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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 through late 2014.

Which THOMAS links are being redirected to Congress.gov?

Here’s a chart that should help:

What will happen to the @THOMASdotgov Twitter account?

To coincide with the redirect to Congress.gov in November, our @THOMASdotgov Twitter account will get a change too. All of its followers will be transferred to a new Congress.gov Twitter account.

Where can I learn how to use Congress.gov?

If you are unfamiliar with the new system or want to learn more, Congress.gov online trainings are available Oct. 17 and Nov. 14.  Complete this form to register.

How can I help?

We describe Congress.gov as having a user-centered design.  We already have a link to leave feedback in multiple places on every page of the site.  Starting today through next Monday, September 30 we are doing a more in depth user test.  We’re looking for people who are interested in Congress and legislation to take 15 minutes to test Congress.gov. Jill has set up this new test that can be done from your computer anytime and is absolutely anonymous. Your input will help make it a better site for everyone.

What has happened to Congress.gov since it was launched?

Throughout the last several months, there have been multiple updates to Congress.gov.  I think it is good to occasionally take a step back and look at how things have progressed since the site launched.

Now through the end of 2014 is just as ambitious.  We will continue adding more data, enhancing existing features and improving functionality.  We will continue updating you on developments as we work toward the full transition at the end of 2014.  I have loved working on Congress.gov and informing democracy.


  1. Dani Smythe
    October 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

    R u kidding? Was the launch of The ACA aka Obamacare not enough of an epic failure? This should be postponed until all functionality and usefulness of the other site is verified and fully confirmed. This has been a wonderful site and I regret it being retired and redirected to a site that I believe will not be as efficient or effective as this site. How sad.

  2. Thomas Mitchell
    October 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Why change the name? I think the Library of Congress should maintain the spirit of Thomas Jefferson. “In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress”

  3. James Jacobs
    November 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Hi. just wondering if thomas.loc.gov links will continue to work (via redirects, e.g.)? If so, for how long?

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