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Congress.gov Included as an Honoree for The Webby Awards Best Practices

The hard work put in by the great Congress.gov team continues to pay off. The Webby Awards, which honor the best of the web, included Congress.gov as an honoree in the best practices for the web category.

Voting is going on now for the five finalists in the Best Practices category:

Congress.gov was previously listed on GovLoop’s list of 20 Innovations that Mattered in 2013.

We launched Congress.gov at the Library of Congress just over a year and a half ago and continue to make regular enhancements to it.  The most recent was in February when we added advanced search, browse, appropriations tables and more to it.  Our next update is scheduled for this summer.

Congress.gov would not be possible without collaboration across the legislative branch including: the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the Government Printing Office (GPO).

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The Congress.gov Wall of Wonderful Feedback – Pic of the Week

I was at a Congress.gov meeting earlier this week where Jill MacNeice presented the results from a round of unmoderated Congress.gov testing.  During the presentation Jill showed this wall with responses to questions posed that included a heat map of where people clicked on Congress.gov.  Based on hundreds of responses received, Jill was able to draw […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The State of Congress.gov at the 2013 Legislative Data Conference

The following is a guest post by Tammie Nelson, project manager of Congress.gov and an Information Technology Specialist at the Library of Congress. I spoke earlier today at the Committee on House Administration’s Legislative Data and Transparency Conference on recent progress and coming updates to Congress.gov.  For those who were not able to attend the conference or to see it […]