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The latest in a weekly series of talking points from CAP’s Doing What Works team shows how we can make smart budget cuts that boost government efficiency.

By John Griffith | Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Budget Bullets

CAP’s Doing What Works team launches a weekly series about how to reduce the national deficit while boosting government efficiency.

By Reece Rushing | Wednesday, May 25, 2011

IRS Aims for Letter-Perfect Language

Gadi Dechter outlines in Government Executive how the federal government is working to communicate more effectively with the public.

By Gadi Dechter | Monday, May 16, 2011

An Hour with the Secretary

James Hairston and Jitinder Kohli discuss how agencywide town halls at HUD improve communication, connect offices across the country, and hold senior leadership accountable.

By James Hairston and Jitinder Kohli | Friday, May 13, 2011

Bay State Takes Lead in Innovation Finance

Kristina Costa takes a look at the first state to pursue an innovative idea that could transform the way social programs are financed.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Comment on Public Service

James Hairston and Jitinder Kohli discuss how a worker-recognition initiative at HUD can and should be replicated governmentwide.

By James Hairston and Jitinder Kohli | Thursday, May 5, 2011

Reconstructing the Muni Market, Starting at Ground Zero

Jordan Eizenga calls on Congress to bring back BABs, a Recovery Act program that expired at the end of 2010.

By Jordan Eizenga | Monday, May 2, 2011

Tax Expenditure of the Week: Tax Day Roundup

Seth Hanlon takes a pre-Tax Day break from counting down the country’s biggest tax code spending programs to see what many tax expenditures have in common—and how they can be improved.

By Seth Hanlon | Friday, April 15, 2011

Deficit Fix Should Focus on Better, Not Smaller Government

Kristina Costa makes the case that as we move from the short-term to long-term debate, both sides should focus on finding ways to improve essential government services, not eviscerate them.

By Kristina Costa | Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tax Expenditure of the Week: Tax-Free Capital Gains for Primary Residences

Seth Hanlon explains the $35 billion annual tax break that lets people avoid paying taxes on gains from selling a home.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Tax-Free “Inside Buildup” of Life Insurance

Jordan Eizenga and Seth Hanlon explain the $22.6 billion annual tax subsidy for life insurance.

By Seth Hanlon and Jordan Eizenga | Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tech Triumphs in the Federal Government

Pratap Chatterjee reports on a private workshop featuring senior government officials and industry representatives sharing examples of best practices in how the government buys and manages information technology.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Monday, March 28, 2011

Accelerated Depreciation

Seth Hanlon explains the $24.5 billion tax break that lets businesses deduct the wear and tear on assets like buildings and equipment faster than they actually wear out.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Modernizing Performance: Using the New Framework

John Podesta testifies before the Senate Budget Committee Task Force on Government Performance on the GRPA Modernization Act of 2010.

By John Podesta | Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Offshore Tax Deferral

Seth Hanlon breaks down the $42 billion tax break that lets U.S. companies put off taxes on profits earned abroad.

By Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, March 16, 2011