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Top Picks: Ransomware Attacks, Learning What the Public Thinks, Losing Experienced Workers

Top Picks: Ransomware Attacks, Learning What the Public Thinks, Losing Experienced Workers

May 27, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
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Policy consultant Byron Katsuyama identifies some of the emerging issues and innovations that local government leaders should be aware of.

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Is Your Utility Rate Study Talking To Your Asset Management Strategy?

Is Your Utility Rate Study Talking To Your Asset Management Strategy?

May 25, 2016 by FCS GROUP
Category: Finance Advisor , Finance Policies

Asset management strategies serve to prioritize investments, optimize maintenance and more importantly, mitigate risk. Ultimately, asset management defines the level of investment required to effectively and sustainably operate your utility. These are also the very same elements that feed into and define your utility financial plan and corresponding rates.

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New Overtime Rule Issued for White Collar Workers

New Overtime Rule Issued for White Collar Workers

May 23, 2016 by Paul Sullivan
Category: FLSA

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issued today (5/23/2016) its final rule that changes the “salary test” used to determine whether executive, administrative, and professional (“white collar”) employees are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements for overtime pay.

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The Key to a Better City: Fill Fewer Potholes, Have More Fun

The Key to a Better City: Fill Fewer Potholes, Have More Fun

May 19, 2016 by Josh Mahar
Category: Government Performance Consortium

Early this month author Peter Kageyama came to Washington as part of our Government Performance Consortium and provided an inspiring overview of how cities can leverage community assets to build a better city, all without spending huge amounts of money.

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Franchising - An Essential Tool for Right-of-Way Management

Franchising - An Essential Tool for Right-of-Way Management

May 18, 2016 by Jim Doherty
Category: Utilities

Many city and county attorneys and public works directors are familiar with utility franchising issues, but many other city and county elected officials and staff are not, even though they may encounter them as part of their public duties. Understanding the basics of franchising will help in approaching these issues and in appreciating the complexity of the often unnoticed utility systems providing services to your residents and businesses.

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4 Takeaways from the 2016 National Planning Conference

4 Takeaways from the 2016 National Planning Conference

May 17, 2016 by William Simpson
Category: Planning Advisor

Image: The Phoenix Metro Light Rail as seen from the Central Arts District. By William Simpson.

Last month over 4,300 planners, policymakers, and students attended the American Planning Association (APA) conference in Phoenix.  They explored new ideas, learned from the success of other cities a...

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On the Quest for a Performance Culture: Where to Start?

On the Quest for a Performance Culture: Where to Start?

May 13, 2016 by Michael Jacobson
Category: Performance Management-Measurement , Government Performance Advisor

This article is reprinted with permission of the American Society for Public Administration

As a field, performance management is almost a teenager. Not in actual years, but in its development and practice.

Accounting is the grandparent with Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Babylonian...

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2016 Legislature Adds to the Monetary Penalty for an OPMA Violation

2016 Legislature Adds to the Monetary Penalty for an OPMA Violation

May 11, 2016 by Bob Meinig
Category: Open Public Meetings Act

A violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) can result in a number of consequences, one of which is a monetary penalty for each member of a governing body who attends a meeting knowing that it is being held in violation of the OPMA. Responding, in part, to concerns that Washington State lags behind many other states regarding penalty amounts for open meetings law violations, that the amount of this penalty hasn’t changed in over 40 years, and that an increased personal penalty on officials would more effectively deter OPMA violations, the Legislature increased the existing $100 civil penalty, effective June 9, 2016, to $500 for a first violation and $1,000 for each successive violation. Note, too, that there are other consequences resulting from an OPMA violation.

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What is an Agency

What is an Agency's Obligation When a Records Request May Suggest Requester's "Commercial Purpose"?

May 9, 2016 by P. Stephen DiJulio
Category: Open Government Advisor , Public Records Act

A summary of the court's decision in SEIU Healthcare v. DSHS and Freedom Foundation and what that means for public records disclosure requests.

