Lobbying and Congressional Capacity

June 19, 2017
Roll Call‘s Kate Ackley writes: “Demand has increased for former officials, including former lawmakers who are more likely to become lobbyists than in past decades, as congressional staff become… Read More

ICYMI: The Washington Post Takes Up Congressional Capacity

June 13, 2017
Max Ehrenfreund writes: “With so much work to do, even a veteran lawmaker steeped in the details of public policy could struggle to keep it all straight. For the… Read More

How Executive Detailees Could Help Ease Congress’ Staffing Problems

June 6, 2017
Source: Russell Mills and Jennifer Selin, 2017. It is becoming more widely acknowledged that Congress has a staffing problem. While the executive branch employs more than 4 million people,… Read More

An Uncomfortable Reality… Congress Needs More Staff

May 1, 2017
At the Ripon Society Forum, Kevin R. Kosar writes: Mark Twain famously remarked, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat… Read More

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