The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) was created by the Congressional
Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. CBO's mission is to
provide the Congress with the objective, timely, nonpartisan analyses
needed for economic and budget decisions and with the information
and estimates required for the Congressional budget process.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) is the investigative arm of
Congress. GAO exists to support the Congress in meeting its Constitutional
responsibilities and to help improve the performance and accountability
of the federal government for the American people. GAO examines
the use of public funds, evaluates federal programs and activities,
and provides analyses, options, recommendations, and other assistance
to help the Congress make effective oversight, policy, and funding
decisions. In this context, GAO works to continuously improve
the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of the federal government
through financial audits, program reviews and evaluations, analyses,
legal opinions, investigations, and other services.
The Library serves as the research arm of Congress and is recognized
as the national library of the United States. Its collections
comprise the world's most comprehensive record of human creativity
and knowledge. Open to those above high-school age without charge
or special permission, it is the world's largest library and a
great resource to scholars and researchers.
THOMAS is an online legislation retrieval system run by the
Library of Congress. It allows for the retrieval of bills as
well as the congressional record from the 93rd Congress through
the 107th Congress. Searches may be conducted using either key
words or bill number.
Printing Office (GPO)
Created primarily to satisfy the printing needs of Congress,
GPO today is the focal point for printing, binding, and information
dissemination for the entire federal community. In addition to
Congress, approximately 130 federal departments and agencies rely
on GPO’s services. Congressional documents, census forms, federal
regulations and reports, IRS tax forms, and U.S. passports–all
are produced by or through GPO. At one time GPO’s mission was
accomplished through the production and procurement of conventional
ink-on-paper printing. Today, after more than a generation’s experience
with electronic printing systems, GPO is at the forefront in providing
Government information in a wide range of formats, including printing,
microfiche, CD-ROM, and online technology through GPO Access (www.gpo.gov/gpoaccess).
Superintendent of Documents
SH-B04 Hart Senate Office Building
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Superintendent of Documents
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Washington, DC 20515
Other Sources of
Information on Congress
Congress Watch features biographies, phone numbers, addresses
and committee assignments for each of the 535 voting members of
A "one-stop-shop" where you can identify your congressional representatives;
research congressional voting records; learn about the issues
of the day; and send e-mail directly to Congress.
Advertised as one of the last bastions of impartial information
on existing and prospective members of government, this site provides
analysis of campaign pledges and voting records. The site also
hosts a searchable archive of candidate speeches.