The Standing Panel on Intergovernmental Systems considers challenges and issues related to the U.S. federal system and intergovernmental relations.
Background In 2011, John Kincaid and Carl Stenberg co-authored a concluding article on “'Big Questions’ about Intergovernmental Relations and Management: Who Will Address Them?” (2011) for a symposium in the Public Administration Review symposium on the impacts of the 1996 demise of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and assessment of prospects for restoring intergovernmental institutional capacity. Overall, the contributors’ views were pessimistic. Kincaid and Stenberg posed 15 questions to provoke discussion...Read Full Article
Introduction Floods are the costliest natural hazard events in the United States in terms of lives and property losses. The financial costs of flood disasters are unsustainable, especially for the national government, which assumes the most costs while state and local governments have the greatest ability to avoid great losses due to their influence over land use, economic policy, and other areas that can help mitigate floods and reduce the high costs of relief and...Read Full Article
Creating a Financial Market for Infrastructure Buildout Called- “Partnership for Investing in America” (PIA) The program suggestions described above have been generated by Intergovernmental Panel of NAPA and includes input from The Infrastructure Finance Education Working Group that participated in the Intergovernmental Panel. There is political consensus around the need to renew and rebuild America’s infrastructure, and President Trump has identified this as an Administration goal. But America lacks both the...Read Full Article
On April 12, 2017 I attended an interesting breakfast discussion on infrastructure policy with the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Executive Editor Gerald F. Seib, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Bill Clinton’s first Chief of Staff and DJ Gribbin, Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy. Gribbin said that his team is now engaged in a wide-ranging “policy process” to shape the Administration’s infrastructure initiative. They are reaching out to the ...Read Full Article