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December 19, 2016

States Plan Data-Driven Criminal Justice Reform

Three states have been selected to participate in the first phase of the National Criminal Justice Reform Project, a joint project with the National Criminal Justice Association.


December 13, 2016

NGA Names New Education Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced Aaliyah Samuel as director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division.


December 13, 2016

States Modernize Electric Power Sector

Four states will participate in a new effort from NGA to modernize the electric power sector, including grid modernization, resiliency and environmental stewardship.


December 12, 2016

NGA Holds Policy Event, Releases Housing as Health Care Road Map for States

In the second installment of its state health policy series, the National Governors Association discussed the intersection between housing and health care, specifically how housing can improve people’s health outcomes and curb costs.


December 09, 2016

NGA Releases Health Care Information Road Map for States

The National Governors Association held the first event in its state policy series on improving information flow between health care providers, where it released Getting the Right Information to the Right Health Care Providers at the Right Time: A Road Map for States to Improve Health Information Flow Between Providers.


December 08, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Holds Small Business Cyber Roundtable

For the fourth roundtable related to his chair’s initiative, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe met with small business owners for a discussion on how to improve their cybersecurity posture.


December 02, 2016

2016 Seminar for New Governors

A group of governors and their spouses gathered with some of their new colleagues and spouses for the 2016 NGA Seminar for New Governors.


November 28, 2016

Governors Comment on Education Law Accountability Rule

The nation’s governors commented on the U.S. Department of Education’s release of the Every Student Succeeds Act accountability rule, allowing for the possibility of a different vision under the incoming Administration and Congress.


November 28, 2016

States Use Medicaid Dollars to Train Health Care Workforce

Two states will receive technical assistance to to re-envision how to use Medicaid funds to address state workforce needs in rural and other underserved communities.


November 17, 2016

Governors Learn to Code at Summer Meeting

During the 2016 National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Des Moines, governors joined students at Code.org’s first-ever “Hour of Code” event, where they learned about coding from students of all ages who have benefited from access to rigorous—but also fun—computer science education courses.


November 15, 2016

Governors Help Connect Veterans With Job Opportunities

A new paper from the National Governors Association highlights strategies governors can take to help streamline veterans’ employment opportunities.


November 04, 2016

Governors Confident In Election Systems

National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval released a statement on the security of states’ election systems.


October 28, 2016

Governors Commend Defense Dept. For National Guard Bonus Review

The nation’s governors released a statement on the Pentagon’s decision to stop collecting National Guard enlistment bonus repayments, supporting the action and a fair review.


October 26, 2016

NGA Participates in Forum on Presidential Transition’s Impact on Local Governments

The National Governors Association, in partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration and the George Mason University’s School of Policy and Government, participated in the event “Presidential Transition: Impact on Local Governments.”


October 21, 2016

States Improve Rural Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that three states will participate in an NGA learning lab to help combat the opioid epidemic. The project will focus on using teleconsultation to expand treatment for opioid use disorder in rural and other underserved communities. 


October 21, 2016

States Strengthen Energy Infrastructure

In two new papers from the National Governors Association, strategies to enhance energy planning and response, as well as storage, are explored.


October 19, 2016

NGA Announces New Center For Best Practices Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced Dr. R. Kirk Jonas as the new director of its Center for Best Practices.  


October 17, 2016

NGA Chair Supports Vice President’s Cancer Initiative

“Governors understand that fighting cancer takes a holistic approach. NGA has worked to identify strategies states can adopt to improve their tobacco control programs in order to reduce costs and improve the overall health of their populations,” NGA Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said.


October 12, 2016

Meet the Threat First Regional Summit: Complete Coverage

Cybersecurity summit garners press attention from media outlets such as Politico, WBUR Radio Boston and Bloomberg BNA.


October 12, 2016

States Drive Systems Change Through Two-Generation Strategies

The National Governors Association announced that five states have been selected to participate in an opportunity to create two-generation strategies for systems change.


October 05, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe: States Central to Thwarting Cyber Attacks

In a keynote address at the first regional summit for his chair’s initiative, Meet The Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, NGA Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said governors and states play a critical role in confronting cyber attacks.


October 04, 2016

NGA Helps Washington Secure Medicaid Waiver Approval

Under a new federal Medicaid waiver, Washington will receive up to $1.1 billion in new federal funds to support and incentivize regional community-based initiatives that will improve health outcomes while reducing health care costs.


