During its first two centuries of operations, Congress conducted business the old fashion way: with paper and pencil and face-to-face. Over the past 25 years, however, the legislative branch began—hesitatingly—using computer technology and the Internet.
How is this digital transition going? What has gone well and what need improved? And does Congress have the tech tools it needs to govern in the 21st century?
Come join us for this discussion. Lunch will be provided.
Meag Doherty, Operations Associate, OpenGov Foundation
Sasha Moss, Technology Policy Fellow, R Street Institute
Christian Hoehner, Policy Director, Data Coalition
Daniel Schuman, Policy Director, DemandProgress
This meeting is open to Capitol Hill staff (except interns); experts on Congress; and anyone else who cares about the well-being of America’s legislative branch. This meeting is open to media, and the group's co-directors, Kevin R. Kosar and Lee Drutman, are available for interviews and comment. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
New America and the R Street Institute launched the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group in spring 2016. The group formed in response to widespread perception that Congress is dysfunctional. The Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group aims to assess Congress' capacity to perform its constitutional duties and to collaborate on ideas to improve the legislative branch’s performance in our separation-of-powers system.