Sexual harassment on the Hill: It’s time for employees to have the same legal support as legislators

December 5, 2017
A letter to congressional leadership re: sexual harassment from dozens of former Hill staff. By Kevin Mulshine Invisible to the public and most Capitol Hill staffers, robust, capable “law firms”… Read More

When Congress worked for them: Bobby Baker and congressional corruption

November 21, 2017
  To those who would wax eloquent about the good old days when Congress worked for us: let us not forget Bobby Baker, who died on November 12 at age… Read More

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration is hemorrhaging staff. Why?

October 25, 2017
At the beginning of the 115th Congress, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) took over as chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Over… Read More

Data show how bad turnover was in Rep. Tim Murphy’s office

October 25, 2017
The well-known impetus for Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-PA) forced retirement from Congress later this month was the bombshell revelation that he urged his mistress to undergo an… Read More

ICYMI: More work, fewer staff. Goldschmidt and Kosar discuss congressional capacity

October 24, 2017
Listen to Kathy Goldschmidt (Congressional Management Foundation) and Kevin Kosar (R Street Institute) the discussion on Federal News Radio at https://custom.federalnewsradio.com/interviews-shows/fedtalk-doing-more-with-less… Read More

What the Washington Post/CBS DEA investigation tells you about Congress: It’s really bad

October 19, 2017
Source:  https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/113th-congress/house-report/605 By Joshua C. Huder Recently, the Washington Post and CBS teamed up on an investigation that has now cost Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) his nomination as the… Read More

Want to Be a Tech Congress Fellow for Congress?

August 24, 2017
Applications for the 2018 Congressional Innovation Fellowship are now open! “The second cohort built on the success of the inaugural class and went on to serve in… Read More

Cashing In On Connections: For Congressional Staff-Turned-Lobbyists, Who You Know Matters

August 22, 2017
By Joshua McCrain The revolving door between Capitol Hill and lobbying firms is no secret in Washington. In a new working paper, I place a dollar figure on… Read More

Congressional Pit Stop: How Legislative Dysfunction Deters Young Talent

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August 3, 2017
Young people yearn to enact change and make their mark upon the world. Many of them, however, no longer see government as a viable arena in which to do so,… Read More

The Downsides of Using Executive Agency Detailees

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June 20, 2017
In a previous post, I recounted the advantages of using executive detailees as a means of combatting staffing shortages on Capitol Hill. In short, agency detailees can serve as… Read More