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Michael Grass

Executive Editor Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group 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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Railroads Aim to Block Maryland on Crude-Oil Shipment Disclosure

July 29, 2014 As various states and local governments continue to pressure railroad companies that transport crude oil on safety and transparency issues, railroad executives have argued that disclosing information about hazardous rail shipments poses a security risk and should be protected proprietary information. In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an...

Voluntary Water Reductions Aren’t Effective in California

July 28, 2014 If local governments in drought-stricken California want their residents to save water, they’re going to have to be more aggressive about mandating conservation. Voluntary measures simply aren’t cutting it, according to a new analysis by The Sacramento Bee that looked at impacts on water use in local jurisdictions that have...

Rhode Island to Unemployed: No Online Resumé, No Benefits

July 25, 2014 As Rhode Island continues to report the nation’s highest unemployment rate, it’s no surprise that the Ocean State has sought new ideas and tactics to help decrease the percentage of state residents out of work, which stood at 7.9 percent in June. This month, state officials announced that they’re making...

Koch Brothers Firm Threatens to Sue Chicago

July 25, 2014 A company controlled by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch might sue Chicago if it does not receive variances from the city’s Department of Public Health to leave piles of dirty petroleum coke uncovered for the next four years. The threat of the lawsuit, first reported Friday morning by the...

Few States Get Good Grades on Accessibility of Executive Orders

July 24, 2014 Governors of all 50 states issue executive or administrative orders for a variety of needs, from emergency declarations to directives guiding state agency operations. They are “the legal instruments by which governors conduct their duties,” according to the Sunlight Foundation, which recently found that the way state governments make—or don’t...

California Launches Integrated Cloud Platform for State and Local Agencies

July 24, 2014 State and local government agencies across the nation’s most-populous state will now have access to a new cloud platform that’s being touted as the first such system to be deployed in the United States at the state level. CalCloud, developed and managed by IBM through a private-public partnership and administered...

Feds Seek to Prevent Deadly Oil Train Accidents

July 23, 2014 Federal regulators are preparing to mandate stronger rail-tank safety standards and speed restrictions for the transport of crude oil and other flammable materials like ethanol by train. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday released details of its proposed new rules for trains carrying large quantities of the hazardous materials....

California Cities Grapple With State’s Water-Saving Mandates

July 23, 2014 California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week that would seemingly help out plenty of state homeowners who want to conserve water as the state faces extreme drought conditions. The bill, which received the governor’s signature on Monday, makes it illegal for homeowner associations to fine water-conscious property owners who...

FOIA-Tracking Websites Gain Steam in D.C., New York City

July 22, 2014 More than a month after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new website to track public-records requests in his city, the District of Columbia government has launched its own Freedom of Information Act online portal this week. The move, announced by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Monday,...

Former Mayor’s Name Lingers All Over Boston

July 22, 2014 It’s hard to deny that Thomas M. Menino, a larger-than-life figure in Boston politics who served as mayor for 20 years, left his stamp on the city. Going around town, it’s easy to spot instances of his physical name remaining on city signs seven months after he left office. Boston.com...