Congressional staff agencies

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  • 1. Congressional Staff Agencies
    Tessa, Cheyenne, & Richard
  • 2. Library of Congress
    Founded in 1800
    Research library for Congress
    Over 100 million books
    Home to the Congressional Research Service and the Copyright Office
    Also serves the other branches of government
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-LibraryOfCongress-Seal.svg
  • 3. Congressional Research Service
    Founded in 1914
    Nonpartisan
    Known as “Congress’ Think Tank”
    Policy and legal analysis for committees and Congress members
    Provide insight from all sides and points of view on a topic or issue
    Report on policy issues
    Look at the impacts of alternatives policies
  • 4. Congressional Budget Office
    Formed in 1974
    Nonpartisan
    Purpose is similar to that of the Department of the Treasury and the Joint Committee on Taxation on that the determine costs and revenues
    Give reports on fiscal policy
  • 5. Government Accountability Office
    Formed in 1921
    Audit and investigate for Congress
    Evaluate where money goes, who gets money, et cetera
    In charge of finding out the nation’s debt level
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-GovernmentAccountabilityOffice-Seal.svg
  • 6. Government Printing Office
    Founded in 1861
    Prints all material for Congress
    Publishes the record of what happens in Congress daily
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-GovernmentPrintingOffice-Seal.svg
  • 7. Lobbyists
    Even though they are not a staff agency, lobbyists make up one of the four main Congressional advisors, the other three being the CRS, the CBO, and the GAO
    Provide insight on particular topics
    Help committees
    Experts on their particular topic
  • 8. Citations
    http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/
    http://www.cbo.gov/
    http://www.gao.gov/
    http://www.loc.gov/index.html
    http://www.gpo.gov/