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PBPL 5 Introduction to Public Policy

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Visits PBPL 5 Class

On Monday, February 19, 2018, former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), visited Professor Shaiko's Public Policy 5 Class. 

Senator Ayotte, the 2018 Perkins Bass Distinguished Visitor at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, spoke to the class of approximately 100 students about how experiences working with her colleagues in the Senate to adopt more evidence-based processes of selecting and evaluating new and ongoing government programs.

Senator Ayotte highlighted her contribution to a book that is being read by PBPL 5 student this term—Moneyball for Government—edited by former Congressman and former OMB Director under President George W. Bush, Jim Nussle,+ and former OMB director under President Obama, Peter Orszag. In the book, Senator Ayotte joined Senator Mark Warner, (D-VA) in writing a chapter about their views on performance/evidence-based policymaking. 

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Visits PBPL 5: Intro to Public Policy Class

On Friday morning, January 29, 2016, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) visited the Public Policy 5 class of Professor Ron Shaiko at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center.  Senator Ayotte spoke to the class of approximately 100 students about how she is working with her colleagues in the Senate to adopt more evidence-based processes of selecting and evaluating new and ongoing government programs.

Senator Ayotte presented several examples in which the federal government programs that are either duplicative or are not based on any measureable metrics to judge the success or failure of such programs.  She pointed out that an Afghanistan Economic Development Task Force was provided with an $800 million budget by Congress to create sustainable economic growth opportunities for the Afghan people. In the end, the limited programming that did result from the programming neither served to produce sustained economic growth nor to engage the Afghan people in such programs. 

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