Introducing Episode 2 of WonkCast, a podcast that’ll help you navigate the wonky world of policy so you don’t get lost in the weeds. Episode 2: The Plight of the Unpaid Intern This week, special guest Pam Derck joins our team to discuss unpaid internships and how they can lead to discrimination and exploitation of university […]

Today, Brief Policy Perspectives is proud to introduce WonkCast, a podcast that’ll help you navigate the wonky world of policy so you don’t get lost in the weeds. Policy matters. From under-the-radar regulations to innovations in social policy, the Trachtenberg WonkCast team will cover it all in a fun and digestible format. Nathan Rupp steers […]

Michael Steinberg, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives It’s clear that in retrospect, the rollout of Healthcare.gov in 2014 was a technological disaster. Patients that logged on to shop for health insurance experienced a slow, inefficient, and glitchy website. Although contractors did much of the work designing and creating the website, a significant portion of the […]

By Charles Landau, MPA & Kevin Sullivan, MPA Winter Blockbuster It’s an overused Hollywood trope: somewhere in a filthy bungalow, a punkish, brooding twentysomething math genius is typing inscrutable white lines of gobbledygook onto a black background. A questionable selection of metal or electronic dance music plays in the background while the young cyberwarrior aggressively sucks […]

Shiva Chakravarti Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  During the 2010 meeting on the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations asserted that education is a major catalyst for human development. Delegates argued that rapid advances in education can help achieve other millennium goals, like reducing child mortality and eradicating extreme poverty. Education budgets form an […]

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In 1977, Bert Lance, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Jimmy Carter, urged the federal government to operate using a simple motto: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Lance explained, “That’s the trouble with government: Fixing things that aren’t broken and not fixing […]

By Elizabeth Morehead, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Throughout history, black women have played a large role in U.S. elections. From the women’s suffrage movement to the past election in 2016, black women have made their voices heard across the nation. The stories surrounding their historical imprint are twofold: one shines a light on […]