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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Strengthening Congress by Shrinking the Administrative State

Strengthening Congress by Shrinking the Administrative State

Regulatory reform appears to be gaining traction in Washington, D.C. The White House directed agencies to halt the issuance of new regulations. Congress also got in the act. In its first week in session, the House of Representatives passed three bills to reduce the proliferation and costs of regulations. These are good first steps, but […]

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