Letter urges Congress to publish non-confidential Congressional Research Service reports

The National Freedom of Information Coalition endorsed a Dec. 13, 2021, letter to leaders of the Joint Committee on the Library, requesting that they direct the Library of Congress to publish all non-confidential Congressional Research Service reports online.

Demand Progress, American Enterprise Institute, and Free Government Information drafted the letter, which was signed by 42 organizations and 21 experts on Congress.

“Members of Congress, staff, and the public use previous CRS reports to provide important context for current policy issues,” according to an article posted at Demand Progress. “While CRS is making some of its reports publicly available pursuant to law, it is resisting releasing other reports despite congressional encouragement. This issue can be easily fixed: CRS already maintains a digital archive of some non-public yet non-confidential reports and could easily publish them online. They should do so.”