“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.
James Jones, communications director for DC Vote, tapes a "DC Constituents Service Day" sign on the wall as he stands with other DC residents outside of Rep. Andy Harris's office on Capitol Hill to protest Harris' actions against D.C.'s marijuana laws on Thursday, July 24, 2014. DC Vote encouraged DC residents to bring their complaints about city services to the Maryland congressman.