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Pending bills would improve access to information

This post originally appears in the February 2018 issue of College & Research Libraries News. Academic libraries are on the front lines of innovation and job creation, supporting education for tomorrow’s workforce and research that will create new technologies. By advocating for improved access to information, libraries can support those…

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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…

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ALA-backed bill to make CRS reports publicly available introduced

Today, after months of behind-the-scenes stage-setting, the bipartisan “Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016” was introduced in the House and Senate. The two identical bills (numbers pending) direct the US Government Publishing Office to release CRS reports online, allowing the public virtually the same free access to these…

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CRS Resolution Introduced in the House

Yesterday advances were made in improving transparency in the federal government. Reps. Mike Quigley (IL-5) and Leonard Lance (NJ-07) introduced the Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Resolution of 2012 (House Resolution 727), a resolution that creates a publicly available database of Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports and would thereby “enhance…

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