from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2016, Issue No. 65
August 9, 2016

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Reports of the Congressional Research Service are predicated on the belief that readers in Congress or elsewhere care about the minutia of government policy. But if this was ever true, is it still the case today?

The members of CRS's presumed target audience have not yet made up their minds about any number of issues, and they eagerly look forward to weighing the competing arguments pro and con. Are there such people?

To Congress, CRS reports must be treated as a controlled substance. CRS is literally prohibited from making them directly available to the public. If anybody were able to get their hands on them, who knows what might happen?

Let's find out. New and updated reports from the Congressional Research Service that have been withheld from public distribution in the last few days include the following.

How Much Slack Remains in the Labor Market?, CRS Insight, August 5, 2016:

Evolution of the Meaning of "Waters of the United States" in the Clean Water Act, August 8, 2016:

Implementing Bills for Trade Agreements: Statutory Procedures Under Trade Promotion Authority, August 8, 2016:

Clean Power Plan: Legal Background and Pending Litigation in West Virginia v. EPA, updated August 8, 2016:

Overview of Funding Mechanisms in the Federal Budget Process, and Selected Examples, August 4, 2016:

Automakers Seek to Align Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Regulations, CRS Insight, August 8, 2016:

Al Qaeda's Syria Affiliate Declares Independence, CRS Insight, August 5, 2016:

Trafficking in Persons and U.S. Foreign Policy Responses in the 114th Congress, August 5, 2016:

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, updated August 8, 2016:


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