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The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. We do this by enhancing the performance of the institution, legislators and their staffs through research-based education and training, and by strengthening the bridge and understanding between Congress and the People it serves. CMF also is the leading researcher and trainer on citizen engagement, educating thousands of individuals and facilitating better understanding, relationships, and communications with Congress.
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The authors call the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress an "unlikely group of superheroes."

Hiding in plain sight: An unusual example of how Congress can work

Patton is director of the Rebuild Congress Initiative and a co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Fitch is president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation.

In an era when polls show head lice is more popular than Congress, something unusual is happening in Washington. Twelve politicians from all ideological stripes are regularly getting together to address serious problems, demonstrate mutual respect and make unanimous recommendations about improving our democratic institutions.

This unlikely group of superheroes is called the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

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'Life in Congress' Webinar: Enhancing Workplace Flexibility in Congress

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

"How do I know staffers are working if I can't see them?" "We tried a flexible work schedule. A few staffers ruined it for all of us." "We care about our constituents and they need responses immediately." "My boss will NEVER go for it."

Well, just how DO you overcome these objections? Join us for this webinar that will feature the "Workflex Toolkit for Congress," a practical guide with worksheets, assessments, and tips for how to make flexible working options a reality in your office. You will also hear from congressional managers who will provide their perspectives on:

  • The strategies and tactics their offices have tried to help staff better manage their work and home lives;
  • How they developed their workflex policies;
  • The benefits they've seen in their office to having family-friendly or more flexible policies; and
  • Their advice for other offices on modifying their employment practices.
Location: Webinar

Advocacy Leaders Network: Fall Happy Hour

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Please join us for our annual fall Advocacy Leaders Network happy hour. Over the past seven years, many of you have joined us for substantive sessions on all aspects of maximizing your advocacy campaigns, but sometimes the best learning comes from just talking to your peers over drinks! The Advocacy Leaders Network is a community of senior advocacy, government affairs, and public relations professionals. In addition to our quarterly event series, we will be providing these professional networking opportunities as a chance for us all to meet in a fun, informal setting.

Location: Beekeeper Group, 1101 14th St. NW #200, Washington, DC 20005

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