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Should App Users Be Able to Track Police Officer Locations?

Some law enforcement agencies pressure Google to disable a popular Waze app feature.

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Want to Make Municipal TV More Interesting? Use Puppets.

Plenty of programming produced by local governments is boring. But not in Lakeville, Minnesota.

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How Boston Deals With Snow Removal in a Smarter Way

With its SnowCOP software, the public works department isn’t afraid of a massive blizzard.

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D.C. Laws Aside, You Still Can't Carry a Gun on the Hill

People who have a concealed-weapon permit from the city should steer clear of the Capitol.

Christine McLean's hair is braided in a Little Rock, Ark., hair braiding shop Tuesday, June 17, 2014. African-style hair braiders in Missouri, Arkansas and Washington are challenging state cosmetology licensing requirements.

Professional Licensing Rules Draw Lawsuits in Many States

A license to braid hair? Critics say some state requirements are burdensome and create barriers to competition and job growth.

Excellence in Government

Customer Centricity and the Future of Human Services

Assessing individual needs improves results and cuts costs.

Secretary of State John Kerry

John Kerry Cited for Snow-Clearing Violation in Boston

A citizen complaint prompted a $50 ticket following this week's massive blizzard.

Are Mobile Crime Alerts Making You Racist?

Citizens want details on crime in their neighborhoods, and law enforcement agencies are giving it to them. But there is such a thing as too much information.

How Obama Has Left Red States Deeper in the Red

Budgets in conservative states have been cut much more than in liberal or swing states.

Kansas City, Missouri

The New Data-Driven Government Equation

In a guest article, Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer in the Kansas City, Missouri, Office of Performance Management, discusses how hard facts plus citizen perceptions leads to prosperous communities.

s a truck dumps compost materials inside a receiving area at the Cedar Grove processing facility in Everett, Wash. in 2011.

Seattle's Scarlet Letter Composting System

The city is using public shame to get residents to recycle their food waste.

The Remarkable Turnaround of Atlanta Public Transit

MARTA CEO Keith Parker on the agency's hopeful future.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

San Diego Mayor: ‘We Should Welcome the Chaos of Disruptive Minds’

Kevin Faulconer says that it’s too easy for governments to discourage innovation.