Campus Notebook: It’s Cubicles For Some Members in Lame Duck

Posted November 30, 2010 at 7:07pm

Regardless of how long the lame-duck session runs, all departing House Members must be out of their offices by noon today. They will move into cubicles in the Rayburn House Office Building.

“Each departing member gets a cubicle with two chairs, a computer, phone, supplies, a mailbox and printing/faxing capabilities,” House Administration Committee GOP spokesman Michael Calvo said in an e-mail. “There are enough cubicles for each departing member and one staffer.”

The temporary space, used as the new-Member service center during orientation, will be available until Dec. 17.

Two alternate locations in the Longworth House Office Building will be made available for two additional staffers per Member.

“These centers will feature workstations equipped with telephones, fax machines, photocopiers and other materials necessary to allow staff to continue to support legislative efforts, despite pending Member Office Suite moves,” Calvo said. “Each Member will be able to designate two additional staff who will be credentialed to work from one of the support centers, with their work laptops, throughout the lame duck session.”

In the Senate, departing Members are not required to vacate their suites until their terms end in January, said Jean Bordewich, staff director for the Rules and Administration Committee.

Between now and January, incoming Senators have temporary offices for themselves and two staffers. Those spaces are located mostly in the basements of the Russell and Dirksen Senate office buildings.

“After they become Senators in January, they are permitted to hire their full staff, and they have larger temporary office suites until their permanent office suite is available,” Bordewich said. “Typically the moving to permanent suites is completed for all Senators sometime in April.”

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