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Visualizing how Americans commute to work

It's no secret that most Americans drive alone to their jobs. But a new data visualization of commuting methods reveals interesting variations across the nation's counties.

What cities can learn from New York and Chicago's 311 systems

As the first of a new series on public services, a recent paper by the Inter-American Development Bank extracts a number of practical lessons from the implementation of the largest call center systems in the United States.

Juno tests cities' snow plow trackers

As winter storm Juno pummels the East Coast, residents in several cities can log on to track how municipal snow plows are keeping up. These tracking applications, however, are not without their flaws.

14 cities awarded Bloomberg 'Innovation Team' grants

Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, Calif. to Jerusalem have been awarded up to $3 million in grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies to create "innovation teams" to come up with new approaches to poverty, public safety, and job growth, among other issues, through the use of data and open innovation, the foundation recently announced.

GSA to try out car-sharing services

The General Services Administration plans to experiment with car-sharing services as it considers whether the model suits the government's needs. In a request for information issued Nov. 5, GSA says that car-sharing may be more cost-effective than renting, leasing or purchasing when agencies only need vehicles intermittently.

Federal court stays stop and frisk remedies in New York City

A federal appeals court has stayed a series of reforms to the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department  required  by lower court Judge Shira Scheindlin earlier this year.

FEMA gets high marks for Sandy response

"FEMA proactively prepared for Sandy, overcame staffing and operational challenges, overcame staff management issues, used a variety of sourcing mechanisms, and effectively coordinated response activities," the DHS OIG concludes in a newly released report.

States pay to reopen national parks

Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota and Utah agreed to donate funds to the National Park Service so its employees can reopen and manage nationals parks in those states. Utah committed $1.7 million, by far the most of the five states, to reopen eight national parks in the state from Oct. 11 through Oct. 20.

Spotlight: NYPD labels mosques 'terrorist organizations'

The New York Police Department secretly designated mosques as terrorist organizations, the Associated Press reported  in August. Doing so has let the NYPD place undercover officers in mosques and investigate innocent New Yorkers, according to documents obtained by the  AP 's Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo.

OIG approves of Postal Service's response to Sandy

Hurricane Sandy damaged 110 of the Postal Service's delivery vehicles and prompted an update to the agency's emergency preparedness plans.