Business Meeting Notice
The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress will hold a Business Meeting to consider proposed recommendations
Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in 210 Cannon House Office Building.
In compliance with the Office of the Attending Physician’s guidelines, all attendees will be required to wear masks to protect their colleagues.
If a Member arrives without a mask, masks will be made available at the entrance to the Business Meeting.
Members and staff are encouraged to self-monitor for potential symptoms of COVID-19 using the “Health Screening Inventory” at the end of the attached guidelines.
Proposed recommendations to Improve Continuity of Government and Congressional Operations
1. Each office should have a continuity of operations plan, including minimum safety requirements and an emergency communications plan, that is made available to all staff so offices continue functioning for the public.
2. Ensure that staff have the most up-to-date technology and equipment to continue effectively working on behalf of constituents in the event of a disruption or emergency.
3. Establish regular maintenance plans for office technology, so the equipment and technology needed during remote operations and telework is functional.
4. Crisis communications guidelines for constituent communication, including outreach plans for extended telework periods, should be approved and shared with all Member offices.
5. To help streamline casework requests and help constituents better access federal agencies and resources, the House should implement a secure document management system, and provide digital forms and templates for public access.
6. The House should prioritize the approval of platforms that staff need for effective telework, and each individual staff member should have licensed access to the approved technology.
7. Committees should establish telework policies on a bipartisan basis.
8. The House should make permanent the option to electronically submit committee reports.
9. Expand the use of digital signatures for a majority of House business, including constituent communications.
10. Committees should develop bipartisan plans on how technology and innovative platforms can be best incorporated into daily work.
11. A bipartisan, bicameral task force should identify lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend continuity of Congress improvements.
12. Continuity, telework and cybersecurity training should be given to all new Members of Congress.