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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Congressional Data Coalition Joins “Free Law Founders”

The Congressional Data Coalition is pleased to join the Free Law Founders, a nation-wide organization that shares resources and expertise around opening up laws, legislation, and the lawmaking process online. From their website: The Free Law Founders is a nation-wide, collaborative effort open to all people who want to improve how laws and legislation are […]

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Save the date: Bulk Data Task Force meeting

The next meeting of the Bulk Data Task Force will be Thursday, December 18, from 1-3 in the Capitol Visitor Center, room HVC-200. More information to come.

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Federal Snow Storm Aid, Self-Government and CRS Reports

(Crossposted from R Street) The Federation of American Scientists recently posted a copy of a report titled, “Major Disaster Declarations for Snow Assistance and Severe Winter Storms: An Overview.” The document was produced by the Congressional Research Service, an agency where I worked for a decade. The report is fascinating on a few counts. First, […]

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Electronic Toolbox for Congress

(Cross-posted from DanielSchuman.com) Here is a rundown of free digital tools any self-respecting congressional staffer, Member of Congress, journalist, or public advocate should consider using. All are free, run on information published by Congress or cobbled together from official sources, and most are built on open source code. (Many of the developers are members of […]

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Save the Date: 1st of 2 Multidisciplinary Hackathons on U.S. Congressional Data & Processes

Boston Kickoff Weekend Co-Hosted by Harvard University’s Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation; Finals on Capitol Hill Spring 2015 The weekend of January 30, 2015, The OpenGov Foundation and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government will host a multi-disciplinary hackathon to design what the future of the US Congress should look like. The event will bring […]

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Collection of CRS reports released to the public

Something rare has occurred—a collection of reports authored by the Congressional Research Service has been published and made freely available to the public. The 400-page volume, titled, “The Evolving Congress,” and was produced in conjunction with CRS’s celebration of its 100th anniversary this year. Congress, not CRS, published it. (Disclaimer: Before departing CRS in October, […]

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Opengov groups call on legislatures around the globe to embrace open data

(via Sunlight) Sunlight is thrilled to mark Global Legislative Openness Week with our global legislative transparency campaign, which culminated earlier this week in a joint letter from the world’s parliamentary monitoring organizations (PMOs) sent to national legislatures across the globe. The letter calls for increased legislative transparency and parliamentary open data, and affirms the importance of legislative […]

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