Their goal is to make this well-known government publication more accessible to the American people. They used open source ware to create a Federal Register browser that gives citizens the ability to track government regulation and rule-making activity by Topics, Agencies, Locations, and Dates Published. Under Agencies, each federal agency is listed with its "sparkline" (small graph) of activity. Select an agency, and its specific activities appear with a map that shows places mentioned in the entries. If subjects are of interest, open Topics and find a lengthy alphabetical list. Select Locations, and one has the ability to geolocate agency activity. Click on Dates Published, and the current daily issue of the Federal Register appears. The site also offers a search option. For citizens, GovPulse is a user-friendly site that does not require much knowledge of federal agencies and their work. For students and researchers, a better choice is the online (version 2.0) Federal Register (CH, Mar'11, 48-3589). It lacks the geolocating tool, but is more robust than GovPulse and very easy to use. Additionally, it features good background material, tutorials, statistics, and more
A coalition of public interest groups, journalists, academics, students, some Members of Congress, and former CRS employees have been advocating for greater access to CRS reports for over twenty years. Two bills in Congress to make these reports widely available already have 10 sponsors (S. 2639 and H.R. 4702, 114th Congress) and we urge Congress to finish the job.
The Congressional Research Service, a component of the Library of Congress, conducts research and analysis for Congress on a broad range of national policy issues. While many CRS memoranda are generated in response to individual Member or staff inquiries and are confidential, most CRS reports are available to anyone who has access to a congressional intranet.
Yet at the direction of Congress, CRS does not make even its non-confidential publications directly available to the public online. In order to help overcome this unnecessary barrier, the Federation of American Scientists endeavors to provide current, regularly updated public access to as many non-confidential CRS reports as possible. These reports are provided without congressional or CRS authorization as a public service.