In addition to adding the Constitution Annotated (and app) to Congress.gov and prepping for redirecting THOMAS.gov and THOMAS.loc.gov to the new system, we are launching a new set of enhancements today.
Several of the changes in this release come from our user feedback. Many people asked to have the current Congress set as the default for searching. Starting today, the default search will be run across legislation in the current Congress. You can use the facets to broaden your search to include all Congresses or to include other data (e.g., Congressional Record or Committee Reports.) You can also use the facets to select more than one specific Congress (not just one or all as before).
September 2013 Release
The focus of this release is on improvements to the web interface as well as infrastructure and operations.
Improvements – Search
- Global search menu pull down is defaulted to Current Legislation with other drop down group options for current legislation, all legislation, all sources, and specific sources (Members, Congressional Record, Committee Reports).
- Default facet selections now include: Legislation and the Current Congress.
- Congress facet is now multi-select.
- Improved labeling of object types in search results.
- Improved display of search result summary.
- Phrase searching has been improved.
Improvements – Legislation
- Committee reports are now linked from the Committees tab of the legislative detail page.
- Text of a Congressional Record article displays in amendment text tab when result is only one matching article (previously it resulted in list format).
- In Committee and No Value committee activities are now suppressed on the Committees tab of the legislative detail page.
- Type of legislation label now included on legislative detail page.
- Reduced the size of the bill overview box on the legislative detail page.
- Improved display of timestamps on Actions tab.
Improvements – Committees
- Committee landing page now includes committees other than standing committees, and provides links to committee profile pages for Special and Select committees.
- Committee profile pages for Senate committees now include a link to a page containing membership and subcommittee lists.
General improvements to the site (among others)
- Added Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation to the U.S. Founding Documents.
- Added downloadable legislative process video image. JPG (179KB) | PDF (530KB)
- Improved styling of leadership carousel on home page.
- State and party are now listed for Senators in the leadership carousel on home page.
Just a reminder that starting in November the URLs THOMAS.gov and THOMAS.loc.gov will automatically redirect to Congress.gov. To get prepared for this transition, sign up for one of our Congress.gov webinars. The next two are Oct. 17 and Nov. 14 (complete this form to register).
Our @THOMASdotgov Twitter followers will be transferred to a new Congress.gov Twitter account. THOMAS.gov will remain accessible from the Congress.gov homepage through late 2014.