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The Washington Times finally broke the code on how we can fix the government.

The most powerful nation on Earth is run largely by 24-year-olds.

High turnover and lack of experience in congressional offices are leaving staffs increasingly without policy and institutional knowledge, a Washington Times analysis of a decade of House and Senate personnel records shows — leaving a vacuum that usually is filled by lobbyists.

Most Senate staffers have worked in the Capitol for less than three years. For most, it is their first job ever. In House offices, one-third of staffers are in their first year, while only 1 in 3 has worked there for five years or more.

Among the aides who work on powerful committees where the nation’s legislation takes shape, resumes are a little longer: Half have four years of experience.

When Americans wonder why Congress can’t seem to get anything done, this could be a clue.

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Oh, the things they could teach us.

From: expo@gsa.gov [mailto:expo@gsa.gov]
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2012 3:32 PM
To:
Subject: GSA Training and Expo is Next Week! Make Sure to Bring Everything You Need.

If you’ve already registered for this year’s GSA Training and Expo, thank you! We’re glad you’ll be joining us and look forward to sharing this valuable training experience with you.

Keyword: “valuable.” As in, nothing in life is more “valuable” than knowing how to rock a 60 second keg stand.

And if you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry; you can still register onsite to take part in an extensive program of more than 200 CLP-certified training courses and more than 700 GSA-contracted exhibitors, including more than 400 certified small businesses.

What To Bring
Dress at the GSA Training and Expo is business casual, and don’t forget comfortable shoes as you will probably do a lot of walking.

Keywords: “business casual” and “walking.” Because let’s be honest, this is less about sitting down and learning and more about getting out and having fun.

For more info, go here.

Don’t get set up, apply today!

Communications Director – Councilmember Marion Barry, Ward 8

Job Open: April 30, 2012 – Open Until Filled
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Location: John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004
Salary: $46,350 – $75,000

Duties

Writes, manages or directs a staff in the writing and dissemination of press releases, Newsletters and other publications that provide information about the activities, legislative initiatives, special events or other issues impacting citizens in the District.

Develops a process and mechanism for the receipt of information from citizens, customers, media, groups or organizations.

Coordinates with the Director of Constituent Services or Constituent Services Coordinators community outreach meetings.

Designs and develops a communication plan.

Monitors and manages the communication plan and assures stakeholders, customers employees and others interested receive updates, changes and other communication associated with the plan.

Assures the monitoring and updating to inquiries from the community via the website, telephone lines, emails, written correspondence and other mechanisms.

Coordinates the responses to these inquiries with the appropriate staff member.

Assures the monitoring of “hits” to the Councilmembers website, recommends expanding site components and advertises the Internet Site in Councilmember press releases, newsletters and other appropriate publications.

h/t LE

Rep. Issa, who runs the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is quickly becoming the leading tech giant on Capitol Hill.

Issa has become a driving force in bringing technological thinking to the halls of Capitol Hill. He just gets it — something you often hear people who work for innovative companies around town talking about. From how he uses technology to his actual policy positions, Issa has emerged as a clear leader in D.C.’s tech scene. [via HuffPo]

Congrats to Seamus Kraft and Justin LoFranco who help run the Oversight Committee digital shop.

Anyone have a phone book? [via WaPo]

We’ve heard of witness intimidation, and now we know one of Congress’ secrets to making those testifying before committees feel a bit … overmatched: low-slung chairs.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins found herself on an unfamiliar side of the dais Thursday when she testified before a subcommittee of the Ways and Means committee—of which she is a member. The Kansas Republican, used to sitting among the members of the committee, instead sat in a witness chair to discuss expiring tax provisions. Jenkins is a CPA and the sponsor of a bill extending tax breaks for short-line railways.

But Jenkins, when called on, had trouble even seeing over the top of the table in front of her. “I would refer to my notes,” she said, “But I can’t see them. I’m wondering if there’s a phone book or something I could sit on.”

Can you spot Rep. Jenkins in this picture?

(March 20, 2012 – Source: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)