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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

Budget Two Step

January 06, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Budget Two Step Before adjourning, the 114th Congress gave the 115th a gift. No, we’re not talking about the continuing resolution that extended federal... Read More

Five Budget Recommendations

December 22, 2016 | Budget & Tax

The 114th Congress is over. So we’ll take this moment to ask the members of the 115th Congress to agree to one simple but important... Read More

Waste at O’Dark Thirty

December 16, 2016 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Waste at O’Dark Thirty If you thought failure to finalize the FY2017 budget, instead passing a stop-gap bill funding government through April 28th at mostly... Read More

Staggering to the Finish

December 09, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Staggering to the Finish The 114th Congress is staggering to the finish line. While not a lot has been done, one thing that is likely to be accomplished in the... Read More

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