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Looking for Lost References

How to track down a reference that may have switched jobs. (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

A great internship experience can lead to valuable references, which is one of the myriad reasons interning on Capitol Hill is often the best way to secure a full-time job there. But what if those valuable references aren’t in the same position anymore? Hill Navigator discusses how to track them down.  

Why a Former Staffer Could Make a Good Speaker

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., in the course of two decades, has risen from congressional staffer to the speakership.  

His first job was working as an aide to Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wis., on the Senate Small Business Committee. After a stint at the Empower America think tank, a 25-year-old Ryan — described as a "boyish, policy-wonk" — returned to Capitol Hill to work for Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas, in both the House and Senate, according to CQ Roll Call's Politics in America. He did what many young Hill staffers do every year: master policy and politics while working on Capitol Hill.  

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.  

Rude Realities on Capitol Hill

Students visiting Congress can learn the hard way that disagreements can get personal. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Most of us are used to the jovial, amicable member of Congress, the one who shakes hands and listens attentively with a grinning staffer at his or her side as they greet constituents and take meetings. But what happens when Dr. Jekyll’s potion runs dry and Mr. Hyde comes out, especially when there’s a group of visiting college students? Hill Navigator discusses.  

An Easy Fix for Members Who Want Overtime for Staff

Gutiérrez will pay his congressional staff overtime. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Even if Congress takes no action on amending the Congressional Accountability Act to add overtime protections for staff, individual offices can lead the way and implement changes for their own staff, much as they have done for workplace protections such as maternity and paternity leave.  

Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., says he intends to apply the new overtime regulations to his congressional employees in Washington and Chicago, “regardless of whether the U.S. Congress moves to adopt them when final.” Gutiérrez compared himself to a small-business employer, saying, “If these regulations are good enough for American workers in the private and public sectors, they ought to be good enough for me and my colleagues in the House and Senate.”  

The Best Member of Congress for Your Job

A "focused and driven" member of Congress: Then-Sen. Barack Obama talks to media in his temporary office space in the basement of the Dirksen Senate Office in 2005. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Best job ever? Maybe, but how valuable could a job be without a promotion in sight? And what happens if another office comes a-courting, with a hefty raise attached? Hill Navigator discusses.

Staffer Guide to the 2015 Congressional Baseball Game

Staffers cheer at the Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s that time of year again.  

Congressional baseball is back! The 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game Thursday is the real midsummer classic here in Washington, D.C. It's like a preview of 2018 All Star Game at Nationals Park, except this time starring members of Congress.  

The Difficult Bosses of Capitol Hill

Even the most kind-hearted member of Congress can be a difficult boss on occasion (CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Happy members of Congress are all alike (and great to work for); unhappy members are each unhappy in their own way. Wise — paraphrased — words from Tolstoy ring true about the Capitol Hill workplace: Difficult bosses come in all stripes. What do you do if you land in one of the many (many, many) offices with a difficult boss at the helm? Hill Navigator discusses.

What Happens to the Menendez Foreign Relations Staffers?

With Menendez stepping down, changes are coming to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But what does this mean for staff? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When scandals strike a senator, what does it mean for his staff?  

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is temporarily stepping down as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Even the most steady of staffers could be questioning what this means for their futures. And what does it mean for future staffers, especially those who want to intern for the committee? Hill Navigator discusses.