How is Congress getting its work done? Health care, tax reform, and investigations into the Trump campaign’s potential connections to Russia all require staff time and effort. And yet the number of staffers supporting congressional committees has dropped significantly — so much so that some critics question whether Congress has enough support to write thoughtful legislation and effectively oversee an expanding and ever-stronger executive branch. But our new research finds that just counting Hill staff overlooks an important source of expertise for congressional committees: Executive agency “detailees.” Agencies loan these civil servants, who embed temporarily within congressional committees and help them do their work. Borrowing staff from executive agencies can be a win-win solution for both branches. Congress rebuilds its capacity at no cost… Next »
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