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Rebecca Gale


Rebecca Gale is the Opinion Editor for Roll Call and author of the Hill Navigator, Roll Call's workplace advice column.

Prior to coming to CQ Roll Call, Rebecca worked as a press secretary and communications director for senators and members of Congress on Capitol Hill. She has also worked on presidential and congressional campaigns, both as spokesperson and communications director.

She graduated with honors from Miami University in Ohio and has a master's degree in political communication from the Johns Hopkins University.

Her short stories have appeared in anthologies published by Boxfire Press, and her debut novel, "Trying," was published by Boxfire Press in December 2012.

She is also the author of the e-book "Best Intern Ever: Roll Call’s Guide to Acing Your Internship.”

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Stories by Rebecca Gale:

Boehner and Pelosi Agree: Overtime for Their Aides

July 24, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., agree on one aspect of the new overtime provisions: More of their own aides will be eligible for extra pay when the new criteria issued by the Department of Labor are finalized, likely in early 2016.

Vote for Your Favorite Iran Deal Capitol Quip!

July 22, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Capitol Hill Is No Place for the Passive

July 22, 2015

Good things come to those who wait — except on Capitol Hill, where good things come to those who pounce immediately at the opportunity. Passivity has a time and place, but it’s not likely to serve you well in the competitive job hunt. Hill Navigator discusses how and when to speak up.

Jonathan Levy Lands at Vision Ridge Partners | Downtown Moves

July 22, 2015

Jonathan Levy, former deputy chief of staff at the Department of Energy and policy adviser to then-Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., has left the administration for the private sector.

Experts: Congress Under Pressure on Overtime Rules

July 16, 2015

Workplace and labor law experts are predicting Congress will bow to external pressures and implement new overtime regulations, including the $50,440 annual salary threshold.

Vote for Your Favorite Confederate Football Capitol Quip!

July 15, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

CNN's Josh Levs Takes Paternity-Leave Message to Capitol Hill

July 15, 2015

When talking about taking paternity leave, there seems to be two whirlpools of discussion: Do offices provide enough (or any) time off, and are dads actually taking the time provided to them?

Congress' Overtime Rules Are From 1970s

July 10, 2015

Congress has gone 11 years without implementing changes to the income thresholds for paying staffers overtime, and the overtime standards in practice today on Capitol Hill are so antiquated they date back to 1975.

Vote for Your Favorite Mr. USA Capitol Quip!

July 8, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Half of Capitol Hill Staff Could Qualify for New Overtime Rules

July 8, 2015

Nearly half of Capitol Hill staffers could qualify for overtime pay under the new Obama administration overtime rules to move the threshold to $50,440. Whether the new rules will apply to staffers is an open question for Congress.

The Best Member of Congress for Your Job

July 8, 2015

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.

Vote for Your Favorite SCOTUS Fireworks Capitol Quip!

July 1, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Overtime Pay Not Likely for Congressional Staff

June 30, 2015

President Barack Obama may be signing overtime rules into place for nearly 5 million workers, but those beneficiaries aren’t likely to include Capitol Hill staffers.

Policy or Communications? How to Choose

June 24, 2015

If “chief of staff” sits atop the apex of the congressional staffer pyramid, there are typically two expertise areas that lead to it: policy or communications. But how do you decide if you’re meant to be a legislative assistant or press secretary, which lead down distinct career paths? Hill Navigator discusses.

A True Workplace Father's Day Gift: Paternity Leave

June 17, 2015

Want to give dads on Capitol Hill a real gift this Father’s Day?

Marijuana Laws Haven’t Blazed Any Trails on Capitol Hill, Yet

June 16, 2015

Marijuana may be legal in D.C., but it’s still illegal on Capitol Hill.

Vote for Your Favorite League of Their Own Capitol Quip!

June 10, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Banish the Conference Call, Part 1: Why It's Awful

June 10, 2015

“That was a great conference call,” said no one ever. Or, maybe they had, but couldn’t be heard over the traffic zooming by, or another participant’s dog barking or the person who thinks they’re on mute and is chattering away rather than listening.

Staffer Guide to the 2015 Congressional Baseball Game

June 10, 2015

It’s that time of year again.

Banish the Conference Call, Part 2: Alternatives

June 10, 2015

Conference calls provide a mediocre solution to a legitimate dilemma on how best to connect multiple people simultaneously for a conversation. “Sometimes it’s the only way to coordinate between three people,” said Brad Fitch, president of the Congressional Management Foundation.

Vote For Your Favorite Lights Out Capitol Quip!

June 3, 2015

The finalists for this week’s caption contest are ready for your vote:

Farmers Market Returns to HHS Plaza

June 2, 2015

Good news for those who work near the Health and Human Services Department. (Looking at you, Rayburn.)

Climbing That Ladder: Will Graduate School Help on Capitol Hill?

May 28, 2015

Got ambition? Plenty of high-ranking Capitol Hill staffers once started answering the phones and answering mail (even before there was email . . . back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). But take a look at any resume stack and graduate school comes up quite a bit. So just how helpful is that graduate degree on Capitol Hill? Hill Navigator discusses:

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