With the new Congress seated for over half a year now, policy staff have had time to adjust to their roles in a new political environment. Last year, discussions about employment standards were at the forefront of workplace conversations for policymakers. This year, with electoral challenges behind us for the time being, we thought it would be important to see how these professional priorities may have shifted in a new federal landscape.
As part of our annual flagship study on advocacy in D.C., conducted between February and May 2023, we asked federal policymakers – including staff from the Legislative and Executive branches – about job satisfaction and retention to find out what motivates staffers and what would help them stay in their current positions.
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