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The Congressional Futures Office

    Authors:
  • Justin Warner
  • Grant Tudor
| May 2019

This report interrogates the widening gap between responsive lawmaking in Congress and the deepening complexity of advancements in science and technology. It finds that certain weakened capabilities have atrophied the organization’s absorptive capacity, or the ways by which it recognizes the value of, assimilates, and makes use of knowledge outside of itself. We propose the design of a new internal body—the Congressional Futures Office—as an optimal response among a set of considered options. 

A couple of turtles get a bit of sun at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington on April 22, 2019.

J. Scott Applewhite

Analysis & Opinions - USA Today

Earth Day: Fighting Climate Change Requires Political Collaboration and Immediate Action

| Apr. 22, 2019

We need to unite America’s “grassroots” with its “grasstops” — to awaken a broad climate change voting majority that not only includes young people with passion, but businesses, the military, labor, farmers, energy providers, and subject matter experts alike. Only by linking these disparate groups — then broadening the coalition even further to include global leaders and citizens everywhere — can we galvanize action, command accountability, and unleash a clean energy transformation that will mitigate climate change and assure economic progress at the same time.

A 1040 tax form lies on a desk, February 13, 2019.

Keith Sracocic (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The IRS Chief Must Release Trump’s Tax Returns — and Mnuchin Must Not Stop Him

| Apr. 09, 2019

The only conceivable argument that the IRS commissioner could make for not turning over the president’s return would be to suggest that the committee had no legitimate purpose relating to its work for requesting the return. This is an absurd argument with respect to Trump’s returns. Most obviously, the committee has a legitimate interest in monitoring the auditing and enforcement of the law with respect to sitting presidents, especially in light of the known problems with the initial audits of President Richard Nixon’s returns. There are also legitimate grounds for the request centered around oversight of potential conflicts of interest the president may possess.

A global ransomware attack, as shown from the perspective of a computer user in Beijing, May 13, 2017.

Mark Schiefelbein (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Mueller Report Won't Fix the Problem Underlying It All

| Mar. 21, 2019

The Mueller report will have fiery consequences—of that, one can be sure. But it won't solve the larger cybersecurity dilemmas facing the American public, David Ignatius warns. And although the military recently began launching counteroffensives against cyber attacks, more steps are urgently needed from other sectors of American society.

U.S. dollars and coins lie strewn outside a tip jar in New York City, September 6, 2017.

Mark Lennihan (AP)

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Left's Embrace of Modern Monetary Theory is a Recipe for Disaster

| Mar. 04, 2019

The old adage still holds true, Lawrence Summers argues: there isn't any such thing as a free lunch. And although Modern Monetary Theory may be increasingly in the public eye, this doesn't change the fact that there are a number of glaring issues with it.

Professor Nicholas Burns and Congressman Joe Kennedy III

Benn Craig/Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions

Conversations in Diplomacy: Congressman Joe Kennedy III

| Mar. 04, 2019

In this installment of “Conversations in Diplomacy," the Future of Diplomacy Project's Faculty Chair Nicholas Burns is joined by Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), representative of the fourth congressional district of Massachusetts, for a conversation about convincing American voters that foreign policy matters.