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Transparency in Government Act 2008

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Title III - Enhancing Public Access to Congressional Research Service Information

Summary:

Provides Internet access to Congressional Research Service publications.

Additional Information:

See also the CRS section of the Open House Project report.

Sec. 301. Availability of certain Congressional Research Service Information.

  1. Availability of Information-

    1. IN GENERAL- The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, in consultation with the Director of the Congressional Research Service, shall make available through a centralized electronic system, for purposes of access and retrieval by the public under section 4 of this resolution, all information described in paragraph (2) that is available through the Congressional Research Service Web site.

    2. INFORMATION TO BE MADE AVAILABLE- The information to be made available under paragraph (1) is:

      1. Congressional Research Service Issue Briefs.

      2. Congressional Research Service Reports that are available to Members of Congress through the Congressional Research Service Web site.

      3. Congressional Research Service Authorization of Appropriations Products and Appropriations Products.

  2. Limitations-

    1. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION- Subsection (a) does not apply to-

      1. any information that is confidential, as determined by--

        1. the Director; or

        2. the head of a Federal department or agency that provided the information to the Congressional Research Service; or

      2. any documents that are the product of an individual, office, or committee research request (other than a document described in subsection (a)(2)).

    2. REDACTION AND REVISION- In carrying out this section, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, in consultation with the Director of the Congressional Research Service, may-

      1. remove from the information required to be made available under subsection (a) the name and phone number of, and any other information regarding, an employee of the Congressional Research Service;

      2. remove from the information required to be made available under subsection (a) any material for which the Director determines that making it available under subsection (a) may infringe the copyright of a work protected under title 17, United States Code; and

      3. make any changes in the information required to be made available under subsection (a) that the Director determines necessary to ensure that the information is accurate and current.

  3. MANNER- The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, in consultation with the Director of the Congressional Research Service, shall make the information required under this section available in a manner that is practical and reasonable.

Sec. 302. Method of access.

  1. Public access to information made available under section 301 shall be provided through the Web sites maintained by the Secretary of the Senate.

  2. EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CRS REPORTS ONLINE- The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate is responsible for maintaining and updating the information made available on the Internet under section 2.

Sec. 303. Implementation.

The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate shall establish the database described in section 2(a) within 6 months after the date of adoption of this resolution.

Sec. 304. GAO Study.

  1. IN GENERAL- Beginning 1 year after the date on which the database described in section 2(a) is established, the Sergeant-at-Arms shall request the Comptroller General to examine the cost of implementing this resolution, other than this section, with particular attention to the cost of establishing and maintaining the database and submit a report within six months thereafter. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall ask the Comptroller General to include in the report recommendations on how to make operations under this resolution more cost-effective, and such other recommendations for administrative changes or changes in law, as the Comptroller General may determine to be appropriate.

  2. DELIVERY- The Sergeant-at-Arms shall transmit a copy of the Comptroller General's report under subsection (a) to--

    1. the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration;

    2. the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation;

    3. the Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and

    4. the Joint Committee of the Congress on the Library of Congress.