Following Federal Legislation with OpenCongress.org

March 13, 2007

A new website, OpenCongress.org, consolidates information about congress, legislation, and the news and blogs that cover them.  The web site is the topic of the radio broadcast this week, Good Day Sunshine, on On the Media from NPR, in which the origins and functionalities of the web site are discussed by host Bob Garfield and the Sunlight Foundation’s technology advisor, Micah Sifry.  Here’s an excerpt:

If you’re wondering what your Congressperson has been up to lately, you can spend hours poring over hard-to-find government databases. Or you can visit a brand new website, where it’s all in one place…

They discuss Thomas, the government’s source for congressional information, and how OpenCongress.org, differs from it, including the addition of an RSS feed to track changes to a bill.  Another excellent story from NPR, and worth a look or listen.

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