Less than half a year ago, I announced that the Library of Congress is providing Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public for the first time. Since the launch of the CRS reports website, crsreports.congress.gov, the Library has made available all new or updated reports. Created for Congress by experts in CRS, the reports present a legislative perspective on the full range of topics before the U.S. Congress. The reports are written to be timely, nonpartisan, authoritative and objective.
Since launching, we’ve added hundreds of new reports and are working hard to include the back catalog of older CRS reports – a process that is expected to be complete later this month. Today, you can access more than 2,300 reports on topics ranging from the Small Business Administration to farm policy.
Starting this week, the Library is making additional product types available on the site. The site now includes In Focus products, which are two-page executive level briefing documents on a range of policy issues. For example, recent topics include military medical malpractice and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Block Grant. Another newly-added product type is the Insight, which provides short-form analysis on fast moving or more focused issues. Examples of topics include volcano early warning systems and Congressional Member Organizations. Users can filter by product type using the faceted search on the left hand of the search results page.
As we continue to add CRS products and identify ways to enhance the site, I hope you will engage with the material and explore the many other resources the Library makes available online.
This is an extraordinary trove of information at one’s fingertips! Thank you.
Thank you, Dr. Hayden – very helpful. Keep up the great work!
Great work! I can’t wait to see the final product with every single CRS report available online. Two questions: 1) How far back go your CRS reports? and 2) What is the difference between “archived” and “active”?
Thanks for your inquiry. The oldest report currently on crsreports.congress.gov dates from May 2007. “Active” reports are updated as relevant events occur and are archived when they no longer reflect the current legislative agenda. “Archived” products contain material that was current as of their date of publication but have not been subsequently updated. As such, their content may be dated. Similar but more current material may be found in new or updated CRS products.