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Perlmutter Works to Modernize Congress, Improve District Office Operations with Passage of Key Recommendations
Washington, D.C. – As a member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) supported a new slate of recommendations last week to make Congress more transparent, accessible and efficient for Americans. The 29 recommendations were developed over the course of eight hearings held in 2022 ranging from topics such as congressional continuity, strengthening congressional oversight, modernizing district offices and the House complex, and improving the constituent services process.
Perlmutter played an outsized role in helping to develop several of the recommendations, largely around improving and modernizing district office operations. This includes ensuring every congressional district office has access to secure Wi-Fi, designating a single point of contact for district office setup, updating privacy release form policies with federal agencies, and encouraging the House to provide in-house technology solutions to better support district offices with casework and other constituent services. Altogether, these recommendations will equip offices to better serve constituents by expanding training and resources for congressional staff and utilize constituent feedback and available technology to cut down on red tape and arbitrary barriers to improve casework processes. Perlmutter also pushed for the recommendation to establish a Joint Committee on Continuity to review House and Senate rules and procedures to assure continuing representation and congressional operations for Americans in case of a national emergency.
“District office operations are at the core of a congressional office with staff members often on the frontlines handling important and urgent issues for constituents. It’s imperative the U.S. House provides adequate support and resources to ensure district offices and staff can operate efficiently and provide effective and responsive constituent service,” said Perlmutter.
Members of the Select Committee release recommendations on a rolling basis. Since 2016, the Select Committee has passed 171 recommendations, with 112 either partially or fully implemented. The Select Committee will continue to track and advocate for the implementation of the 29 recommendations that were passed last week unanimously by its members.
Separately, 23 of the Select Committee’s previous recommendations were included in the House Legislative Branch FY23 funding bill. These recommendations included the creation of an Intern Resource Office for the House of Representatives, an adjustment to the Student Loan Repayment Program to include additional educational opportunities to better train staff, improve retention, and strengthen office capacity, and a directive to ensure that the Library of Congress – through its website Congress.gov – provides an accurate accounting of a member’s contributions to bills that become law, along with the timely release of nonpartisan summaries of legislation moving to the floor for a vote.
Perlmutter supported the creation of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress in 2019 and, since being tapped to serve on the Committee, Perlmutter has participated in fact-finding hearings aimed at making the U.S. House of Representatives a more efficient, effective institution for Coloradans and Americans across the country. The Select Committee is one of the only truly bipartisan committees in Congress, with an equal number of Republic and Democratic members.
A full list of the 29 recommendations passed on July 19, 2022 can be found here.