As the scandal has unfolded, the media has predictably remained largely silent, allowing the Obama administration to sweep it under the rug.
Unfortunately, regulatory agencies sometimes flunk Decision-making 101.
While 67 percent of Americans think “too many Americans are dependent on the government” in a 2013 Rasmussen poll, more Americans are dependent than ever.
The intrusiveness and complexity of the federal regulatory state is getting worse.
It’s been a tough few weeks for President Obama. The disastrous launch of his controversial health care law, marked by a malfunctioning website, insurance rate hikes and millions of cancelled policies, has even the president’s most ardent admirers questioning his executive ability.
This week, protesters with "Not One More Deportation" staged a demonstration calling for the closure of the Eloy (Arizona) detention center, which is owned and operated for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
As news broke about the Internal Revenue Service’s accidental disclosure of thousands of social security numbers online, a representative of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau testified before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee about the CFPB’s use of Americans’ personal financial data. He reassured Congress that the CFPB “makes every effort to obtain market data in an efficient manner with an eye toward reducing the burden and cost on industry. The bureau also makes every effort to safeguard and protect the information that it does obtain.”
In another ironic twist, on the very same day, I happened to receive a letter that makes such assurances sound a bit less comforting.
Inspectors General, who hold federal agencies accountable by conducting audits and, when needed, investigating alleged misconduct, are in place to provide oversight over how taxpayer funded federal agencies are operating. But what happens if the inspectors are allegedly conducting the misconduct?
Washington continues to debate how much government should tax and spend and where government should cut and save. And despite the partisan debate, the fact remains the U.S. government continues to make investments in national defense and critical infrastructure necessary to keep America safe and competitive. President Obama recently outlined his commitment to advancing our infrastructure with the announcement of the Partnership to Rebuild America, calling for both investment and innovation from the private sector.
We believe there is a third contribution from the private sector that can support building our infrastructure while reducing wasteful spending: through the implementation of effective program management, an often under-appreciated, but absolutely essential, element of business success and sound fiscal health.