Building Trust & Effectiveness in Congress
FOLLOW US:

New Member Resource Center

Helping Members-Elect Successfully Transition to Congress


Featured Resource

Navigating the First 90 Days: A Workshop for Aides of Members-elect

"This was the most relevant program
I attended during training week."
— Senior aide for Member-elect

After every congressional election, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), in conjunction with the House Chiefs of Staff Association, hosts a workshop for the aides of Members-elect: "Navigating the First 90 Days." 

Based on CMF's signature publication, Setting Course, this orientation provides new Members and staff with critical guidance in making a successful transition to Congress.

Panels comprised of Democratic and Republican Chiefs of Staff offer their advice on staffing, budgeting, communications and technology.

Download the handouts from the 2012 session: pdf Navigating the First 90 Days (2 Mb)

Additional Resources

Setting Up The Office

Technology/Communications

Planning/Management Assistance

Hiring Staff

Official Resources

Legislative References

 

 

 
 
 

ABOUT CMF

Inside of Capitol Dome

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.

Our work focuses on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services.

Read more about CMF

SETTING COURSE

compass

Now in its 13th edition, Setting Course is a comprehensive guide to managing a congressional office:

  • Part I is for new Members, focusing on setting up an office. 
  • Part II helps Members themselves define their role in the office and in Congress. 
  • Part III provides guidance to veteran and freshman offices on managing specific office operations.