September 29, 2016

Governors Comment on Congress’ Funding Resolution

The National Governors Association released a statement on Congress’ recent passage of a budget resolution that includes funding to combat the Zika virus.


September 09, 2016

‘Governor’s Corner’ Column Spotlights State Energy Advancements

Each quarter, the NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division pens “Governor’s Corner,” a column in Public Utilities Fortnightly.


September 22, 2016

NGA Participates in Governors Forum on Presidential Transition

NGA’s Anna Davis and Sue Gander discuss healthcare and infrastructure at the Governors Forum on Presidential Transition


September 21, 2016

Governors Encourage Congress to Pass SelectUSA Authorization

The National Governors Association released a statement encouraging Congress to authorize the SelectUSA program, which helps fuel economic development and job creation.


September 21, 2016

Attorney General to Governors: Use PDMPs to Tackle Opioid Abuse

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch issued a letter to all governors asking them to implement one of the most effective tools states have to respond to the opioid epidemic: prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPS).


September 13, 2016

NGA Names New Interim Education Director

The National Governors Association has announced Aaliyah Samuel as interim director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division.


September 13, 2016

Tune In Now: NGA Center Expert Featured in Homeland Security Podcast

In a newly released podcast, NGA’s Alisha Powell discusses the increasingly important role of state homeland security advisors.


September 12, 2016

NGA CEO Pens Op-Ed on Congress and Zika Funding

NGA CEO Scott Pattison wrote an op-ed on governors’ desire for Congress to reach a swift deal on Zika funding, which was published September 12, 2016, in The Hill.


September 09, 2016

States Take On Heroin, Illicit Fentanyl to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Seven states have been selected to develop action plans for reducing overdoses and deaths related to heroin and illicit fentanyl.


September 07, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Holds Second Cyber Roundtable

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hosted an education and workforce cyber event last week as part of a series of roundtables highlighting his chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge.


September 06, 2016

NGA Announces New Strategy, Communications Head

The National Governors Association (NGA) has announced Tiffany Shackelford as chief strategic officer and director of communications and strategic planning. With more than 20 years of leadership in media, communications and marketing, Shackelford will be first person to hold the newly created position.


August 31, 2016

Governors Respond to Every Student Succeeds Act Funding Regulation

U.S. Department of Education regulations must recognize the role states play in ensuring high-quality education for students who need help the most.


August 16, 2016

States Focus On Comprehensive Approach To Reduce Tobacco Use

Tobacco use primarily starts in adolescence. A new paper from the National Governors Association outlines a multi-pronged approach states can adopt to prevent, control and reduce tobacco use, yielding savings in health care spending.


August 11, 2016

NGA Participates in Zika Press Event with NIAID Director

Public health experts from the federal, state and local levels gathered to give an update on how each are working to prepare for and control the spread of the Zika virus.


August 05, 2016

States Improve Health Care Data Flow

Three states will receive support to address policy issues that limit the flow of health care data among providers through a new NGA opportunity.


August 03, 2016

NGA Releases Medicaid Toolkit at Press Event in Washington, D.C.

At an event in Washington, D.C., NGA experts unveiled and discussed a new toolkit, The Future of Medicaid Transformation: A Practical Guide for States, which helps states prepare for and reach agreement with the federal government on proposals to reform Medicaid programs.


August 03, 2016

States Focus on Improving Child Welfare

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced that eight states will participate in a 18-month technical assistance effort focused on improving safety and preventing fatalities within the child welfare system.


August 02, 2016

States Respond To Increased Volatility Of Electricity Demand

States across the country are confronting a shift to a “peakier” pattern in the use of electricity—meaning the highest levels of daily demand are increasingly greater than the average level of daily demand—that is driving up overall power costs.


August 01, 2016

New Opportunity: Early Care and Education Workforce Investment

Seven states will receive grants and support to strengthen the quality of their early care and education professionals through workforce investment resources and strategies.


July 29, 2016

NGA Chair Gov. McAuliffe Sits Down With C-SPAN’s Newsmakers

C-SPAN interviewed Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for the weekly program Newsmakers. Gov. McAuliffe spoke about his role as chair of the National Governors Association, including his chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat.


July 20, 2016

2016 National Governors Association Summer Meeting: News Coverage

Opioids, cybersecurity, agriculture and trade topped the agenda items at the 2016 National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.


July 19, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Holds First Cyber Roundtable

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe held the first official meeting for his 2016-17 National Governors Association (NGA) chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge, where he addressed the intersection of cybersecurity and health care.


