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O’Keefe Discusses the Need for Civil Service System Reform in Washington Post Article

“We think the current civil service system is badly in need of reform. But the blueprints offered by both left and right are problematic. One side is firmly rooted in a status quo that (inadvertently or otherwise) impedes accountability, and the other could end up politicizing the very civil servants who should be politically neutral,” writes University Professor Sean O'Keefe and his co-authors.

June 22, 2024

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Mihm Comments on the GAO’s High-Risk List of Programs in Washington Post Article

Cybersecurity is an example of an area where risk never will be eliminated, explains Chris Mihm, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs. “The issue is if it’s being effectively managed by the agency, by the government,” he says. 

May 31, 2024

Benanav Speaks With the Washington Post About the Four-Day Workweek

Some of what Americans want today—better work/life balance and stronger community—can be found in what former President Richard Nixon proposed long ago, says Aaron Benanav, assistant professor of sociology. And, he adds, he was fairly progressive on economic issues by today’s standards.

 

April 3, 2024

Faulkner Discusses New York State’s Adultery Law in Washington Post Article

Laws criminalizing adultery are on the books in a handful of other states but are rarely enforced. In most cases, they were put on the books at a time when adultery was among the only ways to obtain a divorce, according to Carol Faulkner, professor of history.

March 26, 2024

Banks Testimony Cited in AP, Wash Post Articles on Colorado Lawsuit to Bar Trump From the Ballot

William Banks, professor emeritus of public administration and international affairs, says that once the attack on the Capitol began, Trump had options he did not use. “He should respond to his constitutional responsibilities to protect the security of the United States when there’s an assault on our democratic process,” Banks says of Trump.

November 10, 2023

Montez Cited in Washington Post Article on the Impact of States’ Policies on Life Expectancy

The differences in state policies directly correlate to those years lost, said Jennifer Karas Montez, director of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies and author of several papers that describe the connection between politics and life expectancy.

October 17, 2023

Bendix Speaks to the Washington Post About the Maui Wildfires

Jacob Bendix, professor emeritus of geography and the environment, says the grasses provided “fine fuels that ignite easily” due to their high surface area-to-volume ratio, dense growth patterns and height.

September 12, 2023

McDowell Weighs in on Brazil-China Relationship in Washington Post Article

“When China and Brazil sign an agreement like this, it’s trying to put into place the infrastructure that would make it possible to use China’s currency, but that doesn’t mean that individual firms are going to choose that,” says Daniel McDowell, associate professor of political science.

April 20, 2023

Reeher Quoted in Washington Post Article on Historical Advertisements for the AR-15

As public concerns about crime mounted in the 1980s and 1990s, AR-15 marketers started to adjust their depiction of what was on the receiving end of the barrel. “People, rather than animals, were the target,” says Grant Reeher, professor of political science. “That allows it to be sold more as a self-defense weapon, particularly inside the home.”

March 29, 2023

Montez Quoted in Washington Post Article on Politics, Policy and Increasing Mortality Rates

University Professor Jennifer Karas Montez says “state policy knobs are a lever that we could use to really turn this country around and stop this alarming—just horrible when you think about it—increase in the risk of dying before age 65.”

December 28, 2022

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