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Broken Budgeting

book_alt2 icon Report Scott Lilly and Eleanor Hill interview budget policy staff to get inside perspectives on the federal government's budgeting process.

by Scott Lilly and Eleanor Hill | Thursday, August 16, 2012

A New Approach to Budgeting

Jitinder Kohli weighs in on the potential of a recent Office of Management and Budget memorandum to spur agencies to focus on evidence and research in budgeting decisions.

by Jitinder Kohli | Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Increasing the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Existing Public Investments in Early Childhood Education

book_alt2 icon Report Donna Cooper and Kristina Costa examine the benefits of early childhood education programs and discuss ways to enhance and improve the existing federally supported early childhood education system.

by Donna Cooper and Kristina Costa | Friday, June 1, 2012

Not the Ceiling, but the Floor

article icon Issue Brief Kristina Costa explores why conflicting government rules and expectations are hampering the efforts of an innovative early childhood program in Harlem.

by Kristina Costa | Friday, June 1, 2012

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.

by Kristina Costa | Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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.

by Gadi Dechter | Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Managing Taxpayer Risk

article icon Issue Brief John Griffith and Richard Caperton assess the federal government's record in handling risks to taxpayers in its loans and loan guarantees.

by John Griffith and Richard W. Caperton | Thursday, May 3, 2012

Better Auditing for Better Contracting

book_alt2 icon 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.

by Pratap Chatterjee | Wednesday, March 28, 2012


book_alt2 icon Report Pratap Chatterjee explains how insourcing can not only save money but can also improve services to the taxpayer if done wisely.

by Pratap Chatterjee | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How Sunlight Can Improve Federal Contracting

book_alt2 icon 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.

by Pratap Chatterjee | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Slow Progress Toward a Representative Federal Workforce

James Hairston and Vanessa Cárdenas argue that the federal government must do more to increase the number of people of color, particularly Hispanics, throughout its workforce.

by James Hairston and Vanessa Cárdenas | Monday, March 26, 2012

Putting Big Oil Subsidies to Work

Donna Cooper, Richard Caperton, Kate Gordon, and Daniel J. Weiss detail a plan to redirect billions of dollars in giveaways to Big Oil toward building infrastructure to put Americans back on the job.

by Donna Cooper, Richard W. Caperton, Kate Gordon, Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meeting the Infrastructure Imperative

book_alt2 icon Report Donna Cooper takes a look at our nation's infrastructure spending needs, and explains how we can pay for them and put Americans back to work.

by Donna Cooper | Thursday, February 16, 2012

Washington State Shows What Works

Kristina Costa explores the state’s telling investment in an institute that judges the effectiveness of programs for beneficiaries and taxpayers.

by Kristina Costa | Friday, February 10, 2012

Finding ‘What Works’ in Education

Kristina Costa explores “what works” platforms in education, pointing out their current limitations and also their importance in times of tight budgets.

by Kristina Costa | Thursday, February 9, 2012