Broad coalition urges House appropriators to raise staff compensation

March 6, 2020
March 4, 2020 Hon. Nita Lowey, ChairwomanU.S. House Committee on AppropriationsThe Capitol, Room H-307Washington, D.C. 20515 Hon. Kay Granger, Ranking MemberU.S. House Committee on AppropriationsThe Capitol, Room H-307Washington, D.C. 20515 Hon. Tim… Read More

ICYMI: Higher pay possible for House employees

February 6, 2020
Source: e-Dear Colleague letter of January 27, 2020 Revised Maximum Rate of Pay for Employees in Member, Committee, Leadership, and House Support Offices Sending Office: Chief Administrative Officer of the… Read More

House staffing in four charts

February 5, 2020
Source: Kevin R. Kosar, Testimony before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, January 14, 2020. Read More

APSA congressional reform task force report

January 21, 2020
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Hearing on growing government, diminishing congressional capacity, and strengthening Congress

January 15, 2020
The Select Committee on the modernization of Congress held a hearing yesterday. The topic was “restoring capacity and equipping Congress to better serve the American people.” Posted below… Read More

Losing staff can make you a less effective lawmaker

November 13, 2019
The modern Congress is, in many ways, held together by a cadre of talented, but under-resourced, professionals. As the lawmaking environment continues to grow more complex, congressional offices… Read More

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about educational pipelines to Capitol Hill

November 4, 2019
Paths from college to the Capitol for every DC-based congressional staffer. What schools produce the most staffers on Capitol Hill? Do certain colleges or universities have established pipelines to the… Read More

Memo: Staff recruitment, retention, compensation and benefits; and chair term limits

October 16, 2019
To:                  The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From:              Alan E. Wiseman, Co-Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking, Vanderbilt University; Craig Volden, Co-Director, Center for Effective Lawmaking, University of… Read More

Shared employees in the U.S. House: Who are they, and what do they do?

October 9, 2019
Members of the House are permitted to have 18 permanent employees and 4 additional employees–including interns, part-time employees, shared employees, temporary employees, and employees on leave without pay… Read More

Adding capacity to House member offices: Who, what, how?

October 8, 2019
Congressional reformers frequently urge the House of Representatives to expand its capacity by expanding its staff, which has consistently shrunk over the last three decades. Often reformers are… Read More