From Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress:

Additionally, an R Street Institute report examined data from all 45 House and Senate committees to provide a comprehensive committee-by-committee look at the tenure, pay and gender balance of committee staffs. The report highlights vastly different experiences that men and women have on the Hill, even when performing the same job.

Turnover rates for House staff are high, with most positions in Member offices turning over every two years or so.[80]

[80] Petersen, R. E., Eckman, S. J. (2016, November 9). Staff Tenure in Selected Positions in House Member Offices, 2006-2016. (CRS: R44682).; Burgat, C. (2019, March 14). “Who’s on the Hill? Staffing and Human Capital in Congress’ Legislative Committees”, R. Street Institute.

The OTA was a bicameral, non-partisan service organization (similar to the Congressional Research Service or the Government Accountability Office ), with a narrow mandate to Congress with procurement, security, and technology advice for several decades.[163]

[163] Graves, Z. and Kosar, K. (2018, January). “Bring in the Nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment”, R Street Institute.

Given the important role that committees play in the legislative process, the cumulative loss of committee staff is of particular concern.[252]

[252] See for detailed committee staffing trends: Who’s on the Hill: Staffing and Human Capital in Congress’ Legislative Committees, R Street Institute (Burgat, Casey and Dukeman, Ryan) (2018).

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