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Congressional Resource Service — and the Public Can’t Get its reports Timely, or Easily, WHY??

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In “A Testimony for these Times” I quoted some CRS reports, and got curious again about the history of this service, which provides reports that are wonderfully informative to people involved in custody hearings — about federal policy influencing them.

For example, Here is memo from Carmen Solomon-Fears and Gene Falk, dated June 26, 2009, Subject:

The Julia Carson REsponsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act of 2009.

Not mentioned specifically — who got this memo? It helpfully (by means of a chart) compares HR 2979 (the above act) with current law. I see that in Sections 108 and 109 (see pp. 11ff) there are stipulations about partnerships between marriage/fatherhood and domestic violence experts, sought and recommended by the HR 2979.

Why shouldn’t the individual parents likely to be affected by this (particularly survivors) be informed BEFOREhand that this proposed legislation has taken place, giving them better opportunity and time to prepare to comment, or talk to their legislators, about those matters? Because they want to ramrod the legislation through before we, the plain people (not institutes, not think tanks, not “scholars” not the media)???

This is from a site (just found — maybe a nonprofit?) called “OPEN CRS”

About Open CRS

American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a “think tank” that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events. Yet, these reports are not made available to the public in a way that they can be easily obtained. Open CRS provides citizens access to CRS Reports that are already in the public domain.

CRS Reports do not become public until a member of Congress releases the report. A number of libraries and non-profit organizations have sought to collect as many of the released reports as possible. Open CRS is a centralized utility that brings together these reports.

Unfortunately, there is no systematic way to obtain all CRS reports. Because of this, not all reports appear on the Open CRS web site. We believe that it would be far preferable for Congress to make available to the public all CRS Reports.

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Written by Let's Get Honest

July 27, 2013 at 8:57 pm

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