June 15, 2021

Library of Congress and GPO Release Ten Years of Legislative Data in XML Format

From the Library of Congress:

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in partnership with the Library of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate has released 10 additional years of bill status XML bulk data on govinfo. Bill status information, created by the Library of Congress and Congress, describes the activities and status steps for each legislative measure. The original project started at the direction of the House Committee on Appropriations and supports the Legislative Branch Bulk Data Task Force.

The new data, which includes bill status information from 2003–2012 (108th Congress to the 112th Congress), has been populated on GPO’s govinfo bulk data repository and adds to previously available data from 2013–2020 (113rd Congress to 116th Congress).

“One of the Library’s most important jobs is to provide the legislative branch and members of the public with an easy-to-use, authoritative source for up-to-date legislative information, which we know today as Congress.gov,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “To meet that responsibility, the Library, GPO, the House, and the Senate share more than data — we share a deep dedication to making official government information as accessible to all Americans as possible. We’re so grateful to GPO for this additional decade of historic legislative information Americans can now explore for themselves.”

“The addition of this data to govinfo.gov is another step toward GPO fulfilling its mission of ‘Keeping America Informed,’” said Hugh Nathanial Halpern, director of the GPO. “GPO is proud to work with the Library of Congress to continue to provide open and transparent government information for the American people.”

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Resources

Direct to GPO’s Bulk Data Repository

Direct to Biil Status Bulk Data Information Page

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.

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