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Sharon Wilson Geno Our second speaker spotlight is shining on Sharon Wilson Geno, a partner at the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP. She will take part in a lively discussion of the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16. 

On April 7, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the FDASIA Health IT Report: Proposed Strategies and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework (FDASIA Report). That report fulfilled the requirement of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) of 2012, which was passed and signed into law in July 2012. Today, BPC's Health Innovation Initiative submitted public comments on the report to the FDA, ONC, and FCC.

“Shifting the Debate on Small-Dollar Credit” Op-ed in American Banker, June 17, 2014
By Aaron Klein

“We should refocus the discussion back on the consumer. Specifically, consumer groups, lenders and regulators should look at how to better distinguish between illiquid consumers who are short on cash but have sufficient means to pay these loans back and insolvent consumers who are headed toward bankruptcy and are unlikely to repay their loans. Moving the debate in this direction could lower costs to quality borrowers while simultaneously lowering costs to the industry. Profitable and socially responsible lending would be far more likely to occur if consumers can be accurately be categorized at a reasonable cost.” 

There is little reason to expect that Erdoğan will adopt a different approach than the divisive one that has been on display for more than a year now

On August 10, Turkey will hold its first direct presidential election. On the last possible day for candidate registration, July 1, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the much-anticipated announcement that he will run for president—a post that he has long coveted. 

America will have to find partners that can contribute both in helping combat ISIS and pressuring Baghdad to make necessary political concessions

The surge by the extremists of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) into Iraq threatens to dismember the country and create a Sunni Islamist state that could become a training ground for a new generation of terrorists.

BPC seeks to develop recommendations on engaging both the public and private sectors, on both sides of the aisle, in delivery and payment reform

Last week, the Health Project hosted a policy forum on delivery system reform, focusing on the transition from volume-based to value-based care. This was part of a series of conversations BPC will host in the coming months on improving quality and reducing costs in our health care system. 

Dowell MyersWe are pleased to introduce our first Summit speaker, Professor Dowell Myers, Ph.D. a demographer and urban planner from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. Don’t miss his luncheon keynote presentation on Monday, September 15.

Boosting transparency will help FSOC better accomplish its mission of identifying and responding to threats to the financial system

BPC's Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative commends the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) for enhancing the quality of its minutes released yesterday, and encourages it to take further steps to increase transparency. BPC has previously called on FSOC to enhance the quality of its minutes and these actions are a significant first step toward meeting that goal.

In anticipation of BPC's 2014 Housing Summit, we are excited to launch a new blog series, intended to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes as we finalize programming. We will ask a speaker to answer questions about what he or she looks forward to sharing with you at the summit. We will post a new entry every other week – so check back often.

The group has had many names and iterations, including, most recently, as al-Qaeda in Iraq

Who’s in Iraq? Why are there various names for the terror group in Iraq?

The terrorist group marching through Iraq and slowly taking control of large swaths of the country has been referred to by a variety of names by our government officials, the media and foreign policy experts. These include the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

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