Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Posts by Kevin R. Kosar

CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Reports

CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Reports

The Congressional Research Service plays an essential role in policymaking and oversight. It makes Congress smarter about issues and teaches new legislators how to legislate. I would not have spent 11 years working at CRS if I did not think very highly of the institution. But there is one topic on which the widely esteemed […]

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

Mark Twain famously remarked, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” Although famously crotchety, he did touch upon a basic truth: our elected officials are amateurs. They arrive in Washington, DC with only an inkling of how government works. How could it be otherwise? Few […]

Can the Voice of Practitioners Be Further Amplified in Public Administration Review?

Can the Voice of Practitioners Be Further Amplified in Public Administration Review?

So many academic journals are just that—academic. But not Public Administration Review (PAR), which has long valued the perspective of those who toil in the fields of government. Such has been the case since the PAR’s inception in 1940, when a former Civil Service Commission employee, Leonard White, became PAR’s first editor, and chose the […]

Why Trump’s Government Overhaul Won’t Work

Why Trump’s Government Overhaul Won’t Work

The executive order issued by President Donald Trump yesterday has a goal nearly every citizen and legislator would cheer: to “improve the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of the executive branch.” What’s not to like? The executive branch is an organizational basket case, and it sorely needs a re-think. For 238 years, citizen legislators and presidents […]

How to Put the “Most Complete and Effectual Weapon” Back in Their Hands

How to Put the “Most Complete and Effectual Weapon” Back in Their Hands

Indubitably, our nation’s finances are a mess. America has run deficits 36 of the past 40 years. The national debt is $18 trillion, and it has tripled as a percentage of GDP since 1974. Each February, the President rolls out his budget—a collection of tomes loaded with tables and text attempting to explain the government’s […]

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congress

For Regulatory Reform, Look to Congress

It is rare that we get a glimpse at the guiding principles that motivate a president and his team, but White House senior adviser Stephen Bannon’s recent remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference may have provided unique insight into the Trump administration’s operations and goals. For conservatives, it was a mixed bag. Bannon’s emphasis […]

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