Archive for March, 2009

Four Excellent Private Resources for Federal Government Information

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

As a follow up to my recent post about federal government resources, I wanted to discuss four useful private resources for accessing federal government information.

GovTrack.us allows one to follow the status of federal legislation using RSS feeds or customized trackers.  One also can research members of Congress, bills and resolutions, roll call votes, the Congressional Record and Congressional committees.

OpenCongress summarizes bills in everyday language and monitors related news.

The libraries of the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll provide a long list of links to federal websites.  These includes links to the executive, legislative and judicial branches and their respective department, administrations, agencies, commissions, courts, etc.; links to federal laws and regulations; and links to bureaus and agencies providing statistics.

Finally, Project Vote Smart offers biographical information on candidates running for office, as well as their voting records, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements and campaign finances.