Create a common committee calendar portal so that committees can have visibility into other committee activities and potential committee Member conflicts.
In 1974, the House Select Committee on Committees (Bolling Committee) recommended the establishment of a computerized scheduling system for committees and subcommittees. This recommendation was adopted at the start of the 97th Congress and remains in effect today. However, this system is only being used to announce the date and time of hearings and meetings, rather than to check for conflicting meetings to correctly select a time with the least amount of conflicts for Members. From 1981-1992 use of this system to reduce scheduling conflicts was mandatory but the requirement was stricken from House Rules in 1992. JCOC recommended the use of this system to reduce scheduling conflicts.
The Committee recommends creation of a common committee calendar portal so that committees can have visibility into other committee activities and potential committee member conflicts. While Congressional staff already has access to the date and time of other Committee meetings, it is not readily available how many of their Members would be conflicted were they to schedule their committee meeting in conflict with another committee meeting. An internal portal that tracks Member obligations based on their committee assignment would help committees schedule their meetings when most of their Members are available.