In a world where the private sector has automated most sign-up processes for consumers, regulators too must explore the applications of automation in their day-to-day work. How can occupational licensing bodies use automation to cut costs, save time, and make life easier for citizens and professionals alike?
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The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. A new Florida bill presents issues for local contractor licensing, the ADA drafts model legislation for an interstate dentistry compact, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.
Today, networks carry more information — and more types of information — than ever before. The ubiquity and cost of network technology has forced U.S. government officials at every level to consider outsourcing its management to the private sector. But what does that implementation look like, exactly? We take a look at this and more in our latest Ascend article.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. A federal judge dismisses a Louisiana woman’s lawsuit alleging the state unconstitutionally barred her from offering life-skills training to special needs children in our latest weekly roundup of regulatory news.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, 40 miners are trapped underground near Sudbury, Ontario, California implements a vaccine requirement for health care workers, and Pennsylvania extends pandemic licensing support.
We’ve seen machine learning revolutionize sectors such as law, health care, and education, but regulation has been comparatively slow to follow. So how can regulators embrace AI to improve their regulatory decision making? And what should the future of AI in regulation look like? Anna van der Gaag, a visiting professor of ethics and regulation at the University of Surrey, joins Paul Leavoy to discuss.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Illinois amends its Nurse Licensing Act, Canada hints at a national digital ID program, and more in our weekly look at the world of regulation.
What do data analytics in action look like? In our latest Ascend article, we take a look at an example of analytics used at the federal level as well as a set of considerations local governments can take when tackling analytics projects of their own.
Professor Malcolm Sparrow's thinking on preventive regulation has proved highly influential. But when it comes to translating theory to practice, sometimes regulators have a hard time applying abstract concepts. For the PSA's Douglas Bilton, an event involving his own cat in his very home helped render theory very concrete.
Suspicious emails, phone calls, and text messages are the norm for many of us in our day-to-day lives. While many of us tend to ignore them, stats and headlines show they happen regularly, and they work. How to circumvent cybercrime at your agency? Jordan Milian explores.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, BC seeks feedback on new asbestos rules, DOT relaxes rules for bus drivers, and Canada's top Mountie violated legal obligations with slow complaint response.
What can regulators do when evidence of mental illness arises in the complaint process? Because it can distort a complainant’s recollection of events, mental illness should be taken seriously by any regulator looking to establish facts in a complaint against a licensee. Here, we break down the fundamentals of dealing with mental illness in the complaint process.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, a Utah woman pleads guilty to portraying a doctor, a Kaysville chiropractor meets more sexual abuse charges, and a state looks to newly regulate naturopathy.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. New Mexico drops immigration barriers to practicing law, Nova Scotia provides funding to speed up licensing for internationally educated nurses, and more in our weekly look at the world of regulation.

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The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy.
British Columbia expands licensure pathway for internationally educated doctors, Ohio amendment could change the future of social work, proposal to reduce cosmetology licensure hours in Virginia sparks backlash, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.

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