Research and Resources

June 23, 2020
This guide reviews areas where communication, training, planning, and response can better serve the public health needs of community residents, active duty military, dependents, and civilian employees, while building enduring relationships of trust and collaboration between the military base leadership and city/county management.
June 18, 2020
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to present many challenges to state and local governments, a new national poll reveals that public employees are deeply worried about their personal safety, family finances, losing their job, furloughs, and pay and benefit reductions. Despite their concerns, the research finds that public employees value serving their communities during this difficult time and feel that working in the public sector during the pandemic is a source of pride.
June 18, 2020
Based on a survey of state and local employees’ views on COVID-19 and the impacts on their finances, job, debt profile and other issues, this infographic notes both the ways in which they and their families have been affected and the continuing satisfaction they draw from public service, even in the midst of the pandemic. […]
June 4, 2020
With schools facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and ICMA-RC have released new research that assesses K-12 public school employees’ views on their job and benefit satisfaction, familiarity with mutual funds and annuities, sources of financial information, debt, and school diversity. The […]
May 12, 2020
A new analysis of state and local public pension plans indicates that these retirement plans will end fiscal year 2020 with negative annual investment returns, reduced asset values, lower funded ratios and higher actuarial costs. Additionally, the research indicates that plan finances will continue to decline in the wake of the economic downturn. These findings […]
April 30, 2020
New research from finds a steady increase in telework among state and local government employees (27 percent), the highest share since 2016 (22 percent). This practice is more common in state agencies (64 percent) than local jurisdictions (19 percent). The increase may relate to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that overlapped with this research. […]
Financial Wellness
April 13, 2020
As many state and local employees face increased financial challenges and stress amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new report finds that these public employees already were worried about their personal finances. Prior to the current global health crisis, the vast majority, 88 percent, worried about their personal finances and financial decisions, and many worry while […]
Localities shifted away from DB plans
April 7, 2020
A new issue brief highlights changes in local government retirement plans as compared to state plans with respect to shifts away from traditional defined benefit structures. The key findings are: In 2018, 19 percent of large localities had a defined contribution (DC), cash balance, or hybrid plan for new hires, instead of a stand-alone defined benefit […]
How Does the Public Health Workforce Compare with the Broader Public Sector?
March 10, 2020
As the nation faces increased strains on its public health workforce from the COVID-19 outbreak, this new primer describes the current public health workforce size, expectations for growth, employee demographics, job tenure, and the skill sets most in demand. This description is offered against the broader backdrop of the overall state and local government sector. […]
Use of Individual Medicare Markeplaces for Public Sector Retiree Health Care: A Guide for Elected Officials
March 2, 2020
As many state and local governments face inadequate funding levels for retiree healthcare obligations, a new report offers policymakers with a guide to individual Medicare marketplaces.
February 11, 2020
This issue brief discusses police and fire retirement benefits as a portion of overall compensation and local government expenditures. Other key factors explored are the expected and appropriate retirement age of public safety staff and whether or not Social Security is part of the total benefits package. Such context can be helpful in considering the […]
Workforce 2030 Summit
November 25, 2019
Following the Public Workforce 2030 Summit hosted by SLGE, the National League of Cities, and ICMA-RC in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the key takeaways and discussion were compiled in this report. This summit is one of a recurring, biennial series for SLGE, in this case exploring current and future issues in the public sector workforce and […]