[USA] 20-Year Old Thomas Legislative Site Being Replaced With New Official Source for Federal Legislative Information #general


Jan Meisels Allen
 

For 20-years the US Library of Congress had
http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php the original website created by the
Library of Congress to provide complete legislative information >from the
United States Congress. It is being replaced with a new government site
http://beta.congress.gov/ the official source for federal legislative
information that all of the information on Thomas.gov will be integrated
into the beta site. To read more about the Congress.gov site go to:
http://beta.congress.gov/about. Since November 19th if one goes to the
Thomas site either http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php or www.thomas.gov
the person will be redirected to the new site. For the time being there is
a link >from the new site back to the Thomas site. The Thomas.gov site will
be fully retired the end 2014. If you have bookmarked internal pages of
Thomas.gov you can still access them without being redirected to the new
site until the site is retired.

To learn more about the system, Congress.gov online trainings [webinars]
are available: January 16, March 11, and May 15. To register go
to: http://www.loc.gov/law/opportunities/congress-form.php

I tried the new site by placing in the search site, bill number SB 676 --one
of the Death Master File bills we are monitoring. What came up was not just
this bill but a Congressional Record notice of a previous co-sponsor asking
to have their name removed, and a number of bills that do not appear to have
anything to do with SB 676- guess I will have to register for one of the
training sessions.

What is included on Congress.gov:

Each piece of legislation has a landing page; the Congressional Record,
Committee Information, Committee Reports, Profiles of Members of Congress
[This is not something available on Thomas.gov] and a section on the
Legislative Process

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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