Misdiagnosing the Failed State

(May 11, 2020) People want answers for what went wrong with America’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic—from lack of preparedness, to delays in containing the virus, to failing to ramp up testing capacity and the production of protective gear. 

Tough Choices Ahead

(April 14, 2020) Opening up the economy again, after the enforced isolation to contain the spread of COVID-19, will require tough choices. The moral and practical tradeoffs will be like none this country has ever faced. 

Fighting Covid-19 in the Red-Tape Nation

(April 6, 2020) America failed to contain Covid-19 because, in part, public-health officials in Seattle were forced to wait for weeks for bureaucratic approvals intended—ironically—to avoid mistakes. 

Restoring Accountability to the Executive Branch

(February 6, 2020) The federal civil service system is broken. This is not a controversial statement. A 1989 report by the Volcker Commission on civil service found a “quiet crisis” in federal civil service, characterized by “an erosion of performance and morale” and the “inability to recruit and retain a talented work force.” 

Reboot Washington to Restore Honor to Public Service

This article originally appeared on TheRegReview.org on 09/12/2019.

The five-week shutdown of the federal government, ending in late January 2019, illustrated a huge gap in the de-regulation versus pro-regulation political debate. 

Promising the Moon, Ignoring Broken Government

This article originally appeared on WashingtonExaminer.com on 09/9/2019.

The presidential debates so far have largely ignored the key issue on which the last several elections have turned: a commitment to overhaul Washington. 

America Needs a National Infrastructure Board

This article originally appeared on AmericanInfrastructureMag.com on 09/6/2019.

Infrastructure is the backbone of an economy. National competitiveness and a sustainable environment require it to be kept up to date. 

Historic Political Opportunity Hiding in Plain Sight

This article originally appeared on Forbes.com on 07/12/2019.

The cornucopia of policy ideas presented by Democratic presidential hopefuls is remarkable mainly in what’s been omitted: the need to overhaul Washington so that it can deliver public services effectively. 

Can Common Sense Fix Our Broken Democracy?

This article originally appeared on AmericaMagazine.org on 06/14/2019.

Washington has given up on governing. It doesn’t fix programs that everyone knows have long been broken. It doesn’t respond to public anger at Big Brother breathing down our necks in schools, hospitals and the workplace. 

Getting Serious About Infrastructure

This article originally appeared on TheHill.com on 05/18/2019.

Fixing America’s decrepit infrastructure enjoys rare bipartisan support. But the recent announcement of a $2 trillion plan by President Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)