Advisory: Congressional Data Coalition to launch on 4-04

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 April 2014 CONTACT: Derrick Crowe 202.408.5565; dcrowe@citizensforethics.org CONGRESSIONAL DATA COALITION LAUNCHES TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC ONLINE ACCESS TO LEGISLATIVE PROCESSBipartisan leaders in civic tech discuss redesigning Congress for the digital ageWHAT: Official launch of the Congressional Data Coalition and discussion on public access to congressional information

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4/04 Day panel and happy hour

The Congressional Data Coalition is hosting a panel and happy hour on April 4 (“4/04 Day”) sponsored by the R Street Institute and CREW, and organized with help from other CDC members. Register for the panel here: http://404day.eventbrite.com. And for the happy hour here: http://404reception.eventbrite.com. Here’s the event description and list of participants: Two decades ago Congress began publishing […]

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Seeking Google Fellow to help run CDC

The R Street Institute (a libertarian think tank headquartered in Washington, DC) is accepting applications for its 2014 Google Policy Fellowship in technology policy. R Street’s Google Fellow will have the opportunity to contribute op-eds and blog posts, work on overseeing coalition efforts, and help manage digital and social media projects relating to tech policy. In […]

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Congressional Data Coalition writes to House appropriators

In a new letter to the House this month, we joined 18 other organizations and individuals in calling for access to the legislative data on bill status that Congress has but won’t share. The letter was sent by the new Congressional Data Coalition, formed this month of citizens, public interest groups, trade associations, and businesses […]

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Video and presentation from BDTF

In case you weren’t able to attend in person, here’s a video and presentation from Monday’s Bulk Data Task Force meeting.

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Congressional data: A primer for non-geeks

When the legislative branch started publishing bills and resolutions online in 1995, it was heralded as a revolution in government transparency. The public at last had easy and immediate access to the text of legislation and citizens could better hold their elected officials accountable. But technology has progressed quite a distance since then, and the […]

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The original text of the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act was enacted twice, and the one that we know and celebrate is, technically, not the one that became law. This early history of FOIA provides an interesting case study in the complexities of the codification of our federal statutes. What we commonly consider the Freedom of Information Act, S. 1160 in the […]

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More on counting laws and discrepancies in the Resume of Congressional Activity

After my last post yesterday about Congress incorrectly counting the new laws in 2013, Daniel Schuman (of CREW) suggested that I look at previous installments of the Resume of Congressional Activity to see if there were other long-standing discrepancies in these historical counts of the number of laws passed by each Congress. I went through each of […]

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No news is good news

This page will be updated when the Congressional Data Coalition officially launches. In the mean time, check out our principles or join the coalition. Or enjoy some lovely music.

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Timeline of US legislative documents and data

1844 The message, “What hath God wrought?” sent later by “Morse Code” from the old Supreme Court chamber in the United States Capitol to Samuel Morse’s partner in Baltimore, officially opened the completed telegraph line of May 24, 1844. (1) 1845 The private firm, Little, Brown, and Company, began publishing the Statutes at Large under […]

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