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Auditor’s Paradise: Coolio’s Elements of an Audit Finding

If, to paraphrase Justice Louis Brandeis, a little publicity is “the best of disinfectants,” then consider government auditors the cleaning people. These auditors help focus the public and their leaders’ attention on all aspects of government in order to root out waste, fraud, and abuse. By allowing the public and their elected leaders to scrutinize […]

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Politics and Governance

The Incumbency Disadvantage

This Op-Ed is part of a series of Op-Ed dialogues with partnering public policy schools.  The last few years have not been kind to Democrats. They kicked off the decade by losing legislative power to Republicans at both the state and federal level – and followed it up this year by ceding even more ground. […]

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Philanthropy & Non-Profit Organizations

Why Corbett Lost: A Tale of Two Governors

Of all the political epitaphs written today, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s may well be the easiest: Here lies Tom Corbett. He failed to communicate. Certainly, there are numerous factors that have contributed to Corbett’s impending loss to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf – but perhaps none as important as his failure to communicate a clear and […]

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Economics & Trade Policy Global Policy Studies & International Security

Dear Scotland, Don’t Go

If, as the adage goes, history rarely repeats itself but often rhymes, then Scottish voters may be dangerously close to the end of a verse. On Thursday, Scottish voters will go to the polls to vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, the plan for independence does not include monetary independence. […]

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A Day in August: Texas Author Illustrates Aftermath of UT Shootings

At more than 300 feet tall, the University of Texas Tower looms over UT’s entire campus — and, according to author Elizabeth Crook, over the lives of those caught in its shadow on August 1, 1966. That was the day a madman ascended to the tower’s 28th floor and shot 45 people, killing 11. This […]

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Thank Goodness for Auditors!

Let’s play a word association game. What do you think about when I write the word ‘auditor’? Did you immediately think about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)? If so, you are not alone. According to my extremely unscientific polling (also known as casual conversation with family and friends), many people associate the word ‘audit’ with […]

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Global Policy Studies & International Security

Be Resolute With Russia

As President Obama considers how to respond to the Russian military invading Ukraine, he may do well to heed the lessons of history. Three days after the Bay of Pigs invasion, President John F. Kennedy met with his former opponent, Richard Nixon. Despite the political embarrassment the president faced after supporting a botched attempt to […]

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Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) 2014 Elections

Students at the LBJ School have a lot to say about their program. From student body diversity to curriculum structure to kitchen supplies, many students have an opinion on how the school currently conducts itself and how it should conduct itself going forward. This week, students have the opportunity to take action and elect individuals […]

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LBJ School Misc

Hutchings Delivers ‘State of the School’ Address

Dean Robert Hutchings met with a group of LBJ School students and faculty on Monday to discuss his vision for how the school can develop and grow over the coming years. Hutchings highlighted several main areas he has focused on during his time as dean: Washington, DC Campus. When Hutchings arrived at the LBJ School, […]

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Health & Social Policy

Affordable Care Act Implementation in Central Texas

Michael Gaudini explains how the LBJ School and Insure Central Texas are working together to enroll Central Texans in ACA.   [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/115305974″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]