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Statutes and Appropriations

Preparing a Federal Legislative History and Understanding The Federal Budget Authorization and Appropriations Process--1/12/06

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Federal librarians and library technicians need a basic understanding of how Congress creates statutes and appropriates federal funds. The morning session of this one-day program will explain how to trace the development of a statute and identify the source documents needed to complete a formal legislative history. In the afternoon, participants will get an insider's view of how agencies receive their appropriations and authorizations.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no entrance to the Library of Congress prior to 8:30 a.m.)

Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building, he Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540

Capitol South (Orange and Blue Lines)

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Draft Agenda

8:30 am
Registration and refreshments

9:00 am-12:30 pm
Nuts and Bolts of Preparing a Federal Legislative History

Review of  the process of preparing a legislative history, using a specific statute as an example.
The program will consist of four parts:

Part I: Understanding How Federal Laws are Published, Organized and Cited
Part II: The Federal Legislative Process and the Documents that Accompany That Process"
Part III: Electronic Sources for Conducting Federal Legislative History  Research" 
Part IV: Tangible Sources for Federal Legislative Research

The presenters are the  authors of the comprehensive Web site entitled "Federal Legislative History Research: A Practitioner's Guide to Compiling the Documents and Sifting for Legislative Intent" which can be found on LLSDC's Legislative Source Book ( along with other related articles and research tools that they and other colleagues have produced.

Richard J. McKinney
Assistant Law Librarian, Federal Reserve Board
Ellen Sweet
Legislative Reference Specialist, Department of Justice

12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm
The Federal Budget Authorization and Appropriations Process--An Insider's View

Get an overview of the federal budget and appropriations process. Participants will learn how the president initiates the process by budget request and how it relates to the congressional budget resolution. The presenter will then clarify the budget and appropriations committees' roles, how Congress creates appropriations and authorizations and the significance of appropriations and authorizations for agencies. Sources of information for tracking the budget and appropriations process will also be discussed.

Tom Armstrong
Assistant General Counsel for Appropriations Law,Government Accountability Office

3:30 pm


Publications and Education Unit
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Washington, DC 20005-4935
(202) 707-4800
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Publications and Education Unit
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20005-4935
(202) 707-4800
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