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How about evidence-based policy making not just for you, but for Congress?

A bipartisan resolution aims to bring more evidence-based policy making to Congress. It would establish a commission to, in the words of the sponsors,…

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Debt Limit

Meet a guy who’s been keeping things running on Capitol Hill for 50 years.

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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2017 file photo, Department of Homeland Security personnel deliver supplies to Santa Ana community residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Federal authorities said Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, that they have arrested two former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Authority and the former president of a major disaster relief contractor, accusing them of bribery and fraud in the efforts to restore electricity to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

A Defense agency helps a civilian agency with a key post-disaster function

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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Building is shown in Washington. Two high-ranking Trump political appointees at the EPA engaged in fraudulent payroll activities, including payments to employees after they were fired and to one of the officials when he was absent from work, that cost the agency more than $130,000, a report by an internal watchdog says. Former chief of staff Ryan Jackson and former White House liaison Charles Munoz submitted “official timesheets and personnel forms that contained materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements

How the EPA funneled enforcement into a difficult-to-reach part of the country

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FILE - This Sept. 9, 2012 file photo shows The entrance to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, home to the Oglala Sioux tribe is viewed on Sept. 9, 2012. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding state authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American land is upending decades of law in support of tribal sovereignty. (AP Photo/Kristi Eaton, File)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would get new marching orders under this bill

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Peter Musurlian

New ideas for updating a very old scorecard at which agencies roll their eyes

Deep in the weeds of agency management, you find something called the FITARA scorecard. FITARA stands for Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform…

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Biden Debt Limit

Will theoretical debt-ceiling deadline result in real deal?

In theory there is a debt-ceiling deal between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. But it is not law yet. With days until the theoretical…

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Retirement Plan Retirement Planning Pension Concept

One reason the Postal Service has a long-term pension problem

Low-risk investments generally have low returns. By law, the Postal Service must invest retiree assets in U.S. Treasury securities. The Office of Inspector General took a look at how much USPS would have had now, with a stock-and-bond mix.

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