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

June 28, 2016  ·  Brian Alexander
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  ·  LegBranch Team
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?

June 27, 2016  ·  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 Kosar posted a series of informative charts measuring congressional staff… Read More

Majority Leader McConnell: How the Senate Is Supposed to Work

June 22, 2016  ·  Kevin Kosar
U.S. Senate 1880s. Source: U.S. Senate Historical Office Majority leader McConnell wrote for the May 30, 2016 copy of the Wall Street Journal a piece titled, “How the Senate Is… Read More

New Survey: Americans Divided Over Why They Dislike Congress

June 21, 2016  ·  Adam Chan
Source: Congressional Institute. The public’s approval of Congress has fallen in the past decade, but the reasons for this decline are nuanced and varied. The Congressional Institute, a… Read More

How Many House and Senate Leadership Staff Are There?

June 21, 2016  ·  Kevin Kosar
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  ·  LegBranch Team
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  ·  LegBranch Team
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  ·  LegBranch Team
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

Should the Budget Resolution Be Signed by the President?

June 16, 2016  ·  LegBranch Team
George Mason University’s James C. Capretta suggests a joint budget resolution signed by the president would produce a more collaborative budget process. He writes: The current budget process does… Read More