Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Categories: Congress,Govt Information,Libraries/Museums

They’ve been available only to members of Congress and subscribers but now a coalition of public interest groups has made freely available over 8,000 reports from the Congressional Research Service, the think-tank for Congress and part of the Library of Congress.  From Demand Progress and the Congressional Data Coalition


Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XVI, Southern Africa

Categories: Africa,Congress,Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History

Documents the efforts of the Carter Administration to counter Cuban influence in southern Africa, especially Angola, while dealing with Congressional prohibitions against U.S. covert actions in the region.  Also focuses on the challenge of the apartheid regime in South Africa.  From the State Department

Implementing Bills for Trade Agreements: Statutory Procedures Under Trade Promotion Authority

Categories: Congress,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

Describes the procedures for so-called “fast track” consideration by Congress of trade agreements and how the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 modified the tight restrictions under which Congress considers trade legislation. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Report of the Select Committee on the Events Surrouding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Libya,Terrorism

The report of the Republican majority on the events relating to the attack on the Benghazi Mission compound.  The report follows comments of Republican members of the Select Committee.  From the House Select Committee on Benghazi.


Social Media in Congress: The Impact of Electronic Media on Member Communications

Categories: Congress,Telecommunications/Internet

Explains how the cost, speed and reach of social media have transformed the way members of Congress communicate with their constituents.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


RSS and Email Alerts

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations

New additions to the site.  Allows researchers to subscribe to a variety of alerts related to Most-Viewed Bills weekly, bills presented to the president, and bill activity (on a specific bill).  From


Library of Congress to Cancel the Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens”

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Libraries/Museums

Explains the reasons that the Library of Congress had decided to cancel a subject heading and replace it with the heading “Noncitizens.”  The proposed change provoked a letter of complaint from several Republican members of Congress. From the Library of Congress


Internships in Congressional Offices: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Congress

Covers the role of interns, policies and guidance provided by the House and Senate in regard to interns, factors relating to an individual’s eligibility to serve as an intern, and resources/training opportunities available to interns.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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