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Election season now seemingly stretches endlessly from election to election. The public exposure of running for office often forces candidates’ family and personal lives prominently into the judgment of the public eye.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform is studying the critical role public service plays in our political process and evaluating the ways in which Americans serve their country. Below is a list of a few of our favorite service organizations and information on how you can stay connected with them.

Many great upcoming and recent events have been happening with the BPC Energy Project. As always, if you have any questions or would like to speak with someone affiliated with the Energy Project, do not hesitate to call 202-641-6209 or send me an email.

Hurricane Sandy and Energy Infrastructure. This coming Monday, June 17, the Bipartisan Policy Center will host Thomas King from National Grid U.S. and Christopher Baldwin from the Hess Corporation to discuss what they learned from Hurricane Sandy and what we can do to better prepare for the hurricane season already underway this year. We’ll begin at 10:30AM at the National Press Club. Members of the public and press are invited to attend; online registration is available here. Join the conversation on Twitter - @BPC_Bipartisan, @HessCorporation, @nationalgridus, #BPCEnergy, #sandy

Organized systems of care delivery and payment are essential to building a sustainable, higher quality, cost effective health care system. These systems can come in many different forms, but all share the critical attributes of quality, accountability and coordination. One of the more prominent examples of such a system is an Accountable Care Organization or “ACO,” in which health care providers agree to be held accountable for the cost of care (via spending targets) and the quality of care (via performance metrics) they deliver. 

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The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a Twitter chat on federal student loans as part of our new Citizens for Political Reform effort.

Hosts: @BPC_Bipartisan l BPC Senior Vice President @billhoagland

View highlights of the conversation below.

The U.S. led a 24-nation sample in family-based immigration, but ranked 19th in employment-based immigration

Today, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the International Migration Outlook 2013, which contains standardized statistics on permanent legal immigrants for 23 OECD countries and the Russian Federation. These statistics enable comparisons of how different countries prioritized different immigration categories in 2011. Among the 24 nations, the U.S. ranked first in total permanent immigration, but ranked 19th in permanent immigration as a share of its total population (0.34 percent).

Setting a small but important precedent for bipartisan reform to reduce debt and improve efficiency

Peter Huff contributed to this post.

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate on June 6 to reduce overlapping unemployment and Social Security disability benefit payments. The proposal, submitted by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and projected by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to save the government $1 billion over the next ten years, is an important step promoting bipartisan cooperation to address duplicative federal spending. While the legislation offers only small savings compared to the $2.3 trillion combined cost of these programs over the coming decade, the bill importantly portends sensible steps toward achieving budget savings finding support in both parties.

The legendary American inventor Thomas Edison once cautioned, “we shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present.” Edison, of course, was warning that complacency, a satisfied acceptance of the status quo, could be the enemy of progress.

By Shai Akabas and Matt Graham

Brian Collins, Kristen Masley, and Holt Dwyer contributed to this post.

The purpose of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is to reduce federal income and payroll taxes for workers with low to moderate incomes. The credit is particularly supportive to low-income workers because it is refundable; even if the credit’s dollar amount exceeds a worker’s income tax liability, the balance is still paid to the worker through the tax refund process. In this manner, the credit can offset or even exceed federal income and payroll taxes owed.

As the Commission on Political Reform’s July 23rd town hall on public service draws closer, we’ll highlight the best submissions to our Snaps of Service photo contest.

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