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Doing What Doesn’t Work

Jitinder Kohli outlines the importance of government agencies focusing resources on programs that work, not ones like this criminal-justice program run amok.

by Jitinder Kohli | Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The State of Our Tax Code Is Weak

Seth Hanlon argues for trimming wasteful tax expenditures as Congress heads into the 2012 legislative session.

by Seth Hanlon | Friday, January 20, 2012

Series on U.S. Science, Innovation, and Economic Competitiveness

book_alt2 icon Report Two CAP teams, one from Science Progress and the other from the Doing What Works project, release a series of reports focusing on different building blocks of our national competitiveness.

| Thursday, January 19, 2012

Five Canards About Job-Killing Regulations

Kristina Costa and Michael Linden point out the absurdities in conservative arguments that regulations are holding back our economy, not lack of demand.

by Kristina Costa and Michael Linden | Friday, October 21, 2011

Six Principles for Tax Expenditure Reform

article icon Issue Brief Fixing the excessive and expensive system of tax breaks, credits, and loopholes is key to any deficit reduction plan. Seth Hanlon suggests six principles to guide Congress’s work in this area.

by Seth Hanlon | Thursday, October 20, 2011

Infographic: House Appropriations Bill Ignores the Other 99 Percent

New appropriations bill eliminates funding for programs that struggling families need, write Donna Cooper and Melissa Boteach.

by Donna Cooper and Melissa Boteach | Thursday, October 13, 2011

When Words Get in the Way

book_alt2 icon Report Gadi Dechter explains new SEC disclosure rules and what steps can be made toward improving them.

by Gadi Dechter | Friday, September 30, 2011

A Better, More Diverse Senior Executive Service in 2050

book_alt2 icon Report Jitinder Kohli, John Gans, and James Hairston on the need for action to address the diversity gap in the Senior Executive Service.

by Jitinder Kohli, John Gans, James Hairston | Thursday, September 22, 2011

Administration Should Seize Momentum on U.S. Open Government “Action Plan”

Gadi Dechter recommends that the Obama administration move on its recent initiatives after urging the U.N. General Assembly to "harness the power of open societies."

by Gadi Dechter | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Conservative Health and Safety Bull’s Eyes by the Numbers

House conservatives’ claim that 10 rules are preventing job growth falls apart when you look at the numbers, writes Kristina Costa. But the consequences are clear.

by Kristina Costa | Monday, September 12, 2011

Destroying Our Infrastructure and Our Construction Industry

Donna Cooper details why legislation to fund airport construction and safety as well as federal highway repairs and construction face unconscionable elimination in Congress.

by Donna Cooper | Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Choices Still to Be Made in the New Debt Deal

Donna Cooper and Seth Hanlon detail what millionaires will gain and what many other Americans will lose if the recent debt deal is concluded without addressing revenues.

by Donna Cooper and Seth Hanlon | Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Making More, Contributing Less

Seth Hanlon mines IRS data to show how millionaires, entirely spared by this week’s debt limit deal, are also enjoying 26 percent lower tax rates than in 1995.

by Seth Hanlon | Thursday, August 4, 2011

Let It Flow

Donna Cooper and Jordan Eizenga urge policymakers to encourage other states to follow New York’s lead in applying modern portfolio management strategies to their revolving loan funds—which could mean more badly needed water infrastructure improvements.

by Donna Cooper and Jordan Eizenga | Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Increasing the Impact of Federal and State Funds for Water Infrastructure

Donna Cooper and Jordan Eizenga offer a three-step blueprint for state revolving loan funds for maximizing clean and safe water infrastructure investment.

by Donna Cooper and Jordan Eizenga | Tuesday, August 2, 2011