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Government Publishing Office Head: Improved bill processing hinges on new technology

“Modernizing the way Congress drafts and processes bills and legislation will likely rely on the intersection of new software, hardware and willingness for federal officials to transition into new systems and practices, witnesses testified on Thursday.

During a hearing held by the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, government employees who help process official government documents and drafts offered their advice for installing new technology to improve legislative transparency and processing…”

“’When our predecessors created our system of laws and, more importantly, how we update them…they made some really bad decisions,’ Halpern said, referring to former government officials who designed how Congress handles bill drafts. ‘Those systems don’t scale well. And particularly when they’re coupled with modern technology.’…”

“However, Halpern emphasized that in addition to new software and hardware technologies, Congress and its staff must be willing to learn a new, more efficient, streamlined system…” Read the full article here.

Source: GPO Says Improved Bill Processing Hinges On New Tech, Gov’t Employee Enthusiasm – By Alexandra Kelley, April 29, 2022. Nextgov.


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