Government Culture

The purpose of this guide is to help elected and senior government officials understand how public procurement can help achieve their goals or get their entity into trouble. Written from the perspective of a seasoned public official mentoring other executives new to the public sector, the guide is a pragmatic reference

If there’s a manual anywhere on public-private partnerships (P3s/PPPs), it may have been written in Washington, D.C.  But not, as one might suspect, by lawmakers in the halls of the U.S. Congress.  The manual could have been written by some visionary locally elected leaders of the Council of the District of Columbia.

Tighter budgets, increased costs, self-funding laws and the overall technical complexity of the market have caused a challenging environment for government revenue management professionals. How do the most successful government offices maintain compliance, raise reimbursement and reduce time to collect? Those with the highest collection percentage follow some common practices that should be implemented by all government collection departments.

A common theme is emerging in the midst of digital urban transformation and the new digital economy. This theme is digital clusters and the need for cities (regions, nations) to become digital innovation platforms. In order to achieve this, cities need to be more proactive and forward thinking in the way they create a favorable environment to support and facilitate the digital economy, as this will be critical in helping cities remain competitive. Failure to do so will see cities being left behind and losing their talent to other more proactive cities.

In the early days of American government, engagement with citizens was composed of letters, spirited speeches at city hall and the occasional revolution. Today, after waning and resurging, waning and resurging, the interactions between people and their government have largely taken a new form.

Nine days into my job in San Jose’s new Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy, I found myself standing onstage in front of forty government managers, holding a red Elmo ball from my daughter’s toy chest and hoping for the best.

When new governors and mayors take office, one of the first things most of them do is install their own people to carry out their wishes. But every now and then, there are exceptions. This year, two new governors -- both of whom ran on platforms of change -- have surprised their states by deciding to keep many of the same faces in place.

First, there was the question “what is a Smart City?” Then definitions with varying degrees of details emerged, leading to the second question—how is a Smart City actually defined? Though these questions are still being debated and no single definition has emerged, what has evolved without question is both the need for and rise of Smart Cities as well as the powerful presence cities now have on the global stage.

Here's what smart cities do to stay ahead Smart cities create a symbiosis between information, the Internet of Things and technologies to make better decisions and provide desired services. These cities map community preferences to improve services and infrastructure including public transport, libraries and waste services.

Last fall, Oakley, Calif., city officials were anxious about the beginning of a smart city transformation. Ideas were floated about connected mobility, more efficient online government services and linking security cameras together to aid police dispatch centers. "There are hundreds of different initiatives," said Public Works Director and City Engineer Kevin Rohani back in October.

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