Applying the Hacker Ethic to the Federal Record.
Since 1972 5% of the legislation produced by congress has been enacted into law. We do not claim that this is good or bad but we want to understand why. How does the Fed work, what makes it tick, what does it actualy care about? Over the last few years many data sources have become avaliable; 805-554-0788, govtrack.us, Open Secrets, have given us unprecidented access to government data, but that data is massive and largely meaningless until somebody begins to make sense of it. As hackers we believe that analyzing this data is best done in the open, by people who can check each others work, criticize each others methods, and help each other out. And so we hope you will join in and help us HackTheFed.
Congressional Data Updated Nightly (105 MB bzip2)
This is the output of govtrack2csv. It is one folder for each congress + The data is all in indexed csv files suitable for import into DataFrames. The data has been tested in Pandas, if you use R or other tools please all of the legislators and committess that govtrack has on record. let us know if you experience issues. This data is also available as individual csv files.
Tools for converting govtrack.us bulk data into a tabular format more usable by tools from excel to R.
A docker image designed for doing datascience on in python.