2014 In Review

Kevin Clang December 22, 2014
2014 proved to be a productive year at BPC, even in a City of Rivals. We picked a few of our favorite moments from 2014 to share with you.

BPC Recommendations for Quick Action on Voting Technology

Matthew Weil December 19, 2014
Long-term reforms are important, but there exist three immediate actions that could be taken that are reasonable and responsible and would provide more certainty to the voting systems market.

New Proposed ACO Rule Delays Risk, Seeks to Provide Clarity

Marisa Workman December 19, 2014
On December 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to improve and clarify existing regulations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Recent Flurry of World Leader Visits to Turkey

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek December 18, 2014
As the United States and its allies battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Vice President Joseph Biden, Pope Francis, and Russian President Vladimir Putin have all visited Turkey.

Pocket Policy: Do New Payments Technologies Need New Rules?

Aaron Klein December 17, 2014
In a world with multiple payment systems, the one you choose matters because it determines your legal rights, the speed at which you are charged or receive funds, and the costs and benefits that consumers and merchants incur.

What to Watch for: FSOC’s December 18 Meeting

Aaron Klein, Justin Schardin December 16, 2014
On the agenda for the Financial Stability Oversight Council's final scheduled 2014 meeting is a closed-session vote on whether to designate MetLife as a systemically important financial institution.

Kline-Miller: Making Tough Choices to Improve Solvency for Retiree Plans

Alex Gold December 15, 2014
The spending bill that passed the House last week included a bipartisan provision that would allow certain underfunded pension plans to reduce benefits that were promised to retirees.

Bipartisan Redistricting Takes a Big Step Forward in Ohio

Matthew Weil December 15, 2014
There is too much distrust of the electoral system and many reasons to account for why. But one of the causes we have heard more about than any other is the way in which legislative districts are drawn.

Lotteries with No Losers Have the Green Light

Alex Gold December 15, 2014
The American Savings Promotion Act, which will allow banks to offer depositors lottery entries (in lieu of interest) in “Prize-Linked Savings” accounts, passed the Senate by unanimous consent earlier this week and is now headed for President Obama’s desk.

HSYK Elections and the Future of Judicial Independence in Turkey

Blaise Misztal, Jessica Michek December 12, 2014
While U.S. policymakers’ attention has been focused on Turkey’s response, or lack thereof, to the conflict raging in Iraq and Syria, there have also been significant developments in the country’s domestic politics worthy of attention.