Govt.'s greatest hits go online

Govt.'s greatest hits go online

Some of the most-sought-after government documents are slowly making their way online, two public-interest groups, OMB Watch and the Center for Democracy and Technology, reported recently.

The most-requested documents, reports from the Congressional Research Service, still can't be found online. But the second-most-requested documents, Supreme Court opinions and briefs, are slated to appear beginning today on the high court's new Web site, at www.supremecourtus.gov.

Last year, the two Washington watchdog organizations listed the 10 most-sought-after government documents not available online [GCN, Sept. 6, 1999, Page 66].

Since then, the Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service has been posting its Endangered Species Recovery Plans, which were No. 8 on the most-wanted list. Previously, Interior made paper versions of the plans available for a fee.

The Patent and Trademark Office is now posting the Official Gazette of Trademarks, the ninth most-wanted document. The agency had been posting parts of the publication on different pages of its Web site; now PTO has combined the information.

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