Report: Government Employee Experience is Hindering Government Performance – More than one in five government employees report a low-quality experience in the workplace, resulting in a less engaged workplace across the public sector than the private sector, according to a study released this month by Forrester Research. NextGov 9/11/20
State and Local Government Make Slow Jobs Gains in August – According to new federal data, state and local government in August continued a slow regaining of jobs lost at the height of the recession — but still remain far below their usual levels. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found about 63,000 more people working in local government in August than in July, an increase of about 1 percent. That growth rate was on pace with the economy at large. GovTech.com 9/9/20
COVID-19 testing lags as California announces new initiatives with Apple and Google – After the wheels fell off California’s COVID-19 testing system in August, the state announced on Friday that it would begin testing whether a system designed by Apple and Google would provide a more accurate public health tool to track exposure to the coronavirus. DesertSun 9/12/20
Governor Signs Public Contracts Bill Related to DVBE – SB 588, Archuleta. Legislative Digest: the Department of General Services, except in the case of contracts for professional bond services, is the administering agency of the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program… Existing law requires an awarding department, upon completion of an awarded contract for which a commitment to achieve a DVBE goal was made, to require the prime contractor that entered into a subcontract with a DVBE to certify to the awarding department specified information relating to amounts paid under the contract, as specified.