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September 19, 2012
U.S. Congress Unveils New Website in Beta Version
By Ed Silverstein, TMCnet Contributor
The U.S. Congress has a new website that provides many upgrades over the current site.
On Wednesday, the Library of Congress launched Congress.gov in beta version. The site provides summaries and texts of bills as well as votes.
It will eventually replace Thomas.gov, according to a Library of Congress statement. Over the next two years, Congress.gov will provide more content and will include the information now on Thomas.gov.
Some of the improved features include: concurrent searches of content from every years’ content; refining search results; bill progress and status details; links to House and Senate floor video; and improved design.
Also, each bill has a landing page which offers – a summary and text, a list of major actions by Congress, amendments, co-sponsors, committees handling the bill, and related bills. In addition, the site has profiles of all members of Congress profiles since 1973, and there are educational videos about Congress.
It was also reported that the new site is accessible on mobile devices. It will also show live and archived video of floor debates. Also, search results are presented by relevance instead of bill number.
"Congress.gov will enhance transparency, increase savings for the Library and provide Congress and the nation the vital legislative information we need to deliberate about our collective public policies," U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), chairman of the Committee on House Administration, said in a statement quoted by The Hill newspaper.
"This new, more robust platform reaffirms for the 21st century Congress's vision of a vital legislative information resource for all Americans," Librarian of Congress James Billington added in the report from The Hill. "It is fitting that we announce this new resource within days of Constitution Day, celebrating the establishment of our representative democracy."
In other recent news on government technology, the U.S. government recently awarded Globecomm another round of contracts totaling $5.9 million, TMCnet said. Globecomm Systems (News - Alert) provides satellite-based managed network solutions.
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Edited by Rich Steeves
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