As society changes, Congress has stood still. Innovations in technology have revolutionized how people communicate with one another, yet Congress by and large still operates the same way it did in the 1960s. The result: offices find themselves unable to handle ever-increasing volumes of communications, critical knowledge cannot be shared in a timely manner, and staff experience unnecessary frustration, stress, and burnout. The institution itself has been weakened. How can Congress transform itself to better meet the demands of the Information Age?
The Congressional Management Foundation's Congress 3.0 project will answer this question with the help of the people who know best: Hill staffers themselves. A demographically diverse group of 17 House and Senate personal offices are participating in Congress 3.0's cohort, where they will discuss amongst themselves the best ways to update congressional office operations. With the help of an experienced team of political scientists, CMF will learn which ideas can best help offices meet the needs of today's world. The research began in January 2016 and will continue through 2017. The final outcome will be a toolkit distributed to House and Senate offices that provides research-based guidance on how to transform their processes to better meet the needs of 21st Century Members, staff, and citizens.
If you want Congress to step into the 21st century, please sign our petition to show your support.