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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 … 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 … 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 … Continue Reading


September 14, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Final Hearing on the Future of Congressional Modernization

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) held its final hearing. The hearing reviewed the Modernization Committee’s accomplishments and explored how the House can continue to develop and implement modernization measures to ensure it can provide more effective, efficient, and transparent service to the American people. Members of the bipartisan Modernization Committee heard from Catherine Spzindor, the Chief Administrative Officer of … Continue Reading


September 06, 2022

Modernization Committee Continues Implementation Efforts, Introduces Resolution to Advance 32 Bipartisan Recommendations

Today, Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair William Timmons (R-SC) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) announced the introduction of the House MODCOM Resolution II, alongside Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-IL) of the Committee on House Administration. The resolution advances 32 bipartisan recommendations passed in committee to create a more efficient, effective, and transparent … Continue Reading


July 28, 2022

Modernization Committee Explores “Big Ideas” to Reform Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (Modernization Committee) held its second-to-last hearing to explore innovative and thought-provoking proposals to strengthen representational government and the policymaking process. During the hearing titled “What's the Big Idea? Innovative Approaches to Fixing Congress,” Congressman John Larson (D-CT) spoke with committee members about extending House terms from two years to four years. Congressman Larson proposed … Continue Reading


July 21, 2022

Modernization Committee Announces Final Hearings

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (Modernization Committee) announced its final two hearings: "What's the Big Idea? Innovative Approaches to Fixing Congress" and "Congressional Modernization: A Roadmap for the Future"The Committee’s July 28th hearing, "What's the Big Idea? Innovative Approaches to Fixing Congress," will feature several expert witnesses discussing unorthodox ideas to strengthen representational government and the policy process. Topics will … Continue Reading


July 19, 2022

Modernization Committee Passes 29 Additional Bipartisan Recommendations to Strengthen the House

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) passed 29 bipartisan recommendations to make the House more effective by strengthening congressional oversight capacity, continuing discussions on congressional continuity procedures, modernizing the legislative process, and better supporting the offices tasked with serving the American people.“The American people deserve a Congress that works better for them. These bipartisan … Continue Reading


July 15, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Hearing on Improving Constituent Services

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) convened for the hearing, “Constituent Services: Building a More Customer-Friendly Congress.” The hearing explored how the House can improve services for Americans looking for answers from federal agencies by streamlining procedures and better incorporating constituent feedback. Members of the Committee heard from Matt Lira, former Special Assistant to the President for Innovation and … Continue Reading


July 06, 2022

Modernization Committee Hears from Over 1,500 House Staffers Throughout 38 Virtual Discussions in the 117th Congress

Virtual Discussions Included 24 “Brown Bags” and 14 Listening Sessions Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (Modernization Committee) announced that it has spoken with 1,567 congressional staffers through the completion of 38 virtual events for House staff. These events include 24 “brown bag” discussions and 14 staff listening sessions held since the beginning of 2021. The Modernization Committee launched the staff listening session series to … Continue Reading


June 30, 2022

Modernization Committee Marks Progress on Three-quarters of Recommendations

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) announced that 77 percent of its bipartisan recommendations have been fully implemented or have seen meaningful progress toward implementation. Recommendations passed by the Committee are aimed at making Congress more efficient and effective for the American people. Throughout the Modernization Committee’s tenure, it has developed and passed 142 recommendations. These recommendations are … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Hearing on Improving the Development and Adoption of Technology in Congress

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress  (“Modernization Committee”) convened for the hearing, “Congress & Technology: Modernizing the Innovation Cycle.” Members and witnesses explored opportunities to improve the Legislative Branch’s development of innovative technology, the recruitment and retention of talented staff with technology expertise, and how integrating updated technology in the legislative process can make Congress more … Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill Clears Committee, Advancing 23 Modernization Committee Recommendations

Today, Chair Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Vice Chair William Timmons (R-SC) of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (Modernization Committee) applauded the passage of the Legislative Branch Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 funding bill by the full committee. The legislation advances 23 of the Modernization Committee’s bipartisan recommendations and includes funding to support further modernization initiatives to advance additional recommendations. A few key recommendations addressed by … Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Hearing on Strengthening the Pathways to Public Service

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) held a hearing to explore barriers that prevent many qualified and talented Americans from running for office and examine how to increase retention among solution-oriented members of Congress. Members of the Committee heard from former Congressman Gregg Harper, Dr. Molly Reynolds, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and organizational psychologist Dr. Steven … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Hearing on Strengthening the Legislative Process

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) held a hearing to examine how the House can streamline the legislative process and expand the public’s understanding of what goes in to turning an idea into a law. Members of the Committee heard from the Director of the Government Printing Office (GPO), Hugh Halpern; the Deputy Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kevin McCumber; and the Deputy Legislative Counsel for the U.S. … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Hearing on the Continuity of Congress in Times of Crisis

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) held a hearing to examine if Congress can effectively carry out its constitutional duties in the face of an unprecedented national emergency, resulting in either mass vacancies or the mass incapacitation of members. Members of the Committee explored the topic with Secretary Donna Shalala, Ambassador A.B. Culvahouse, and Congressmen Brian Baird and Mike Bishop, who currently serve on the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Hearing on “Innovative Workplaces, Historic Spaces: Modernizing House Office Buildings”

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) held a hearing to examine how the U.S. House of Representatives can modernize its existing physical space to improve productivity and collaboration, facilitate staff recruitment and retention, and improve wayfinding within the Capitol complex to enhance the experience for visitors.  During the hearing titled “Innovative Workplaces, Historic Spaces: Modernizing House Office … Continue Reading


February 16, 2022

Modernization Committee Holds Hearing on Modernizing District Offices

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) held a hearing to examine opportunities to modernize and better support the congressional district staff serving in 960 district offices across the country.During the hearing, members of the Modernization Committee heard from George Hadijski, the Director of Congressional Programming at the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), Danielle Radovich Piper, Chief of Staff to Congressman Ed … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Modernization Committee Hearing Provides Recommendation Status Report to the American People

Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Modernization Committee”) held a hearing to provide a status update on its progress as it begins its final year.To date, the Modernization Committee has passed a total of 142 recommendations to make Congress more effective, efficient, and transparent for the American people. As highlighted in the Committee’s recently released implementation report, over 60% of the 97 recommendations from the 116th Congress have … Continue Reading


December 08, 2021

Modernization Committee Passes Second Set of Recommendations to Increase Member Collaboration and Bolster Evidence-Based Policymaking

View statements of support from good governance organizations HERE. Today, the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress ("Modernization Committee") passed its second set of recommendations in the 117th Congress. The slate of recommendations focuses on enhancing civility and collaboration among members of Congress, bolstering the effectiveness of the congressional support agencies, and promoting the collection and use of impartial data and analysis in the policymaking process. This … Continue Reading

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