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    Why Ethics Matter

    January 19, 2017

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

    Why Ethics Matter

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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

Wasted Gas Giveaway

December 02, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Wasted Gas Giveaway Part of President-elect Trump’s pitch was that he could run government more efficiently, with less waste by bringing his business acumen to... Read More

(Thanks)giving Subsidies

November 23, 2016 | Agriculture

(Thanks)giving Subsidies As Americans gather this week for Thanksgiving, we thought it a good time to remind everyone how Washington’s agricultural policies impact... Read More

Budget Through the Looking Glass

November 18, 2016 | Budget & Tax , Earmarks & Appropriations

Budget Through the Looking Glass The Presidential transition is ongoing and Republican leadership is moving more work into the next Congress when there will be a member of... Read More

Better Set Budget Priorities

November 10, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Better Set Budget Priorities Election Day has come and gone and we now know that come January, Donald Trump will take the oath of office and Republican majorities in... Read More

F-35: Faster ≠ Cheaper

November 04, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

F-35: Faster ≠ Cheaper When this endless election cycle is finally over, and Congress is back in Washington to do the nation’s work, one of the many pressing... Read More

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Why Ethics Matter

January 19, 2017

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Out of the Box Thinking

January 13, 2017