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    Performance Budgeting

    March 24, 2017

    Most of the coverage of President Trump’s “skinny” budget focused on spending cuts, eliminated agencies, and boosted defense and security... Read More

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The Skinniest Budget Proposal

March 17, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The Skinniest Budget Proposal The President’s “skinny” budget request for fiscal year 2018 came out this week – sort of. These requests from newby Presidents are... Read More

Debt Ceiling Deadline

March 10, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Debt Ceiling Deadline March 16th is the new D-day. As in debt limit day. That is the expiration date of Congressional permission for the Treasury to continue... Read More

Mr. President: Show the Math on Policy Proposals

Mr. President: Show the Math on Policy Proposals President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress and the nation on Tuesday. As would be expected of any new President, he laid out... Read More

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y

February 24, 2017 | Energy , Natural Resources

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y Congress is on the verge of laying waste to the methane waste rule. This would be doubly bad for taxpayers because royalty payments... Read More

Military Base Closure: It’s Just Plain Common Sense

February 16, 2017 | National Security

Military Base Closure: It’s Just Plain Common Sense Sadly, common sense often doesn’t seem that common in Washington and, in particular, Capitol Hill. Lawmakers and Pentagon officials... Read More

Infrastructure Plans Demands

February 10, 2017 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Infrastructure Plans Demands There’s a buzz around town about infrastructure. Sure, it’s not up there like the border wall or tax reform, but President Trump’s... Read More

Changing the Rules of the House

February 03, 2017 |

Changing the Rules of the House The pace and surprising nature of the actions of President Trump in the last 10 days have kept our eyes on the White House, but there is... Read More

Building a Wall of Waste

January 26, 2017 | National Security

Building a Wall of Waste This week President Trump signed an executive order to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S./Mexico border. The work on... Read More

Why Ethics Matter

January 19, 2017 |

Why Ethics Matter In 2014, the GSA was  mired in scandal when a senior employee used government funds to pay for personal travel, and... Read More

Out of the Box Thinking

January 13, 2017 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Out of the Box Thinking The President-elect has talked about thinking out of the box and reinventing government. This idea is one of the things that carried... Read More

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