U.S. Capitol

The Government and Finance Division's work focuses on the organization, structure, operations and management of Congress and its support agencies, the executive the judicial branches; the congressional budget and appropriations process, the legislative process and congressional history; and issues related to homeland security and emergency management, community development, elections and American federalism. Among the financial issues covered are banking, financial institutions, insurance and securities, taxation, public finance, fiscal and monetary policy, the public debt, the interaction of taxes with interest rates, and such economic indicators as gross domestic product, inflation and savings.

The division is subdivided into six research sections, each led by a section research manager:

  • Banking, Insurance, Securities and Macroeconomic Policy — coverage includes
    • banks and other deposit taking institutions, financial intermediation (financial regulation, deposit insurance, financial stability)
    • insurance industry oversight and regulation, federal disaster insurance
    • securities regulation and oversight
    • housing finance and securitization
    • monetary policy formulation and stance, role and accountability of the central bank
  • Congress and Judiciary — coverage includes
    • Congress’s history, organization and operations
    • legislative branch budget
    • federal judiciary’s organization, activities, and budget
    • nomination and confirmation process for federal judges and justices of the Supreme Court
    • elections (campaign finance, political parties, redistricting, reforms, voter participation, term limits)
  • Executive Branch Operations — coverage includes
    • presidential office and powers
    • presidential nominees
    • federal workforce
    • U.S. Postal Service
    • rulemaking and regulatory management
    • procurement
  • Federalism and Emergency Management — coverage includes
    • homeland security
    • regional affairs (District of Columbia)
    • community development (federal assistance programs, economic development initiatives, D.C.)
    • emergency management (federal response to natural disasters, funding issues and Federal Emergency Management Agency)
    • homeland security (overarching issues, appropriations)
    • federal grants-in-aid
  • Government Finance and Taxation — coverage includes
    • federal taxation
    • budget and spending policy
    • federal debt
    • impact of federal policies on state and local government finances
  • Legislative and Budget Process — coverage includes
    • legislative procedure and budgetary legislation
    • congressional organization

Last Updated: 02/12/2013