“We’ve streamlined the website to make it more user-friendly and easier to navigate,” CAO spokesman Dan Weiser said.
The “Departing Members” portion of that site has gone live, providing lawmakers and their offices with the information they need to wind down their operations. There are already more than two dozen Members who are retiring, running for another office or have lost primaries.
In addition to including dates for information sessions and locations for shredding documents, a checklist of 39 tasks includes “notify landlord and financial counselor with exact vacating date for each district office” and “email Citibank Visa account number to your financial counselor.”
There are also resources to help Members and staffers prepare for whatever emotions they might experience during the transition.
“Thank you for your service and dedication to the U.S. House of Representatives and the constituents of your District,” the site reads. “Departing from Congress can be an overwhelming process. This website will help you navigate all the things that must be done before you leave.”
The section of the website for returning Members will go live in August, and the page for new Members will go up in November.
From left, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., David Goldman, the father of a child who was abducted to Brazil by the mother, and Arvind Chawdra, a father whose two children were abducted to India by their mother, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.