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In another lifetime I worked in Government Documents, and spent my days copy cataloging government publications and providing government information-related reference assistance. One of the resources for easy to understand information folks liked best were Congressional Research Service reports. Concise and to the point, CRS reports provide Cliff Note-type summaries of major issues ranging from foreign policy to social security for members of Congress. We taxpayers shell out nearly $100 million a year to fund the CRS, but many of them are not made publicly available. Enter stage right Open CRS, a project that aims to provide citizens with access to all CRS reports. Read more about the project here. Currently Open CRS provides access to and indexing for 8,000 odd reports. But they encourage all of us to contact our congresspeople to send them any reports not yet publicly available. Nice!

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