cutter delivers power and performance <div class="node-body article-body">The Toro 28-inch hydro drive brush cutter is a commercial-grade, self-propelled machine that is suited for many municipal and grounds maintenance applications. It is versatile, durable and easy to use.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Public Works Public Works Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:48:00 +0000 72691 at <p>In the photo: The Toro 28-inch hydro drive brush cutter</p> Alternative private-public sector financing is needed to invest in America’s ailing infrastructure <div class="node-body blog-body">Arcadis North America Infrastructure Business Line President Wassim Selman explains how cities can find private funding for infrastructure . </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Viewpoints Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:19:00 +0000 72681 at Citizens, officials divided on funneling tax dollars towards sports stadiums <div class="node-body article-body">Citizens and officials have expressed dissatisfaction for sports teams and other officials trying to garner tax dollars to build new sporting stadiums and repair existing ones.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:07:00 +0000 72671 at <p>Chase Field in Phoenix. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Federal agencies are recruiting the next generation (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Steven Rothberg, president and founder of, discusses federal hiring and workforce trends. He says federal, state and local government agencies are increasing their outreach efforts to students and recent college graduates.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Federal Human Resources Technology Technology Tue, 09 Aug 2016 21:40:00 +0000 72661 at <p>Steven Rothberg</p> Pennsylvania automates IT processes and modernizes human services systems <div class="field-byline"> By Michael Keating and Jason Axelrod </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) has completed a technology modernization project. DHS is using the Progress Corticon Business Rules Management System to optimize the performance of its legacy information system.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Finance Health & Welfare Technology Technology Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:23:00 +0000 72651 at <p>This screen shot has information from the Progress Corticon Business Rules Management System.</p> Decorative bollards improve building safety (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Reliance Foundry's decorative bollards offer an elegant figure on building perimeters, and ensure building and pedestrian safety.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Public Safety Public Works Public Safety Public Works Mon, 08 Aug 2016 22:14:00 +0000 72641 at <p>The Reliance Foundry traffic bollard installation at Boston&#39;s Fenway Park.</p> Disaster recovery: Navigating FEMA’s cumbersome financial assistance rules <div class="node-body article-body">Attorney Hilary Cairnie offers his views on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s policies for reimbursement of disaster recovery costs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Disaster Preparedness Emergency Management Federal Finance Fiscal Management Mon, 08 Aug 2016 18:36:00 +0000 72631 at <p>Hilary S. Cairnie</p>