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Speech or Debate Clause II: Staff Confidently Engaging

September 22nd, 2007 · 2 Comments

A few days ago, I wrote a post about the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution.
My basic point was that members of Congress have certain privileges granted by the Constitution, giving them freedom from legal action relating to their legislative duties. Congress members aren’t above the law, so only legislative acts qualify as [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · committees · government websites · legal research · speech or debate

Another 72-hours-type bill that I missed (that makes three)

September 17th, 2007 · No Comments

I just stumbled on H. Res. 63, introduced back in January, whose main provision is:
no bill, joint resolution, conference report, or amendment between the Houses shall be voted on by the House unless the text of that measure has been available to all Members and their staffs in both printed and electronic format for at [...]

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Carl Malamud Video

September 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Here’s a great video of Carl Malamud speaking at a Google Talk about freeing government information through his unique combination of technological acumen and activist ambush:

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · SEC · committees · congressional video · government websites

CRS Tuesday: Two Reports on Congress and the Internet

September 4th, 2007 · No Comments

This Tuesday I’m looking at two CRS reports about Congress, Information Technology, and the Internet.
First is a new report called Congress and the Internet: Highlights, which is a great overview of technology in Congress, and also of a sort of administrative view of technological transformation and its likely effects on policy. It ends with [...]

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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

Insanely Useful Sites: GovTrack.us

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, [...]

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

S. 1: Revised Ethics Reform Bill

August 1st, 2007 · No Comments

As I mentioned last night, S. 1: Commission to Strengthen Confidence in Congress Act of 2007 was passed by the House. The House reorganized the entire bill but left most things intact, and added their own House-only provisions. That means the bill goes to a conference committee to resolve the differences, but there aren’t so [...]

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Staff Working Conditions

July 26th, 2007 · No Comments

I didn’t realize until recently the degree to which transparency reforms can benefit congressional staff.
Today’s Roll Call provides yet another example of how:
House e-mail server problems have left thousands of Capitol Hill staffers wringing their hands in frustration over the past two weeks as Congress has moved into its annual pre-August legislative crunch time.
Of about [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · appropriations · askgeorge · email

How To Take i-Transparency Seriously: Create An Office For It

March 5th, 2007 · No Comments

You’ve read on this blog about how the House can use the Internet better for fostering transparency. What the suggestions come down to is making use of the latest Internet technologies, the new low-cost distribution network, to bring as much information, in an organized way, to the public.
With the number of separate data sets that [...]

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