Cato Institute

  • BRAC finds some stable ground in 2017

    2017 may finally offer a peek of sunlight for another base realignment and closure cycle. Congressional resistance to BRAC is faltering, said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, and that may bring some fiscal savings to DoD.

  • Clinton’s tech policy pledges smarter, newer, more open government

    Hillary Clinton’s technology and innovation initiative pledges a more modern and open digital government. The policy plan also supports the creation of more STEM jobs and increased internet access.

  • The fiscal chopping block: How programs are saved, sliced in the federal budget

    President Barack Obama in February presented his eighth and final budget, which includes a list of programs he’d like to see reduced or ended. How and why do programs end up on the chopping block, and what might save them from the cut?

  • Feds are overpaid — or not: Part II

    Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International, clarifies a couple of points addressed in his previous commentary on federal pay and addresses a few new ones.

  • Don’t let the Cato study get you down; my favorite Sammies winner

    In Depth’s Francis Rose says the biggest problem with the public and private sector salary comparison is that no one is quite sure how to compare them. But one thing is for sure: the Labor Department’s Mr. Fix-it deserved his government service award.

  • Feds are overpaid — or not

    The Cato Institute has issued yet another report claiming federal employees are grossly overpaid. Their numbers claim feds make 78 percent more than private sector workers and 43 percent more than state and local workers. If true, those numbers would be alarming and cause for immediate steps to rein in federal pay and benefits. The numbers are generally accurate, but they are not true. How can that be?

  • Let’s add salary to sex, religion and politics

    The more you try to compare federal and private salaries and benefits, the more complicated the topic becomes.

  • Federal workers paid too well to complain, Cato study finds

    Cato says the average salary and benefits of the federal workforce, which consists of 2.1 million people, are 78 percent higher than the average salary of 111 million people in the private sector.

  • When your house is not your own – 6/21/15

    Ilya Somin of the Cato Institute discusses eminent domain law.

  • Abolish the IRS? Easy to say, but awfully hard to do

    By PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans’ most conservative voters. It’s…