January 29, 2022

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. Mike Quigley and joined by 12 co-sponsors, will now advance to the floor of the House of Representatives.

The ACRMA will, for the first time ever, gather together all reports to Congress from federal agencies in one place online. It requires that the reports be published online by GPO in bulk, in open formats, and in a timely fashion, so that people can easily learn about the work of the federal government. It also makes it possible to determine when agencies have failed to submit reports to congress in a timely fashion as required by law.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.