Monday, June 27, 2005
Web Site Makes Gov't. Reports Available|
A new Web site aims to make widely available to the public certain government reports about topics from terrorism to Social Security that congressional researchers prepare and distribute now only to lawmakers.Finally someone is making available the reports those pesky congressmen cite on C-SPAN. G.I Joe cartoons taught me that knowing is half the battle. So sit back, read a report, and fire off an annoying letter or phone call to your least favorite senator. I have Grassley on speed dial.
The site www.opencrs.com links more than a half-dozen existing collections of nearly 8,000 reports from the Congressional Research Service and centrally indexes them so visitors can find reports containing specific terms or phrases.
"This initiative ought to embarrass the Congress into changing its policy and making these documents universally available," said Steven Aftergood, director of the project on government secrecy for the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists.