March 06, 2017

Have you recently heard talk of the "Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act?" Probably not, because it's dead. This bill, which would have expanded the use of data on deaths by federal and state agencies to limit improper federal payments, was introduced to the U.S. Senate in 2015,... read more

February 22, 2017

An increasing number of cities are ready and willing to embark on smart cities initiatives. That's the good news. On the flip side, most cannot figure out how to pay for these efforts. Only 16 percent of cities could self-fund a smart city initiative, according to Black and Veatch's newly... read more

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February 17, 2017

Cyber intrusion is the fastest growing crime in the United States. It is a threat that horrifically frightens executives in both the public and private sectors.

February 03, 2017

Illinois has lost more residents than any other state over the last three years. It's dealing with an ongoing budget standoff between its Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, and the Democratic-controlled legislature.

January 30, 2017

The expectations over driverless cars are stratospherically high. For one, there's the fascination with the technology and the presumption of an easier commute: The self-driving car will take us to work while we surf the Internet, read files and review emails.

January 19, 2017

US mayors have reiterated the importance of federal infrastructure investment just days before Donald Trump takes office.

January 10, 2016

Chicago's Transit Authority will receive nearly $1.1 billion in federal grant funding to help pay for upgrades meant to expand rail capacity on the north side of the city, officials said Monday. The money will go toward work planned on the city's Red and Purple Lines.

January 05, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission announced a $25,000 contest to boost the security of household internet-connected devices. Consumer devices on the so-called internet of things (IoT) have notoriously weak security, which can be dangerous to user privacy or allow them to be used in other cyberattacks... read more

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January 03, 2017

Last summer, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the creation of the Build America Bureau. It was heralded as a one-stop shop to provide assistance to government entities in need of funding for transportation infrastructure projects.

January 03, 2017

In what could be a tumultuous year for state and local finances, these five issues are likely to take center stage. Tax Reform Many Capitol Hill watchers expect federal tax reform to roll forward in some fashion in 2017 now that a Republican will be in the White House.

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