December 14, 2017

Revised Report: How Much Money Does the U.S. Federal Government Spend on Info Products and Services?

Many answers (with actual numbers) in the recently revised report embedded below. Title: Federal Government Strategic Sourcing Of Information Products And Services A Report Prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress Under an Agreement with the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK), Library of Congress Revised: April 2012 From the Preface: This report […]

FEDLINK Announces 13th Annual Awards for Federal Librarianship

Congratulations to all of the winners! From the FEDLINK Announcement: The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has announced the winners of its national awards for federal librarianship, which recognize the many innovative ways that federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business and scholarly communities and the American public. […]

Reference: New Report From the Congressional Research Service: “Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues”

Title Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues RL31994 Author Alison M. Smith Source Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists) Direct to Full Text 35 pages; PDF From the Summary This report discusses DOMA [The Defense of Marriage Act] and legal challenges to it. It reviews legal principles applied to determine the validity of a marriage […]

Privacy: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Protect Internet Passwords

From The Hill: A group of Senate and House Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to prevent bosses from forcing a job applicant or employee to reveal the password to any private online information, such as a Facebook or email account. The Password Protection Act would make it illegal for an employer to coerce access to […]

State of Ohio Releases Online Fraud Database

From the Auditor of the State of Ohio: An online database of fraud complaints against public offices goes live today, according to Auditor of State Dave Yost. The web-based report system complements changes to Ohio law made last year by H.B. 66. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a case of fraud where no one […]

GPO Releases Some Preliminary Data from 2011 Biennial Survey of Depository Libraries

From an Article Appearing in the May 2012 Issue of FDLP Connection: In 2011, submissions were received from 1181 depository libraries, resulting in a ninety-eight percent response rate from FDLP participants. Of these, 837 were from academic libraries (including law schools), 197 from public libraries, 78 from state or state court libraries, 56 from Federal […]

National Archives (NARA) Debuts its First Digitally Restored Film, View Online

From a NARA Announcement: The National Archives and Records Administration premiered the newly-restored 1949 film Navy recruitment film, The Sailor and the Seagull, last week in Beijing before a crowd of 300 at the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Conference. This debut marked the National Archives’ first ever digital cinema theatrical release, and the […]

Feds Launch Registry for All U.S. Government Social Media Accounts

A new resource for the info professionals toolbelt. From Information Week: The General Services Administration has created a social media registry on which federal agencies can list their accounts on 22 social media platforms. The public can also use the registry to verify whether accounts are bona fide government accounts. [Clip] GSA plans to offer […]

U.S. Copyright Office Posts Requests for Information About Crowdsourcing and Developing a “Virtual Card Catalog” of Historical Records

The U.S. Copyright Office (part of The Library of Congress) has posted TWO Requests For Information (RFI) . The first is RFI is to learn about utilizing crowdsourcing to capture data from historical catalog cards dating from 1870 to 1977. The second RFI is to learn about purchasing or developing software for a  “virtual card catalog” […]

New Database: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Puts 1000s of FOIA Requests Online

via TechPresident: The 20,000 documents posted online include, according to a press release, all answered FOI requests from 2011, more than 500 pages of 2011 board and committee presentations, numerous contracts between the Port Authority and private firms, as well as more than 300 pages of toll and fare hearing transcripts, as well as updated […]