Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Making It Easier to Locate CRS Reports

For years, American open-government advocates have complained about the lack of direct access to reports prepared by the Congressional Research Service, the policy research arm of Congress.

A new website seeks to change that by bringing together nearly 8,000 reports from the Service. The reports are distributed now only to U.S. lawmakers.

Created by the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based civil liberties group, the OpenCRS is a searchable, consolidated archive of several large CRS collections, including those compiled by the Federation of American Scientists, the National Council on Science and the Environment, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library/University of Maryland School of Law, the Franklin Pierce Law Center, and the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, which are among the several non-profit groups that over the years have tried to collect and post as many of these very valuable reports on their Web sites.

Another CRS collection has been made available by the University of North Texas Libraries.

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