The Peterson-Pew Commission report, Getting Back in the Black, details major revisions, concentrating on three primary areas of improvement, called the “Three Ts”: creating fiscal targets; establishing automatic budgetary triggers; and increasing transparency of budgetary information and procedures.
The Commission supports enacting budget limits that would be automatically enforced through broad spending cuts and tax increases—if policy makers fail to make necessary legislative changes. Specifically, the Commission recommends that Congress and the President:
In January 2011, Philip G. Joyce, Professor of Management, Finance and Leadership at the University of Maryland, wrote Strengthening the Budget Committees: Institutional Reforms to Promote Fiscally Responsible Budgeting in Congress. This paper was commissioned to provide additional analysis on one of the issues raised by the Peterson-Pew Commission. In particular, it reviews an option for changing the structure of the congressional budget committees.
In March 2011, Paul Posner, Professor and Director of the Public Administration Program at George Mason University, wrote Will it Take a Crisis? This paper acknowledges that there is significant risk of a financial crisis, but questions whether it is a pre-ordained outcome based on the historical and international evidence that shows the United States' policy process has more capacity to act before a crisis than many people commonly recognize.