RECENT PUBLISHED WORK
Over the course of the year, Barrett and Greene produce somewhere between 42 and 50 pieces of journalistic, published work. Most are columns. Following are the most recent:
Columns from Governing
There are lots of big issues facing governments in 2018. The biggest is funding.
When vacancies are high there are consequences — and many places are feeling them.
Public sector unions are becoming more altruistic. They may need to be.
States and local governments look for new ways to prevent sexual harassment.
Shared services make rational sense, but people find many reasons to be wary.
D.C. government gives taxi drivers new business and simultaneously cuts down on its owns.
Program evaluation offices are still too rare in government, even in a day when rhetoric about evidence-based practices abounds.
The David Bohnett Foundation is funding a pipeline — albeit, small — of young people who want to work in local government.
Better data is helping schools find new ways to keep kids in classrooms.
A few cities are using their employees’ personal accounts to connect their social media with more residents.
As Governing celebrates its 30th anniversary, here are our predictions for the next three decades.
Governments are increasingly shifting health care premium and deductible costs to employees.
Public-sector unions are worried. Can they survive without charging mandatory fees?
Sometimes you have to be the bad cop. Throwing out stereotypes about millennials is a good idea, too.
Budget cuts and political retaliation, they say, are endangering their ability to do their jobs.
Many governments hope so, as they add benefits like napping pods and kid-friendly workplaces to keep employees happy.
Sometimes the only place you can find the employee you need is on the payroll of another government.
Broken links, outdated information and mysterious abbreviations are just a few of the problems.
Governments have realized that cybersecurity isn’t just the responsibility of the IT department.
“As far as I know, we’re the only state doing this,” says Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff.
You can’t run public agencies like private companies, but you can borrow ideas from them.
Human tragedy comes with the badge, but more help is needed on how to deal with it.
Purchasing has become more complex, which is why critical thinking must lead the process.
Public employees are often resistant to technological change. In some cases, it’s their employers’ fault.
The potential of working from home may help attract workers to state and local government.
Women working in public administration make, on average, 25 percent — or $16,900 — less than men.
They fool some of the people, most of the time.
Diversity has a lot of benefits, but achieving it isn’t easy.
Public sector students may be shying away from working in government, possibly worsening the sector’s long-time hiring struggle.
From promises of pay raises to warnings of cutbacks, State of the State speeches offer clues to gubernatorial priorities for the year ahead.
We asked, and they told us.
New workers may present a different set of challenges and opportunities than their predecessors.
Employees with paid leave are still in the minority, but the benefit is spreading
The increasing appeal of a job that emphasizes that all-important word — implementation
They have fewer free speech rights than private sector employees, but debate continues on what can get a public employee fired.
It’s a win-win. Employees grow their careers and the public sector improves its workforce.
Actual inspections often fall way short of requirements
The tricky, but vital task of succession planning
What new governors can learn from the federal transition process
Progress is slow. Our overly enthusiastic predictions prove that.
Tight budgets, retention tension, and continued pension stress will drive legislative and executive agendas.
Major Features from Governing
As states and localities have tried to modeThe Taxing Problem of an Aging Populationrnize the way they attract and retain public workers, some proven practices have emerged.
States and Localities are embracing the promise of big data. But just how good is the information they’re collecting in the first place?
Columns from Capitol Ideas – Council of State Governments
How demographic changes are affecting home ownership. (see p. 12)
How will falling fertility rates influence the economy of the future? (see p. 12)
States need to invest billions in deferred maintenance, but need better data on what, where and how to spend.
A heavy reliance on federal dollars keeps budget officers awake at night.
The little-discussed effect of aging’s impact on state revenues.
These potent tools for evaluating the impact on health of governmental policy decisions have the potential to save lives, health and even money.
Gathering data to deal with law enforcement is becoming ubiquitous and many states and localities have started to gather and analyze all kinds of interactions between the police and the citizenry above and beyond simple arrest rates.
Although state governments are floating in a sea of data, the management and governance of this new kind of asset has tended to be weak, and sometimes close to nonexistent
Barrett and Greene read the crystal ball and speculate about the issues that were going to be of highest importance in 2016
Posts to Re:Cap, a publication of the Fels Institute of Government
Sure there are problems, but government successes should be getting equal coverage
Lessons about managing performance from our day-to-day lives
The disconcerting shift in how government officials and journalists relate to each other
Columns from the Association of Local Government Auditors
Why performance auditors can be among the best sources for information about states and localities
Articles from the PATIMES, American Society for Public Administration
The growing impact of an aging population on state revenues
Reports written for the Volcker Alliance
An annotated reference guide to state budgets, financial reports, and fiscal analyses.
Best practices in state budget transparency
Lessons from three states: California, New Jersey and Virginia
50 States are graded on budget practices and transparency
Reports written for The Council of State Governments
A comprehensive look at the steps state governments can take to increase civic knowledge