House Staff Directory
A staff directory for the House of Representatives, using data culled from the House' quarterly disbursement records.
The House publishes each quarter's data by the end of the following quarter, so the records will generally be 3-6 months out of date.
Depends on Ruby 1.8.7 - not tested on anything higher. This needs to be updated.
Install dependencies with bundler:
cp config.ru.example config.ru
cp config/config.yml.example config/config.yml
Run with unicorn:
bundle exec unicorn
Loading new staff records
It's an old, blunt, violent process.
Get the CSVs generated from the sunlightlabs/disbursements process.
Put them into the
data/directory and run:
Wait for an hour or more as the data is blown away and reloaded from scratch. It's not very efficient, and the website will show incomplete data for that time.
Update the 'as of' date displayed on the home page in views/index.erb to the last day of the quarter processed.
data/ directory expects four CSV files:
staffers.csv: Unique staffer names as they appear in the original disbursement data, and any standardizations or corrections to those titles.
titles.csv: Unique titles as they appear in the original disbursement data, and any standardizations or corrections to those titles.
offices.csv: Unique office names as they appear in the original disbursement data, and any standardizations or corrections to those titles. Expanded details for each office (committee ID, building, room, telephone number) are added by hand.
positions.csv: The "join table" that links staffer names, title names, and office names together as a "position" for each quarter.
Why not the Senate?
The Senate's expenditure data is published every 6 months, can be quite out of date, and is much more difficult to parse than the House's.