July 19, 2016

NGA Sends ESSA Recommendations to Education Dept.

The National Governors Association (NGA) sent recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on accountability and state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


July 18, 2016

NGA Announces 2016-2017 Committee Leadership

The National Governors Association announced its new leadership for 2016-2017, including committee leadership and appointments.


July 19, 2016

NGA Releases New Resource for State Health Care Leaders

The National Governors Association, along with the National Academy of Medicine and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, released a resource guide in support of state leaders and the nationwide adoption of health care transformation best practices.


July 16, 2016

Gov. McAuliffe Named NGA Chair, Unveils Cyber Initiative

Today at the Closing Session of the 2016 NGA Summer Meeting, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was named NGA chair and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vice chair. Gov. McAuliffe also announced his chair’s initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge.


July 15, 2016

Gov. Herbert Showcases State Solutions at NGA Summer Meeting

Today at the National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, NGA Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert showcased state innovation as part of his chair’s initiative, States: Finding Solutions, Improving Lives.


July 13, 2016

Governors Sign Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction

Today 46 governors signed on to the Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction, agreeing to redouble their efforts to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.


July 13, 2016

A Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction

Governors have long been at the forefront of efforts to prevent and treat opioid addiction, working with health care providers, law enforcement and other stakeholders to mount a comprehensive response to the opioid crisis.


June 30, 2016

States Stem Opioid Overdose Through Information Sharing

Four states—Delaware, Minnesota, New Mexico and Rhode Island—will participate in a learning lab on improving data-collection efforts and information sharing between law enforcement and public health officials as a way to combat opioid overdoses.


June 29, 2016

Governors to Congress: Recognize Our Role as Education Leaders

In a statement on the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, governors stressed the importance of Congress creating a substantial role for them as they work to ensure students’ success throughout the nation.


June 22, 2016

State Groups Applaud TSCA Reform Act

The National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association and Environmental Council of States applaud the collaborative efforts that led to the reform of the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


June 21, 2016

NGA Testifies Before Senate on FirstNet Implementation

Jeff McLeod, Director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Homeland Security and Public Safety Division, testified before a Senate subcommittee on the public safety broadband network known as FirstNet, which sets aside a wireless spectrum for emergency communications.


June 13, 2016

Governors Advance Strategies to Improve Energy Efficiency

The National Governors Association (NGA) announced today the selection of four states, Alaska, Michigan, New Hampshire and Virginia, to participate in policy retreats to advance new targeted energy-efficiency strategies.


June 10, 2016

NGA Welcomes New Federal Relations Director

The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce Anna Holmquist Davis as the new director of the Office of Federal Relations. Davis brings more than 35 years of public service experience to the position.


May 18, 2016

Governors Weigh In on Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization

The nation’s governors ask Congress to improve flexibility and preserve parts of the child nutrition law that work to feed America’s children.


May 09, 2016

Governors Ask for Swift Action on Zika Funding

The nation’s governors urge the Administration and Congress to work together to reach agreement on the appropriate funding levels needed to prepare for and combat the Zika virus.


April 07, 2016

States Enhance First Responders’ Emergency Communication

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that five states will participate in a policy academy on emergency communications interoperability, which helps emergency responders respond in real time.


April 28, 2016

States Bolster Cybersecurity Practices To Thwart Crime

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that five states will participate in a policy academy on developing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity strategies.


April 27, 2016

NGA, NCJA Launch State Criminal Justice Reform Initiative

The National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Criminal Justice Association, through its Center for Justice Planning (NCJA), today announced a joint initiative to support system-wide criminal justice reform in up to five states.


April 20, 2016

Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council Announces New Leadership

The National Governors Association today announced new executive leadership for the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) for 2016-2017.


April 13, 2016

State Groups Urge Senate Support of FAA Amendment

Five national organizations representing state and local officials urge all Senators to support a bipartisan amendment, which will strike language that pre-empts state and local authorities to regulate the safety of the national airspace system as established by law and precedent regarding both manned and unmanned aerial system operations.


April 13, 2016

States Make Progress On Radioactive Waste Cleanup Efforts

NGA’s new report Cleaning Up America’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: 2015 Update for Governors takes a look at the important role governors play in overseeing the nuclear cleanup effort by ensuring the DOE, their partner in the effort, adopts responsible disposal decisions that are coordinated with states.


April 12, 2016

Governors Use Data To Drive Effective Decision Making

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that six states will participate in a learning lab on improving the use of data in policymaking.


