Government Information

Dear Congress, here’s how to ensure public access to government information

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As previously reported, Congress’ Committee on House Administration is currently examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code. That’s the law that governs the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). On Sept. 15, ALA President Jim Neal sent the committee a letter highlighting the vital role of libraries and the FDLP in providing equitable and long-term ... Read More »

Congress examining Title 44 and the Federal Depository Library Program

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Congress’ Committee on House Administration this year began examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code, which is the authority for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). This process is an important opportunity for librarians to advocate for improvements to the FDLP and public access to government information. So far, the committee has held two ... Read More »

Victory near in 20-year fight to provide public with CRS reports

After nearly 20 years of advocacy by ALA, Congress has recently taken significant steps toward permanently assuring free public access to reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Taxpayers fund these reports but generally have not been able to read them. ALA welcomes these moves to ensure the public can use these valuable aids to understanding public policy issues. What ... Read More »

New legislation would protect your right to research

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ALA applauds the introduction of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR). Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Kevin Yoder (R-KS), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan legislation as H.R. 3427 yesterday. FASTR would ensure that, when taxpayers fund scientific research, they are able to freely access the results of that research. Every federal agency that significantly funds ... Read More »

Protecting public access to earth science information

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This week, ALA sent a letter calling for continued funding for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Library and public access to its collections and services.  USGS is a scientific agency within the Interior Department. The USGS Library bills itself as “largest earth science library in the world.” President Trump’s budget proposes to cut $137.8 million from USGS, a 13% reduction ... Read More »