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  • One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence

    July 21, 2015 – Huffington Post

    “Not only are there rights- and moral-based reasons for support for domestic violence survivors, there are many economic reasons too,” said Denise Grab, senior attorney at the Institute for Policy Integrity and co-author of the report.

  • New Oil Train Safety Rules Spell Delay, Leaving Citizens at Risk

    May 18, 2015 – The Hill

    Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif.: These are just a few of the cities within the “blast zones” of mile-long trains carrying flammable crude oil across the country. Twenty-five million Americans live in these vulnerable areas; yet it will be years until dangerous tank cars are retrofitted or retired from the rails, based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new safety standards.

  • In Cromnibus, a Penny Saved, but Sensible Policies Lost

    December 22, 2014 – The Hill

    At least in theory, the federal budgeting process is about rational investment. Funds are spent on programs and agencies that deliver benefits to the public, justifying their costs. However, aspects of this bill reflect congressional myopia, rather than investment in the future. Some provisions in the bill impede cost-benefit justified regulations and hinder efforts to improve public health and safety.

  • Net Neutrality Puts Lens on White House, FCC Ties

    November 18, 2014 – Politico

    “There is no bar — the White House can communicate its views,” said Richard Revesz, dean emeritus at the New York University Law School. “It’s true that it can’t direct the answer, but often that’s not necessary because the White House has significant leverage over [executive and independent] agencies.”

  • NYU Law School issues report on fair housing law

    May 10, 2013 – Politics on the Hudson

    The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law, a non-partisan think tank, issued a report Friday on the implementation of the Fair Housing Act that recommends that the Department of Housing and Urban Development more clearly define fair housing goals and measure the progress of local jurisdictions in meeting the requirements of the law. Click here for the report.

    “Decades after the civil rights movement inspired the Fair Housing Act, HUD still has a long way to go before that law’s vision of fair housing is realized,” said Policy Integrity executive director, Michael Livermore, in a statement. “HUD should take steps to improve fairness and equality in housing markets.”

  • As Obama, Party Leaders Begin Budget Talks, Safety Advocates Mull Impact of OSHA Cuts

    November 21, 2012 – Bloomberg BNA

    But Michael Livermore, executive director of the New York University Institute for Policy Integrity, told BNA Nov. 19 that even if sequestration is triggered, Jan. 2 is not likely to have drastic, immediate impacts on agencies, because most of them “have tricks up their sleeves to deal with short-term budget shortfalls,” such as shifting funds from one program area to another.

    For that reason, Jan. 2 does not necessarily represent doomsday for most agencies, according to Livermore.

  • Op-ed: Obama and Romney need to weigh in on net neutrality

    August 6, 2012 – Ars Technica

    Within a few months of Inauguration Day, the next president will need to decide on how to deal with serious risks to the Internet’s innovation machine. If it goes the wrong way, online startups could be threatened and users could be in for less high-quality content on the Web. Clearly, that would be a downer, but it would also have significant financial implications, as the online sector powers economic growth with investment dollars. By 2016, US e-commerce retail sales will reach $362 billion dollars, and that’s only a fraction of the value of the Web.

  • Unbalanced Retrospective Regulatory Review

    July 12, 2012 – Reg Blog

    The potential of the retrospective review of rules adopted by federal agencies has been hailed by both the right and the left as a way to improve regulation and increase efficiency: by collecting information on what works and what does not, we can make better choices in the future. The Obama Administration has embraced this vision of retrospective review, but unfortunately, by focusing almost exclusively on cutting costs, it is walking back its commitment to use this tool in a balanced fashion.

  • Coordinating Data to Improve Government Programs

    July 10, 2012 – The Huffington Post

    President Obama has placed streamlining government bureaucracy among his priorities, saying he wants to “hunt down and eliminate misspent tax dollars in every agency and department across the Federal Government.” That could be like shooting fish in a barrel, if his administration takes a few major steps to facilitate better coordination between agencies.

  • Why bother with benefits?

    June 20, 2012 – CBKB

    Budgets are about choices and priorities. We promote policies and fund services we believe the government should pursue because we want those things to generate positive outcomes for our society. We weigh the costs of implementing those policies or programs against the worth or value of the outcomes they produce. In other words, “Costs can only be understood in light of the benefits…they would generate,” as Jennifer Rosenberg of the Institute for Policy Integrity has stressed.