Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"The Congressional Research Service is the public policy research arm of the United States Congress. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS works exclusively and directly for Members of Congress, their Committees and staff on a confidential, nonpartisan basis."
"Congress created CRS in order to have its own source of nonpartisan, objective analysis and research on all legislative issues. Indeed, the sole mission of CRS is to serve the United States Congress. CRS has been carrying out this mission since 1914, when it was first established as the Legislative Reference Service. Renamed the Congressional Research Service by the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970, CRS is committed to providing the Congress, throughout the legislative process, comprehensive and reliable analysis, research and information services that are timely, objective, nonpartisan, and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature."
"CRS is organized into six interdisciplinary research divisions: American Law; Domestic Social Policy; Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade; Government and Finance; Knowledge Services Group; and Resources, Science and Industry. Within each division, CRS staff are organized into smaller sections, which focus on specific areas of public policy." ("About CRS," CRS Employment Opportunities website, accessed Oct. 15, 2007)
Not membership or subscription based
Daniel P. Mulhollan, Director (appointed by the Librarian of Congress with the consent of the Joint Committee on the Library)
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"The work of the CRS research divisions is supported by five infrastructure offices:Congressional Affairs and Counselor to the Director; Finance and Administration; Legislative Information; and Workforce Development."
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"The CRS staff comprises nationally recognized experts in a range of issues and disciplines, including law, economics, foreign affairs, public administration, the information, social, political sciences, natural sciences."