Yesterday, LII Director Tom Bruce was asked to testify before the House Committee on Administration Subcommittee on Oversight. The Committee has charge of the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office, among many other things.
The focus of yesterday’s hearing was the modernization of legislative data systems at the House. This is a multipronged effort, aimed at providing new, technologically-advanced services to Members and at opening up House legislative data to the public. Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor, in a widely-applauded move, had already expressed support for the use of open, interoperable document standards. Attention now turns to services to Members, and to the provision of bulk data to the public.
As is standard practice, Bruce’s oral testimony was a five-minute summary of more complete written testimony, available here. A complete record of the hearing, including all witness testimony and video, is here.