Tuesday, July 30, 2013

GOVTRACK.US - Easily track the activities of the United States Congress

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Use this free service to track bills in the government. Simply log in, enter a search term, and then you can get the new stuff via email or an RSS feed.

GovTrack.us, a tool by Civic Impulse, LLC, is one of the worldʼs most visited government transparency websites. The site helps ordinary citizens find and track bills in the U.S. Congress and understand their representatives’ legislative record.

In 2012, GovTrack.us was used by more than 5 million individuals. Its embeddable widgets were deployed on more than 70 official websites of Members of Congress.

We bring together the status of U.S. federal legislation, voting records, congressional district maps, and more (see the table at the right). Most of the information is assembled in an automated way by scanning federal government websites, such as THOMAS. State legislative information is available here through a partnership with LegiNation, Inc. and LegiScan, Inc.

Once we get the information, we make it easier to understand and we let you track bills for updates with email updates and RSS feeds. We also have unique statistical analyses to put the information in context. Read the «Analysis Methodology».

GovTrack openly shares the data it brings together so that other websites can build other tools to help citizens engage with government. See the «Developer Documentation» for more. We have led the open government data movement in the United States since GovTrack’s launch in 2004, and the site has served as a model for legislative transparency websites around the world.

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