Whip Hoyer Announces Updates to Democratic Intranet

For Immediate Release:

June 19, 2013

Contact:

Amanda Ott, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced today several changes to the official intranet for House Democratic staff, including a new staff directory, an expanded calendar, and an updated legislative correspondence library. The intranet, DemCom, has been in use by House Democratic staff for four years and is used regularly by over 2,000 House Democratic staffers. Over the past year, the Democratic Whip's office developed DemCom 3.0, which includes significant new features based on extensive feedback and interviews with staff.  

"I'm pleased to introduce a newly updated DemCom to House Democratic staff so they can be better informed, connected, and involved in the proceedings of the House of Representatives," Whip Hoyer said. "DemCom serves as a model for what is possible when we promote greater transparency and accessibility of information.  I will continue to work to ensure that House Democrats, Congress, and the federal government adopt the latest technologies to best serve constituents and the American public."

The updates to DemCom take advantage of different sources of information that have only recently been digitalized to allow accurate and effective communication between House Democratic offices.  Among other updates, DemCom 3.0 includes an expanded and more accurate and functional staff directory.  Additionally, the calendar now features information from several sources such as the Caucus-wide member and staff meetings, all House Floor scheduling information from DemocraticWhip.gov that was first released in digital format last March, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's commemorative events database, and all committee and subcommitee hearings and markups from Docs.house.gov that were made available to the public for the first time at the beginning of this Congress. DemCom users can also browse an updated database of legislative correspondence that encourages new entries and is ranked by other users.

The DemCom website is available for use by House Democratic staff only.

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