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Congress.gov gets upgrades

Congress.gov gets usability upgrades

Congress.gov, the official website for federal legislative information, recently got some usability upgrades. Prompted by user feedback, the most recent enhancements focus on customer experience, accounts and alerts, browsing and appropriation tables.

A new “listen to this page” feature  will now read the full or a selected portion of a bill summary aloud to the user.  The accessibility tool also offers a downloadable audio file of the bill, according to a blog post by Robert Brammer of the Library of Congress.

Searching capabilities, meanwhile, were improved with the inclusion of the “search within” results feature on committee pages and member profiles.

To make appropriations-tracking easier and more efficient, appropriation tables have been updated to include more content, starting with a table for fiscal year 2016 and going back to 2005.

Email alerts will now include the title of the bill, so users can see which bill they are being alerted about before opening up the notification. Additionally, member alerts are now prompted by amendment sponsorship and co-sponsorship.

The latest upgrades are in response to user comments, and continue a series of monthly releases that began with Congress.gov's debut in September 2012.

Posted by Amanda Ziadeh on Aug 05, 2015 at 9:02 AM


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