Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

We might actually get budget reform this y...

We might actually get budget reform this year

This past week, Congress held another hearing on budget reform. Two former budget committee chairmen, Leon Panetta and David Obey, both testified. They lamented the current state of congressional budgeting and identified aspects of the 1974 Budget Act that discourage fiscally responsible and timely annual budgeting. Readers might be tempted to shrug this off as a non-event. “Elected officials […]

Library plan to publish CRS reports falls short of the law, and is unduly expens...

Library plan to publish CRS reports falls short of the law, and is unduly expensive

Civil society, students, librarians, and the general public were elated when Congress decided to make the non-confidential non-partisan reports issued by the Congressional Research Service publicly available. These reports are often referred to as the gold standard for information concerning the issues before Congress. We have obtained the Library of Congress’s implementation plan to make […]

How to Reduce Junk Mail (AKA Unwanted Advertising Mai...

How to Reduce Junk Mail (AKA Unwanted Advertising Mail )

By Kevin R. Kosar The key to decreasing unwanted mail is for a recipient to contact the senders of this mail to inform them that their mail is unwanted and will not persuade the recipient to purchase their products, support their cause, etc. To this end, take the following steps: Sign Up for the Mail […]

What Trump should have said about Amazon and the Post Off...

What Trump should have said about Amazon and the Post Office

Donald Trump startled corporate America this week by unleashing a broadside against Amazon.com for, of all things, victimizing the Postal Service. As he put it on Twitter….(Read more)

The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: 2...

The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: 2018

Last year, the U.S Postal Service (USPS) lost more than $2 billion. This operating deficit was not a rare occurrence, as the agency has run deficits regularly over the past decade. This is because plunging mail volume has cut into its revenues. It is also $15 billion in debt and has more than $100 billion […]

The struggle between objectivity vs. neutrality continues at the Congressional Research Serv...

The struggle between objectivity vs. neutrality continues at the Congressional Research Service

Recently, leadership of the Congressional Research Service and the Library of Congress were presented with a memorandum. It expressed concern that the agencies’ analysts, attorneys, and reference experts were being muzzled a bit. “We are concerned that CRS risks falling short of its mission if it holds back the independent analysis that Congress has directed us […]

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