Peggy Garvin summarizes some interesting developments in the world of online U.S. government information.
Peggy Garvin reviews the new interface, new features and capabilities, and roster of participants on what has been dubbed “Regulations.gov 2.0,” released in December 2007 by OMB.
Peggy Garvin spotlights presentations on using government documents, by New York Times reporter Scott Shane and Washington Post research editor Alice Crites, at a recent joint meeting of the SLA Government Information Division and the ALA Government Documents Roundtable.
According to Scott A. Hodes, bringing a FOIA case often results in a more timely release of information, more information being released then the agency would have released if it wasn’t in litigation and more information going to the requester about agency decisions and withheld documents.
Various federal government agencies make canned “state profiles,” tables of data for a specific state, available on their sites. These tables are quick and easy, and Peggy Garvin demonstrates how to find them.
Paul Jenks offers insights into the procedures by which Congressional earmarks are used to inject opinions and priorities, great and small, into the governing process.
George Butterfield provides an overview of the new CBO website that hosts a wealth of government documents on health related issues.
For librarians and educators planning programs for Constitution Day, Peggy Garvin’s column links to a variety of web resources for online versions of the United States Constitution and related teaching materials.
Peggy Garvin reviews the strengths, weaknesses and range of source material offered by several free online federal contracts and awards information databases.
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.