Fiscal Institute

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s Fiscal Institute houses a number of policy projects on a wide variety of fiscal, economic and political topics. The Fiscal Institute’s purpose is to generate, in a depoliticized environment, a variety of creative, new and academically sound ideas and to share them with a wide and diverse audience. The projects undertaken by the Fiscal Institute are intended to be more long-term and forward-thinking, and to generate new research, policy ideas, forums and networks in order to help to improve our economic and political systems.

SSDI Solutions Initiative 

The McCrery-Pomeroy SSDI Solutions Initiative is dedicated to identifying practical policy changes to improve the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and other services to people with disabilities. Launched in 2015, the initiative solicited ideas in a number of areas related to the program, leading to a conference that brought together more than 150 experts, advocates, policymakers and other stakeholders. These efforts culminated in publication of a book – SSDI Solutions: Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program – presenting recommendations on how to ensure that the SSDI program best serves those with disabilities, those who pay into the program, and the economy as a whole. The initiative launched a new phase in April of 2018 that continues to explore ways to improve this important program.

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Better Budget Process Initiative

There is a growing consensus that the budget process is broken. Deadlines are missed, controls circumvented, gimmicks employed, and the long-term ignored. The Better Budget Process Initiative aims to address this problem through concrete ideas to reform and improve the way the budget is developed, including placing greater focus on the long-term fiscal outlook, dealing with the debt limit, strengthening statutory budget enforcement, revising the content and structure of the Congressional budget resolution, biennial budgeting, and addressing the treatment of tax expenditures. 

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"Fix the System" Initiative

For many years, public opinion polls have shown a growing frustration with Washington’s inability to address a range of issues on which the public is demanding action, including on fiscal and economic policy. Many scholars suggest that our political system has reached historically high levels of dysfunction and division, with political scientists in broad agreement that current levels of polarization are among the highest since the post-Civil War reconstruction period. The "Fix the System" Initiative convenes a variety of stakeholders, including political reform advocates and experts, political scientists, thought leaders, former Members of Congress, and business leaders and others, to examine the causes of our state of affairs, and what types of solutions could help change the incentives in the political system to better allow for progress on important policy issues. For more information, contact Mike Murphy, Chief of Staff, at murphy@crfb.org.

American Health Care Initiative

American Health Care: Rethinking the Challenges, Opportunities and Possibilities is a collaborative initiative between the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Concerned Actuaries Group dedicated to informing the public, policymakers, and key stakeholders regarding the fiscal and managerial challenges confronting our health care system. This effort seeks to encourage a broader and more informed discussion about why the system is costly and not working to maximum capacity.

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Budgeting for the Next Generation

Budgeting for the Next Generation reviews federal programs for children and assesses how our youth fare in the federal budget and the budget process. Papers and other products published in this series show that federal spending on children comprises a relatively small and declining share of the budget despite the needs of the population and the economic benefits of investing in future generations, as rising adult entitlements and debt service payments crowd out this spending. Future publications will also explore how changes to the budget process could improve outcomes for children. 

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Fiscal FactCheck

Fiscal FactCheck holds candidates and policymakers accountable by fact checking their statements related to fiscal matters. 

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