Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Posts by Kevin R. Kosar

The Russia Investigation: Why the Overseers Need Oversight

The Russia Investigation: Why the Overseers Need Oversight

What’s going on with the Russia investigation? For most of us, the answer likely is, “Beats me.” It seems every week or two there’s a media report about Congress holding a hearing or some member of Team Trump or other person being called in to testify: James Comey, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. The facts […]

Make Congress Great Again

Make Congress Great Again

Casey Burgat and I have a new essay in Washington Monthly. “In his short time in office, President Donald Trump has moved unilaterally to reduce environmental protections, pull the nation from international agreements, and hollow out the federal workforce. This summer, he threatened North Korea with nuclear holocaust and then issued an executive order that […]

Will Trump Be a One-Termer?

Will Trump Be a One-Termer?

“Not long ago, an outsider came to Washington to be president of the United States. He ran as an anti-politician, a man who was not going to play politicians’ tawdry games. Washington was broken and he had solutions to fix it. “His political party, which ruled both chambers of Congress, did not much know him. […]

Data Powered Leadership Reform: A Business Case for Federal Operational Improvements Enabled by Quality Data

Data Powered Leadership Reform: A Business Case for Federal Operational Improvements Enabled by Quality Data

I partnered with David Paschane, Christian Hoehner, and Eric Hannel to write this white paper. Its crux is that for government agencies to be more accountable and more self-correcting they need to have better data on their operations and outputs. You can read the paper at http://www.rstreet.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DataPoweredLeadershipReform.2017.pdf  

A Call for Greater Regulatory Harmonization With Canada

A Call for Greater Regulatory Harmonization With Canada

President Donald Trump’s principal policy accomplishments thus far have been in the area of regulatory reform. The adoption of regulatory budgeting, use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal Obama-era regulations and a considerable slowdown in new rulemaking over the first 150 days are all positive steps. But, of course, there is more work to […]

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

The Lost Genius of the Post Office

In 1897, a year when mail was still largely delivered by horse and wagon, construction began on an innovative scheme beneath the streets of Philadelphia. Using an intricate network of compressors and metal pipes, the new system could shoot a capsule holding a few hundred letters across a city in several minutes, far faster than […]

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