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
October 1st, 2008 · No Comments
Following John’s note on an OHP mail list email, I adapted the bill comparison tool I developed for GovTrack and used it to analyze the changes made between the draft PDFs that have been circulating of the economic bail-out bill that is now a large package of legislation. I found five drafts, going back to [...]
March 2nd, 2008 · No Comments
Congressional Republicans recently released a high production value video on the FISA fight, which prompted a quick response video in return. Political positions and identities are crafted in slicker and more appealing ways, witnessed also in recent discussions of presidentials’ skill at creating a coherent brand. While self-promotion is somewhat essential to [...]
January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments
Last week, Princeton’s Center for Information and Technology Policy had a conference on “Computing in the Cloud“, and Josh Tauberer (of GovTrack.us), Andrew Page (of MapLight.org), and me (John Wonderlich) got to be on a panel together.
Here’s a video of our panel; the other panels are accessible here.
The main thing I took away from the [...]
January 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment
I always find it interesting how although our government is run by fairly strict procedural rules that have been written out in various places, starting with the constitution and ending somewhere past the horizon, sometimes it’s just impossible to locate exactly at what point in the procedural game “reality” is. For instance, the constitution outlines [...]
November 15th, 2007 · No Comments
(pasted in from the google group, which has been especially active…)
After returning earlier this week from a trip to London to meet with mysociety.org, I’m starting to catch up on everything we’ve been up to.
Whips and Structured Data: For one, I’ve reached out to leadership on both sides to hopefully start a discussion about [...]
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 [...]
August 9th, 2007 · No Comments
GovTrack.us is a perfect choice to be our first review as an Insanely Useful Website. GovTrack is one of the original web 2.0 type sources for government information: both an excellent example of a new model of political information distribution, and a compelling story of Web-programming genius expressed as an ambitious civic undertaking.
Josh Tauberer, [...]