Business Meeting on Proposed Recommendations
The following text is being provided in consonance with committee rule 5(c)(2).
Consideration of the following recommendations:
Recommendations Considered En Bloc
1. Promoting collaboration and leadership at member orientation: New Member Orientation should strive to promote civility, collaboration, and leadership skills and be held separately from party leadership events.
2. Promoting collaboration and civility through voluntary training opportunities: The proposed Congressional Leadership Academy and Congressional Staff Academy should offer voluntary training to members and staff to promote civility, collaboration and leadership skills.
3. Acknowledging member involvement in legislation: Congress.gov should provide a clearer accounting of member contributions to legislation.
4. Optional committee feedback tool: The House should develop and provide tools for committee leadership to receive member feedback on committee operations.
5. Bipartisan committee events: Committees should have flexibility to host occasional events to foster collaboration and further develop working relationships among committee members.
6. Learning from state best practices: The House should survey and examine best practices from state legislatures.
7. Bipartisan group events: The Library of Congress is encouraged to expand its regular, bipartisan events to include events specifically focused on promoting relationship building and collaboration among members.
8. Technology tools to enable collaboration: The House should offer technology tools to facilitate member collaboration on legislation and issues of mutual interest.
9. Information on outside organizations and resources: The House should provide information on organizations and resources members can access for services to help manage conflict and foster common ground.
10. Bipartisan committee websites: Committees should have a bipartisan, public-facing website with basic, nonpartisan information about the committee and its operations.
11. Voluntary resources to help committees develop civility norms: The House should provide resources and guidance to committees seeking to create tailored civility norms.
12. Make available non-partisan summaries: The House should prioritize ensuring that bills to receive a floor vote have nonpartisan summaries available.
13. Bolster legislative support agency access to federal data and experts: Support agencies should report on challenges and potential solutions for accessing federal data.
14. Enhancing the customer experience at CRS: CRS should ensure that its products and services are designed to adapt and meet the needs of an evolving Congress.
15. Enhancing the customer experience at GAO: GAO should boost initiatives to meet Congress’ information needs and assess member and staff awareness of and satisfaction with its products and services.
16. GAO annual report on unimplemented recommendations: GAO should report annually on the estimated cost savings of its unimplemented recommendations.
17. GAO report to congressional committees on legislative options: GAO should annually report to Congress on legislative options to address open priority recommendations.
18. Enhance CBO outreach to Congress: CBO should expand its congressional outreach to provide additional information and assistance to members of Congress and staff.
19. Legislative and support agency staff directory: Congress and congressional support agencies should establish a shared staff directory to enhance the exchange of information and improve collaboration.
20. Modernize the congressional support agencies: The committees of jurisdiction should examine support agency authorities and determine if they need to be updated.
21. Authorize STAA and make it a permanent part of GAO: The Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics program at GAO should be authorized and made permanent by Congress.
22. Congressional Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking: Congress should establish a bipartisan, bicameral Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking to encourage and facilitate better use of data in the legislative process.
Recommendations Considered Individually
23. Expand sponsor designations for bipartisan bills: The House should permit legislation to have two members of Congress serve as first sponsors, provided that members are affiliated with different political parties.
24. Ongoing institutional support to facilitate civility and collaboration: An institutional office of the House should provide best practices and facilitate workshops that encourage bipartisan collaboration.
25. Co-working spaces for staff: The House should explore bipartisan co-working spaces for staff.
26. Task force on the legislative process: A bicameral, bipartisan group of members should convene to discuss rules changes to require reciprocated consideration for widely supported, bipartisan legislation.