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Michael Grass

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Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.

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List of Trump’s Likely Infrastructure Priorities Emerges

January 25, 2017 Before he took office, when President Trump touted his ambitions to undertake a major national infrastructure program, many of the details were abstract. Now, the picture of what projects are likely to move forward has somewhat come into focus. A list of approximately 50 infrastructure projects obtained by The Kansas...

The Challenges of ‘Data Science for Social Good’ in a New Era of ‘Alternative Facts’

January 22, 2017 SEATTLE — Although the bulk of a two-day workshop on data-driven municipal governance last week at Seattle City Hall focused on case studies and best practices in the delivery of human services, there were very timely moments of discussion on some related, but vital, questions facing anyone in the public...

Don’t Overlook Resiliency Benefits When Touting Transportation Improvements

January 16, 2017 SEATTLE — When investments in transportation infrastructure are normally being discussed, they’re looked at through the lens of mobility. And that’s for a very good reason: Improving the way you can get from Point A to Point B to Point C and beyond should be the driving force behind transportation...

A Cautionary Case Study for Governors Looking to Defund Planned Parenthood

January 12, 2017 On the campaign trail, defunding Planned Parenthood was a prominent red-meat topic of discussion and a rallying call for core conservatives, just like repealing Obamacare was. But repealing as something as complex as the Affordable Care Act isn’t a simple action, nor is replacing it. So it’s not necessarily surprising...

Video: Goats Help Prevent Wildfires in Southern California

January 11, 2017 Certain types of vegetation adjacent to roads and bridges can sometimes pose majors challenges for state and local transportation departments working to prevent wildfires. Work crews can have a hard time navigating difficult terrain in order to clear out tinder-dry vegetation that could spark a big fire from, for instance,...

Seattle-Area Transit Agency Takes Major Step to Build a Zero-Emissions Bus Fleet

January 10, 2017 SEATTLE — Many state and local government agencies have goals to significantly cut carbon emissions, but they’re still a long way from realizing a zero-emissions future. The King County government, which operates the extensive Metro bus network in and around the Pacific Northwest’s largest city, is taking a big step...

West Coast Storms Prompt Drinking Water Emergency in Santa Cruz

January 9, 2017 Officials in Santa Cruz, California, have urged residents who rely on the municipal water system to cut back consumption by 30 percent following a major leak in a pipeline that leads to the city from the Loch Lomond Reservoir. About 1,500 gallons are leaking per minute from the Newell Creek...

L.A. College Pays Hacker’s Ransom to Unlock IT Systems

January 9, 2017 A cyberattack on Los Angeles Valley College over the holidays locked down a variety of the school’s IT systems just as students were returning for the new year. The major disruption prompted the L.A. Community College District to pay a Bitcoin ransom last week that amounted to approximately $28,000 in...

L.A. College Pays Hacker’s Ransom to Unlock IT Systems

January 8, 2017 A cyberattack on Los Angeles Valley College over the holidays locked down a variety of the school’s IT systems just as students were returning for the new year. The major disruption prompted the L.A. Community College District to pay a Bitcoin ransom last week that amounted to approximately $28,000 in...

In Washington State, a Way to Connect With Olympia When Winter Puts It Out of Reach

January 4, 2017 SEATTLE — In certain states, topography and harsh weather conditions can sometime isolate one region from another during the winter weather months. Residents of eastern Washington state know this especially well this time of year when winter storms and snow-removal work can force the closure of the handful of passes...