ICYMI: What Calling Congress Achieves

March 21, 2017
Illustration credit: Oliver Munday, New Yorker. Kathryn Schulz of the New Yorker writes: “Americans vote, if we vote at all, roughly once every two years. But even in a slow… Read More

Can Congress Do Its Job?

February 28, 2017
Lee Drutman writes: “[O]ver the years, and particularly over the past few decades, Congress has ceded more and power to the executive. Admittedly, it has done some of this… Read More

New Innovation Fellows Arrive In Congress and Aim to Augment Capacity

January 4, 2017
Two hundred individuals applied, and only four were chosen as the 2017 TechCongress Innovation Fellows. They are: Sunmin Kim, a deputy editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit, who specialized… Read More

Overseeing the Executive: Does Congress Have Sufficient Staff?

December 16, 2016
Lee Drutman, co-director of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, writes on Vox: So what accounts for the Senate’s almost 30-year drought of “notable investigations”? The most obvious explanation… Read More

How Long Do House and Senate Staff Stay In Their Jobs?

November 17, 2016
The Congressional Research Service has released two reports to answer this question: Staff Tenure In Selected Positions In House Members Offices 2006-2016 Staff Tenure In Selected Positions… Read More

Is the House of Representatives Legislating In the Dark?

September 26, 2016
In this short audio interview, Professor James Curry (University of Utah) explains how limited resources have enabled party leaders to write and negotiate most laws in Congress. Lacking… Read More

The Congressional Tendency to Cannibalize Itself

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July 19, 2016
Source: Profs. Tim LaPira and Herschel Thomas   Why is Congress loath to increase its staff, and sometimes eager to cut it? Professors Anthony J. Madonna and Ian… Read More

House Pay Increase Will Amount to Less Than $1,000 Per Staffer

June 30, 2016
RollCall.com reports: “House lawmakers are intent on giving staff members a raise in 2017, concerned that low pay and long hours are contributing to an unprecedented congressional brain drain. Read More

A Framework for Congressional Staffing: A Few Thoughts from Management Consulting

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June 28, 2016
The question of “is Congress well-staffed?” can be approached just as any staffing problem is approached across the federal government and the private sector, by answering this question: What is the… Read More

Notes from the June 20, 2016 Meeting on the Topic of Congressional Staff

June 28, 2016
More than 50 persons attended the meeting in the Capitol Visitors Center. The meeting’s topic was congressional staff, and Daniel Schuman of DemandProgress presented data that showed reductions in… Read More