Presentation on theme: "Make CRS Reports Public. CRS issues reports covering a wide variety of issues that shape legislation and policy, written for the consumption by members."— Presentation transcript:
CRS issues reports covering a wide variety of issues that shape legislation and policy, written for the consumption by members Congress and their staff.
Make CRS Reports Public Congress spends more than $100 million on the Congressional Research Service. – Why shouldn’t the public have the same access?
Make CRS Reports Public Open CRS University of North Texas Digital Library Federation of American Scientists U.S. State Department
Make CRS Reports Public We’re not after confidential memoranda!
Make CRS Reports Public Releasing CRS reports to the public would “fundamentally change [the] longstanding congressional policy [of distributing reports to the public through congressional offices on a selective basis] with potentially significant institutional and legal consequences for CRS…”
Make CRS Reports Public “The concerns expressed in the CRS memorandum are overstated, or the extent that they are not, provide no basis for arguing that protection of CRS works will be weakened [by legislation to make the reports public].” (emphasis added)