Congressional Research Service (CRS) (Federal Agency Profiles)
PARENT ORGANIZATION: Library of Congress
ADDRESS: 101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
PHONE: (202) 707-7904
FAX: (202) 707-4446
DIRECTOR: Daniel Mulhollan
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively and directly for all members and committees of Congress. The published mission of the CRS is "to provide comprehensive and reliable analysis, research and information services that are timely, objective, non-partisan, and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature." Since its creation, the CRS's mandate has expanded to include in-depth policy analysis, use of electronic information systems, and providing seminars and in-person briefings to members of Congress.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The CRS is a division of the Library of Congress, which is the national library, originally established to meet the informational needs of Congress. The CRS is headed by a director and has four administrative offices: special programs, operations, policy, and research coordination. The research divisions of the CRS are: American...
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Congressional Research Service (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a branch of the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS that provides objective, nonpartisan research, analysis, and information to assist Congress in its legislative, oversight, and representative functions. U.S. senators and representatives, and their staffs consult the CRS for timely and accurate information regarding major issues and policies. The CRS researches and advises on questions and concerns related to many subject areas. It is organized into six interdisciplinary research divisions: American Law; Domestic Social Policy; Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade; Government and Finance; Information Research; and Resources, Science and Industry. Each division is organized into smaller sections, which focus on specific areas of public policy. The work of these divisions is supported by five offices: Congressional Affairs and Counselor to the Director; Finance and Administration; Information Resources Management; Legislative Information; and Workforce Development.
The CRS is made up of two reference divisions: the Congressional Reference Division and the Library Services Division. These provide reference, bibliographic, and other information services using advanced methods of computerized searching.
The CRS conducts a host of other support activities for Congress. It develops specialized...
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