May 2, 2016 Leave a comment
from the Library of Congress –
THOMAS, named for Thomas Jefferson, was a pioneering site when it was launched by the Library of Congress in 1995. The system has been updated over the years, but its foundation can no longer support the capabilities that today’s Internet users have come to expect.
The Congress.gov system, initially launched in beta form in September, 2012, applies modern design and infrastructure to the robust legislative data sets, with mobile-friendly access, faceted search and other features.
During the transition, the Library has maintained both sites to ensure a seamless transition and uninterrupted service for users; solicited and applied user feedback to further refine Congress.gov’s features and functionality; and added data sets to the new site. A collaborative effort among the Library of Congress, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Government Publishing Office (GPO), Congress.gov now provides searchable access to bill status and summary, bill text, the Congressional Record, Congressional Record Index and committee reports, and executive actions such as nominations, treaties and communications, with historic access reaching back as far as 1973. Additionally, Congress.gov provides contextual information such as member profiles, legislative-process videos, a glossary of terms, committee profile pages, video of committee hearings and direct links from bills to cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. The site includes accessibility tools such as downloadable audio files and tracking tools such as customizable email alerts.
The Library offers free web-based training for new users of Congress.gov. The next session is Thursday, May 19 at 2 p.m. EDT. Training registration, along with frequently asked questions and answers about permalinks and redirects from THOMAS to Congress.gov can be found here: congress.gov/help/faq.