Making Congress More Effective, Efficient and Transparent
- Streamline the bill-writing process to save time and reduce mistakes.
- Finalize a new system that allows the American people to easily track how amendments change legislation and the impact of proposed legislation to current law.
- Make it easier to know who is lobbying Congress and what they’re lobbying for.
- One-click access to a list of agencies and programs that have expired and need Congressional attention.
- One-click access to see how Members of Congress vote in committees.
Streamline and Reorganize House Human Resources
- Creating a one-stop shop Human Resources HUB for Member, committee, and leadership staff.
- Making permanent the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
- Examining and updating the staff payroll system from monthly to semimonthly.
- Raising the cap on the number of staff in Member offices.
- Regularly surveying staff on improving pay and benefits.
Overhaul the Onboarding Process and Provide Continuing Education for Members
- Allowing newly-elected Members to hire and pay one transition staff member.
- Offering new-Member orientation in a nonpartisan way.
- Making new-Member orientation more comprehensive.
- Promoting civility during new-Member orientation.
- Creating a Congressional Leadership Academy to offer training for Members.
- Making cybersecurity training mandatory for Members.
Modernize and Revitalize House Technology
- Reestablishing and restructuring an improved Office of Technology Assessment.
- Improving IT services in the House by reforming House Information Resources (HIR).
- Requiring House Information Resources (HIR) to prioritize certain technological improvements.
- Requiring House Information Resources (HIR) to reform the approval process for outside technology vendors.
- Requiring House Information Resources (HIR) to allow Member offices to test new technologies.
- Creating one point of contact for technology services for each Member office.
- Creating a customer service portal to improve technology services in the House.
- Leveraging bulk purchasing of the House by removing technology costs out of Member offices’ budgets and moving into a centralized account.
- Prioritizing a “rapid response” program at the Congressional Research Service for nonpartisan fact sheets on key issues.
- Developing a constituent engagement and services best practices HUB for Members.
Make the House Accessible to all Americans
- Improving access to congressional websites for individuals with disabilities.
- Requiring all broadcasts of House proceedings to provide closed caption service.
- Requiring a review of the Capitol complex to determine accessibility challenges for individuals with disabilities.
Encouraging Civility and Bipartisanship in Congress
- Create a bipartisan Members-only space in the Capitol to encourage more collaboration across party lines.
- Institute biennial bipartisan retreats for Members and their families at the start of each Congress.
- Update committee policies to increase bipartisan learning opportunities for staff.
- Establish bipartisan committee staff briefings and agenda-setting retreats to encourage better policy making and collaboration among Members.
Streamlining Processes and Saving Taxpayer Dollars
- Update House procedures to allow members to electronically add or remove their name as a bill cosponsor.
- Require Members to undergo emergency preparedness training to ensure our government is fully prepared in the event of a crisis.
- Identify ways the House and Senate can streamline purchases and save taxpayer dollars.
- Encourage House-wide bulk purchasing of goods and services to cut back on waste and inefficiency.
- Update travel expenditure policies to improve efficiencies, and boost accountability and transparency.
Increasing the Quality of Constituent Communication
- Consolidate the regulations governing Member office communications, including digital communications, into one easy to find place.
- Rename the House Commission on Mailing Standards, also known as the Franking Commission, the House Communications Standards Commission to reflect 21st Century communications.
- Increase opportunities for constituents to communicate with their Representatives.
- Increase accountability and tracking for all Member-sponsored communications mail.
- Allow for faster correspondence between Representatives and their constituents.
- Update House social media rules to allow for better communication online between Members of Congress and their followers.
- Allow the public to better access and view the types of communication sent by Members of Congress to their constituents.
Continuity of Operations
- 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.
- 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.
- Establish regular maintenance plans for office technology, so the equipment and technology needed during remote operations and telework is functional.
- Crisis communications guidelines for constituent communication, including outreach plans for extended telework periods, should be approved and shared with all Member offices.
- 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.
- 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.
- Committees should establish telework policies on a bipartisan basis.
- The House should make permanent the option to electronically submit committee reports.
- Expand the use of digital signatures for a majority of House business, including constituent communications.
- Committees should develop bipartisan plans on how technology and innovative platforms can be best incorporated into daily work.
- A bipartisan, bicameral task force should identify lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend continuity of Congress improvements.
- Continuity, telework and cybersecurity training should be given to all new Members of Congress.