Category «Congress»

CongressLine by Gallerywatch.com: Votes and Whips

Paul Jenks explains voting, a finely orchestrated legislative process that is full of arcane and ancient precedents and many mechanisms to get around the rules.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine, Government Resources, Legal Research

Commentary: The Protect America Act and Legislation Related to the Domestic Surveillance Program

Beth Wellington’s commentary examines the rapid introduction and passage of the Protect America Act, and the impact of related legislation on civil liberties in America.

Subjects: Congress, Extras, Legal Research, Legislative

FOIA Facts: Two Steps Forward, (At Least) One Step Back

Scott A. Hodes highlights the status of FOIA legislation in Congress as well as recent White House imposed hurdles to public access to government documents.

Subjects: Congress, FOIA Facts, Legal Research, Legislative

CongressLine by Gallerywatch.com – Checks on Power

Paul Jenks’ commentary addresses the role and power of the President as an independent executive within the context of the inherent check and balances exercised by the Congress.

Subjects: Congress, CongressLine

The Government Domain: Tracking Federal Dollars

Peggy Garvin reviews the strengths, weaknesses and range of source material offered by several free online federal contracts and awards information databases.

Subjects: Congress, E-Government, Government Resources, Legal Research, The Government Domain

FOIA Facts: Are Ombudsman The Answer?

Scott A. Hodes maintains that there are pros and cons to setting up an ombudsman’s office, and the overall scheme may not be the answer in resolving the number of disputes that arise in the disclosure of public records.

Subjects: Congress, FOIA Facts, Government Resources, Legal Research, Legislative

FOIA Facts: Suggestions for FOIA Amendments

Scott A. Hodes recommends four substantive ways in which agency accountability will lead to more effective and efficient processing of FOIA requests.

Subjects: Congress, FOIA Facts, Government Resources, Legal Research, Legislative

Commentary: Labor Protections and the Role of Card-Check Agreements

Beth Wellington reviews the background and legislation associated with card check-off campaigns to establish union representation, as well as the current political and corporate positions.

Subjects: Congress, Legal Research, Legislative

The Goverment Domain: GovTrack and OpenCongress Go Beyond THOMAS

Peggy Garvin explores the evolution in the features and services provided by GovTrack, the free, public, independent web service with information on federal legislation, congressional documents, legislators, and votes. She also profiles a site with complementary content on lobbying activity and campaign contributions.

Subjects: Congress, E-Government, Legal Research, Legislative, The Government Domain
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