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 while the… 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

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