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.
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Regulatory policies are ever-evolving and differ widely from coast to coast and around the world. We keep a pulse on the active world of regulation and licensing.

In spring 2018, a series of complaints against professional health regulators in British Columbia prompted the Ministry of Health to commission regulatory expert Harry Cayton to provide recommendations on how the province can modernize its regulatory framework to better protect the public. We explore Cayton’s findings and recommendations.
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.
Whether you know it as occupational regulation, occupational licensing, or professional licensing, chances are you are affected by it. In this foundational piece, Ariel Visconti provides a back-to-basics introduction to the world of occupational regulation.
Dealing with complaints is a huge part of professional regulation. Like other countries, the U.S. deals with huge volumes of complaints. But where are we seeing the most? And in which industries? Jordan Milian explores.
In an era where everyone lives and breathes smartphones and social media, the average citizen, licensee, or regulator's experience with government technology is not always great. In this Voices column, Paul Leavoy explores the state of the modern experience with govtech.
Despite few signs of bipartisanship nationwide, at the state level, there have been a number of instances of cross-party support, particularly when it comes to licensing reform.
All around the world, governments police who can and cannot work within a profession through official regulatory bodies with official appointees and public accountability. But what happens when professionals are left to police themselves? 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. Ontario’s financial regulator makes deal to sell core business of troubled credit union, the American Dental Association falls victim to cyberattack, and more in our Week in Brief.
The global pandemic has introduced a number of changes to regulation and licensing around the world. But are they permanent? And if regulatory requirements were loosened, were they even necessary in the first place? In this Voices column, leading regulatory authority Harry Cayton explores the pandemic's impact on regulation.
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 doctor is suspended for spreading COVID-19 misinformation, real estate appraisers face accusations of bias, marijuana licensing faces a complicated path ahead, and more.
Regulators around the world approach the process of regulation differently. In his efforts to determine what makes good regulation, Harry Cayton helped design what came to be called Right-touch regulation. In this series, Ariel Visconti explores what it is and how it is used in practice.
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. Singapore plans to start licensing cybersecurity providers, Georgia lawmakers move to update their criminal database, and more in our weekly look at 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, economists call for more regulatory licensing oversight, dated rules prevent Canadian nurses from working, and more cyberattacks amid Ukraine tensions.
Government leaders often find themselves analyzing data from multiple discrete sources in their everyday work. In the past, physically integrating this data has proven to be a costly and time-consuming process. Thanks to data virtualization, however, regulators can now access data from many different sources without relocating any of it. Here we look at the basics of data integration as well as different ways governments have adopted the technology.
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, Hong Kong passes a law removing licensing exams, Ontario makes it easier for immigrants to get and keep licenses, and a California bill expedites relicensing processes.
When some states started regulating marijuana licensure, they might not have anticipated the towering task before them. We examine some of the factors surrounding marijuana licensure that create challenges for both applicants and regulatory agencies.

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How do interstate compacts make licensing more efficient?

States are increasingly turning to interstate compacts as a way to help workers in licensed professions practice in multiple states while ensuring that the standards in place to protect the public are upheld. We take a look at different types of occupational licensure compacts and how they make licensing more efficient.

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