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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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Among State IT Workforce Challenges: The Silver Tsunami, Civil Service Complexities and Tapping Millennial Energy

1:32 PM ET ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The “silver tsunami” retirement wave that many state governments are facing may present great challenges for retaining and recruiting top-notch public sector IT personnel, but there are also opportunities. But state government IT managers have to flexible and not be stuck looking at human resources through a ...

When Drivers Adjust to Speed Camera Enforcement

April 23, 2015 Speed cameras and other forms of automated traffic enforcement have been and likely always will be controversial. While proponents of automated traffic enforcement will often tout the positive impacts on safety and the ability of law enforcement to better align police resources, critics often point to them as being an ...

Lessons From a South Carolina City’s Battle With a Judgmental N.Y.C. Writer

April 21, 2015 There’s a long, storied history of writers based in New York City—or write for publications based in New York City—angering people in just about every other part of the country. The outrage formula goes something like this: The writer with big-city New York credentials writes something about a locality that ...

In Civic Tech Circles, There Are Few Better Places to Be Than Philadelphia City Hall

April 21, 2015 PHILADELPHIA — With about nine months remaining in Mayor Michael Nutter’s second and final term in office, 2015 is a time to reflect on some of the noteworthy civic tech projects and tech-forward initiatives that City Hall has undertaken in recent years. The unveiling of Philadelphia’s new open data portal ...

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 ...