How committee staffers clear the runway for legislative action in Congress

June 13, 2018
Admittedly, the audience at this spring’s “The State of Congressional Capacity Conference” was a receptive one. Congressional scholars from across the country gathered and presented research asking and… Read More

To delegate or not to delegate: Committee staff, congressional capacity, and executive authority

May 29, 2018
Image source:  POGO By Austin Bussing From repeated, thinly-veiled threats to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller to drastic tariff hikes on steel and aluminum, the administration of president Donald J. Read More

How do congressional committee staff turnover rates compare to personal staff turnover?

May 10, 2018
Congressional committees are typically thought of as bastions of policy expertise, where committed aides dive deep into the wonkery of narrow issue areas and make careers on Capitol Hill. After… Read More

Legislative staff are spending an increasing amount of time on constituent services

April 11, 2018
Image Source: Wired By Alexander C. Furnas The now famous Indivisible guide to grassroots activism advocates mass, coordinated constituent communication with members of Congress, among other tactics. Recent research… Read More

Which Senate offices had the highest staff turnover in 2017?

April 5, 2018
How do the staff turnover data for Senators compare to those of their House colleagues? This week, Senate offices are placed under the 2017 turnover microscope… Read More

New interactive map reveals 2017 turnover rates for every House office

March 28, 2018
Relying on disbursement data from the House of Representatives, cleaned and verified by LegiStorm, this new LegBranch resource reveals 2017 staff turnover rates for all members in the House… Read More

Which House offices had the highest staff turnover in 2017?

March 8, 2018
Which House members churned through employees in 2017 and which retained staff at a higher rate than their colleagues? Relying on disbursement data from the House of Representatives,… Read More

Convincing evidence that congressional staff do, in fact, matter

January 23, 2018
Staff matter, yet their pay keeps going down. Source: Josh McCrain . By Josh McCrain Observers and behind-the-scenes practitioners on Capitol Hill understand and appreciate the vital role filled by… Read More

House Committee on Administration releases additional data on sexual harassment claims

January 16, 2018
Source: Jim Mone, AP By Marian Currinder The House Committee on Administration recently released additional statistics on harassment in the congressional workplace. Committee Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS) described the… Read More

Congress got three things right in passing the Congressional Accountability Act

December 18, 2017
Debate about how to fix the Congressional Accountability Act (P.L. 104-1) is all the rage these days. Still, Congress got at least three things right when it… Read More