Category Domestic Policy

Protecting Bald Eagles from Lead Poisoning: State-Level Policy Solutions

Reeve Jacobus, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  Although the bald eagle was removed from the federal endangered species list in 2007, it is nevertheless illegal to hunt the national bird of the United States. Bald eagles are protected under the 1940 Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which imposes a $5,000 fine or one-year prison sentence for killing […]

Transgender and Incarcerated: Revised Bureau of Prisons Guidance Could Compromise Safety of Transgender Inmates

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives  In the last few days of the Obama administration, former Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Acting Director Thomas R. Kane released the Transgender Offender Manual which was developed to ensure that the BOP “properly identifies, tracks, and provides services to the transgender population.” Over a year later, this […]

GW WonkCast S4E3: Below the Fold: Conflict at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Implications for Immigration Policy

Join co-hosts Gabe Moss and Nathalie Grogan for an in-depth Below the Fold focused on the nuances and impacts of recent events developing at the U.S.-Mexico border. See the sources:  Immigration Experts: Tear Gas Has Been Used at the Border for Years, But Never on Children. Roll Call Asylum in the United States. American Immigration […]

Measuring Migrant Happiness: The 2018 World Happiness Report and Implications for Public Policy

Lena Nour, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Many Americans consider the pursuit of happiness an unalienable right and one of our nation’s founding freedoms. In 2012, the United Nations Sustainable Development Program developed the World Happiness Report (WHR), an annual report examining overall happiness and social well-being in 156 countries around the world. This […]

GW WonkCast S4E2: Exploring D.C. Statehood

Our first guest of the season, Elizabeth Irons, is the founder of GWU’s chapter of Students for D.C. Statehood. Join us for a lively discussion of the arguments for D.C. statehood, a topic of particular relevance for our D.C. resident listeners. Eli Richman moderates, joined by co-Host Gabe Moss. You can read more about Irons’ […]

Modernizing America’s Voting System to Improve Voter Turnout

Reeve Jacobus, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Preliminary analyses suggest that young adults voted at a historically high rate in the 2018 midterm elections. A report by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that 31 percent of young people aged 18 to 29 turned out to vote […]

Safeguarding Individual Data in the 2020 Census

Jenna Shelton, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives With the 2020 Census just around the corner, the Census Bureau announced it will apply differential privacy, a rigorous data protection practice, to its data collection methods. The announcement comes as several high-profile hacking and data abuse incidents—like those involving Facebook and Equifax— have left many people […]