Dear CBG Faculty, Staff, Fellows, and Friends,
the first semester draws to a close, I want to share with you some recent developments
Dean David Ellwood has announced the establishment
of the Hefner China Fund to support the work of CBG's China Public Policy Program.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hefner III are generously providing $1 million to expand
and enhance the School's China-related initiatives, under the direction of the
Program's Faculty Chair, Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs.
The Hefner China Fund will help China meet its public policy challenges through
a combination of research and training.
Chair of CBG's Regulatory Policy Program, led an effort to bring together more
than fifty of the nation's leading scholars of regulation behind recommendations
on the design of a new regulatory information system that the Bush Administration
is developing. The system will for the first time make all public information
pertaining to government regulation available via the Internet. The recommendations
advanced by Coglianese seek to ensure a high level of quality of the information
stored in the new system, while stressing the need for effective search and downloading
capabilities. The American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and
Regulatory Practice recently endorsed the recommendations, and one of the key
administration officials developing the new system responded that "it was
particularly helpful to us to have recommendations obviously backed by so much
knowledge, research, and intelligence about how the government, and rulemaking
in particular, actually operates."
see Professor Coglianese's recommendations, click here.
December 13, the Regulatory Policy Program hosted a dinner with Peter Fisher,
Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc. and former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance
at the U.S. Treasury. Fisher spoke on "Financial Challenges for the Next
Four Years," commenting on a range of changing economic conditions affecting
public and private investments. He highlighted the importance of policies for
both the public and private sector that would encourage greater savings and investment
in the future.
The Corporate Social Responsibility
Initiative recently wrapped up its Socially Responsible Investment Week. On December
7, Amy Domini of Domini Social Investments and CBG Senior Fellow Simon Zadek of
AccountAbility discussed key trends and future directions in socially responsible
investing. On December 9, Kennedy School Lecturer in Public Policy Henry Lee and
Mindy Lubber, Executive Director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible
Economies, hosted a question-and-answer session on the risks and opportunities
that climate change poses to the financial sector.
please join me in welcoming Scott Leland to the CBG team as our new Associate
Director for Strategy, Finance, and Program Development. In this position, Scott
supports the Center's research programs, general administration, and strategic
planning. He also backstops KSG's largest research project, the CBG public finance
reform project in Ethiopia. Scott comes to us from KSG's Center for International
Development, where he worked as Administrative Director. Scott is a graduate of
Stanford University and has an MPP from the Kennedy School. We are very pleased
to have him on board.
I wish you all a very happy
holiday and a happy new year.
Frank and Denie Weil Director, Center
for Business and Government
Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs