The Standing Panel on Intergovernmental Systems considers challenges and issues related to the U.S. federal system and intergovernmental relations.
Summary There is political consensus around the need to renew and rebuild America’s infrastructure, and President Trump has identified this as a goal. But America lacks both the funding and the governance mechanisms to meet the challenges. The proposed new approach of creating Urban and Rural Public Finance Authorities provides a path to creating a market with sustained “deal flow” for large-scale private-sector funding of infrastructure and economic development that can...Read Full Article
Summary The new President and Congress need to forge a new partnership with state and local governments in order to restore public trust in the federal government and to mobilize the resources needed to address critical domestic issues in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. For much of its history the federal system could be seen as a layer cake with each level of government responsible for a relatively clearly defined set of responsibilities. As the...Read Full Article
Summary The number, diversity, and magnitude of disasters in the U.S., both natural and human-made, are increasing. For natural disasters, alone, there was more than $305 billion in damage in the United States in 2017, making it the most expensive year on record for natural disasters in the nation. Because each disaster, by its very nature, is unique, different protocols, responders, and funding methods cause some significant challenges during all phases of emergency management. Yet, all...Read Full Article
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