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EveryCRSReport.com makes taxpayer-funded research freely available to the public

“It has been a long held position by Sunlight and our allies that the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a taxpayer-funded research arm for Congress, should make its reports to the available to the public. But until Congress expands access to this public knowledge, a newly launched resource from Demand Progress, EveryCRSReport.com, will enable the disclosure that our legislators should have enacted years ago. Sunlight’s founding executive director, Ellen Miller, wrote in 2009 that opening up CRS reports “is an easy transparency reform that boggles the mind as to why it has not yet been done.”The research that CRS conducts and provides to Congress is a valuable resource that, if published online, would empower the public to be more informed about the subjects and the counsel that our representatives receive. We are far from alone in this view.” (via Sunlight Foundation Blog)

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ALA-backed bill to make CRS reports publicly available introduced

“Today, after months of behind-the-scenes stage-setting, the bipartisan “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016” was introduced in the House and Senate. The two identical bills (numbers pending) direct the US Government Publishing Office to release CRS reports online, allowing the public virtually the same free access to these high-quality reports on an enormous range of subjects that Members of ­Congress and their staffs have enjoyed for decades. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sponsored the bill in the Senate, while Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced the bill jointly in the House, starting the celebration of Sunshine Week a few days early.” (via District Dispatch)

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Former CRS employees put heat on Congress to make reports public

“Earlier today, a letter was delivered to a group of lawmakers with the power to push the Congressional Research Service (CRS) toward the sunlight. The letter urged them to make nonconfidential CRS reports available to the public. Signed by former employees of the CRS who together represent more than 500 years of experience at the agency, the letter calls for “timely, comprehensive free public access to CRS reports.” (via Sunlight Foundation)

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Issues for the 111th Congress

A CRS report

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