BPC Blog

Oct. 21, 2014

Earlier this fall, Resources for the Future invited a slew of experts to comment on questions related to the administration’s Clean Power Plan, including who (and how) should translate the states’ assigned rate-based goals into mass-based goals?

Upcoming: you will soon have the opportunity to read our latest paper, which will be released at our forthcoming event, “The Big Bank Theory: Breaking Down the Break-Up Argument.” The event will be held on October 28, 2014 from 10:00AM-11:30AM at BPC (register here). We hope you will come and hear from our paper co-authors: Martin Neil Baily, Douglas Elliott, and Phillip Swagel who will be joined by former Senator Ted Kaufman, BPC Task Force Member Randall Guynn, Cato Institute Scholar Arnold Kling, and the Senior Vice President of Bankrate.com Greg McBride. The event will be moderated by Neil Irwin, Senior Economic Correspondent for The New York Times

Today, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released the Safety Evaluation Report Volume 3: Repository Safety After Permanent Closure. The report documents the results of the NRC evaluation of the license application submitted by the Bush Administration in June 2008.

Retirement in America: What’s Working and What’s Not?

As we discussed in our last post, Americans today face the challenge of ensuring that their accumulated savings are sufficient to last through the end of their lives. This challenge is magnified by the potential need for long-term care during their retirement years.

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security announced new layers of enhanced entry screening procedures at five major U.S. airports

With the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, and the first death by Ebola in the United States, many are asking how the U.S. government screens incoming foreign visitors for health purposes.

Both the long-term fiscal health of our country and the short-term functioning of our government depend on clear tax policy emanating from Congress

In a letter dated Monday, October 6, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen stressed the importance of passing a tax extenders bill by the end of November to ensure that the IRS is able to meet deadlines to prepare for the 2015 tax filing season.

The share of apprehended migrants who are from Mexico declined each year since FY 2009. The share from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras more than tripled.

On Wednesday, October 1, the Office of Immigration Statistics released its annual report on immigration enforcement actions, which is part of the larger Yearbook of Immigration Statistics. The report presents summary statistics on the number of foreigners apprehended, detained, and removed from the country in the previous fiscal year.

Regulatory uncertainty creates barriers to the development of promising technologies that can help improve health and health care

The Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released in April 2014 the FDASIA Health IT Report: Proposed Strategies and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework, in response to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) of 2012. The report called on the administration to provide recommendations to Congress on an appropriate risk-based framework. 

With the release of the administration’s recommendations in April, it is now time for lawmakers to pass legislation that achieves the complementary goals of protecting patients, ensuring safe and effective care and fostering continued innovation in a rapidly growing health IT field.

The paper explains the complexity of the U.S. retirement system through the eyes of four illustrative households

BPC's Economic Policy Project has released a new staff paper that highlights the risks that Americans face as they head into retirement. This paper is the first of several highlighting issues that the Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings will address.

The Financial Stability Oversight Council is set to meet this coming Monday, October 6. The Council’s agenda includes a continuation of its work in three important areas: designating non-bank firms as systemically important financial institutions (SIFIs), asset management, and improving financial data quality and removing data gaps. With news Friday of MetLife’s request for a hearing to contest its proposed designation as a SIFI, the meeting takes on heightened interest.

Turkey originally saw IS and other jihadists groups in Syria as partners in containing the autonomy and aspirations of Syrian Kurds

After months of reluctance to join the international coalition confronting the threat posed by the self-identified Islamic State (IS, but also commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL), Turkey authorized sending its troops abroad to battle terrorists, and allowing foreign troops to operate out of Turkish bases. This seeming about-face comes after the United States and other countries exerted significant diplomatic pressure on Turkey to help shoulder the burden of defeating IS.


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