I’ve got a google search alert set up for “CRS report” OR “Congressional Research Service” and thought I’d share the CRS reports in my most recent alert. If you’re not familiar with this service, it’s a handy way to keep track of issues or subjects. Go to http://www.google.com/alerts to set up alerts, or do a search on google news and scroll down to the bottom of the page to create an alert for your search.
Here’s the latest CRS reports in the news:
- Taiwanese air force faces plane shortage by 2020. Taipei Times. “The annual report by the Congressional Research Service, entitled Taiwan: Major US Arms Sales Since 1990 — which Defense News has called “required reading inside Taiwan defense circles and among US defense officials working with the island’s military” — provides a detailed analysis of US arms sales to Taiwan over more than two decades.”
- The Domestic Terrorist Threat: Background and Issues for Congress. CRS Report R41780. Posted on the FAS Secrecy News site.
- eNewsUSA: CRS Report On GHG Emissions & Canadian Oil Sands
- China’s Stranglehold on Rare Earths to Loosen as North American Production Facilities Come Online. Finance.yahoo.com. “According to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report in April China currently produces 97 percent of the world’s rare earth oxides.” I found the 2011 CRS report posted on OpenCRS but the 2012 report has not been made public yet.*
- Fox Mangles Data To Claim “The Poor” Are Getting “Richer”. Media Matters. “The CRS report notes that “although the rank of the United States differs somewhat from one study to the next, as discussed below, the United States typically is found to be among the least mobile of the advanced economies.” [Congressional Research Service, 3/7/12]”
*Our readers may or may not know that the Library of Congress does NOT make CRS reports public, nor are they distributed to libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program. The only way to make a CRS report public is for member of Congress to release it or for a citizen to request it from her/his representative. Many in the library and govt transparency communities have been trying for years to persuade CRS to change their policy that views CRS reports as confidential queries with members of Congress and begin to officially release them to the public. OpenCRS and other sites like Steven Aftergood’s Secrecy News regularly post CRS reports, but this is done only because CRS refuses to release them to the public. Please contact your representative and ask them to push CRS to change their policy.
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