Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

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 […]

Voters Hold Officials Accountable for Deficits in Many Countries. Just Not Here.

Voters Hold Officials Accountable for Deficits in Many Countries. Just Not Here.

Wouldn’t it be nice if voters punished politicians who increase budget deficits? Well, according to one research paper, they do. Adi Brender (Bank of Israel) and Allan Drazen (University of Maryland) crunched data from 23 nations on budgets and the electoral fortunes of chief executives. Their unambiguous finding was that “increased deficits during an incumbent’s […]

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 […]

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