Domestic Policy Council

DPC Blog

  • Posted by Howard Shelanski and Maurice Obstfeld on July 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    By now, just about everyone accepts that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are warming our planet and changing our climate in harmful ways. With growing frequency we see headlines about extreme weather events such as heat waves, polar melting, severe drought, and violent storms—a dangerous mix whose costs for our economy and environment will only grow over time. Transitioning to a lower carbon economy is an essential step toward reducing these costs. The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a tool that helps Federal agencies decide which carbon-reducing regulatory approaches make the most sense—to know which come at too great a cost and which are a good deal for society.



  • Posted by Brian Deese and Dan Utech on July 2, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    The Obama Administration today took decisive action on climate change by curbing the use of the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)



  • Posted by Max Sgro on July 1, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Today, the President will be speaking in Nashville, Tennessee to talk about the ways health care reform is continuing to help millions of Americans. On his way over, he picked up Kelly Bryant to thank her for the letter she wrote him about the Affordable Care Act and to hear directly from her about how it changed her life.



  • Posted by Tanya Somanader on July 1, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    See the original letter that Natoma wrote and the President carried with him during the fight for health care reform.



  • Posted by Ali Zaidi on July 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Climate action makes fiscal and economic sense, and that is why we are taking new steps to code it into the DNA of how we do business at OMB. Each year, OMB issues a revised Circular A-11. For the entire Executive Branch, the Circular provides the latest guidance and technical instruction on how to prepare, submit, and execute the Budget. Agencies are asked to submit budget requests that reflect the priorities of the Administration, including improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government and returning the highest value to the American taxpayer. To that end, for the first time, the Circular includes an explicit requirement for the entire Executive Branch to ensure that funding requests in support of Federal facilities align with the Administration’s climate preparedness and resilience goals.



  • Posted by Secretary Tom Vilsack on July 1, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Industry estimates suggest that local food sales in America have nearly doubled in recent years, jumping from $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014. We’ve invested more than $800 million in 29,100 local and regional food businesses and infrastructure projects over the past six years to help farmers, ranchers and rural businesses tap into that market.



  • Posted by John Bisognano on June 30, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    In honor of Immigration Heritage Month, John Bisognano shares the story of how his great-grandparents, from Italy and Ireland, found the courage to immigrate to the United States.



  • Posted by David Edelman on June 29, 2015 at 3:28 PM


  • Posted by Fatima Noor on June 29, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Fatima Noor shares her immigrant story, from her childhood in Somalia to her life in the American South, in honor of Immigrant Heritage Month.



  • In this week's address, the President called the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act a victory for hardworking Americans, whose lives are more secure because of the passage of the ACA.