September 2, 2014

Ready Reference: Congressional Liaison Offices of Selected Federal Agencies (From CRS)

A 39 page report (w/ directory data) from the Congressional Research Service via the University of North Texas Digital Library. Author Audrey Celeste Crane-Hirsch Information Research Specialist This list of about 150 congressional liaison offices is intended to help congressional offices in placing telephone calls and addressing correspondence to government agencies. In each case, the […]

Mobile: GPO Adds New Features to Congressional Guide App

From the U.S. Government Printing Office: The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has enhanced the features of the Mobile Member Guide, a mobile Web application (app) that GPO released in November 2011, which provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of the 112th Congress. The app’s new features include: Official biographical […]

Reference: Money in Government: MapLight's Launches Topic Pages, Search for Bills by Issue Area

From a MapLight News Release: MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics, is pleased to announce the launch of its newest transparency tool, Topic Pages, during Sunshine Week. The new tool allows journalists and citizens to search for and track bills by issue area in the U.S. Congress and in the […]

U.S. Congress: THOMAS Adds Direct Links to House Committee Hearings

From the In Custodia Legis Blog: In the same Current Activity box in the top right of the THOMAS homepage where we added (app) after Congressional Record Latest Daily Digest, there is now a link for House Committee Video.  There is a list of committees to select from.  On a committee page, either the live stream will […]

Just Released: Library of Congress Offers Congressional Record As iPad App

From LC: The Library of Congress, at the initiative of House Leadership and under the guidance of the Committee on House Administration, today announced it has made the Congressional Record available as an app to users of iPad tablet devices. The Congressional Record delivered through the app is a PDF document that can be shared […]

What are They Saying in Congress? "Announcing the Return of 'Capitol Words'" (Data Analysis Tool)

From the Sunlight Foundation: More than three years ago, we launched a website called Capitol Words that gave an at-a-glance view of what word was most popular in Congress. Today, the Sunlight Foundation is unveiling the completely revamped and rewritten Capitol Words. To folks who never had a chance to play with our previous version, […]

Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) Sends Letter to Amazon.com Re: Privacy and Kindle Fire

UPDATE: Questions for Amazon on Privacy and the Kindle Fire (via NY Times) From Congressman Markey’s News Release: “Markey to Amazon: Don’t Hold a Kindle Fire Sale on Privacy” Concerned that the pairing of the new Kindle Fire tablet with its must-use Silk browser means Amazon could track each Web click of Kindle Fire users […]

FGI: "U.S. House Floor Now Streams to Your Mobile Device via HouseLive.gov"

Via FreeGovInfo.info and Speaker of the House John Boehner Blog: You can now visit HouseLive.gov from your mobile phone or tablet for live video streaming from the House of Representatives. …Anyone with a mobile device that has streaming capabilities now has access to video of what’s happening in Congress, as it happens. See Also: C-SPAN […]

Access to Information: Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA) Heads to House Floor

From a Sunshine Foundation Post by Daniel Schuman: Legislation that would require copies of congressionally mandated reports to be published online by GPO cleared a major hurdle when it unanimously passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a business meeting on Wednesday. The “Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act,” introduced by Rep. […]

Now Available: Congressional Pictorial Directory (112th Congress) on GPO’s FDsys

From the GPO: The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made available the Congressional Pictorial Directory: 112th Congress on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. GPO employees designed and created the Pictorial Directory, which features a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and the […]