Groups Urge Librarian of Congress to Appoint Director Who Supports Free Online Public Access to CRS Reports

On February 25, almost 40 organizations concerned with government openness and accountability sent a letter to the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, urging him to appoint a Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) who will work with Congress to provide online free public access to the unclassified, non-confidential, taxpayer-funded reports produced by CRS.

American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the CRS, which generates detailed reports relevant to current political events for lawmakers. But while the reports are non-classified, and play a critical role in our legislative process, they have never been made available in a consistent and official way to members of the public.

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