Magazine article Information Management

New Website Offers Government Reports

Magazine article Information Management

New Website Offers Government Reports

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A new website--www.opencrs.com--aims to make widely available to the public certain government reports dealing with topics ranging from terrorism to Social Security that congressional researchers now prepare and distribute only to lawmakers.

The site links more than a half-dozen existing collections of nearly 8,000 reports from the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and centrally indexes them so visitors can find reports containing specific terms or phrases. According to www.opencrs.com, U.S. taxpayers spend nearly $100 million a year to fund the CRS, a think tank that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.

It also encourages visitors to ask their lawmakers to send them any reports not vet publicly available and offers detailed instructions on how to do this so such reports can be added to the collection. None of the reports is classified or otherwise restricted.

The site, introduced in June, is operated by the Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based civil liberties group. …

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