Category Domestic Policy

USDS and 18F: Modernizing Government IT for the 21st Century

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 […]

A Voice to be Heard: The Role of Women of Color in U.S Elections

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 […]

Market Solutions for the TSA

Jordan Pic, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Fellow American travelers can attest that navigating the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) often disrupts one’s plans. These scenarios were recently highlighted in the news when long security lines caused flight delays across the nation. Later, a CNN commentator shared her intrusive pat down by TSA despite her […]

The Hidden Consequences of the Hiring Freeze

Michael Steinberg, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives One of President Trump’s first actions in office was to issue an executive order freezing the hiring of new federal employees. The order, which fulfilled one of his campaign promises, will be in place for an initial period of 90 days. After that,the directors of the Office […]

Buy Back the Block: African American’s Inability to Break into the Marijuana Industry

Elizabeth Morehead, Staff Writer, MPP Candidate, Brief Policy Perspectives Marijuana won big in the 2016 elections. Measures legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana were approved in eight new states. 25 states plus Washington, DC currently have laws approving the use of marijuana in some form. Legalization brings growth to the financial and operational aspects […]

Combating Patent Trolls: How Government is Protecting Innovators

Michael Steinberg, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The federal government aspires to foster innovation in society, and perhaps the oldest, most valuable, and least understood way policymakers spur innovation is by issuing patents.  Patents are official documents that give a person or company the right to be the only producer that makes or sells […]

Black Minds Matter: A Look at the Psychological Effects of Mass Media on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

Elizabeth Morehead, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives A recent Pew Study showed that more than seven-in-ten American adults follow the news closely. 81% of American adults get at least a portion of their news through websites, apps, or social networking sites. In the past few years, pressing racial issues have surfaced in the U.S.and received […]