ICYMI: Zoom web conferencing platform available for House offices

August 7, 2020
Sending Office: Chief Administrative Officer of the HouseSent By: [email protected] Dear Colleague, Effective Monday, July 27, the Zoom for Government Web Conferencing platform will be available for Member, Committee, and… Read More

Want to be an innovation fellow for Congress?

August 4, 2020
TechCongress is building its next class of paid fellows. Hurry—there is less than 3 weeks to apply! See https://www.techcongress.io/congressional-innovation-fellows for details and instructions. Read More

As Congress moves hearings online, it needs to ensure access for all

July 15, 2020
On one Wednesday in early June, the U.S. House of Representatives held four remote committee hearings covering topics from voting to emergency preparedness. For many working in the field of… Read More

Congressional modernization jump-started by COVID-19

July 14, 2020
The chaos surrounding Congress’s switch to remote work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare weaknesses of Congress’s technical procedures and infrastructure, from its inability to hold hearings by… Read More

House of Representatives authorizes electronic submission of committee reports

May 26, 2020
The House of Representatives took another step toward adjusting its operations to the COVID-19 reality. This past week, the Clerk’s office authorized electronic submission of committee reports. Previously, committees… Read More

Podcast: Congress’s institutional limitations in responding to the coronavirus

May 14, 2020
Margaret Taylor sat down with Tony Mills, director of science policy at the R Street Institute, to talk about an article he recently wrote with Robert Cook-Deegan titled, “… Read More

Civil society groups to Congress: You need a plan.

May 13, 2020
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leaders McConnell, Schumer, and McCarthy: We write to express our deep concern over the lack of a clear and transparent plan for maintaining congressional operations during… Read More

Five new recommendations for virtual congressional hearings

May 11, 2020
While much of the country has already figured out how to conduct business remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress is moving slowly and erratically to implement plans for how it… Read More

New CRS report offers an authoritative review of the current debate over OTA

May 8, 2020
The report looks at the pros and cons of five different approaches Congress could take: Reestablish OTA Without Changes to Its StatuteReestablish OTA with Changes to Its StatuteCharge an Existing… Read More

Where’s Congress? Don’t Just Blame Trump for the Coronavirus Catastrophe

April 21, 2020
How in the world did it happen? The United States has the highest rating in the world on the Global Health Security Index, which assesses prevention, capacity for detection, preparedness… Read More