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Michael Grass

Senior Editor Michael Grass, who joined GovExec in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
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New NASCIO Survey Details State Government IT Challenges

April 16, 2015 With cybersecurity as one of the critical duties for the nation’s state chief information officers, there is one big problem they all share in their mission to protect state IT assets: attracting and retaining the personnel talent they need. According to a National Association of State Chief Information Officers workforce ...

When Disaster Strikes, Mobile Strategies Can Help Local Governments Respond Better

April 13, 2015 When a 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook parts of Northern California early on a Sunday morning last August, Napa County government personnel soon discovered that the designated location to assemble an emergency operations center in the county administration building was unusable. Parts of the ceiling fell in and pipes inside the ...

Welcome to Route Fifty

April 13, 2015 Welcome to Route Fifty, the newest digital news publication from Atlantic Media’s Government Executive Media Group. We’ve been working for months planning and building our new website. The site has its roots in GovExec’s State & Local channel, which launched last summer. Since then, we’ve covered a lot of ground, ...

Virginia Governor Signs ‘Ban the Box’ Rules for State Hiring

April 4, 2015 Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order on Friday that will implement “Ban the Box” rules for state hiring practices which would prohibit questions about criminal history on employment applications unless an applicant’s criminal history “bears specific relation to the job for which they are being considered,” according to ...

Next Stop on Route Fifty’s ‘Roadmap’ Journey: Cincinnati

April 3, 2015 The next stop on “The Roadmap” cross-country journey in advance of our upcoming launch of RouteFifty.com is Cincinnati. In this installment, to be published Monday, Government Executive Editor-at-Large Timothy B. Clark—who has contributed a variety of in-depth features for GovExec State & Local and will continue to do so for ...

With No Plan B, New Poll Finds Michigan’s Road-Funding Proposal in Trouble

April 1, 2015 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has said that if voters don’t approve an upcoming special statewide ballot initiative that would raise the state’s sales tax to fund $1.3 billion in road improvements, “there isn’t a good Plan B.” So it’s not surprising that the governor and his allies on the road-funding ...

Watch San Francisco’s Catchy Sewer Rap Video

April 1, 2015 San Franciscans aren’t necessarily unfamiliar with their city’s Public Utilities Commission sewer system marketing slogan, “your #2 is our #1.” It’s been on the side of buses and on other advertising around town. In 2013, as CityLab reported at the time, the PUC “kicked off a curious campaign to make ...

California Governor Announces Mandatory Statewide Water Cutbacks

April 1, 2015 It was no April Fool’s Day joke and California’s historic drought is no laughing matter. On Wednesday at a manual snow survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory statewide water restrictions and is directing the State Water Resources Control Board to mandate 25 percent water usage ...

More Governors and Mayors Ban Official Travel to Indiana

April 1, 2015 The list of governors and mayors who have banned or restricted official government travel to the state of Indiana keeps growing. Issuing statements condemning the Hoosier State’s recently approved Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many believe opens the door for business owners to discriminate based on religious objections, the mayors ...

A Winning Knight Cities Challenge Idea From Charlotte Is Remarkably Simple

March 31, 2015 These days, a lot of public engagement innovation at the local government level involves leveraging new tech applications, social media tactics and targeted marketing campaigns. But effective government engagement with members of the public doesn’t necessarily need to be overly complex or use special technology. It could be as simple ...