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Records Requests for Judicial Records

Records Requests for Judicial Records

May 6, 2016 by Robert Sepler
Category: Public Records Act

It’s been about four months since the new court rule governing administrative judicial records, GR 31.1, became effective, so here's a quick refresher on the law governing records requests for judicial records.

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Better, Faster, Cheaper: Sometimes Front Line Workers Are the Best Problem Solvers

Better, Faster, Cheaper: Sometimes Front Line Workers Are the Best Problem Solvers

May 4, 2016 by Lynn Nordby
Category: Management

Problems that seem intractable at the management level, can often be fixed by those employees that understand the processes the best.

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Spokane County Utility Billing Team Lean Success Story

Spokane County Utility Billing Team Lean Success Story

May 2, 2016 by John Dickson
Category: Performance Management-Measurement , Government Performance Advisor

A first in a series about how Spokane County’s front-line staff are leading the lean transformation in their departments.

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Special Election Recap: Regional Fire Agencies, Marijuana, TBDs, and More

Special Election Recap: Regional Fire Agencies, Marijuana, TBDs, and More

April 28, 2016 by Steve Hawley
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A recap of important and noteworthy local ballot measure results from the April 2016 special election.

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New PRA Exemption for Body Camera Recordings

New PRA Exemption for Body Camera Recordings

April 27, 2016 by Flannary Collins
Category: Law Enforcement Records Disclosure

‚ÄčThanks to EHB 2362, there’s a new Public Records Act (PRA) exemption for body camera recordings. However, the new exemption only applies to agencies with body camera programs in effect as of June 9, 2016, so act soon if your agency wants to take advantage of it.

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Looking at Sustainability in Snoqualmie

Looking at Sustainability in Snoqualmie

April 26, 2016 by Jill Sterrett
Category: Climate Change

A history of sustainability in the city of Snoqualmie.

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Sept. 1 Deadline Looming for Adoption of Your Impact Fee Deferral System

Sept. 1 Deadline Looming for Adoption of Your Impact Fee Deferral System

April 21, 2016 by Steve Butler
Category: Impact Fees

During the 2015 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature enacted a new law (ESB 5923) that requires counties, cities, and towns collecting impact fees to adopt a deferral system for new single-family detached and attached residential construction. This law gave local governments until September 1, 2016 to develop a deferral system that best meets statutory requirements and local objectives.

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New Law Regulates E-Cigarettes and Vapor Products

New Law Regulates E-Cigarettes and Vapor Products

April 20, 2016 by Paul Sullivan
Category:

The Legislature adopted new legislation (ESSB 6328) this session to regulate the e-cigarette and vapor product industry in Washington. Here is a summary of some of the key provisions of the new law.

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Does Your City have Too Many Funds?

Does Your City have Too Many Funds?

April 14, 2016 by Randy Hinchliffe
Category: Budgets and Budgeting , Finance Advisor

Not too long ago, I read a short tidbit in one of the local newspapers about the adoption of a nearby city’s budget. I was struck by the fact that the city had 28 different funds in its budget. With so many funds to account for, it got me thinking about the criteria for establishing funds and when a city might have too many funds.

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Multimodal Transportation Funds Released To Cities and Counties on April 15

Multimodal Transportation Funds Released To Cities and Counties on April 15

April 14, 2016 by Toni Nelson
Category: Revenues

The initial distribution of this new fund should include the first two quarters of the state biennium that were missed (September 2015 and December 2015) along with the March 2016 distribution.

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Top Picks: Making Density Work, Using Tech to Engage with Citizens, Obliterating Worst Practices

Top Picks: Making Density Work, Using Tech to Engage with Citizens, Obliterating Worst Practices

April 13, 2016 by Byron Katsuyama
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Policy consultant Byron Katsuyama identifies some of the emerging issues and innovations that local government leaders should be aware of.

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