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Hello and welcome to the NYGFOA Blog. In this blog, you’ll find a selection of articles from past issues of the NYGFOA quarterly Newsletter.  We’ve also mixed in other sourced articles on hot topics and trends in the world of government finance.

 

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One Year On, Public Officials Laud Success of the American Rescue Plan (ARPA)

Federal support through the ARPA and the CARES Act initiatives have done much to stabilize communities amid the pandemic’s unprecedented challenges.

With businesses shuttered and economic uncertainty dominating discourse over the last few years, the fiscal toll over the last year felt by everyday people has been severe—with the blow lessened by national initiatives like the American Rescue Plan (ARPA), which was enacted exactly a year ago Friday (March 11, 2021). Federal support through the ARPA and the CARES Act initiatives have done much to stabilize communities amid the pandemic’s unprecedented challenges.

It’s allowed governments to make investments in necessities like broadband infrastructure—which became a primary need for constituents with the rise in popularity of hybrid and full-time telework when everything shifted online at the pandemic’s onset—completing overdo wastewater projects and responding to staffing challenges.  

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Shields Up, By the U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency

While there are no specific or credible cyber threats to the U.S. homeland at this time (March 2, 2022), Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which has involved cyber-attacks on Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure organizations, may impact organizations both within and beyond the region, particularly in the wake of sanctions imposed by the United States and our Allies. Every organization—large and small—must be prepared to respond to disruptive cyber activity.

As the nation’s cyber defense agency, CISA stands ready to help organizations prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impact of cyber-attacks. When cyber incidents are reported quickly, we can use this information to render assistance and as warning to prevent other organizations and entities from falling victim to a similar attack.

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10 Steps to Succession Planning

Succession planning has become even more challenging in recent years, given a changing job market, shorter employee tenure, and COVID-19 job turnover—which means that governments should make it an even higher priority.  GFOA’s ten steps to succession planning will help your organization retain key talent and find skilled employees to replace staff members who move on. 

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The Future Government Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated an already emerging trend toward hybrid work for state and local government. In a Center for Digital Government (CDG) survey of more than 200 government leaders, nearly half of respondents said they plan to work in a hybrid work model where they alternate between remote and in-office work for the next 12 to 24 months.

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