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NameThe Government Affairs Institute is an authority on Congress. All Senior Fellows are experienced observers of Congress who come from backgrounds in political science, public administration, history, economics, among others, and have taught extensively at the university level.

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In Search of Good Intelligence Oversight

Katina Slavkova | January 9, 2019

After a moment of pomp and circumstance to accompany the swearing-in of the new Congress, the 116th Congress quickly pivoted to the less glamorous work of legislating. The most immediate concern for Democrats, who now control the House of Representatives, is to end a partial government shutdown that has dragged on for

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GAI Podcast: The New Congress and Shutdown Politics

GAI | January 9, 2019

In the latest episode of our podcast, GAI Senior Fellows Laura, Mark, and Josh discuss the shutdown, Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s second turn with the Speaker’s gavel, and the 116th Congress.

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Leadership elections with Matt Green

GAI | December 19, 2018

Matt, Laura, Josh, and special guest Matt Green discuss leadership elections, factionalism in congressional parties, and prospects for the 116th Congress.

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Better late than never: Congress reforms process for handling sexual harassment complaints

Kristin Nicholson | December 14, 2018

Finally! Nearly fourteen months after a cascade of #MeToo revelations led to fresh scrutiny of Congress’s opaque and antiquated process for handling sexual harassment complaints, significant reforms to the system are poised to become law. Under the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act (CAA), which applied civil rights, labor and workplace safety laws to Congress, congressional employees claiming harassment

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