Monthly Archives: February 2018

GW WonkCast S3E6-2: Opportunity Zones for Investment

The new tax bill contains an opportunity zones provision which allows companies and corporations to defer capital gains to an opportunity fund. These funds will be allocated to low-income tracks. Special guest MPP Lorena Roque who concentrates on economic and energy policy joins to unpack the provision. co-Host Erik LaDue moderates joined by co-Hosts Katherine Lundie and […]

GW WonkCast S3E6-1: Below the Fold: Cuba Diplomats Follow Up, Tax Refund Fraud, and Tuition Aid in D.C.

Diplomats hearing cicadas, tax refund fraud, and potential cuts to a grant for tuition aid for D.C. residents are all on the docket for this week’s Below the Fold. For her Below the Fold, Haley Dunn says American and Canadian diplomats who fell ill in Cuba are suffering from new neurological syndromes. Eli Richman reports that […]

GW WonkCast S3E5-3: Above the Fold: Changes in the Nuclear Defense Strategy

This week on Above the Fold, we’re talking nuclear weapons. Learn about the Department of Defense’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which outlines the U.S. nuclear defense strategy. Hear what’s in the review and what has changed, followed by a discussion on the role nuclear weapons play today. Recorded live at GW’s WRGW radio station, GW WonkCast […]

Commercial DNA Testing Creates Need to Protect Biometric Data

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Has your DNA been compromised? The recent rise in popularity of commercial DNA testing companies is transforming the medical field, but few consumers are aware of the privacy implications of using these services. Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized commercial genetic testing for hereditary diseases in […]

GW WonkCast S3E5-2: Recovery and Relief in Puerto Rico

Special guest Trachtenberg MPA focusing on Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis Yuliam Pedraza Acevedo tells about recovery from the hurricanes last year in Puerto Rico. This episode reflects on what is known and not known about the disasters, how the U.S. government responded, real repercussions of the hurricanes, and existing challenges to economic recovery including […]

Today’s Public Administrators: Shannon McNamee

Today’s Public Administrators asks administrators working in the public sphere about their experience implementing and shaping policy on the ground. This segment talks with Trachtenberg alumni Shannon McNamee, Manager of Operations at the American Red Cross, who visited Trachtenberg for an alumni dinner on Jan. 30. Read to learn what emergency management entails and how […]

GW WonkCast S3E5-1: Below the Fold: NYC Turnstile Jumping and Nuclear Waste Storage

This week’s Below the Fold covers policies toward turnstile jumpers in the NYC subway and a petition for assurance that nuclear fuel will be stored safely for 1,000 years. co-Hosts Natalia Abrahams and Erik LaDue weigh policy options on both topics with last week’s guest and Editor-in-Chief of the International Affairs Review Ian Hutchinson. Our […]