I love end of the year lists. It is nice to take a step back from the day to day or month to month and look at trends over time. Last year I surveyed the top 13 in 2013 and decided to add another item to the list this year.
This has been an eventful year for Congress.gov. Jill continued to do user testing on the site with some of the results working their way into new releases. Congress.gov was included as an Honoree for The Webby Awards Best Practices for the web category. Our fearless project manager, Tammie, led us through three major updates to the site in February, June, and September (when we removed the beta label).
The reason we work so hard to keep enhancing the system is to efficiently connect people with content on Congress.gov. Here is the most sought out legislation of 2014.
- S.2277 – Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014
- S.J.Res.19 – A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.
- H.R.5344 – Responsible Body Armor Possession Act
- H.R.3979 – Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
- H.R.2097 – REBUILD Act
- H.Res.758 – Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.
- S.1845 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act
- H.R.4681 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015
- S.2828 – Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014
- H.R.3547 – Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
- H.R.2847 – Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act of 2013
- H.R.1422 – EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2014
- H.R.3370 – Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014
- H.R.499 – Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013
If you are interested in how bills trend each week, click Top 10 from the homepage to see the most-viewed bills page (see below for an example).
Traffic to Congress.gov continues to rise. There were more than two and a half times as many page views to the site in 2014 as there were in 2013. I hope the growth continues upwards in 2015, which will be the first full year for the system to be out of beta.