2016 : News
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.
The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced Aaliyah Samuel as director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division.
Four states will participate in a new effort from NGA to modernize the electric power sector, including grid modernization, resiliency and environmental stewardship.
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.
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.
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.
A group of governors and their spouses gathered with some of their new colleagues and spouses for the 2016 NGA Seminar for New Governors.
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.
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.
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.
A new paper from the National Governors Association highlights strategies governors can take to help streamline veterans’ employment opportunities.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
In two new papers from the National Governors Association, strategies to enhance energy planning and response, as well as storage, are explored.
The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced Dr. R. Kirk Jonas as the new director of its Center for Best Practices.
“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.
Cybersecurity summit garners press attention from media outlets such as Politico, WBUR Radio Boston and Bloomberg BNA.
The National Governors Association announced that five states have been selected to participate in an opportunity to create two-generation strategies for systems change.
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.
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.
The National Governors Association released a statement on Congress’ recent passage of a budget resolution that includes funding to combat the Zika virus.
Each quarter, the NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy and Transportation Division pens “Governor’s Corner,” a column in Public Utilities Fortnightly.
NGA’s Anna Davis and Sue Gander discuss healthcare and infrastructure at the Governors Forum on Presidential Transition
The National Governors Association released a statement encouraging Congress to authorize the SelectUSA program, which helps fuel economic development and job creation.
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).
The National Governors Association has announced Aaliyah Samuel as interim director of the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division.
In a newly released podcast, NGA’s Alisha Powell discusses the increasingly important role of state homeland security advisors.
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.
Seven states have been selected to develop action plans for reducing overdoses and deaths related to heroin and illicit fentanyl.
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.
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.
U.S. Department of Education regulations must recognize the role states play in ensuring high-quality education for students who need help the most.
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.
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.
Three states will receive support to address policy issues that limit the flow of health care data among providers through a new NGA opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
Seven states will receive grants and support to strengthen the quality of their early care and education professionals through workforce investment resources and strategies.
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.
Opioids, cybersecurity, agriculture and trade topped the agenda items at the 2016 National Governors Association (NGA) Summer Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.
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.
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).
The National Governors Association announced its new leadership for 2016-2017, including committee leadership and appointments.
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.
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.
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.
Today 46 governors signed on to the Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction, agreeing to redouble their efforts to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
The nation’s governors ask Congress to improve flexibility and preserve parts of the child nutrition law that work to feed America’s children.
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.
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.
The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that five states will participate in a policy academy on developing and implementing comprehensive cybersecurity strategies.
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.
The National Governors Association today announced new executive leadership for the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council (GHSAC) for 2016-2017.
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.
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.
The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced that six states will participate in a learning lab on improving the use of data in policymaking.
Governors and states across the nation are working to combat the Zika virus and control its spread in the United States.
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.
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.
CQ Weekly included NGA executive director and CEO Scott Pattison in its Influencers section. In the profile, Pattison talks about his priorities for NGA.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
NGA's stance on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was mentioned in Education Week's Politics K-12 blog.
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.
In the February 2016 issue of Capitol Ideas, NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison outlines financial challenges states face in 2016.
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.
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.
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.