Category Domestic Policy

GW WonkCast S2E6: The Clean Water Rule

In episode six, the GW WonkCast team talks with Phillip Musegaas, Vice President of Programs and Litigation at Potomac Riverkeeper, an environmental nonprofit that works to protect the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Musegaas discusses the current state of water regulation and protection given the repeal and changes to the Clean Water Rule. This rule was an […]

Deck the Landfills: The High Price of Fast Fashion

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is an expectation that clothing should be priced low and be available in large quantities. Consumers enjoy the feeling of purchasing large stacks of clothing with minimal damage to their bank accounts, but these habits have unseen consequences. The Fast Fashion Cycle Fashion trends change quickly, and […]

The Polar Vortex of 2014 is Still Changing How We Use Energy

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In early 2014,  a long, dry, cold spell, dubbed the polar vortex hit the Eastern United States. PJM, a regional power grid operator that primarily covers Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, experienced record-setting demand for power and adverse market conditions, which forced the company to take an unusually high […]

Staying Above Water: Crafting a More Sustainable National Flood Insurance Program

Jessica Blackband, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Reporting on Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath has died down, but the 82,000 people who filed flood insurance claims after the disaster are still awaiting relief. These homeowners, developers and property managers are covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a FEMA program that subsidizes insurance premiums for these […]

GW WonkCast S2E4: Education Policy and Student Loans

The Perkins federal loan program expired on Sept. 30. In light of this, what is the state of federal loans for education in America? Guest Ashley Walsh, who worked for a federal loan servicer for the Department of Education, joins the GW WonkCast team to discuss education policy and student loans. Listen to hear what […]

Evidence in Public Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Obvious

Shiva Sharma, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Policymaking is an inherently complex process because it strives to address problems that are grounded in changing social realities; this makes evidence collection difficult at best. Evidence-based policymaking is gaining prominence due to increased availability of data, new investments in rigorous research, and a growing focus on program […]

Amid Signs of Stability, White House Injects Uncertainty into ACA Marketplace

Steve Bruns, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Just this past summer, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan announced that insurance premiums in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace would rise by eight percent, on average, in 2018 to compensate for the anticipated increase in health care costs. Fast forward to mid-October, when […]