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How Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Can Lead to Inefficient Economic Policy

article icon Issue Brief The practice of rent-seeking—leveraging campaign contributions and lobbying to influence government policy for private gain—has several negative effects on the U.S. economy.

By John Craig and David Madland | Friday, May 2, 2014

Money

Investing for Success

article icon Issue Brief The Council on Foundations and the Center for American Progress jointly held two roundtable conversations in 2013 with potential social impact bond investors that produced a series of key policy questions.

By Kristina Costa | Monday, March 3, 2014

Money

Networking for Success

article icon Issue Brief The Council on Foundations and the Center for American Progress jointly held two roundtable conversations in 2013 with potential social impact bond investors, concluding that strong cross-sector relationships are key to social impact bond transactions.

By Kristina Costa and Laura Tomasko | Monday, March 3, 2014

State of Federal Privacy and Data Security Law: Lagging Behind the Times?

Peter Swire testifies before the Senate to discuss federal agency privacy and data practices.

By Peter Swire | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The American Community Survey Is Under Attack

The short-sighted vote in the House of Representatives to eliminate the American Community Survey is an antibusiness vote against informed government, writes Kristina Costa.

By Kristina Costa | Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Improving Customer Service at the Federal Government

Gadi Dechter examines the Government Customer Service Improvement Act to highlight its strengths and suggest further steps to boost confidence in our government.

By Gadi Dechter | Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Inside a Social Impact Bond Agreement

article icon Issue Brief Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa lay out examples of what should—and should not—be included in a SIB agreement.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Monday, May 7, 2012

Defining Terms in a Social Impact Bond Agreement

Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa address the essential elements of Social Impact Bond contracts.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Friday, May 4, 2012

Social Impact Bonds and Government Contracting

Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa explain how government should make contractor decisions in a SIB agreement.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Rich and Powerful Really Are Rich and Powerful

Michael Linden points out the many flaws in Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson’s argument that the wealthy don’t hold sway over federal policy.

By Michael Linden | Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fact Sheet: Social Impact Bonds

Jitinder Kohli, Doug Besharov, and Kristina Costa lay out the facts behind this new way of financing.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Thursday, April 12, 2012

Better Auditing for Better Contracting

book_alt2 icon Report Pratap Chatterjee outlines the different reasons audits by the Defense Contract Audit Agency sometimes fail, what’s been done to correct these failures in the past, and what should be done in the future.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Insourcing

book_alt2 icon Report Pratap Chatterjee explains how insourcing can not only save money but can also improve services to the taxpayer if done wisely.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How Sunlight Can Improve Federal Contracting

book_alt2 icon Report A single, streamlined database that tracks fraud, waste, and abuse in federal government contracts will help save taxpayers money and reward good companies, writes Pratap Chatterjee.

By Pratap Chatterjee | Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Social Impact Bonds 101

Social Impact Bonds are an innovative new financing tool for social programs that allow government to focus on approaches that work—without paying a dime for unsuccessful programs, write Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa.

By Jitinder Kohli, Douglas J. Besharov, and Kristina Costa | Thursday, March 22, 2012

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