Online public consultation puts citizens in their elected officials’ shoes by simulating the process they go through in making policy decisions – getting briefed, hearing arguments, coming to decisions – using an online instrument called a “policymaking simulation.” VOP has worked with the Program for Public Consultation to develop simulations on the following issues, give one a try!

Energy, Air Quality and Climate

This policymaking simulation offers briefings on policy options surrounding the issues of air quality, climate and clean power. Hear the pro and con arguments on specific issues, including reducing greenhouse gases, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Clean Power Plan, fuel efficiency regulations and tax incentives to encourage efficiency, and weigh in on what you think Congress should do. 

The Defense Budget

The Program for Public Consultation developed a policymaking simulation that provides a briefing on the defense budget from diverse perspectives, along with arguments for and against cutting spending levels by category. Working online, you can go through this exercise and specify your preferred level in each area, and make your own defense budget.

The Federal Budget

How would you reshape the U.S. Federal Budget? Try this policymaking simulation and learn about the tough decisions on revenues and spending that are facing Congress as they determine the FY2017 Budget.

Postal Service Reform

It may not sound glamorous, but postal reform has serious fiscal implications for the federal government, and is an issue that has Democrats and Republicans in Congress at loggerheads.  See if you can fix the problem in our simulation.

Social Security Reform

Go through our policymaking simulation on Social Security Reform to learn about the issue, hear pro and con arguments, and then decide which reforms you want Congress to adopt. If you wish, you can share what you learn with your representatives in Congress.

The Iran Nuclear Deal

As the deal with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program was being debated on Capitol Hill, this Citizen Cabinet survey asked the American public to weigh in on what they thought Congress should do. Get a short briefing on the deal, learn about the options that Congress was considering, hear the arguments pro and con, then make your recommendation.