Monthly Archives: December 2007

Committee Caller

Have you ever wanted to call the member of a congressional committee to let them know your views on a piece of pending legislation? If so, then you know it can be daunting to find out the composition of the committee, and the correct contact information for each member. But all that has changed, thanks to the web site, Committee Caller. The site has been set up using an open source Asterisk PBX system to connect you to every senator or house member on a particular committee.
Just go to the website, select a committee or subcommittee, enter your phone number and click “Put me in touch with democracy!” You’ll be called by their system and sequentially patched through to the front office of each member on that committee. If you want to add to the web site’s informational database on accountability, you can even rate how each call went.

Citation Rules Online

For an online version of citation manuals, visit The Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2007 ed.), by Peter W. Martin. It was revised in May 2007 to reflect changes appearing in the third edition of the ALWD Citation Manual, published in 2006. It is also keyed to the current (18th) edition of The Bluebook, published in 2005. Each topic covered includes references to both The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual. Since this pubication is more concerned with the forms of citation used in processional practice, the niceties of typeface styles for law review articles is not the focus of this edition.

USASpending.gov

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 mandated a user-friendly, searchable database of most federal spending , and the result, USASpending.gov, went live today. The White House budget office is responsible for publishing the web site, which shows taxpayers where their dollars go and which legislators, contractors and regions get the most.
The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 was sponsored by Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). The site was created by Robert Shea, associate director of the Office of Management and Budget. It was modeled on a site pioneered by Gary Bass, director of OMB Watch, which has been a harsh critic of the budget office. You can search the site by contracts and grants, contractor names, congressional districts and lawmakers. It is easy to download data, and there are charts and rankings show who gets the most money. The site will be updated every two weeks even though the law only requires updating every month.