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November 17, 2022

Modernization Committee Reports Its Findings to the House in Final Committee Action

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) took its final action before the Committee sunsets at the close of the 117th Congress. Members of the Committee passed the fifth and final set of recommendations along with the Final Report, which details the sum of the Committee’s findings in the 117th Congress. In the meeting, Committee members passed a set of recommendations that help lay the groundwork for continued modernization effor…  Continue Reading

November 02, 2022

Modernization Committee Marks Additional Progress on 8 New Fully Implemented Recommendations

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) announced that 8 additional Committee recommendations have been implemented since July, bringing the number of its fully implemented recommendations to 42. The Committee also announced that on top of the recommendations that have been fully implemented, another 88 recommendations have been partially implemented or have seen meaningful progress towards implementation. The Modernization Committee h…  Continue Reading

September 29, 2022

Modernization Committee Passes Fourth Set of Bipartisan Recommendations in the 117th Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) passed its fourth set of recommendations in the 117th Congress. The slate of recommendations focuses on streamlining constituent services, improving constituent engagement, and facilitating the development, adoption, and use of new technologies in the House. “Improving the way Congress engages with the American people is key to helping Congress fulfill its representational and legislative …  Continue Reading

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July 19, 2022

Congress needs to take disaster planning seriously, Modernization panel says

Lawmakers tasked with “fixing Congress” approved their latest set of recommendations Tuesday, including one that calls for a better game plan in the case of a major disaster. “It’s not a problem until it is, but if it is a problem it’s a big problem,” said Rep. William R. Timmons IV, vice chairman of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  They explored the topic in an April hearing that looked at how the legislative branch wo…  Continue Reading

July 19, 2022

House Panel to Consider Office Space Upgrade as Staffers Return

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress plans to consider upgrades to Capitol and district offices in a meeting Tuesday, as more staffers return to in-person work. Those make up the bulk of the package of 29 recommendations the panel will vote on, including expanding meeting spaces, updating office furniture, and installing WiFi in all district offices. Others call for more resources for oversight panels, and for automating the process of lawmakers collecting and registering cospo…  Continue Reading

June 23, 2022

Can Congress be a little more like a tech company? Maybe

Congress isn’t Google — but it should start acting more like a tech giant.  That was the message members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress got from a trio of witnesses Thursday who discussed ways the nearly 250-year-old institution could get with the tech-centric times.  “Like we did with C-SPAN in the ’80s, websites in the ’90s and social media in the early 21st century, we need to adopt modern digital tools to improve funct…  Continue Reading

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July 09, 2020

Managing Congressional Staff in the 21st Century

In the last few months, employees nationwide have held conversations across various job sectors about their workplace environment and how employers can cultivate a better work/life balance. The Modernization committee wanted to share what we're doing on behalf of congressional staff, the backbone of the People's House, to ensure their work on behalf of the American people is supported, and is not dwarfed by Executive Branch influence and lobbyist interests. Staff have a wealth of institutiona…  Continue Reading