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Congress continues work toward strengthening Title 44

The Congressional Committee on House Administration continues its look at Title 44 of the U.S. Code with another hearing that took place on October 11. The discussion built on the committee’s previous hearings, which examined the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Government Publishing Office (GPO). Among the witnesses…

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

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…

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Congress examining Title 44 and the Federal Depository Library Program

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…

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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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New legislation would protect your right to research

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…

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