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Congressional staff agencies

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Congressional staff agencies

  1. 1. Congressional Staff Agencies<br />Tessa, Cheyenne, & Richard<br />
  2. 2. Library of Congress<br />Founded in 1800<br />Research library for Congress<br />Over 100 million books<br />Home to the Congressional Research Service and the Copyright Office<br />Also serves the other branches of government<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-LibraryOfCongress-Seal.svg<br />
  3. 3. Congressional Research Service<br />Founded in 1914<br />Nonpartisan<br />Known as “Congress’ Think Tank”<br />Policy and legal analysis for committees and Congress members<br />Provide insight from all sides and points of view on a topic or issue<br />Report on policy issues<br />Look at the impacts of alternatives policies<br />
  4. 4. Congressional Budget Office<br />Formed in 1974<br />Nonpartisan<br />Purpose is similar to that of the Department of the Treasury and the Joint Committee on Taxation on that the determine costs and revenues<br />Give reports on fiscal policy<br />
  5. 5. Government Accountability Office<br />Formed in 1921<br />Audit and investigate for Congress<br />Evaluate where money goes, who gets money, et cetera<br />In charge of finding out the nation’s debt level<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-GovernmentAccountabilityOffice-Seal.svg<br />
  6. 6. Government Printing Office<br />Founded in 1861<br />Prints all material for Congress<br />Publishes the record of what happens in Congress daily<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US-GovernmentPrintingOffice-Seal.svg<br />
  7. 7. Lobbyists<br />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<br />Provide insight on particular topics<br />Help committees<br />Experts on their particular topic<br />
  8. 8. Citations<br />http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo/<br />http://www.cbo.gov/<br />http://www.gao.gov/<br />http://www.loc.gov/index.html<br />http://www.gpo.gov/<br />

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