College to Congress Praises the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’ New Package

In a Unanimous Vote, Select Committee on Modernization Approves College to Congress and Fix Congress Cohort Recommendations

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2019 – College to Congress, a national nonprofit which provides pathways for high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to launch careers in public service, today praised the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress’ decision to unanimously approve a modernization package which would improve the efficiency and impact of Congress.  The package, approved along bipartisan lines, includes 24 proposals based on recommendations that College to Congress and other participants in the Fix Congress cohort delivered to the Committee earlier in the summer. 

“Since C2C was founded, we’ve been committed to creating systemic change,” said Audrey Henson, founder and chief executive officer College to Congress. “Part of this movement requires Congress to take ownership of increasing data and resources for its staff and the staffing pipeline. We are honored to offer our expertise as we take steps towards ensuring that Congress is representative of the people it serves.”

The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approved ideas in four main categories: Streamline and Reorganize House Human Resources, Overhaul the Onboarding Process and Provide Continuing Education for Members, Modernize and Revitalize House Technology, and Make the House Accessible to all Americans. College to Congress’ recommendations focused on staffing needs under the Streamline and Reorganize House Human Resources including:

  1. Creating a one-stop-shop Human Resources HUB for Member, committee, and leadership staff.

  2. Making permanent the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

  3. Examining and updating the staff payroll system from monthly to semimonthly.

  4. Raising the cap on the number of staff in Member offices.

  5. Regularly surveying staff on improving pay and benefits.

To read the full Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress visit here: https://modernizecongress.house.gov/news/press-releases/select-committee-unanimously-approves-second-round-congressional-recommendations.

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Audrey Henson