Latest Posts from New America Blogs

Recent posts from all the blogs on can be found below. A full listing of all the blogs to which New America fellows and scholars regularly contribute can be found here.

NASFAA Consumer Information Task Force Report

August 22, 2014
A recent report from The National Association of Student Financial aid Administrators (NASFAA) argues that consumer information requirements for postsecondary institutions could be enhanced, streamlined or eliminated to limit regulatory burden on institutional officials. The report details 15 recommendations ranging from improving the Department of Education’s College Navigator to repealing the ban on the federal-level student unit record system.

Among the report’s other recommendations:

Asset Building News Week, August 18-22

August 22, 2014
Publication Image The Asset Building News Week is a weekly Friday feature on The Ladder, the Asset Building Program blog, designed to help readers keep up with news and developments in the asset building field. This week's topics include inequality, food security, savings, and employment.

Guest Post: How Much Would You Spend to Save $19 Million a Year?

August 21, 2014
Publication Image Editor's note: This op-ed was originally published in the San Jose Mercury News and is co-authored by Paul Tepper, Executive Director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and Paulina Gonzalez, Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition.

California loses about $19 million a year from its public assistance programs to a surprising cost: ATM fees.
California's public assistance program, known as CalWORKs, provides job counseling, childcare, housing services, and modest cash grants to families with children. In fact, the average grant for one parent with two children is only $463 a month.

OTI Urges FTC to Address Effects of Big Data Technologies on Underserved Communities

August 20, 2014

Last week, New America’s Open Technology Institute urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to confront the challenges of determining the effects of big data technologies on underserved communities.

OTI submits Reply Comments in latest round of Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service proceeding

August 19, 2014

On Friday OTI joined with Public Knowledge, Common Cause, and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in submitting reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the effort to establish a Citizen’s Broadband Radio Service in the 3.5 GHz band of spectrum.