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Fiscal and Management Accountability at the Pentagon Article
Aerial view of the Pentagon building, August 2019. (Getty/Bill Clark)

Fiscal and Management Accountability at the Pentagon

A House-Senate Conference Committee is considering a key provision on Pentagon management that would impact accountability and how taxpayer dollars are spent.

Rudy deLeon, Brent Woolfork

Putting Big Oil Subsidies to Work Article
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), center, accompanied by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), right, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), gestures during a news conference to discuss President Barack Obama's decision to halt the Keystone XL pipeline.  (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

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.

Donna Cooper, Richard W. Caperton, Kate Gordon, 1 More Daniel J. Weiss

Meeting the Infrastructure Imperative Report
Investing in our freight infrastructure system would not only help  American businesses remain competitive but would also immediately  produce hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the construction and  manufacturing industries, which are among those hardest hit by the  recession. (AP/Rick Bowmer)

Meeting the Infrastructure Imperative

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.

Donna Cooper

Series on U.S. Science, Innovation, and Economic Competitiveness Report
Giving the innovation engine a tuneup is the first step to ensuring a prosperous and broadly shared economic future for all Americans. (AP/ Charles Krupa)

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

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.

Destroying Our Infrastructure and Our Construction Industry Article
Construction crews work on building a runway as part of the O'Hare International Airport expansion plan in Chicago. (AP/Jim Prisching)

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.

Donna Cooper

Let It Flow Article
Funding model and investment strategy innovations pioneered by New York  and Connecticut provide a roadmap for the country as it faces a critical  and growing safe drinking water and wastewater infrastructure funding  gap. (iStockphoto)

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.

Donna Cooper, Jordan Eizenga

Don’t Let Freight Economy Run off the Rails Article
The $265 billion freight rail industry is a particularly smart choice for public investment in a period of tight budgets because it can turn small public investments into major economic gains. (AP/Reed Saxon)

Don’t Let Freight Economy Run off the Rails

Julia Kantor and Donna Cooper urge Washington policymakers to support a strong American industry where small public investments become major economic gains.

Julia Kantor, Donna Cooper

Buy America Works Article

Buy America Works

Sam Ungar and Donna Cooper explore how a new website used by the highway agency makes it easier to ensure that recovery funds flow almost entirely to American companies and workers—and urge other Department of Transportation offices to follow the FHWA’s lead.

Sam Ungar, Donna Cooper

Employment Weakness Calls for Stronger Transportation Bill Article
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) argued that the EU ETS aviation program “is a clear violation of international law that puts U.S. air carriers at a competitive disadvantage, kills U.S. aviation jobs, and may lead to a trade war.” Clearly, though, any form of compliance with this bill will put U.S. air carriers at a competitive disadvantage and potentially destroy thousands of jobs in the airline industry. (AP/Lawrence Jackson)

Employment Weakness Calls for Stronger Transportation Bill

Donna Cooper explains how a current proposal to reduce federal spending on badly needed roads improvement will also be a drag on employment—at the worst possible time.

Donna Cooper

The Justice Gap Report
Hilda Garcia, right, and Marcial Guardado wait to finalize filling their divorce papers at a free divorce workshop at the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Resource Center for Self-Represented Litigants. More people are opting to represent themselves in civil court matters because they don't have the money to afford an attorney. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

The Justice Gap

Congress should help improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Legal Services Corporation to better serve civil legal aid programs.

Alan Houseman

When Second Best Is the Best We Can Do Report
Informational pamphlets are posted at the Los Angeles County Superior Court Resource Center for Self-Represented Litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

When Second Best Is the Best We Can Do

We must keep pressing for more lawyers while doing everything we can to make the courts less impenetrable for people who struggle to use them without legal representation.

Peter Edelman

Grounds for Objection Report
People gather at the Los Angeles County Superior Court's Resource Center for Self-represented Litigants at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. More people are opting to represent themselves in civil court matters because they don't have the money to afford an attorney. (AP/Damian Dovarganes)

Grounds for Objection

A significant number of people are unable to afford legal assistance, a serious problem for both litigants and courts, writes Joy Moses.

Joy Moses

Payment Police 2.0 Report
The design of the Medicare and Medicaid programs encourages improper payments and impedes detection and recoupment of these payments. We need to address these shortcomings. Billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake. (iStockphoto/Andre Blais)

Payment Police 2.0

Marsha Simon outlines how to save billions by addressing improper Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Marsha Simon

Big Oil’s Misbegotten Tax Gusher Article
Route 1 traffic bisects Exxon and Mobil gas stations Thursday, April 27, 2006, in Scarborough, Maine. Exxon Mobil Corp. reported first-quarter earnings of $11 billion, nearly 70 percent higher than a year ago. (AP/Robert F. Bukaty)

Big Oil’s Misbegotten Tax Gusher

Seth Hanlon shows how oil and gas companies are poised to reap more than $70 billion in tax breaks over the next 10 years, even as they rake in billions in profits that are squeezing ordinary Americans at the pump.

Seth Hanlon

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