Monthly Archives: January 2018

GW WonkCast S3E2: Tax Policy and Non-profits

In episode two of Season 3, the GW WonkCast looks at the impact of recent tax policy changes on nonprofits and charitable giving. Special guest Steve Taylor, Senior Vice President and Counsel for Public Policy at United Way Worldwide, a nonprofit that engages in over 1,800 communities across 40 countries, breaks down the effects of the […]

Notes from the Policy Field: D.C. Council Committee of the Whole Meeting

Event: Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee of the Whole Public Hearing Date: 01/23/18 Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on whether the format of the event facilitated policy change or improvement. Event effectiveness rating: 5 stars (out of 5) Write up by Megan Mattson, […]

Lives in Limbo: Temporary Protected Status to End for Many in the U.S.

Marissa Esthimer, MPP On Jan. 8, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of El Salvador in September 2019. TPS is a form of humanitarian relief in which the executive branch grants work authorization and protection from deportation to foreign nationals in the U.S. who cannot […]

GW WonkCast Season 3 Premier: Living in the Nation’s Capital

The premier of GW WonkCast Season 3 dives into an issue straight at the heart of the nation’s capital: affordable housing and homelessness. Trachtenberg MPP Tinsae Gebriel, who focuses on urban policy, joins moderator Jessica Blackband and co-Hosts Natalia Abrahams and Gabe Moss to discuss how D.C. demographics have changed over time, what makes affordability and homelessness […]

Why Energy Experts are Excited about Batteries

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The U.S. is increasingly investing in a future where more of our energy comes from renewable sources. Because these sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power are intermittent and unreliable, energy innovators also need to invest in creating batteries that can store renewable energy when society’s needs […]

Price of Admission: Balancing Access and Sustainability in National Parks

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives   Each year, hundreds of millions of people explore the National Park System. For Americans, the national parks are more than just beautiful places; they are testaments to equality and accessibility. They are open to all members of the public and enjoyed by people of different ages, socioeconomic […]

Q&A with Dr. Christopher Carrigan on Regulation

To kick off the 2018 spring semester, this segment talks with Trachtenberg Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration Dr. Christopher Carrigan about his new book, Structured to Fail? Regulatory Performance under Competing Mandates (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Below, Dr. Carrigan speaks to the importance of regulation, the challenges federal agencies face when their mandates […]