Update on bulk data from Congress

One of the Open House Project’s recommendations was that Congress share its legislative data with the public in bulk and I’ve had a long history of posts on the subject. Over at the Free Gov info blog (link), Bob Tapella, Public Printer at the Government Printing Office, tells us that they are responding to this recommendation. He writes in a comment (presumably it is really him):

We have recently been called upon by Congress in the joint explanatory statement on the H.R. 1105, to work with the Library of Congress, including the Congressional Research Service, and the Law Library of Congress, to discuss access to bulk data. Specifically, the language is as follows:

[JT: omitted — I’ve posted it before here]

To address this request, a Legislative branch task force has been assembled consisting of representatives from the offices of the Secretary of the Senate, the Clerk of the House, the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, the Law Library of Congress, and GPO. This task force has already met and is working to develop a position on access to bulk data. We will look to this work and the review by Congress to help guide our work on making bulk data accessible.


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