Mar 13, 2020
by Ed Lamb
Up-to-the-Minute Coronavirus News
Track state and local government responses to the spread of COVID-19 by bookmarking Pew’s Stateline website and clicking on today’s date under the sidebar heading What We’re Reading.
For public health workers, thank you. The American Public Health Association has you covered.
Thanks also to firefighters and EMS personnel, as well as police. You will find protocols and news by clicking on the professions.
Readers in public education can find information on school closures and other responses on the Education Week website.
This Week’s Other Headlines
Prisons and Jails Brace for Coronavirus, Route Fifty
COVID-19 outbreak risks from confining large numbers of people in less-than-sterile conditions have already been confirmed in Iran and China. Local U.S. responses have ranged from expediting medical/compassionate release and transitioning prison shops to the production of hand sanitizer.
Government Finds New Ways to Develop and Retain Talent, Government Technology
The bulk of this article expands on this assessment: “In a successful IT team, skilled professionals need defined pathways, continuous training opportunities and a sense that government offers them a place to build a career within a positive work culture.”
U.S. Interior Dept. Blasted for Unjustified Relocations That Did Not Consider Employee Views, Government Executive
A March 6 report from the Government Accountability Office flagged many problems with the Trump administration’s planning and execution of the relocation of Bureau of Land Management staff outside of Washington, D.C. Fewer than half of workers moved, with the rest taking early retirement or simply leaving government service. As summarized in this article, the GAO report details how officials did not involve staff in planning and “failed to provide analysis to back up its claims or documentation that it properly used data in its decision making” regarding the financial or practical need to place staff in western states.
2019 Saw a Record Number of ADA Title III Lawsuits, Seyfarth
Last year, plaintiffs filed 11,053 lawsuits claiming that businesses, employers or government agencies failed to make their buildings, websites and apps accessible to people with disabilities. During 2013, just 2,722 such lawsuits were filed.