Consider this the Cliffs Notes
This looks like it will be an intriguing set of essays, given the wide and jaundiced view many of us have towards the administrative state and the "deep state".
If you plan to stay focused on the science knowledge vs. legislative policy impact, that is fine. But I hope you might also expand to consider:
1) How to make these "hidden" folks more "accountable", either directly by bringing more of them into the limelight, or via greater association with the legislator that they are hired to support.
2) What interactions do or should occur across the institutions between legislative staff with the executive agency staffs; and/or vice versa? And maybe even occasionally judicial staffers?
Just so you know, I came upon this substack via Razib Kahn's Unsupervised Leaning substack (email).