Study Finds Congress Is Paying More Attention to Social Media

A new study shows Congress is paying more attention to responses on social media. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It turns out Congress cares what you say on Twitter.  

A new report released this week from the Congressional Management Foundation finds members of Congress are more engaged in social media than in previous years and are far more responsive to constituent concerns that come in via various social media platforms.  

Farenthold Case Prompts Talk About Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

Cloakroom buzzed about sexual harassment as the House Ethics Committee announced its next step on Farenthold's case. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

"What do you do if you're being sexually harassed in your office?" one user asked Monday morning on the anonymous Capitol Hill social-networking app Cloakroom.  

It prompted one person, identifying himself as a 26-year-old male working for a 40-year-old female chief of staff, to share his own situation.  

Social Media Rules on Capitol Hill: What Not To Do

Schock. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


Benjamin Cole, spokesperson for Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., has resigned after his racially charged Facebook comments surfaced on the ThinkProgress website. From Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill :

The Best News Sources for Staffers to Read

Be sure to read the day's news before your boss does. Hill Navigator discusses. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Are you reading this while at your desk? On your smartphone on the Metro? Maybe you get Hill Navigator delivered directly to your inbox. But how do you know if you’re reading the best news sources to do your job effectively? Hill Navigator discusses.

All Work? Congress Averaging 70-Hour Work Week

Long day at work? A new report finds Members of Congress work 70-hour weeks. (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Who are some of the hardest working men and women in Washington, D.C.? Congress, apparently. Members of Congress work an average of 70 hours per week when in session and nearly 60 hours per week for district work periods, with approximately 13 meetings a day, according to a report by the Business-Industry Political Action Committee and the Congressional Management Foundation. Congress gets knocked for its work practices constantly — and the 113th is on track to be one of the least productive congresses — but members are busy with active schedules.  

"Perceptions of Congress inside the Beltway are significantly different because we all know people who work on Capitol Hill, and  the work that is involved with that," said Bo Harmon, BIPAC's senior vice president for political affairs. "People outside of Washington don’t always have that direct relationship with Capitol Hill. Perceptions are very different."  

Spin is Overrated: Crisis Communications for Members of Congress

Ever wonder how "spin doctors" in the public affairs world really accomplish their feats? According to crisis communicator and former White House staffer Eric Dezenhall, promises of "spin" are overrated. His new book "Glass Jaw" (Hatchette Books, 2014) explores the "instant scandals" that can affect anyone and anything: from corporations to members of Congress to average joes.  

Dezenhall shared his words of wisdom with Roll Call's Hill Navigator on how members of Congress (and staff) can better protect their reputations. A lightly-edited transcript follows.  

Survey: LinkedIn Lacks Appeal for Hill Staffers

Hill staffers value social media, but are taking a pass on the business-networking site LinkedIn. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Hill offices may vary on their Facebook and Twitter interactions, but they agree on one thing: opting out of LinkedIn. The business-oriented social networking site was recently rated as least important by congressional staff in establishing their member of Congress as a thought leader.  

"It makes sense, offices are looking for mediums to communicate with constituents, like Facebook or Instagram," said Jennifer Curley, a former hill staffer and president and CEO of the Curley Company, Inc., which commissioned the survey.