Congressional Newsletters

RAND Congressional newsletters and alerts highlight our research on the most relevant issues in the public policy debate. See the most recent issues below.

  • Nurses Becky Barton and Jess White help nurse Jeff Gates take off protective gear after interacting with a patient at a drive-through testing site for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, March 9, 2020, photo by Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

    RAND COVID-19 Resources

    Mar 13, 2020

    As nationwide community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) increases, policymakers are grappling with what actions are appropriate and necessary to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on communities, the economy, the nation's health, and the U.S. health care system.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin at his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 19, 2019, photo by Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters

    What Provokes Putin's Russia?

    Feb 27, 2020

    Deterring Russia without provoking it requires an understanding of what Russia considers to be redlines. A deterrent that is too heavy-handed might prompt the precise response that it sought to avoid.

  • Pandemic

    In Case You Missed It: From SARS to the Coronavirus

    Feb 18, 2020

    China's battle against the coronavirus highlights the importance of transparency and open collaboration among scientists globally. RAND's Jennifer Bouey shares some ways the United States can help China manage the pandemic.

  • Iran

    In Case You Missed It: Escalation with Iran

    Feb 13, 2020

    In response to the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran is likely to continue to take action against the United States. RAND's Ariane Tabatabai describes some of the tools Iran could use to challenge the United States.

  • An activist outside the Dutch embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, holds a banner that says not to listen to Russian propaganda, February 5, 2016, photo by Gleb Garanich/Reuters
    Military Strategy

    Competing against Russia in the Gray Zone

    Jan 30, 2020

    RAND researchers ran a series of war games to explore Russian gray zone aggression--ranging from disinformation to electoral interference to little green men--in Europe.

  • Illustration of a network, security information, and AI technology, image by  issaronow/Adobe Stock
    Homeland Security

    Countering Coercion in Cyberspace, Terrorism Prevention, Opioids at the Border, and More

    Jan 17, 2020

    RAND experts have testified and answered questions for staff on a variety of homeland security topics in recent years, including terrorism prevention, fentanyl flows into the United States, and Coast Guard workforce issues.

  • Pill bottle with pills spilled out of it, photo by Moussa81/Getty Images
    Public Health

    Health Care Issues in 2020

    Jan 14, 2020

    What are some of the health care issues at the forefront of the congressional agenda in 2020? RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including the opioid crisis, drug pricing, delivery of care, and more.

  • Opioids

    In Case You Missed It: Approaching the U.S. Opioid Crisis as an Ecosystem

    Jan 9, 2020

    RAND's Bradley Stein explains why we should approach the opioid crisis as an ecosystem instead of focusing on individual areas. He says employing a broader view of the crisis will help those confronting it better prepare for the challenges ahead.

  • A rifleman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment
    Military Compensation

    How Can Imminent Danger Pay and Hostile Fire Pay Be Improved?

    Dec 19, 2019

    RAND examined HFP and IDP and assessed whether a different approach might be more effective. While the current process is generally effective, it could be improved by allowing IDP rates to vary with the severity of threat in a location.

  • Infrastructure

    Planning and Funding Resilient Infrastructure

    Dec 18, 2019

    RAND's Debra Knopman and Sarah Weilant discuss the importance of incorporating resilience in infrastructure planning. They outline three areas where the federal government could be making a difference.

  • A patient sitting on an MRI machine talking to a medical professional, photo by laflor/Getty Images

    What are the Potential Effects of Medicare Buy-In?

    Dec 5, 2019

    Using RAND's COMPARE microsimulation model, researchers found that a Medicare buy-in proposal could offer significantly more-affordable coverage to older adults but might also lead to higher premiums for some people remaining on the individual market.

  • An Army couple reacts to local residents' posts regarding housing issues on a community Facebook group at their army base home in Fort Hood, Texas, May 16, 2019, photo by Amanda Voisard/Reuters
    Military Families

    What Are the Biggest Challenges Facing Army Families?

    Nov 21, 2019

    RAND surveyed more than 8,500 Army spouses on common military service challenges and their solutions. The analysis found that spouses most frequently rate work-life balance, military practices and culture, and their own well-being as their top problem areas.