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|Assistant Commissioner for Industrial Prices and Price Indexes||Washington, DC|
|Associate Commissioner for Productivity and Technology||Washington, DC|
|Director - Office of Legislative and Public Affairs||Washington, DC|
|Senior Legislative & Public Affairs Specialist||Washington, DC|
|Healthcare Counsel||Washington, DC|
Judging from the current approval ratings, the American people are planning on making a lot more former members of Congress in the upcoming election. Since a group of people with an overall 80% disapproval rating might struggle to find work after they’re relieved of their jobs, we’ll need to find something for all of them to do. Luckily, there’s the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, which is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization that “utilizes the unique skill sets of its 600 members to provide pro bono public service programs and initiatives both at home and abroad.” Apparently, the organization used to be just a “conduit to keep former Members in touch with each other and create social activities” but has evolved to be something far more valuable. As much as I like to make fun of members of Congress, I realize that they’re for the most part extremely smart people with exceptional experience and political leverage. That’s a valuable combination, and a non-profit is a great place to put it to work.
The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress was formed in 1970 as “a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational, research and social organization.” It gets no fundingfrom Congress and has three main areas of focus: Promoting Public Service, Strengthening Representative Democracy, and Keeping Members of Congress Connected After Service. The organizations programs are active both domestically and abroad. We’ve seen how much good former presidents have been able to do after they have left government, the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress ensures that lower profile politicians are also able to make similar contributions. If you’d like to help enable this, you should check out the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress’ jobs on Idealist. Right now there’s only one position posted–Member Services Officer. It’s even described as an entry level job, so go get it.
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