About

Who we are

EveryCRSReport.com is a project of Demand Progress in collaboration with the Congressional Data Coalition — a bipartisan coalition founded by Demand Progress and the R Street Institute to promote open legislative information.

Contact information

You can reach us at everycrsreport@demandprogress.org.

We are glad to hear from you, but please do not ask us to help you perform research or find reports. More contact information for us is at the Demand Progress policy page.

Support our work

Please go to our donation website and donate there to help us keep this website running. If you are interested in giving more than a modest amount (any amount is welcome!), or want to support other open government work, please contact me, Daniel Schuman, at everycrsreport@demandprogress.org.

Bulk download

All of the CRS reports (and metadata) on this site is available for download. See the developer documentation for details.

About the site

Congressional Research Service reports are the best way for anyone to quickly get up to speed on major political issues without having to worry about spin — from the same source Congress uses.

CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers for accurate and timely analysis of important policy issues. The reports are not classified and do not contain individualized advice to any specific member of Congress. (More: What is a CRS report?)

Until today, CRS reports were generally available only to the well-connected.

Now, in partnership with a Republican and a Democratic member of Congress and library partners, we are making these reports available to everyone for free online and in one place.

A coalition of public interest groups, journalists, academics, students, some Members of Congress, and former CRS employees have been advocating for greater access to CRS reports for over twenty years. Two bills in Congress to make these reports widely available already have 10 sponsors (S. 2639 and H.R. 4702, 114th Congress) and we urge Congress to finish the job.

This website shows Congress one vision of how it could be done. Here's why we did it.


What does EveryCRSReport.com include?

EveryCRSReport.com includes 14,706 CRS reports. The number changes regularly.

It’s every CRS report that’s available on Congress’s internal website CRS.gov, plus about 5,100 archived reports from the University of North Texas Libraries Government Documents Department CRS reports collection.

We redact the phone number, email address, and names of virtually all the analysts from the reports obtained from CRS.gov. We also add disclaimer language regarding copyright and the role CRS reports are intended to play. That’s it. (Here's why we redact some info.)

If you’re looking for older reports that we don’t have here yet, our good friends at CRSReports.com may have them.

We also show how much a report has changed over time (whenever CRS publishes an update), provide RSS feeds, and we hope to add more features in the future. Help us make that possible.

To receive an email alert for all new reports and new reports in a particular topic area, use the RSS icon next to the topic area titles and a third-party service, like IFTTT, to monitor the RSS feed for new additions.

Acknowledgements

We owe a huge debt to Josh Ruihley, who built the amazing (but no longer operating) opencrs.com, which hand curated the reports from the web. We are fortunate to be able to take a different approach to gathering the reports and salute him for his years of effort.

We also must thank Antoine McGrath, who not only built the fantastic CRSReports.com, but also helped write the code to clean up CRS’ files.

We also must acknowledge Steve Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, who tirelessly collected many CRS reports on his website, as have many others, who curate and publish the reports online.

Joshua Tauberer did the software development for this website.

We dedicate the website to the memory of Aaron Swartz and to activists everywhere that labor to make civic information available to the general public.