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This website was developed by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  The site and the fiscal future social media communities launched by Public Agenda are online supplements to the report developed by a joint committee of the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences, which was also supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

The report – Choosing the Nation’s Fiscal Future – is the culmination of two years of effort by the NAPA/NRC Committee on the Fiscal Future of the United States.  Comprised of experts who represent a diversity of disciplines, a wealth of experience, and a wide range of political and policy views, the Committee members volunteered their time to produce an extraordinary body of work. (For a complete list of Committee members, click here.)

The report not only lays out the consequences of inaction, but also shows a variety of paths toward a sustainable fiscal future for America.  In addition, it provides a set of practical tests that can be applied to assess the fiscal prudence of federal budget proposals.

The National Academy of Public Administration

The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-profit, non-partisan organization of top public management and organizational leaders that is trusted across government to provide objective advice, solve complex management problems, and help address the nation’s toughest challenges.  Founded in 1967 and chartered by Congress, the National Academy’s network of over 600 elected Fellows continue to make a positive impact by helping federal, state and local governments respond effectively to current circumstances and changing conditions.  www.napawash.org

The National Research Council

The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community of science and technology with the Academy’s purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government. Functioning in accordance with general policies determined by the Academy, the Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine.  www.national-academies.org

Public Agenda

Public Agenda, an innovative public opinion research and public engagement organization, works to strengthen our democracy’s capacity to tackle tough public policy issues.  Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded in 1975, to re-engage the public on important public matters, to allow different groups to be heard and work together on solutions. http://www.publicagenda.org

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest independent foundations.  Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media. http://www.macfound.org