Continuity of Government

  • The Municipal Government Building of San Juan, Puerto Rico, built in the colonial style, photo by demerzel21/Getty Images


    Municipalities on the Front Lines of Puerto Rico's Recovery

    How did Hurricanes Irma and Maria affect Puerto Rico's municipalities in terms of their ability to govern, deliver services, and recover from the damage they incurred? An assessment answers this question and suggests courses of action to address damage and improve municipal capacity.

    Sep 30, 2020

  • A sign hangs on a door stating that it does not need to be cleaned, in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2020, photo by Alexander Drago/Reuters


    During Coronavirus Pandemic, Can Congress Members Do Their Jobs by Teleworking?

    The COVID-19 pandemic presents a new challenge to how Congress conducts business. How can the United States leverage existing technologies so lawmakers can continue to work safely and securely?

    Apr 6, 2020

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    Can the Intelligence Community Work from Home?

    Remote-work programs for U.S. intelligence agencies have several advantages, including flexibility during a pandemic or other crisis. What policy, legal, technology, security, financial, and cultural issues need to be considered when making this shift?

    Apr 23, 2018

  • Dad works from home, holding baby on his lap


    How Can Government Agencies Benefit When Employees Engage in Telework?

    A review of telework practices in government agencies finds similarities across successful telework programs regarding compliance with federal and organizational policies, technological accommodations, return on investment, performance management tools, and training.

    Apr 23, 2018

  • People fleeing violence in ISIS-controlled al-Bab, Syria arrive in the town's rebel-held outskirts, February 3, 2017


    Finding a Way Forward in Syria

    After six years of fighting in Syria, the odds of removing the Assad regime are worse than ever. But the new U.S. administration could help de-escalate the conflict by focusing on a realistic outcome: a decentralized Syria with agreed regional zones backed by external powers.

    Feb 8, 2017

  • Children hold up letters spelling the word 'peace' during a day of activities and prayers at the Zaitoune historic church in old Damascus, Syria, June 1, 2016


    Decentralization of Governance Could Help Syria

    With the international community trying to bring peace to Syria, decentralization of governance could be part of the solution. Devolution of authority to localities could help lower the stakes of the conflict and provide security to Syrians who have lost trust in the state.

    Jun 7, 2016

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    Eric V. Larson

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. and M.Phil. in policy analysis, RAND Graduate School; A.B. in political science, University of Michigan

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