March 31, 2016

States Convene To Prevent Zika Virus Spread

Governors and states across the nation are working to combat the Zika virus and control its spread in the United States.


March 30, 2016

NGA Urges FCC To Reject Proposal That Weakens States’ Authority

NGA released a statement urging the FCC to reject a proposal that would preempt states’ authority to designate eligible telecommunications carriers under the Lifeline program.


March 28, 2016

Governing: New Head of Governors Group Talks Future of States

NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison sat down with Governing’s Louis Jacobson to talk about his new vision for the association and the role NGA has played historically.


March 11, 2016

Scott Pattison Named CQ RollCall 'Influencer'

CQ Weekly included NGA executive director and CEO Scott Pattison in its Influencers section. In the profile, Pattison talks about his priorities for NGA.


March 02, 2016

NGA Loves Read Across America!

In honor of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday, everyone got in on the fun—governors, spouses and even NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison.


February 29, 2016

2016 NGA Winter Meeting Recap

During the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting, Feb. 19-22, more than 40 governors gathered to discuss the state of the economy, the nation’s opioid crisis, education reform, how to respond to the Zika virus, and more.


February 25, 2016

Governors Unite in the War Against Opioids

Addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, the focus of the Health and Human Services Committee session at the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting, garnered national attention from media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time and PBS NewsHour.


February 22, 2016

Governors Meet With President, Brief White House Press Corps

NGA Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Vice Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe took questions from the White House Press Corps directly following their meeting with the President, where they discussed critical issues affecting states.
Winter Meeting News | Video | Photos


February 23, 2016

Governors Lead the Charge on Opioid Abuse, Education Reform, Zika Response

At the 2016 NGA Winter Meeting, more than 40 governors gathered to discuss the state of the economy, the nation’s opioid crisis, education reform, how to respond to the Zika virus, and more.
Winter Meeting News | Video | Photos


February 20, 2016

Governors, Physicians Call For End To Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

Governors and physicians find it unacceptable that nearly 30,000 Americans die each year from the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids and heroin.
Winter Meeting News | Video | Photos


February 18, 2016

Governors Make Recommendations To Address National Opioid Epidemic

To address the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, the nation’s governors are calling on the federal government to take swift action. Governors will discuss priorities for addressing the nation’s opioid crisis among themselves and with the President when they gather for the NGA 2016 Winter Meeting.


February 17, 2016

NGA Presents Sen. Lamar Alexander With First-Ever Madison Award

At the closing session of the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting on Monday, Feb. 22, NGA Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will award Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander with the first-ever James Madison Award.


February 09, 2016

NGA Helps Alabama Secure Medicaid Waiver Approval

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has announced the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s regional care organization plan, which provides medical care to most Alabamians on Medicaid, has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


January 29, 2016

Governors Welcome Army Commission Report

The National Governors Association (NGA) applauds the National Commission on the Future of the Army for concluding its work and issuing its final report, which includes a number of promising recommendations that recognize the Army National Guard’s dual-mission role serving governors in their states and as the operational reserve of the Army.


January 22, 2016

Ed Week: Here's How the Education World Thinks the Feds Should Regulate Under ESSA

NGA's stance on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was mentioned in Education Week's Politics K-12 blog.


January 19, 2016

Governors Praise Senate Child Nutrition Deal

The nation’s governors are working to solve child hunger. The Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016 takes necessary steps to ensure states and schools can focus their energy on increasing access to school meals.


January 19, 2016

Capitol Ideas: States Fiscally Stable, But Juggling Priorities

In the February 2016 issue of Capitol Ideas, NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison outlines financial challenges states face in 2016.


January 15, 2016

NGA Center Releases Criminal Justice Guide For Governors

The majority of the U.S. prison population is housed in state prisons, which means governors have a unique role to play in shaping state corrections policies and criminal justice reform. 


January 14, 2016

State, Local Leaders Expand Efforts to Treat Opioid Overdoses

NGA, the National Association of Counties and other organizations today announced an agreement that will offer public agencies access to a reduced-price, potentially lifesaving opioid withdrawal nasal spray.


January 12, 2016

Governing: A New Era for NGA's Relations With Congress?

Governing magazine sat down with NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison directly following the State of the States event Jan. 7. In the article, Pattison talks about how he aims to raise the profile of the organization. To read the article, click here.


January 07, 2016

Governors: States Lead the Way

National Governors Association Chair Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Vice Chair Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe today delivered the fourth annual State of the States address at the National Press Club.
State of the States Video | Address Text | Photos