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Bulk data downloads approved in the omnibus spending bill (success!)

March 11th, 2009 · 3 Comments

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 [...]

Tags: Congress · GPO · Structured Data · appropriations · approps · clerk of the house · govtrack · legislation · library of congress · maplight · openhouseproject

House Bailout Bill

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 as soon as [...]

Tags: appropriations · openhouseproject

Legislative Databases recommendation makes it to House Leg Branch Appropriations markup

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 [...]

Tags: GPO · House of Representatives · LoC · OpenHouse · Structured Data · appropriations · cha · library of congress · ohp · openhouseproject

Library of Congress Appropriations Testimony

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 [...]

Tags: LIS · LoC · OSI · OpenHouse · appropriations

Reform Taxonomy?

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 [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · appropriations · committees

Steve King introduces a new bill with a bit of Internet-transparency thrown in

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 [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · appropriations · procedure

Statements of Administrative Policy

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 [...]

Tags: LIV · OMB · OpenHouse · appropriations · government websites · library of congress

Legislative Branch Appropriations CRS Report

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.

Tags: CRS reports · OpenHouse · appropriations · open crs

Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations Review

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 [...]

Tags: Congress · OpenHouse · appropriations · archive · archivist · committees · government websites · lobbying · lobbying disclosure · preservation

Lobbying Updates

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 [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · Structured Data · appropriations · government websites · govtrack · insanely useful websites · web 2.0