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Assessing Cyber Risk: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

State and local policymakers and administrators must assess organizational risks and develop response plans for potential cyberattacks.

Financing K-12 Education in Virginia

Funding equity and adequacy are among the challenges facing schools struggling to meet performance standards

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Ensuring the Franchise for Remote Military and Overseas Voters

Better use of technology can support the enfranchisement of military members, first responders, and displaced persons.

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Using Economic Success Measures to Empower Leaders and Implement Community Goals

Today, any public policy approach must include measures and metrics to guide choices. The difficulty is often around how to craft a common set of measures for vastly different projects.

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Fostering Trust Amongst Stakeholders Through the Process of Learning Measurement

All jurisdictions want a strong and growing economy, but defining exactly what that means is complicated. Also, gaining a complete agreement across all of the community’s residents and professional organizations is unlikely. Such is the case with economic development.

Financial Management

Enterprise Risk Management: A Key to Organizational Resilience and Self-Defense

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) frees up the flow of information within an organization to help leaders anticipate and prepare for strategic, “big picture” risks. The author discusses the strengths of ERM compared with other forms of risk management, the types of organizations that ERM can (and cannot) benefit, and the basic steps for implementing ERM.
Keyword: Financial Management

Financial Management

America’s Progress Hinges on Resilient Public Universities

The President of the Association of American Universities argues that aggressive action is needed by many sectors of society—state and federal governments, the private sector, and universities themselves—to ensure the long-term financial resilience of our public institutions of higher learning.
Keyword: Financial Management

Cybersecurity

Collaboration, Engagement, and Shared Responsibility: The Federal Role in Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides collaborative partnerships and information-sharing resources to improve the cybersecurity posture of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments.
Keyword: Information Technology

Cybersecurity

Global Threat, Local Action: A View from Arlington County

In a wide-ranging interview, Arlington County’s chief information security officer discusses cybersecurity challenges facing state and local governments, and outlines an array of policy responses.
Keyword: Information Technology

K-12 Education

Supporting Underperforming Schools in Virginia

The authors discuss several recent K-12 education funding policy initiatives in Virginia that seek to ensure that underperforming schools will have the resources necessary to provide a high-quality public education to elementary and secondary school students.
Keyword: K-12

K-12 Education

Virginia’s K-12 Education Funding Framework

This article provides an overview of K-12 education funding policy in Virginia, including the Standards of Quality established by the Board of Education to support a high-quality public education and the Composite Index used for assessing the state and local share of education funding for school districts.
Keyword: K-12

Transportation

Railway Disasters: How Localities Can Better Prepare

This article describes how Virginia, railroads, and communities are working to protect people and the environment in localities and regions affected by rail operations.
Keyword: Transportation

Transportation

The Economics of Hazardous Materials Transportation

Can we expect further railroad regulation and increased regulatory enforcement to have a significant effect on ameliorating risk?
Keyword: Transportation

Transportation

Our River at Risk: The Emerging Threat of Crude Oil in the James River Watershed

The Lynchburg train derailment and subsequent oil spill demonstrated that the James River is truly a “river at risk” as crude oil shipments become more common along its banks.
Keyword: Transportation

Workforce Development

Using Resilience to Address Virginia’s Economic and Workforce Development Challenges

The author suggests that the management strategy of resilience may be useful in applying the right mix of workforce flexibility and responsiveness to emerging areas of enterprise growth in Virginia.
Keyword: Workforce Development and Employment