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The 21st AIRR Act Takes Off

On June 22, 2017, House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.  The legislation will provide...

July 26, 2017
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USPS: Carrying Water (Not Mail) for Secretary Clinton

On July 19, 2017, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs (HSGAC) held a hearing titled, “The Postal Service’s Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season:  Implications for the Hatch Act.”  During testimony from both the United...

July 21, 2017
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Debt Ceiling: A Good Vehicle for Budget Process Reform

On March 7, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that if the debt ceiling was not raised or extended before March 16, the U.S. Treasury would be unable to borrow funds for standard operating procedures.  Since then, the Treasury has...

June 20, 2017
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Making the Case for Dynamic Scoring

When Congress considers legislation to lower taxes, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will be using dynamic scoring to help estimate its cost.  In 2015, Congress required CBO to use dynamic scoring on legislation with an impact of at least 0.25...

May 19, 2017
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Step Back, Doors Closing: D.C.’s Subway Debacle

For anyone familiar with the subway system in Washington, D.C., the warning, “step back, doors closing,” alerts riders to the dangers of trying to beat the trains’ automatic doors, which are not as forgiving as those on elevators.  The Washington...

April 18, 2017
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America First, Duplicative Programs Last

On March 16, 2017, the White House released its budget, “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.”  This “skinny budget” increases spending for defense by $54 billion and cuts an equal amount of money for duplicative and...

March 28, 2017
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The Debt Ceiling: Extraordinary Measures and Where to Find Them

On March 7, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that if the debt ceiling was not raised or extended before March 16, the Treasury will be unable to borrow funds for

March 9, 2017
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The Postal Service Reform Act Does Not Deliver

It is no secret that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is broke and broken.  The agency’s low standards of delivery are rarely achieved, it has billions in losses and unfunded liabilities, and it has failed to adapt to changing markets. ...

February 24, 2017
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How to Make the Budget Great Again

With the beginning of a new administration, the best and brightest in leadership are often selected to advise the President.  House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.), who has been nominated as the secretary of Health and Human...

January 25, 2017
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Power of the Purse and Budget Process Reform

Since the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (CBA) was first passed, Congress has been able to pass the 12 appropriations bills on time on only three occasions; the most recent was in 1997.  Although the CBA has been amended seve

December 20, 2016
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USPS Board of Governors Now Empty

On December 8, 2016, Chairman James Bilbray of the U.S.

December 12, 2016
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Time to Cut the Billions in Improper Payments

When the average American sees an incorrect charge on his or her credit card statement, a quick to call the bank ensues to ensure that the money is promptly returned. Unfortunately, the federal government is not as efficient.  Since 2010, federal...

November 16, 2016


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