Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, October 22, 2010

Steuerle invites readers to subscribe to public policy column

Eugene Steurele at podium. La Follette School photo by Bob Rashid taken November 3, 2006

Eugene Steuerle gives a presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management research conference in Madison.

Alum Eugene Steuerle encourages La Follette School alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff to subscribe to his public policy column, "The Government We Deserve," published by the Urban Institute, where Steuerle is Richard B. Fisher chair and institute fellow. The commentaries focus on the most pressing social and economic issues facing the United States.

Steuerle earned a master's degree in public policy and administration in 1972 from the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, a La Follette School predecessor. He continued his graduate studies in economics and earned a doctorate in 1975 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

His past positions include serving as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax analysis (1987-1989), president of the National Tax Association (2001-2002), chair of the 1999 technical panel advising Social Security on its methods and assumptions, economic coordinator and original organizer of the 1984 Treasury study that led to the Tax Reform Act of 1986, president of the National Economists Club Educational Foundation, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, federal executive fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for the Financial Times.

Steuerle is the author, co-author or co-editor of 15 books and close to 1,000 articles, briefs and congressional testimonies. Books include Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy (2nd edition), Retooling Social Security for the 21st Century and Nonprofits and Government. He serves or has served on advisory panels or boards for the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Independent Sector, the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and the Partnership for America's Economic Success. He is also a co-founder and vice-chair of Act for Alexandria, a community foundation in Alexandria, VA.

Among other accolades, former top Treasury and White House officials wrote that 1986 tax reform "would not have moved forward without [Steuerle's] early leadership" and "few people have had greater impact on major changes in the tax law and the principal improvements in tax compliance and administration." His honors include the outstanding alumnus awards from his college and high school and the first Bruce Davie-Albert Davis Public Service Award from the National Tax Association in 2005.