Fresh From the Press – Exotic Lizards are Now Invading Florida!

| February 26, 2014

Exotic 4-Foot Lizards are now invading Florida according to a blog post from  Paul Shin via the  ABC news blog post from today, February 26th 2014 at 6:00 am. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has confirmed more than 100 sightings of the Tegu lizard throughout Hillsborough County Exotic lizards” They are from South [...]

What document is the most retrieved item in the history on FDsys?

| January 17, 2014

FDsys was established by the US government in 2009 to provide secure and archival  access to federal documents. According to a news release on December 11th  2013, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, is currently the most retrieved item in FDsys’s history!   As of December 11the 2013, [...]

Library of Congress Apps?

| November 26, 2012

Check out the Congressional Record App and receive the official record of the proceedings and debates of the US Congress via this app to you iphone, ipod or ipad!   Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning

From the Library of Congress …

| September 20, 2012

The Library of Congress announced a new free, fact-based Legislative Information site yesterday,, which will eventually replace Thomas.

When Time is of Essence

| February 3, 2012

When dealing with regulatory topics, and when your time is of essence, you may want to consult both the Federal Register and the agency’s website to learn more about recent regulatory developments. Here is why: The agency’s web site may list an upcoming final rule on its website before the final rule gets published in [...]

99th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster

| April 12, 2011

On April 14, 1912, the world was shocked by the sinking of the Titanic.  Congress convened hearings into the cause of the accident starting on April 19, 1912.  It includes statements and testimony from the captain of the Carpathia, numerous survivors, and various experts in navigation and conduct on the high seas. The testimony is [...]

Tweet the Bill of Rights?

| December 7, 2010

The U.S. National Archives is holding a Bill of Rights (that great document that contains the first ten amendments to the Constitution) Twitter Contest. Between now and December 15–the 219th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights–The National Archives asks for contest entries that condense each of those amendments into separate bite-sized tweets. [...]

What Do Astronauts Like to Read?

| November 30, 2010

No, it’s not the start of a joke.  What do astronauts do in their downtime while floating miles above the earth?  The International Space Station Media List as of 2008 gives us a glimpse into what’s available for the astronauts to watch or read during their space time – Sealab 2021, The Right Stuff, and [...]

Behind the News: Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations

| November 15, 2010

In the 1970′s, the presence of Nazi persecutors living among Americans came to the forefront of national attention with the deportation case of Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan, a former Nazi woman’s prison camp guard who was living as a housewife in Queens.  Previously, the INS handled suspected Nazi persecutor cases on an individual basis with no [...]

Wacky Weather

| November 8, 2010

Hurricanes in Haiti, snow in New York City, and warm weather in St. Louis? Keenly aware of the public’s interest in weather and weather related facts, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put together a few reports for the public.  One of the more interesting reports is The Deadliest, Costliest, and Most Intense United [...]

Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

| October 22, 2010

Get your popcorn ready and grab a snack! Today’s film is an oldie but a goodie: Duck and Cover! Produced and distributed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this film was shown to school children throughout the Cold War.  It’s advice is simple – when you see the flash from a nuclear explosion, duck under [...]

Today is Constitution Day

| September 17, 2010

Take a few minutes to celebrate View a “Video Short” from the National Archives. “Acting Chief of Reference at the National Archives Trevor Plante … takes viewers inside the National Archives vaults to see some of his favorite rarely-displayed documents.” Which of our nation’s founders are you most like? Take a quiz to find out. [...]

When in the Course of human events…

| September 3, 2010

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the [...]

Gulf Coast World War II Shipwrecks

| August 16, 2010

The Minerals Management Service, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, manages the energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.  Using oil industry deep water surveys and conducting its own investigations, MMS has produced a report on the shipwrecks of World War II in the Gulf of Mexico.  [...]


| August 10, 2010

It seems like there’s been an increasing interest lately in documents from PACER.  RECAP is a free extension for Firefox that once installed, will automatically save the documents you download into a free archive. To participate in the RECAP project, go to and click on “Add to Firefox.” To find PACER documents that have [...]

Required Reading: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

| July 27, 2010

If you’re interested in learning more about the Dodd-Frank Act, there’s some library resources to help you. Check out CCH’s new title, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act: Law, Explanation and Analysis.  Available through our CCH Intelliconnect database, this publication walks the reader through the entire Dodd-Frank Act.  Useful commentary is included as [...]

Snapshot in Time: Justice Frankfurter’s Nomination Hearing

| July 21, 2010

In early January 1939, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony about the nomination of Dr. Felix Frankfurter to the Supreme Court.  This Hearing is notable because it was one of the first times a Supreme Court nominee publicly testified on his own behalf before the Committee. Dr. Frankfurter was a controversial appointment.  He served [...]

Thursday Matinee: U.S. Anarctica Expedition 1939-1941

| June 24, 2010

On such a hot day, one wonders what it would be like to be in Antarctica.  Don’t have enough time to take a trip to the bottom of the world?  Take a few minutes and enjoy Antarctica as it was in 1939. This is a color film of Admiral Byrd’s Second Antarctica Expedition taken during [...]

Interested in GAO Updates?

| June 9, 2010

Did you know that you can subscribe to GAO (US Government Accountability Office) updates via email? You can choose your  topic of interest. For more information see:

Kagan Tapped as Nominee for the Supreme Court

| May 11, 2010

The White House announced Elena Kagan as the nominee for the 112th Supreme Court justice.  Elena Kagan currently serves as the Solicitor General of the United States.  The Solicitor General’s role is to conduct and supervise all government litigation before the Supreme Court.  As the Solicitor’s website explains: The Solicitor General determines the cases in [...]

Senate Committee Hearing on Gulf Coast Oil Spill Begins Today

| May 11, 2010

Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources begins a series of hearings into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Representatives from BP, Transocean, and Haliburton are expected to testify about what may have gone wrong, the possible impact to the environment, and how the companies are planning on containing the damage. [...]

College Bowl System Under Senate Scrutiny

| May 5, 2010

With the addition of the Pinstripe Bowl and the Dallas Football Classic, a Big Ten fan has to ask: Why the expansion?  Was the old Bowl System unfair?  Will I need a second DVR to record all these games? Turns out the Senate Judiciary Committee had the same questions.  Read the Hearing on the College [...]

MO Senate Votes to End Print Publications of Statutes and Official Manual

| April 30, 2010

This week, the Missouri Senate voted to end the printing of physical copies of the Missouri Blue Book and the Missouri Revised Statutes. As more and more states face hard economic times, this may be the way of the future. Is it a good idea? Or does it limit the public’s access to the law? [...]

New & Fascinating Government Documents

| April 1, 2010

The Geological Atlas of the United States issued by the U.S. Geological Survey from 1894 to 1945 has gone digital!  These are geological surveys of different areas of the country and are a snapshot in time of what early America looked like.  And! You can overlay Google Maps on top of the images. The [...]