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Governmental Support Entities with a Role in Transparency: Statutory Basis for Negotiated Terrain

January 23rd, 2008 by John Wonderlich · No Comments

In order to clarify this post, I wanted to organize some of the governmental support agencies and bodies with responsibility or jurisdiction over congressional information access.  This list is still probably partial, as any such list would be, since jurisdiction and responsibility are ultimately a matter of habit and practice as much as they are statutory mandate, appropriations, or formal jurisdiction.

More background discussion can be found here.

Congressional Budget Office (CBO): CBO intro PDF from their website, see also Congressional Budget Act of 1974

General Accountability Office (GAO):

Office of Technological Assessment (defunct, then reinstated, in limited way)

Library of Congress (LOC):

THOMAS, Congressional Research Service (CRS) running LIS on LIMS, DLR

Government Printing Office (GPO)

Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) (jurisdiction via  Free Government Information)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Center for Legislative Archives (CLA)

Chief Administrative Officer (of the House) (CAO)

Speaker of the House (link)

House Historian (link)  (under the speaker’s jurisdiction)

Clerk of the House (link)

Office of History and Preservation (OHP)

Secretary of the Senate (link)

Senate Historical Office (link)

Senate Office of Public Records (SOPR)

Senate Rules Committee (link)

Senate Sergeant at Arms (link)

Committee on House Administration (CHA)

Joint Committee on Printing (JCP)

Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGA)

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (link)

Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress (link)

Senate Historical Office (link)

Legislative Resource Center (LRC )

Executive Branch

General Services Administration (GSA), (executive branch)

CIO Counsel (link)  (also see federal indexes:,, ( by us commerce dept)

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Judicial Branch

Federal Judicial Center (FJC)

Tags: House of Representatives · Open Senate Project · OpenHouse · jurisdiction · library of congress · ota · senate

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