Images: The “unit tabulator”

The “unit tabulator”: reading 58 stats from 150 cards in a minute, from 1939.

Images: The $3,000,000 map

A new series here at PMR: images from the archives. I’m a fan of images of governments, employees, and others working to improve society. I’ll link to some of those images occasionally. Here’s a 1937 image of the $3,000,000 map.

“Informationally imperfect agencies”

That’s the topic of a new paper by Gary Hollibaugh, now out on JPART Advance Access: Much of the bureaucratic literature suggests that, when staffing the bureaucracy, executives want agents who are both responsive to their political needs and possess…

CFP: The Science of Delivery, December 9-12, 2014. Hong Kong

Many countries are trying to understand why the policies put in place to reduce poverty and build shared prosperity are not leading to the results they want. The tensions we see in countries such as Greece, Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil,…

Math errors on tax returns at an all-time low

Says TRAC:

Sustainable governance indicators – new data release

New data release from the SGI project: Last week, the Bertelsmann Foundation, one of Germany’s leading independent think tanks, released the third edition of its “Sustainable Governance Indicators” ( The SGI 2014 is a cross-national survey of 41 OECD and…

Gender pay inequality in the federal government

The new OPM report says: there has been a large reduction in Clerical employees and a large increase in Administrative employees. The percentage of females in Professional jobs increased significantly. In terms of education level, the percentage of employees and…


CALL FOR PAPERS: THE INTERSECTION OF BREAKING BAD AND THE LAW Breaking Bad is generally considered one of the greatest dramatic series in television history. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad follows Walter White’s progression from a humble high…

Corruption in your state

From Public Integrity, et al. We’re 50th!

What’s “urgent”? Does it matter?

For fiscal years 2010 through 2012, obligations reported under urgent noncompetitive contracts ranged from less than 1 percent to about 12 percent of all noncompetitive contract obligations. During that time, DOD obligated $12.5 billion noncompetitively to procure goods and services…