Cutting Spending the BRAC Way

Jul 21, 2010Jul 22, 2010
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338.

Event Speakers

Jerry Brito

Former Senior Research Fellow

Federal spending, debt, and deficits are at record highs. Both parties acknowledge the need for spending cuts. However, reform is easier said than done. Independent commissions are often suggested as a way to tackle such intractable political problems, but not all commissions are the same. The Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC) commission of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s proved an exemplary solution to such public choice problems.

In the 1980’s, we faced a similar deficit, debt, and spending problem. What lessons can we learn from BRAC? What made it special? What made it successful? Can those lessons be implemented to curb spending now?

Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Jerry Brito looks at the roots of the Base Realignment and Closing commissions’ success, and what lessons today’s commission proposals could learn from this success story.

This course is free of charge, and open to all full-time Agency and Congressional staff. Breakfast will be served. Due to space constraints, please no interns without prior approval.