More specifically, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S.
federal budget––measured in constant, 2009 dollars to account for inflation––grew
from $2.3 trillion in 2001 to $3.5 trillion in 2016. This roughly 53 percent increase in the
federal budget has far outpaced growth in staff levels of the HAC [House Appropriations Committee] (no change) and SAC [Senate Appropriations Committee] (17 percent) over the same period. » As a result, workload per committee staffer has increased dramatically across both appropriations committees in the last several years. In the Senate, each SAC staffer in 2016 was, on average, responsible for $32.24 billion in federal funds, compared to $24.74 billion in 2001. In the House, staffers saw their workload increase from $15.28 billion in spending per staffer to $23.21 billion. This represents a 30 percent increase in workload for SAC staffers and a 52 percent increase in workload for HAC staffers over the 16-year period studied.
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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Overworked Appropriations Staff
At the R Street Institute, Casey Burgat and Ryan Dukeman have a report titled: "Human Capital and Institutional Decline in Congressional Appropriations Committees."