Peggy Garvin reviews the new interface, new features and capabilities, and roster of participants on what has been dubbed “Regulations.gov 2.0,” released in December 2007 by OMB.
Peggy Garvin spotlights presentations on using government documents, by New York Times reporter Scott Shane and Washington Post research editor Alice Crites, at a recent joint meeting of the SLA Government Information Division and the ALA Government Documents Roundtable.
Various federal government agencies make canned “state profiles,” tables of data for a specific state, available on their sites. These tables are quick and easy, and Peggy Garvin demonstrates how to find them.
For librarians and educators planning programs for Constitution Day, Peggy Garvin’s column links to a variety of web resources for online versions of the United States Constitution and related teaching materials.
Peggy Garvin looks at the expanding range of free legislative research resources available on the web, with a particular focus on sites whose stated goal is to enhance transparency and accountability, sponsored by the private, nonprofit, DC-based Sunlight Foundation.
This month Peggy Garvin turns the spotlight to the states with a guide to some of the most useful, free web reference sources covering the governments of the fifty states. These resources are not specific to a single state, but rather provide nationwide coverage of state information. They can help you find state personnel, news, legislation, laws, regulations, policy updates, and statistics.
Peggy Garvin reviews the strengths, weaknesses and range of source material offered by several free online federal contracts and awards information databases.
Peggy Garvin explores the evolution in the features and services provided by GovTrack, the free, public, independent web service with information on federal legislation, congressional documents, legislators, and votes. She also profiles a site with complementary content on lobbying activity and campaign contributions.
The 110th Congress included not only new names and faces on the Hill, but a plethora of redesigned e-government sites, many of which are still very much under development. In her column this month, Peggy Garvin focuses on the changes in the House of Representatives website.
Peggy Garvin runs the THOMAS beta test site through its paces, evaluating the new search engine and enhanced navigations features, accompanied by screen shots.