Government Agencies

Reliance on Contractors is Likely Here to Stay

Policymakers cannot know whether the trend Verkuil identifies is good or bad, but we should find out.

Valuing Bureaucracy Is a Quixotic Project

Verkuil’s proposal for replacing contractors with professional bureaucrats is unlikely to be adopted.

Of “Workarounds” and Bureaucrats

Civil service reformers should consider changes to lengthy, single-agency employee tenures.

Valuing Democratic Governance

Verkuil offers a compelling argument for reshaping the bureaucracy, but the odds of adoption are slim.

The Growing Gap in the Rule of Law

Effective administration of public programs is becoming unmoored from the rule of law.

“Deep State” Claims and Professional Government

Recent research casts doubt on the existence of a conspiracy by civil servants against the President.

Why Government Professionals Matter

The key to improving government is to strengthening—and valuing—excellence in the civil service.

Valuing Professional Government

Scholars and government professionals review new book by former Chair of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

Concluding Thoughts on Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Public’s Impact in Rulemaking

The Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA illustrates that the public has a serious role to play in the rulemaking process.

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Reasoned Agency Decision-Making

Scalia recounts his role in challenging a SEC rule on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Value of Public Participation in Rulemaking

Appearing before agencies affords the public an important opportunity to have a genuine impact on the law.

The Public’s Role in Administrative Law

Public participation in the rulemaking process serves a vital role in improving the law.