WORKPLACE ISSUES: There Are Multiple Staff-Related Provisions In The Congressional Reform Package

A path to bigger personal staffs for House Members could be cleared if the bipartisan recommendations  from the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress are adopted.

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)

All House staff members would be paid twice a month instead of the monthly compensation schedule they have worked on for decades, under the recommendations.

Modernization panel Chairman Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wa.) introduced the recommendations as a legislative package in December. The package is H. Res. 756. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) is the committee’s vice-chairman and its ranking minority member.

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA)

House Committee on Administration Chairman Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and that panel’s ranking GOP member, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), are among the 11 co-sponsors of the recommendations.

The staff size recommendation does not specify how many additional aides should be authorized above the current level of 18 full-timers and four part-time employees. Those limits were adopted in 1975.

Other recommendations concerning aides include:

  • Reevaluating current House office employee benefits including child care and student loan repayment programs, and submitting recommendations to the House Admin. Committee recommendations on staff retention perks such as telework, flex schedules, and sabbaticals.
  • Requires the House Office of Diversity of Inclusion within 90 days to submit a report to House Admin. on policies to guide House offices to “recruit, hire, train, develop, advance, promote, and retain a diverse workforce.” The Diversity and Inclusion office is also required to submit a diversity report to the House leaders and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.
  • Requires the CAO and the House Inspector General to submit a report within 60 days of passage on the feasibility of switching the House payroll system from monthly to biweekly. The contents of the report are to include any previous survey findings on the subject.
  • Requires the CAO to conduct a survey to ascertain the level of interest in establishing a Congressional Leadership Academy to provide professional development and continuing education opportunities to House staff. The CAO must submit its survey results to House Admin. within 120 days.
  • Requires the CAO to train each House staffer on cybersecurity procedures each year and within 30 days of being hired for new House aides.

The package was referred to the Referred to Administration Committee, as well as the committees on Transportation and Judiciary.


Author: Mark Tapscott

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