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Public Access to Congressional Research Service Reports—Transparency Caucus to Host Briefing

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For more than two decades, the US Congress has wrestled with whether to systematically publicly distribute non-confidential Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports, which provide Congress with analysis of major policy issues.

To discuss this issue, the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus will host a free and open briefing on Thursday, October 22, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–noon eastern daylight time. The briefing will be held in room 2103 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, (RSVP to attend the briefing in person) and will be live streamed on YouTube.

Opening remarks will be presented by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ).

Panelists will include:

  • Chris Shays, Represented the Fourth Congressional District in Connecticut 1987–2008
  • Prue Adler, Associate Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries
  • Stan Brand, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Law Firm
  • Kevin Kosar, Senior Fellow and Governance Project Director, R Street Institute

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.