CDC Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriators, Outlines Next Steps for Legislative Data

On Friday, March 27th, the Congressional Data Coalition and allies submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. In the testimony, we commend he Senate for committing to publishing bill status, summary, and text in a structured-data format that is capable of download in bulk. We also requested the Senate continue down the path of public access to legislative information by addressing the following issues:

  • Extend and broaden the Bulk Data Task Force
  • Publish the Congressional Record in XML and eliminate electronic publication gaps
  • Publish a complete and auditable archive of bill text, in a structured electronic format
  • Instantiate a Senate-wide committee record publishing system
  • Publish a contemporaneous list of widely-distributed CRS reports that contains the report name, publication/revision/withdrawal date, and report ID number
  • Release widely-distributed CRS reports to the public
  • Publish Bioguide in XML with a change log
  • Publish the Constitution Annotated in a machine readable format
  • Publish Senate office and support agency reports online
  • Publish Senate Expenditure Reports in a machine-readable format

We previously submitted testimony on the FY 2016 congressional budget to the House of Representatives.

Save the Date: House Legislative Data and Transparency Conference April 29

LDTC Invitation

The House of Representatives will be holding its 2015 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference on April 29th at the CVC. The public is invited. I will post more information as it becomes available. Also, please remember that the OpenGov Foundation is holding a legislative data hackathon in DC running from the 29th to May 1st […]

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Congressional Data Coalition Applauds House Legislative Data Transparency Efforts, Asks for More

On March 6, the Congressional Data Coalition and allies submitted testimony to the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Committee regarding its 2016 appropriation that applauded recent progress in making legislative data more open while urging additional reforms. It is worth repeating the significant progress that has been made and our recommendations for the future, so please […]

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Meet us in Austin: SXSW Panel “Your Laws, Your Data”

Members of the Congressional Data Coalition will be headlining a SXSW panel entitled: “Your Laws, Your Data: Making Government More Open.” Join us on Friday, March 13 from 12:30-1:30 in room Room 10AB at the Austin Convention Center. Speakers include Daniel Schuman, Congressional Data Coalition co-chair; Molly Schwartz, associate fellow, R Street Institute; Molly Bohmer, data curator, […]

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House of Representatives Places an Order for Legislative Data Transparency

When the House of Representatives adopted new rules for the 114th Congress, it took an unprecedented step forward. As part of the orders for the new Congress, the House committed to broadening the availability of legislative documents in machine readable formats. As Joe Biden might say, this is a big freaking deal. The Committee on […]

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Join Us at #Hack4Congress in SF and DC

The Congressional Data Coalition is pleased to join our friends in co-sponsoring #Hack4Congress in San Francisco on March 21-22 and Washington, DC on April 29-May 1. What is it? Well… #Hack4Congress brings together political scientists, technologists, designers,  lawyers, organizational psychologists, and lawmakers to foster new digital tools, policy innovations, and other technology  innovations to address the dysfunction in Congress.  […]

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Advisory Committee on Transparency event: Make Your Job Easier With Open Government Tools

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 from 2:30 to 4:30 P.M. in room 2203 of the Rayburn House Office Building Open government is vital for public accountability. But, it also fuels tools that can make congressional staff more efficient, improve oversight activities, protect whistleblowers and more. Hear from experts in the open government field — including current […]

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Legislative Appropriations Calendar for FY 2016

Every year, House and Senate Appropriators hold hearing and mark-up legislation on funding for the legislative branch. This is a continuously updated list of meetings and documents.

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Senate Joins House In Publishing Legislative Information In Modern Formats

There’s big news from today’s Legislative Branch Bulk Data Task Force meeting. The United States Senate announced it would begin publishing text and summary information for Senate legislation, going back to the 113th Congress, in bulk XML. It would join the House of Representatives, which already does this. Both chambers also expect to have bill status information […]

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Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship

Mozilla is launching the new Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellowship – a 10-month program designed to find emerging technical leaders who have a passion for Internet policy and advocacy. They’re in the midst of recruiting qualified applicants. Here’s a bit more about the program: Good candidates are developers, technologists, hackers and data crunchers – policy and […]

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