The “Future of the Congressional Research Service” discussion sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation that’s scheduled for this afternoon (May 9th) will air live on C-SPAN. The program will begin at 2pm EDST/11am PDST and run for 90 minutes.
You can find a link to stream the program live on the C-SPAN web site. It’s scheduled to run on the C-SPAN (vs. C-SPAN2 or 3).
After the live broadcast/stream concludes it will likely re-air and will also be available via in the C-SPAN Video Library.
CRS director Dan Mulhollan’s retirement on April 2 – after running Congress’ think tank for 17 years – raises questions about the agency’s policies and future.
Is CRS meeting the needs of Congress? Has its analytical expertise eroded? Are CRS Reports as relevant, accurate, and understandable as they need to be, and should they be available to the general public? What does a 21st century research service look like?
The Advisory Committee will be hosting a panel of experts to discuss these issues in Rayburn House Office Building room 2203.
Our panel includes:
- Steve Aftergood, Senior Research Analyst, the Federation of American Scientists and Director, FAS Project on Government Secrecy
- Stan Brand, Founder, the Brand Law Group; General Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives (1976-1983)
- Robyn Russell, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Mike Quigley (D – Ill.)
- Nye Stevens, Deputy Director, Government and Finance Division, Congressional Research Service (2000-2006); Director, Federal Management and Workforce Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office (1982-2000); Director, Organization and Special Projects Division, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (1977-1982)
- Moderator Daniel Schuman, Policy Counsel and Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency, the Sunlight Foundation; Attorney, American Law Division, Congressional Research Service (2006-2007)
Here’s some background about CRS from OpenCongress.