One of my duties as a new attorney at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP is tracking various proceedings in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of the federal government. Much of my tracking is currently done by visiting government webpages on a regular schedule and reviewing the information provided.
I already use some automated tools such as mailing lists provided by the various government agencies (such as the Federal Communications Commission’s Daily Digest mailing list). Yet I am constantly on the lookout for tools to help me streamline my information gathering.
Today I googled “Tracking government agencies” and found “Tracking Current Federal Legislation and Regulations: A Guide to Basic Sources (PDF)“. This is a Congressional Research Service report on digital, paper, and telephone resources for tracking legislative and administrative actions. I’ve already found some new, useful resources such as the online Daily Digest version of the Congressional Record. (Note: the latest issue (12/31/07) contains an interesting tabulation of Congressional action over the past year.)
As part of my New Year’s resolution to more frequently post to this blog, I’ll continue to note the resources I find useful in my day-to-day work at WBK, as I discover them. If you have any tools you’d suggest, I’d welcome your feedback in the comments.