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CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Repo...

CRS Should Stop Fighting Access to Its Own Reports

The Congressional Research Service plays an essential role in policymaking and oversight. It makes Congress smarter about issues and teaches new legislators how to legislate. I would not have spent 11 years working at CRS if I did not think very highly of the institution. But there is one topic on which the widely esteemed […]

Now You Can See What Reports Have Been Published by the Congressional Research Serv...

Now You Can See What Reports Have Been Published by the Congressional Research Service

Did you know the Congressional Research Service has published reports on the federal defense budget, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits, changes to hemp-growing restrictions and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus? Now you do, thanks to the R Street Institute’s Governance Project. Using the Scribd digital library service, we have published 20 years of CRS […]

Seven Years Ago Today, WikiLeaks Published 6,700 CRS Reports…And Nobody Was H...

Seven Years Ago Today, WikiLeaks Published 6,700 CRS Reports…And Nobody Was Hurt

Feb. 8, 2009 began like any other Sunday for me. I was up early taking care of a young child, gulping coffee and scanning the news. The New York Times turned my stomach with its report that a Polish engineer had been beheaded by the Taliban. The Grey Lady also gleefully described the tribulations of […]

Will the Needless Secrecy Surrounding CRS Reports End This Ye...

Will the Needless Secrecy Surrounding CRS Reports End This Year?

Not quite a year back, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., sought to do a little good for the American public. He offered an amendment to an appropriations bill that would require the Congressional Research Service to post publicly a list of the titles of its reports. Advocates for taxpayers and proponents for government transparency were delighted. […]

Where Taxpayers Pay ($100 Million a Year) But Interest Groups Bene...

Where Taxpayers Pay ($100 Million a Year) But Interest Groups Benefit

It seemed like a silly question, but as the new guy, I was obliged to ask: “Can I e-mail a copy of my report to my mother?” Mom had been a local reporter when I was a kid and worked for a county government in Ohio. She has always had a bottomless appetite for politics […]

15 Reasons Congressional Research Service Reports Should Be Pub...

15 Reasons Congressional Research Service Reports Should Be Public

Each year, the agency publishes about 1,000 reports, which cover general subject matter, like advertising by the federal government and cloture in the U.S. Senate. Congress, not the CRS, owns them. That means nobody at the CRS is free to distribute its reports to anyone outside Congress — not without jumping through bureaucratic hoops. Unfortunately, our national […]

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