Two recommendations of our report have been moved forward in the FY09 omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 1105) which cleared the Senate yesterday and the House last month. The first recommendation in our chapter on legislative databases was that the Library of Congress make its bill status database directly available to the public and that the [...]
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March 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments
September 28th, 2008 · 7 Comments
Since servers are getting slammed on the hill, (at the bill’s origin) here’s a mirrored version of the bill: (the final version, which Speaker Pelosi said will be the version brought to the House Floor)
and an embedded version:
Get your own – Open publication
Sunlight is working on getting a copy up on PublicMarkup.org as soon as [...]
July 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment
I’m ecstatic. All right, so this all goes back to late 2006, a bunch of people sitting at their computers writing some emails about what Congress should do with data. I distinctly remember Dan Newman and I both thinking that the Library of Congress should make its raw legislative database (that powers THOMAS) available directly [...]
March 6th, 2008 · No Comments
Yesterday’s legislative branch subcommittee hearing featured testimony from from Dr. James Billington, the Librarian of Congress. He gave an update on current LoC initiatives, and described funding priorities. From the testimony:
Demand for online services, increased pressure on web services operations to enhance THOMAS, the World Digital Library (WDL), and the Legal Information Services [...]
November 3rd, 2007 · No Comments
Josh’s recent post, and general attentiveness to newly introduced legislation, has me thinking about the different kinds of reform that might result in increased transparency.
It seems to me that it’s worth looking into how a lot of transparency reform and process reform tend to be favored perenially by the political minority. Any transparency reform [...]
October 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment
Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, has introduced a new bill that has a clause specifically about Internet-based transparency. (We know King from his bill H.R. 170: Sunlight Act of 2007, parts of which I think were integrated into the passed ethics reform bill. One part that wasn’t integrated was a provision to have bills [...]
September 9th, 2007 · No Comments
The Office of Management and Budget offers tons of information publicly, and does a great job of archiving and indexing pdfs relating to their reports, budgets, and testimony.
I find the Statements of Administrative Policy to be particularly helpful, since the administration’s official policy positions on various legislative initiatives are all available as they’re available.
Now if [...]
August 31st, 2007 · No Comments
Just a quick post to point out that I just found a Congressional Research Service Report on the Legislative Branch Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2008.
Provided by Open CRS.
August 23rd, 2007 · No Comments
The Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill (reported out of committee on June 21st) provides a revealing look into the priorities that Congress sets in funding its own operations. The House and Senate pass separate appropriations bills; this page on THOMAS organizes the appropriations bills for each fiscal year in a remarkably useful manner.
While the [...]
August 17th, 2007 · No Comments
I’m writing to give a general update on the status of our recommendations, and to give some other various updates. The impact of this project has always been, to some degree, contingent on the clout generated by the distributed expertise of its participants. This list and project will retain their unique productive appeal [...]