Liz Farmer

Posted By Liz Farmer

Dec 19

As LA Revamps Procurement, 2028 Olympics Loom as Major Test

Los Angeles hopes to involve minority firms in a big way in procurement related to the 2028 Olympics — but there are major hurdles it must first overcome.
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Nov 15

GovOps' Batjer Among 9 Honored as Top US Public Servants

Dec 13

To Prepare for the Next Recession, States Take Stress Tests

California, which saw its revenues drop 20 percent during the Great Recession, recently started using stress tests. The state Legislative Analyst’s Office now includes estimates of what would happen to the state’s budget under an economic growth scenario and a mild recession scenario.
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Nov 9

California Voters Approve Spending on Mega Projects

In an anti-debt climate, voters in California and Arkansas cleared the way for spending on major economic development projects.
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Aug 25

SEC Censures 71 Governments for Lack of Fiscal Transparency

Financial timeliness is a problem that's 'widespread and pervasive,' the SEC said.
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Aug 5

Public Pensions Facing Worst Returns Since Recession

A volatile stock market over the past year has taken a toll on public pension assets.
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Feb 18

California Ranked No. 2 Among States for IT Procurement

Procurement is at the heart of almost everything a government does. But states vary widely when it comes to how well they manage the things they buy.
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Dec 16

State Spending to Increase for 6th Straight Year

In 2016, states are expected to continue the growth they've experienced since the Great Recession. But the new era of growth is a modest one.
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Dec 15

Public Pensions Challenge Private Equity Fees

Late last month, California disclosed for the first time how much its pension system paid private equity managers in performance fees: $3.4 billion over the past 25 years. The fees, which are in addition to typical managerial fees, have come under scrutiny in recent years — and not without reason.
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Jun 25

States Struggle to Tax the Cloud

As the economy shifts from one that relies on goods to one that relies on services, states are finding it hard to capture revenue from constantly evolving technologies like cloud computing.
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Dec 24

The 2014 Takeaways from State and Local Finance

A look back at four of this year's trends in public finance.
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Dec 3

The States That Benefit the Most from Federal Spending

A new report shows federal spending accounts for nearly one-fifth of the nation's economic activity, but its impact varies wildly from state to state.
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