Proxy voting with or without quorum, video hearings, limiting member travel and maintaining social distancing at the Capitol have required lawmakers to reconsider the long-term viability of some well-established practices.
The chair and vice chair of the select committee on the modernization of Congress have been exploring best practices to reopen federal offices.
The House inspector general told the committee negotiating larger purchases with a smaller number of vendors would allow members to leverage their buying power and reduce costs.
Congress stood up OTA in 1972 as a tech-focused watchdog to serve a complementary oversight role to the Government Accountability Office, but lawmakers in 1995 zeroed out funding for the office.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approved its first round of recommendations.
Several retired members of Congress, when asked where it all went wrong, told the committee that staffers need better pay, and Congress as a whole needs a better grasp on technology, among other recommendations.
In today’s Federal Newscast, A bipartisan pair of lawmakers want to give some federal employees a new retirement flexibility.
Members of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress agree Congress lacks tech oversight capacity to keep an eye on federal agencies, but whether that means bringing back the Office of Technology Assessment, as some lawmakers have suggested, remains unclear.
A new select committee is tasked with finding ways to update how Congress conducts day-to-day business. It has one year to provide recommendations.
Two bills were introduced this week in the House and Senate to combat chaos in federal employee lives triggered by the government shutdown, days away from becoming the longest in history.