Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future

Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future

NYU Wagner's Brademas Center for the Study of Congress held a well-attended and timely forum Dec. 14, 2007, on how the U.S. Congress can come to grips with looming defense issues such as the War on Terror, changes in force structure, Department of Defense reform, and base closings. The question addressed by the panel convened by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at Wagner, was, "How can Congress address these defense issues before they become intractable?" Part of a series of Brademas Center discussions on Congressional decision making titled "Legislating for the Future," the forum took place in the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., and included leading scholars on defense: Paul K. Davis, Principal Researcher, The Rand Corporation; Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.

Click the link below to view C-SPAN's coverage of the forum.

Through forums such as this, the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress - at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service - seeks to advance understanding of the powers, processes and political character of the U.S. Congress among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public. It is named for its founder, the former U.S. Representative from Indiana (1959-81) and President Emeritus of New York University (1981-1992).

Dean Sherry Glied Writes on Data Access @

Dean Sherry Glied Writes on Data Access @

Sherry Glied, Dean and Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, has published an essay entitled "Data and the Quest for Available Access" on the website of APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management.

As she writes, "Making data more readily available, so that researchers can better evaluate and assess programs, will require governments spend time and money." Read on.

Dear Senators McCain and Obama

Dear Senators McCain and Obama

In a letter dated June 23, 2008, the noted government reform expert Paul Light — a professor at NYU Wagner — has urged John McCain and Barack Obama to use their influence and unique position as sitting senators running for president to pass bi-partisan legislation that would reform the appointment process and improve government performance. The McCain-Obama Government for the 21st Century Act recommended by Professor Light would cut the number of presidential appointees next year, accelerate the nomination and confirmation process, and help fix a broken federal government. A strong focus on governance during the campaign, Dr. Light contends in the letter sent to the two senators, will ensure that the next president is truly "Ready on Day One."

The release of the letter (below) coincides with the publication of Professor Light's op-ed in The Washington Post, entitled "Can't-Do Government" (also below).



Denison Published in the <i>Municipal Finance Journal</i>

Denison Published in the Municipal Finance Journal

Assistant Professor Dwight Denison�s paper, �How Conservative Are Municipal Investment Practices in Large Cities?� was published in the Municipal Finance Journal [(2002) Vol. 23, (#1 Spring) pp 35-51] based on his research findings about the investment practices of urban cities which found that the array of investments that are permissible for the investment of idle cash balances has expanded in the last decade as a result of strained fiscal resources, and that within the expanded array the investments most frequently utilized are those generally perceived as low-risk.

Downtown Brooklyn Setting Pace for Innovative Urban Development, Report Finds

Downtown Brooklyn Setting Pace for Innovative Urban Development, Report Finds

Hakeem Jeffries

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, NYU Wagner's Rudin Center, and Appleseed Inc. unveiled a new report on Feb 23 at the Wagner school, explaining how Downtown Brooklyn became a major destination for innovative urban development, and offering ways to keep it that way.

The report, titled "Downtown Rising: How Brooklyn Became a Model for Urban Development," states that Downtown Brookyn is setting an ambitious pace for the rest of the city and providing a model for other burgeoning central business districts across the region and nationwide.

"You have the Brooklyn Bridge Park on one end, Barclays Center on the other, and in that is a massive amount of energy and activity which is spreading all the way down to Sunset Park and Industry City to all the way north in Greenpoint,” said Mitchell C. Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner, and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. Professor Moss,who moderated the breakfast forum centered on the report, added, “We believe Downtown Brooklyn's success is reflected in the number of new start-ups, households and cultural activities that have reinforced the superb quality of life in the borough."

Among the attendees was Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who spoke about not leaving behind the local residents as money continues to foster economic opportunities in Downtown Brooklyn.

At the same time, Senator Charles Schumer commented on the report, saying in a written statement: "Downtown Brooklyn has transformed into a 24 hour live, work, play neighborhood. Driven from creating a central business district as charted in the Group of 35 Report, to the tech boom in Brooklyn, businesses and people simply want to be here. Continuing these smart development policies are key to keeping Brooklyn on top."


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