Sens. Portman and Durbin introduce bill to permit remote voting in the Senate

March 19, 2020
From a press release: “Today [March 19, 2020] , U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bipartisan resolution to amend the Standing Rules of the… Read More

Remote voting by Congress? Not so fast.

March 16, 2020
Amid a growing pandemic where social interaction could threaten health, many questions have been raised about the continuity of operations on Capitol Hill. Not for the first time, remote… Read More

Why the House needs a new technology working group

February 27, 2020
“The time has come to use advanced electronic data processing techniques in the legislative processes of Congress.” – Rep. Jack Brooks (D, TX), 1969. The House of Representatives cannot… Read More

APSA congressional reform task force report

January 21, 2020
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Why taxpayers should support expanding the GAO

January 8, 2020
Congress approved $1.4 trillion in new spending last week to avoid another government shutdown over the holidays. Taxpayers are right to be wary whenever Congress pulls out its checkbook. Read More

New TechCongress fellows are coming

December 30, 2019
Six new Congressional Innovation Fellows have been selected, and will head to Capitol Hill in 2020. You can learn more about them here. Read More

Time to reeducate Congress about science and technology

December 16, 2019
Brookhaven National Laboratory. Source. BNL.gov Political momentum is building to revive the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), a congressional agency that once provided lawmakers with nonpartisan technical expertise. Presidential… Read More

Today: Hearing on “Experts needed: Options for improved science and technology advice for Congress”

December 5, 2019
Thomas Dolby, “She blinded me with science,” 1982. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology 2318 Rayburn 10am: The LiveStream is at https://science.house.gov/hearings/experts-needed-options-for-improved-science-and-technology-advice-for-congress Witnesses: The… Read More

Video: Time for an upgrade: Getting better tech for Congress

October 18, 2019
Congress and modern technology: These two terms aren’t often paired together, let alone considered compatible. Although technology has the capability to enhance the First Branch’s abilities—from legislative empowerment to… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congress, Technology, and Innovation

October 2, 2019
To: The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From: Claire Abernathy, Stockton University; Kevin Esterling, University of California, Riverside; and Marci Harris, POPVOX Reform: Congress, Technology, and Innovation A Report… Read More