"Hack the Pentagon" program could be expanded to critical infrastructure | States to get nearly $1B from feds over 2 years for opioid fight | House panel to address airline consumer issues after United incident
April 21, 2017
News for public administrators advancing excellence in public service
In May, Washington, D.C., social scientists are launching The Lab @ DC -- a website featuring specialists in psychology, sociology and other fields designed to help agencies in the district craft public policy. "What we're doing in here is on-the-fly [and] in-the-trenches applied research, doing data analytics, doing field experiments," said Director David Yokum.
"Hack the Pentagon," a bug bounty program, could be expanded to include the Pentagon's critical infrastructure. This could identify vulnerabilities in electrical systems, HVAC equipment and other infrastructure with operating systems that aren't supported by vendors.
States will receive about $500 million from the federal government next year to address the opioid epidemic, in addition to the $485 million coming this year. The money is intended to fund health professional training, prescription drug monitoring programs and promotion of overdose-reducing drugs.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plans to learn more about airline consumer issues following public outcry over the recent removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight. The hearing hasn't yet been scheduled.
A Government Accountability Office report on telehealth and remote patient monitoring use in Medicaid programs in six states found that Connecticut spent $89,053 in 2015 on 817 encounters involving provider-to-provider consultations via secure messaging, while Montana's Medicaid program used telehealth to let patients consult with in-state and out-of-state specialists remotely. Meanwhile, Kansas implemented a remote patient monitoring pilot project from September 2007 to June 2010 and called telehealth a "valuable" tool, the report stated.
Overall, state support to public colleges and universities fell by 1.8% per full-time equivalent student in 2016, with much of the drag created by a budget impasse in Illinois, according to a report from the State Higher Education Executive Officers association. Without Illinois, funding increased by 3.2% with Oregon posting the largest gain.
Be more supportive and personable by asking exploratory questions such as "What can we achieve?" or "What can I do better?" writes Joel Garfinkle. These and other statements encourage team members to volunteer their ideas while helping leaders improve.
Body language techniques have specific purposes, as a powerful posture might work sometimes but not when you need to encourage collaboration, writes Carol Kinsey Goman. Understand what type of situation you're in and adjust your body language appropriately.
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Upcoming ASPA BookTalk for public administration professors
ASPA's e-learning program will feature a new BookTalk this month: "Without Purpose of Evasion." This newest BookTalk, a conversation with author John Thompson, will delve into how public administration professors can use fiction to teach fundamental city management principles. This free e-learning event ($75 for nonmembers) will take place April 27. Register online.