The Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) protects over 30,000 employees of the legislative branch, including unpaid staff such as interns, detailees and fellows. Current employees and job applicants are covered by the CAA. In certain instances, former employees and visitors may also be covered.

The CAA applies to the following employers and their employees:

  • U.S. House of Representatives (DC & district office staff) 

  • U.S. Senate (DC & state office staff) 

  • Office of Congressional Accessibility Services

  • U.S. Capitol Police 

  • Congressional Budget Office 

  • Office of the Architect of the Capitol 

  • Office of the Attending Physician 

  • Office of Congressional Workplace Rights

  • The Library of Congress (except for Section 1351)

  • Office of Technology Assessment

  • John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development

  • U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission;

  • Congressional-Executive China Commission;

  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)

Certain provisions of the CAA also apply to the Government Accountability Office and their employees. Certain provisions of the CAA may not apply to every employer and employee of Congress.