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

So What if Congressional Staff Levels are Declining?

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June 27, 2016
Guest blog post by Profs. Tim LaPira and Herschel Thomas Following Daniel Schuman’s presentation to the Legislative Branch Capacity Working group on June 20, R Street Institute’s Kevin… Read More

How Many House and Senate Leadership Staff Are There?

June 21, 2016
House Leadership Staff, 1987-2014 Graphic by the R Street Institute based upon Congressional Research Service data.   Senate Leadership Staff, 1987-2014 Graphic by the R Street Institute based upon Congressional… Read More

How Many House and Senate Committee Staff Are There?

June 21, 2016
House Committee Staff Levels, 1987-2014 Graphic by the R Street Institute based upon Congressional Research Service data.   Senate Committee Staff Levels, 1987-2014 Graphic by the R Street Institute based… Read More

How Many Congressional Personal Staff Work in DC Versus Districts and States?

June 20, 2016
House members and Senators have personal staff who may be assigned to work in DC or back in their home districts and states. The below charts break-out data on these… Read More

How Many Congressional Staff Are There?

June 20, 2016
Graphic by the R Street Institute based upon Congressional Research Service data. Data excludes officers and officials  of the chambers (e.g., chaplains). Congressional Staff, 1987-2014 This blog post and the… Read More

House Spending Data Shows Where the Staff Are

June 2, 2016
As DemandProgress’ Daniel Schuman reports, the House just began publishing its spending reports online as data. The House’s “Statements of Disbursement,” which show who how much money… Read More

Spending on Congressional Staff Is Less Than Lobbying Expenditures

May 30, 2016
“The entire House and Senate combined now spend less on staff ($2 billion a year) than corporations spend on reported lobbying ($2.6 billion a year). But since that reported… Read More

Senate Does Not Raise Staff Salaries

May 26, 2016
  Senate appropriators did not follow the House’s lead and increase funding for personal staff…(Read more at RollCall.com) Meanwhile, a recent report by the Congressional Research Service shows… Read More