Making Prepaid Cards Safer, More Transparent, and More Affordable
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed prepaid card rule adds transparency and security to cards that increasingly resemble bank accounts, but further improvements could be made.
Don’t Cut Benefits for Disabled Americans Returning to Work
Proposed restrictions on unemployment benefits would punish social security disability insurance beneficiaries who attempt to return to work.
Language Access Is a Consumer Protection Issue
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Language Access Plan is a step toward empowering consumers with limited English proficiency to participate fully in the financial marketplace.
Helping Students Through Transparent College Oversight
By releasing its list of colleges under heightened cash monitoring, the Department of Education is bringing transparency to its oversight of troubled institutions.
Transparent Oversight of Troubled Colleges Can Help Students Make Informed Choices
A new analysis finds that more than 1.5 million college students nationwide are attending institutions that are subject to additional monitoring from the U.S. Department of Education.
Hours Flexibility and the Gender Gap in Pay
Report There is a large hourly wage penalty associated with working fewer hours per week, and although the effect is similar by gender, women are more greatly affected because they are more likely to work fewer than 40 hours per week.
Decarbonizing America’s Energy System
The EPA's Clean Power Plan represents a significant step towards decarbonizing America's energy sector.
The Clean Power Plan: A Critical Step Toward Decarbonizing America’s Energy System
The Clean Power Plan can help mitigate rising natural gas use in the United States and build momentum for a carbon-free energy system.
Federal Appeals Court Dismissal of Immigration Lawsuit Has Significant Implications for the DHS Immigration Policies
Issue Brief The recent 5th Circuit Court decision in a case that challenged the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has important, positive implications for the government’s defense of the pending challenges to the Obama administration’s 2014 immigration policies.
With Fossil Fuels the Focus of Its First 100 Days, the New Congress Has No Results to Show
Forty-four percent of the Senate’s votes in 2015 have been on unpopular anti-environmental proposals and divisive fossil-fuel industry priorities. Congressional leaders will have to change their approach if they want results on energy and environmental issues.
How U.S. Federal Courts Affect Everyday American Life
U.S. Federal Courts exercise tremendous influence, making decisions that affect the everyday lives of Americans across the country.
Cutting Social Security Disability Insurance Won’t Help Anyone Go Back to Work
Proposed cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance for beneficiaries who try to return to work and lose a job through no fault of their own are a step in the wrong direction.
How the Gender Wage Gap Differs by Occupation
A new CAP analysis shows the jobs with the largest and smallest gender wage gaps.
Women of Color and the Gender Wage Gap
Issue Brief Women of color experience a wider gender wage gap, on average, compared with white women.
What Occupational Data Show About the Causes of the Gender Wage Gap
The types of jobs that men and women hold, as well as the industries they work in, have a large effect on the gender wage gap.