Mary T. Tyszkiewicz, Ph.D.
ACS Congressional Fellow, 1993-1994
Prior to the fellowship, Dr. Tyskiewicz was a graduate student at Syracuse University. As a fellow, Dr. Tyskiewicz served on the Staff of the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. Dr. Tyskiewicz is currently a Senior Analyst at the Homeland Security Institute.
During my 1993-94 ACS Congressional Fellowship for the House Armed Services Committee I helped the Fiscal Year 1995 Defense Authorization bill become law. I wrote analytical and descriptive reports for Members of Congress and staff on a variety of topics, and averaged three weekly written and oral reports for congressional staff and a monthly written report and oral briefing for Members of Congress. I also researched, managed and produced three subcommittee hearings.
The committee covered broad topics, which included defense conversion, executive salaries for defense contractors, telemedicine, health research for women, earmarking in the Department of Defense R&D budget, animal research, defense technology base issues, future of defense R&D laboratories, and the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.
My Congressional Fellowship allowed me to witness history and see the transfer of congressional power from Democrats to Republicans. I also got to work on bi-partisan R&D funding issues. First hand, I got to experience both how the parties can work together and how politics can divide the Congress. I used the Congressional Fellowship to inform my career in policy think-tanks for the Congress (Office of Technology Assessment and Congressional Research Service), for the Army (RAND Corporation) and Department of Homeland Security (Homeland Security Institute.)
Because the Congress has the “power of the purse”, understanding Congress is critical to understanding how our government works. My 1993-94 ACS Congressional Fellowship still informs the work I do today.