How Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Can Lead to Inefficient Economic Policy
Issue Brief The practice of rent-seeking—leveraging campaign contributions and lobbying to influence government policy for private gain—has several negative effects on the U.S. economy.
Investing for Success
Issue Brief The Council on Foundations and the Center for American Progress jointly held two roundtable conversations in 2013 with potential social impact bond investors that produced a series of key policy questions.
Networking for Success
Issue Brief The Council on Foundations and the Center for American Progress jointly held two roundtable conversations in 2013 with potential social impact bond investors, concluding that strong cross-sector relationships are key to social impact bond transactions.
State of Federal Privacy and Data Security Law: Lagging Behind the Times?
Peter Swire testifies before the Senate to discuss federal agency privacy and data practices.
The American Community Survey Is Under Attack
The short-sighted vote in the House of Representatives to eliminate the American Community Survey is an antibusiness vote against informed government, writes Kristina Costa.
Improving Customer Service at the Federal Government
Gadi Dechter examines the Government Customer Service Improvement Act to highlight its strengths and suggest further steps to boost confidence in our government.
Inside a Social Impact Bond Agreement
Issue Brief Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa lay out examples of what should—and should not—be included in a SIB agreement.
Defining Terms in a Social Impact Bond Agreement
Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa address the essential elements of Social Impact Bond contracts.
Social Impact Bonds and Government Contracting
Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa explain how government should make contractor decisions in a SIB agreement.
The Rich and Powerful Really Are Rich and Powerful
Michael Linden points out the many flaws in Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson’s argument that the wealthy don’t hold sway over federal policy.
Fact Sheet: Social Impact Bonds
Jitinder Kohli, Doug Besharov, and Kristina Costa lay out the facts behind this new way of financing.
Better Auditing for Better Contracting
Report Pratap Chatterjee outlines the different reasons audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency sometimes fail, what’s been done to correct these failures in the past, and what should be done in the future.
Report Pratap Chatterjee explains how insourcing can not only save money but can also improve services to the taxpayer if done wisely.
How Sunlight Can Improve Federal Contracting
Report A single, streamlined database that tracks fraud, waste, and abuse in federal government contracts will help save taxpayers money and reward good companies, writes Pratap Chatterjee.
What Are Social Impact Bonds?
Issue Brief Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa answer basic questions about Social Impact Bonds—what they are, where they can be most useful, and how they differ from traditional government contracts.