A playground accessible to all children and adults has opened at Patapsco Valley State Park in Ellicott City, Md., the first such playground in the Maryland Park Service. Equipment includes an open-spaced glider, spinning wheels and open and closed slides.
The New York Legislature's 2017 session has ended without action on a measure to let New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio retain control of city schools. Many lawmakers oppose a return to Albany to resolve the issue until a firm agreement is in place.
The Maryland Public Service Commission has rejected Dan's Mountain Wind Force's appeal for the right to build a 17-turbine project on Dan's Mountain in Allegany County. "We find that the project will have an adverse impact on the esthetics of the local communities on and around Dan's Mountain," the PSC said.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has voted in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to allow PJM Interconnection to keep new market rules that clean energy advocates argue are discriminatory against wind and solar. "It impedes American clean energy innovation and sets back real progress in the fight against climate change," said Sustainable FERC Project Attorney Jennifer Chen.
Transportation officials in California's Sonoma and Marin counties are hoping to win a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to help fund a regional bike-sharing program. Details about the program will be determined if the grant is approved, officials say.
About 60% of government websites have cybersecurity vulnerabilities, a higher percentage than consumer-services websites such as Twitter, the Online Trust Alliance says in a report. The federal government is working to improve cybersecurity through steps such as former President Barack Obama's Cybersecurity National Action Plan and President Donald Trump's May 11 executive order focused on improved cybersecurity and stronger infrastructure.
Silence can help leaders emphasize their points during meetings and earn respect by allowing employees to think for themselves and take charge, Avery Blank writes. During negotiations, not speaking can potentially push the other party to fill the silence with valuable information.
The years can take the toll on your passion, and taking a break is one way to regain some of that enthusiasm and drive, writes Dan Black. After that, consider focusing on the positive differences you make in your employees' lives and what your purpose is in leadership.
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Study shows federal credit programs should focus on outcomes, not output
This week, the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) announced the release of a report by co-authors Thomas H. Stanton, Alan B. Rhinesmith and Michael E. Easterly analyzing federal credit programs. The report finds that federal credit programs need to focus on outcomes so they can strike a balance between providing credit for those who need it and not harming borrowers by burdening them with debt they cannot pay back. The report states: "Instead of measuring success by the volume of credit they provide, programs need to ask: How much did our work improve circumstances for our borrowers? Above all, programs need to avoid extending credit to borrowers who cannot handle their debt burdens." Find more information online here.