Government Accountability Project

Government Accountability Project

The Government Accountability Project conducts research and develops tools to improve the transparency of decision-making and the quality of information used to allocate resources, to improve public sector accountability.


Timothy P. Roth, Adam C. Smith | Dec 20, 2012
The collapse of the federal budget process and the decline in trust in government threaten the stability of the self-governing republic that we inherited from our nation’s founders. Informed by their moral and political philosophy, we suggest an approach to reforming the budget process aimed at reclaiming that institutional trust. We argue that budget process reform must be animated by two related ideas: First, that post-constitutional statutory law must be impartial, and second, that both citizens and their elected representatives have a right to participate in, and to influence, the political process.
Veronique de Rugy, David Bieler | Jun 02, 2010
After a seven-year hiatus, the statutory "pay-as-you-go" (PAYGO) federal spending rule is once again the law of the land. Numerous policy makers have touted its benefits while emphasizing their…
Veronique de Rugy, Stefanie Haeffele-Balch | Jun 02, 2010
In May 2009, the federal government forced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford to take his state's share of federal stimulus funds and spend the money on new programs rather than on paying down debt.
Jerry Brito, Andrew Perraut | Jun 2010
Senior Research Fellow Jerry Brito and Andrew Perraut discuss the importance of mandatory transparency to improve performance in the public…
Jerry Ellig | May 27, 2010
This paper summarizes lessons learned from a ten-year research project that evaluated the quality of annual performance reports produced under GPRA by the 24 U.S. federal agencies that account for…
Maurice P. McTigue, Daniel M. Rothschild | May 18, 2010
This paper presents a toolkit of seven ideas and procedures for state policy makers to evaluate budget shortfalls and find opportunities for reform. Drawing on domestic and international experiences,…

Testimony & Comments

Lawrence H. White | Sep 11, 2013
Lawrence H. White's testimony to the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade House Committee on Financial Services.
Jerry Brito | Mar 20, 2009
Senior Research Fellow Jerry Brito presents his ideas on transparency in the stimulus bill in this testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government…
Maurice P. McTigue | Jun 26, 2008
In his testimony before Congress, Maurice McTigue proposed five specific items that Congress could work on right now to improve the nation's fiscal…
Jerry Brito | Jun 23, 2008
Last year, the FCC attempted to create a national public safety broadband network. It assigned to a nonprofit licensee 12 MHz of public safety spectrum in the 700 MHz band, and held an auction for…
Mark Adams | Jun 12, 2008
This public interest comment to the Department of Homeland Security by Mercatus Graduate Fellow Mark Adams reccomends specific inclusions be made to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) final rule.
Maurice P. McTigue | Nov 28, 2007

Speeches & Presentations


Veronique de Rugy | Jan 04, 2010
Research from Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Veronique de Rugy tracks the path of stimulus spending and unemployment throughout 2009.


Jerry Brito was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and director of its Technology Policy Program. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at George Mason University. His research focuses on technology and Internet policy, copyright, and the regulatory process.
Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Her primary research interests include the U.S. economy, the federal budget, homeland security, taxation, tax competition, and financial privacy. Her popular weekly charts, published by the Mercatus Center, address economic issues ranging from lessons on creating sustainable economic growth to the implications of government tax and fiscal policies. She has testified numerous times in front of Congress on the effects of fiscal stimulus, debt and deficits, and regulation on the economy.
Jerry Ellig is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and a former Assistant Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
The Honorable Maurice McTigue, QSO, is Vice President for Outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
Eileen Norcross is a senior research fellow and director for the State and Local Policy Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.


Jerry Brito | March 17, 2010
Mercatus Senior Research Fellow Jerry Brito discusses on Federal News Tonight.


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