Bill Hobbs: Why Not Make Congressional Research Service Reports Public?
Bill Hobbs notes that taxpayers spend more than $100 million annually for research produced for Members of Congress by the Congressional Research Service and wonders why that research is not made available to the public.
Good question. A significant amount of CRS's work is done on defense and intelligence issues, but most of it is routine analyses of domestic and foreign policy issues and programs. Only Members of Congress can request the services of CRS, which is a congressional branch agency.
Hobbs notes a campaign is being mounted by the Center for Democracy and Technology to make CRS material public. Go here to read Hobbs' complete post and to find out more about the campaign.