Congressional Member Organizations: Their Purpose and Activities, History, and Formation

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This report examines the purpose and activities of Committee on House Administration as congressional Member organizations (CMO) and the reasons Members form them. It also identifies and describes seven CMO types, and it provides an overview of the historical development of informal Member organizations since the first Congress, focusing on their regulation in the House by the Committee on House Oversight/Committee on House Administration, the rise and fall of legislative service organizations (LSOs), and the House's decision in 1995 to issue regulations for establishing CMOs and governing their behavior. It concludes with a step-by-step guide for House Members and staff who might be interested in forming a CMO.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: September 24, 2013
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Creator (Author):
Dilger, Robert Jay

Senior Specialist in American National Government

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Gerrity, Jessica C.

Section Research Manager

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: September 24, 2013
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United States
Description:

This report examines the purpose and activities of Committee on House Administration as congressional Member organizations (CMO) and the reasons Members form them. It also identifies and describes seven CMO types, and it provides an overview of the historical development of informal Member organizations since the first Congress, focusing on their regulation in the House by the Committee on House Oversight/Committee on House Administration, the rise and fall of legislative service organizations (LSOs), and the House's decision in 1995 to issue regulations for establishing CMOs and governing their behavior. It concludes with a step-by-step guide for House Members and staff who might be interested in forming a CMO.

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30 pages.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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