Maurice P. McTigue

Maurice P. McTigue

  • Vice President, Outreach

The Honorable Maurice McTigue, QSO, is Vice President for Outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is director of the Mercatus Center’s Government Accountability Project and a member of its Spending and Budget Initiative and State and Local Policy Project.

McTigue has testified on Capitol Hill and published articles in many major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, US News & World Report, and the Chicago Tribune.

McTigue advised the Office of Management and Budget and most federal agencies in the Clinton and Bush administrations on issues of accountability and transparency and has consulted with legislators and governors in more than 30 states. McTigue was a special advisor to Louisiana’s Commission on Streamlining Government and was named to Virginia governor Bob McDonnell’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring.

A former cabinet minister and member of parliament in his native New Zealand, McTigue was one of the architects of the “New Zealand miracle,” which dramatically reformed the country’s government and economy by implementing market-driven, progrowth policies. He later became New Zealand’s ambassador to Canada and received the prestigious Queen’s Service Order in recognition of his public service from Queen Elizabeth II.

Published Research

Maurice P. McTigue, Daniel M. Rothschild | Mar 04, 2011
In this article, Daniel Rothschild and Maurice McTigue discuss what factors lead to successful government streamlining commissions.
Henry Wray, Jerry Ellig, Maurice P. McTigue | May 05, 2009
This Scorecard ranks the quality of disclosure of the Performance and Accountability Reports of the 24 agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act. Our research team looks at criteria in three areas.
Henry Wray, Jerry Ellig, Maurice P. McTigue | May 13, 2008
This Scorecard ranks the quality of disclosure of the Performance and Accountability Reports of the 24 agencies covered by the Chief Financial Officers Act. Our research team looks at criteria in three areas.
Maurice P. McTigue | Nov 28, 2007
The State Scorecard Evaluation for Louisiana scores how well, before November 2007,  the state of Louisiana informs the public with regard to transparency and…

Working Papers

Policy Briefs

Testimony & Comments

Maurice P. McTigue | Jul 08, 2016
Chairman Meadows and Ranking Member Connolly: I am honored to have been invited to testify before you on the process of competitive sourcing as an initiative in government purchases of goods and services. I am a vice president at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where my work over the past 15 years has focused on mechanisms that would improve the quality of governance in America. Before joining Mercatus, I served as an elected member of the New Zealand Parliament and a member of the Cabinet of New Zealand and was later appointed New Zealand’s ambassador to Canada and the Caribbean. New Zealand implemented a series of reforms to budget procedures when I served as a legislator, and Canada made major changes to its budget processes during my tenure there. My comments today will draw on my research, these experiences, and on research that we have done at the Mercatus Center on budget procedures throughout the United States.
Maurice P. McTigue | Jul 06, 2016
My view on a successful reform strategy is to first create a concept of what this activity would look like in a perfect world. Once you are satisfied that you have identified what the very best new systems and procedures would look like, it is necessary to identify what it is possible to get done. You will then know what has been traded off to produce a solution that is doable. It is also possible to design today’s reform in such a way that it does not eliminate future desirable reforms that would cumulatively improve the process.
Maurice P. McTigue | Apr 12, 2016
Today I will comment on “wasteful and duplicative spending,” and discuss how better, more transparent budget processes are the first step, but not the solution, to controlling such spending. I would like to make three main points. First, changing the focus to the desired outcomes in the budget process is essential to controlling duplicative spending. Second, comparing the results of all activities that impact the same outcome is critical in allocating resources to the most effective activities and maximizing outcome achievement. And third, budget procedures matter when it comes to controlling spending, based on evidence from state governments and overseas.
Maurice P. McTigue | Oct 20, 2011
Maurice McTigue testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs on ways FEMA can become more effective and efficient in reacting to disasters.

Research Summaries & Toolkits

Speeches & Presentations

Maurice P. McTigue, Jerry Brito | Aug 30, 2008
At the 2008 American Legislative Exchange Council, Maurice McTigue and Jerry Brito presented their research on transparency and accountability to state legislators.
Maurice P. McTigue | Jul 29, 2008
Are accountability and transparency public goods? Maurice McTigue addresses this possibility in his PowerPoint presentation to the Association of Government Accountants.
Maurice P. McTigue | Feb 08, 2008
Maurice McTigue speaks to the World Trade Center in New Orleans regarding transparency in government, and its importance in assuring sustainable economic and social development.
Maurice P. McTigue | Jul 24, 2007
McTigue challenges conventional notions that state personnel executives should focus primarily upon screening applicants for the current labor market and instead offers a challenge to focus their efforts on ensuring state governments will have the future capability and assets necessary to effectively and and competently address the state government's duties.

Media Clippings

Expert Commentary

Jul 28, 2016

The labor market is just that—a market—where we as individuals trade our skills and time for remuneration. As a market, it is a sensitive self-balancing mechanism of incredible complexity responding to millions of actions taken around the world by millions of participants. Artificially interfering in the sensitive balance of this mechanism will create undesirable outcomes.
Sep 01, 2015

How serious was the default by Puerto Rico on its bond obligation? As a member of parliament and associate minister of finance during the recovery in New Zealand during the mid-1980s when the commonwealth almost went bankrupt, I have firsthand knowledge of how difficult recovery is — but I also know that it is possible.
Jun 23, 2014

Simple tweaks to Indiana’s tax system will be insufficient to attract leading firms and spur the success of those at home; reforms must be part of a well-planned growth strategy. If the Hoosier State wants to position itself as a global competitor, its leaders must approve a comprehensive plan that lightens the tax burden on citizens and businesses in a way that allows government to serve the people by performing its core functions.
Jun 17, 2014

See which books Mercatus scholars and staff are reading this summer that look forward on important issues in economics and public policy.


Maurice P. McTigue



Maurice P. McTigue | August 17, 2015
Puerto Rico Recently defaulted on its debt obligations. Maurice McTigue analyzes the situation for the Mike Schikman Show on WSVA in Virginia.
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