In the last three years House of Representatives personnel office MRA's have been cut by as much as 20%. CMF has conducted extensive research on how senior managers can effectively manage these budget cuts.
This video will address:
How are other managers handling the expected cuts?
What are the strategic questions which should be asked?
How should we manage the operational and morale impacts of the cuts?
In the fall of 2011 CMF conducted focus groups, interviews, and surveys of staff to help House Chiefs of Staff and office managers make thoughtful and strategic decisions regarding budget cuts. The training video was conducted by Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of CMF, and Rick Shapiro, CMF's former Executive Director and project consultant.
The research and program is supported through a grant from Credit Union National Association.
For more information on "Budgeting and Financial Management for Congressional Offices" click here.
To read the full report on "Managing Budget Cuts" click here.
Last month, Brad Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), was interviewed on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. Based on research done by CMF and 13 years of personal experience working on the Hill, Brad discussed a wide range of topics on the show, painting a more accurate picture of the life and work of Members of Congress. Topics ranged from the initial challenges with setting up a congressional office, hiring staff, and learning new issues, to debunking some common myths about Congress such as congressional pay and office budgets.
Ah, it’s that time of the decade again! As you know, every ten years states undergo a redrawing of districts that affects the make-up and boundaries of each district – and will impact your boss’ constituency in the coming Congress. In some districts the population might not be altered very much, but in others the Member’s constituency could be completely different. You may end up representing a new ethnic population or add a military post. Whatever the results may be, it is important for you and your new constituents to get to know one another so that your office can provide the best possible service. CMF has outlined five areas you should keep in mind while learning about and supporting your boss’ new constituency.
The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released a ground-breaking report this week, “Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in the U.S. House and Senate.” The report is based on a survey of more than 1,400 congressional staff and is the first inside look at work-life issues in this unusual work environment.
Outside observers might conclude that the Congress lags behind the private sector in recognizing and adapting the work environment and policies for a 21st century workforce. And while there is some data in the report to suggest this (notably, the significant gap in staffers’ attitudes about the “importance” of work-life balance and their “satisfaction”), it’s essential also to have some historical perspective.
The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping Congress and its Members meet the evolving needs and expectations of an engaged and informed 21st century citizenry.
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