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Jim Mangiafico and Garrett Schure Announced as Winners of the Second Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge

After months of hard work, we are pleased to announce Jim Mangiafico and Garrett Schure as the winners of the Library of Congress Second Legislative Data Challenge, Legislative XML Data Mapping. As you may remember, we launched this challenge last fall with the goal of advancing the development of international exchange standards for legislative data and […]

Advanced Search, Browse, and Appropriations Tables Added to Congress.gov

There are some great new features and improvements now available on Congress.gov.  Our team from across the Library of Congress has worked hard to have the first version of both Advanced Search and Browse in this release.  I’m also happy to announce that another requested page from THOMAS has now made it over to Congress.gov, the Appropriations Table. As […]

The Congress.gov Top 13 from the 113th Congress in 2013

The Congress.gov team had a very busy and successful 2013.  Earlier this year Tammie and I were interviewed about Congress.gov for GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER. To our pleasant surprise, we were recently named to GovLoop’s list of 20 Innovations that Mattered in 2013. During 2013 we added legislative data throughout the year.  We launched with bills from the 107th-112th Congresses in […]

Congress – The Second Session

We have written a number of posts about Lame Duck congresses and what happens at the beginning of a new Congress, but we thought this year we would take a moment to talk about what happens during the second session of a Congress. Before the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933, Congress began on […]

Congress.gov: Coming to NCSS with Information That Will Amaze Your Students

The following is a guest post by Tammie Nelson, project manager of Congress.gov and an Information Technology Specialist at the Library of Congress.  It is cross posted on Teaching with the Library of Congress. As part of my job, I read all of the comments that come to the Library about our online legislative information.  My favorite comment is this […]

Armistice Day/Veterans Day

As a student of history, I often wonder how many people understand the significance of the date of Veterans Day and why it is always celebrated on the day of the holiday and not, like Labor Day or Memorial Day, observed on a Monday.  The holiday began originally as a commemoration associated with World War I […]

The United States Code Online – Downloadable XML Files and More

The following is a guest post by Rob Sukol, Deputy Law Revision Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1927, the United States Code has been the official codification of Federal statutory law. The Code contains the general and permanent laws of the United States, organized into titles based on subject matter. The printed and online […]

The Congress.gov September 2013 Update

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 […]