Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sunlight Foundation Launches SCOUT to track State & Federal Government Information

From the Government Documents Department...

First of all, if you're not familiar with the Sunlight Foundation, you should definitely check it out.  The Sunlight Foundation is "a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike." Their dedication to open government and unrestricted free public access to government information at the state and federal levels is astounding. Through their many projects, the Sunlight Foundation provides resources for tracking activities on Capital Hill and in the White House, as well as government spending and the influence of lobbyists.  They also offer a bunch of apps so you can use all of this important information on the go. 

The Sunlight Foundation's latest project is called SCOUT.  It's still in beta, but it promises to be a powerful tool.  Using SCOUT, you can create alerts to be notified of updates from Congress.  You can track every bill and regulation in the federal government as well as the bills being debated in all 50 states.  This is an indispensable tool for keeping up with all that's happening in government.  Give it a try!