A sign greets visitors outside the Curb Event Center at Belmont University as preparations take place for the second Presidential debate on Oct. 20, 2020, in Nashville. President-elect Biden says he will require masks in federal buildings.

Biden Will Issue Mask Mandate for Federal Buildings

Sponsor Content

How Inter-Annotator Agreement Drives Confidence in Federal AI

When it comes to visual data, artificial intelligence is very good – but it isn’t perfect yet.

Nextgov

Robotic Surgeries Are Changing the Game Inside One VA Facility

More than 60 robotics-boosted surgical procedures were performed since March—and the program will likely expand in the next year.

Nextgov

Bipartisan Cadre of Lawmakers Call for Permanent Telehealth Expansion

Telehealth has proved vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, and more than four dozen lawmakers want to see maximized moving forward.

Sponsor Content

GBC Playbook: The Future of .GOV and the People's Code

GBC's latest playbook uses survey-driven insights to highlight several coding options for the future of government websites.

Management

While Biden’s Cabinet Is Important, Watch the Sub-Cabinet

The skills and background needed for managerial positions are significantly different than those for policy positions.

Management

How (And Why) to Measure Your Own Happiness

Are you a Mad Scientist, a Cheerleader, a Sober Judge, or a Poet?

Route Fifty

With New Funding Elusive, a Governor Turns to Planning to Address Flood Hazards

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf outlined a three-pronged initiative this week. “It’s the best we can do right now,” he said.

Route Fifty

Mayors Pessimistic About Cities' Prospects for Post-Covid Rebound

Concerns highlighted by the Menino Survey of Mayors include possible deep cuts to local education and the changing economic landscape for local businesses.

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Route Fifty

Mayors and Governors Apologize for Violating Their Own Covid Suggestions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Auditor finds Chicago has not been enforcing recycling laws … Health officials say vaccination cards will be issued to those who get Covid shots … Provo City Council votes to preserve a popular waterfall.

Management

Good Government Group Urges Feds to Lobby Congress Against Schedule F

In a rare move, the Partnership for Public Service asked the public to contact lawmakers to muster opposition to the Trump administration’s effort to politicize the federal civil service.

Workforce

How Dozens of Trump’s Political Appointees Will Stay in Government After Biden Takes Over

Documents show that officials appointed by Trump who’d otherwise lose their jobs under Biden have been approved for permanent positions in federal agencies.

Route Fifty

Electric Cargo Bikes Are Debuting in City Fleets

Under a pilot program, parks employees in Portland, Oregon will conduct trail maintenance using zero-emission bikes that were specifically designed for municipal employees.

Management

Transition Roundup: Biden Focuses on Non-Senate Confirmed Positions; Fauci to Meet with Biden Team

There's a lot to keep track of. Here’s today’s list of news updates and stories you may have missed.

Route Fifty

How to Fairly Use Algorithms to Make Tough Decisions

COMMENTARY | With computer power increasingly used to guide policies adopted by states and local leaders, governments need to take steps to ensure the underlying algorithms aren’t biased.

Management

America Is Careening Towards a Pandemic Nightmare Scenario

On Wednesday, the United States broke 100,000 coronavirus hospitalizations for the first time ever.

Defense

US Has Achieved ‘Modicum of Success’ in Afghanistan, Top General Says

But years of military stalemate make negotiating with the Taliban the only option, Gen. Mark Milley says.