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The Transition from THOMAS.gov to Congress.gov

We are hard at work preparing for the day that THOMAS will be retired and Congress.gov will be the system for everyone. We are really proud of Congress.gov.  So proud that starting in November, when someone types in the URL THOMAS.gov they will be redirected to Congress.gov.  THOMAS.gov will remain accessible from the Congress.gov homepage […]

A Helpful Finding Aid: Appropriation Bills

Every year in September, school begins, the weather cools down, and the federal fiscal year comes to an end.  Congress must pass legislation before October 1 to continue funding the government for the next fiscal year.  Congress has a number of legislative vehicles they can use to fund the government, including appropriation bills, or omnibus […]

Centennial Edition of “Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation” Now Available In A Variety of Formats

The following is a guest post by Kenneth R. Thomas, Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Service. The “Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation” (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated or “CONAN”), contains an analysis of virtually all Supreme Court case law relevant to interpreting the Constitution. The Centennial Edition of this Senate Document is […]

Second Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge Launched

In July, the Library announced its first legislative data challenge. We are delighted to tell you about another Library of Congress legislative data challenge, Legislative XML Data Mapping. Like the first data challenge, this challenge incorporates the Akoma Ntoso legislative schema, but instead of asking competitors to apply the schema to bill text, we are […]

Add Congress.gov to Your Home Screen

One of the wonderful features of Congress.gov is its responsive design.  If you are like I was and have no idea what that means check out Mashable’s article, “Why 2013 Is the Year of Responsive Web Design.” (Congress.gov launched back in 2012; we are a little ahead of the curve.) I’ve mentioned before that: I also love […]

The Atomic Energy Commission Sells Houses

My sister Sarah recently sent me a book about our hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico.  The book is entitled “Los Alamos and the Pajarito Plateau” and was co-written by the Los Alamos Historical Society.  Though I regretted the book did not contain more pictures from the 1970s and 1980s when we were growing up, […]

Congress.gov Continues to Grow: Committee Pages, Reports, & More Added!

In less than two months, Congress.gov will reach its first birthday! During the last ten months, we launched Congress.gov, added the Congressional Record in January, and upgraded from Major Actions to All Actions in April. Today marks the next wave of enhancements! And there are several.  Those watching our @LawLibCongress Twitter account closely got to […]

A Duel with Rifles

Several years ago, I came across a reference in the Congressional Globe to some sort of crime which seemed to have been committed by a member of Congress.  I was intrigued and being an avid mystery reader, wanted to discover who had done what to whom! The entry which originally caught my eye appeared on […]

Library of Congress Announces First Legislative Data Challenge

Andrew and I have both mentioned the Akoma Ntoso schema for representing law and legislation in XML and enabling easier exchange of this information on In Custodia Legis in the past. Today we have more exciting news for you. To help advance the development of international exchange standards for legislative data, the Library of Congress is […]

Connect with the Law Library of Congress at the American Association of Law Libraries Conference

It is that time of year again.  From July 13-16, law librarians from across the country gather to discuss best practices, enhance skills, and connect with new people and resources.  It is also a good time to connect with those of us who work at the Law Library of Congress and will be attending the […]