Legislative History Research: A Basic Guide

Legislative History Research: A Basic Guide
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CRS — Legislative History Research: A Basic Guide

Posted on June 20, 2011 by fulltextreports
Legislative History Research: A Basic Guide (PDF)

    This report provides an overview of federal legislative history research, the legislative process, and where to find congressional documents. The report also summarizes some of the reasons researchers are interested in legislative history, briefly describes the actions a piece of legislation might undergo during the legislative process, and provides a list of easily accessible print and electronic resources. This report will be updated as needed.

Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)
Hat tip to the always useful-to-follow Boley Law Library in Portland, Oregon (to follow on Twitter, it’s:   @lawlib )

Public Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Being Sought

The New York Times reports — in a May 4, 2009 article by Stephanie StromGroup Seeks Public Access to Congressional Research” — that the Washington, DC nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology is leading a fight to gain consistent public access to Congressional Research Service (a division of the Library of Congress) reports and memoranda.

DC Research gig

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), American Law Division (ALD), is seeking a Deputy Assistant Director. The Deputy Assistant Director counsels the Assistant Director on all aspects of the administration and operations of the division; monitors research, administration and operations of the division in relation to its capacity for and actual experience in meeting needs of the Congress; ensures that the division is working toward identifying public policy problems facing the Congress and follows through with analysis that provides an objective, authoritative framework in which the Congress can assess the consequences of legislative/policy options; demonstrates intellectual leadership in monitoring congressional needs in policy areas within the research management responsibility of the Division; collaborates with other senior research division managers to assure full identification of significant issues and develops analytical approaches; serves with full delegated authority as the Assistant Director in his/her absence; and performs special research, consultative, or administrative assignments as requested by the Director.
The American Law Division’s work addresses the myriad legal questions that arise in a legislative context or are otherwise of interest to Congress. Some issues relate to the institutional prerogatives of Congress under the Constitution. Other questions involve constitutional and legal principles of statutory analysis that cross legislative policy areas, such as federalism, commerce powers and individual rights. The division also focuses on the intricacies of legal precedent and statutory construction as they relate to business, crime, the environment, civil rights, international law and other issues.
Applicant must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, District of Columbia, territory of the United States, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
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The Congressional Research Service, within the Library of Congress, is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. The selected applicant may be required to file a financial disclosure statement with the House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 95-521, Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
This position is being offered at the Senior Level ($114,468-$158,500).  Please apply online at http://www.loc.gov/crsinfo or call 202.707.5627 to request an applicant job kit. Please refer to vacancy# 080203 in all correspondence. Applications must be received by August 19th, 2008.