Staff perspectives on the state of constituent correspondence in the U.S. Congress

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December 19, 2018
Recent investigations provide some of the first examinations of the systemic flow of telephone, email, fax, and social media correspondence through Members’ offices. These investigations find little evidence… Read More

ICYMI: Rebuilding a technology assessment office in Congress: Frequently asked questions

October 1, 2018
Congress is not known for being particularly tech savvy. This reputation comes in part from its quaint anachronisms, such as prominent Members’ desire to eschew email and smartphones,… Read More

Managing constituent correspondence: Implications for congressional learning and citizen advocacy

July 25, 2018
By Claire Abernathy Constituents contact their elected officials in Washington to express their views on policy, and these incoming contacts represent a potentially useful resource for congressional offices to… Read More

Technology assessment: Can the GAO fulfill the OTA’s mission?

April 20, 2018
To those who have paid attention to recent technology policy debates in Congress, such as the recent hearings with Mark Zuckerberg, it is obvious that the technology expertise gap… Read More

Bring in the nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment

January 27, 2018
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Bipartisan Hack-a-Thon Scheduled for November 30

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November 14, 2017
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer invite you to a hack-a-thon! The event will bring together a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, Congressional staff,… Read More

House Clerk to Unveil New, Improved Website

July 7, 2017
The House’s Clerk is soon to unveil a handsome new website with features including: Live House floor video; Daily legislative activity (floor summary, bills, votes, and committee meetings); and… Read More

OPEN Government Data Act Moves to Senate Floor After Markup

May 22, 2017
Legislation requiring federal agencies to publish their data online in a searchable, nonproprietary, machine-readable format has been cleared for the Senate following a May 17 markup by the Senate… Read More

Three Years In, What Does the DATA Act Tell Us About Agency Spending?

May 14, 2017
Trying to figure out exactly how much money the federal government spends long has been an exercise in futility for those few brave souls who endeavor to try it. Read More

House Legislative Branch Appropriations Open Hearing, May 3, 2017

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May 3, 2017
To its great credit, the House’s legislative branch appropriations subcommittee held an open hearing where anyone with an interest in legislative branch spending could have their say. This is… Read More