One way to modernize Congress is a throwback

October 14, 2020
Paul Kane, senior congressional correspondent and columnist for the Washington Post, writes about the last set of recommendations by the Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress and how… Read More

Podcast: Megan Reiss, National Security Policy Advisor for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah)

October 5, 2020
Megan Reiss is national security policy advisor for Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, and she joined the Why Public Service? podcast to talk about her work. She previously was… Read More

Members of Congress are specializing less often. That makes them less effective.

September 28, 2020
In a new op-ed for the Washington Post, Craig Volden and Alan Wiseman make the case that Congress needs more expertise – and explain how to encourage changing that… Read More

A new coalition to build a Congress that looks like America

September 25, 2020
Laura Maristany, the associate director of Democracy Fund’s Governance Program, shares key lessons from her own experience striving to reach senior-level positions on Capitol Hill, as well as from… Read More

How important is expertise and experience in Congress?

September 23, 2020
From Politics in Question, a podcast by Julia Azari (Marquette University), Lee Drutman (New America), and James Wallner (R Street Institute): This episode Alexander C. Furnas joins Julia, Lee,… Read More

New report: Congressional Brain Drain

September 17, 2020
A new report from New America by Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira examines legislative capacity in the 21st century. Executive Summary This research report comprehensively investigates congressional capacity… Read More

What are House staffers doing during the pandemic?

June 11, 2020
RollCall’s Katherine Tully-McManus writes: House members on both sides of the aisle responded with disbelief when asked by CQ Roll Call if they too were considering layoffs… Read More

Select Committee members host virtual discussion on congressional staffing reforms

June 10, 2020

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┬áHon. Kay Granger, Ranking MemberU.S. House Committee on AppropriationsThe Capitol, Room H-307Washington, D.C. 20515┬áHon. 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