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Rep. Lungren: XML standards to increase document transparency
Monday - 2/6/2012, 8:55am EST
Now, every House document will go into a new website. The goal is to make them more accessible to the public. The legislation will be posted using Extensible Markup Language, or XML. That will make what's in a bill easier to find, and the bills themselves more visible to search engines.
Rep. Dan Lungren (photo from House.gov)
"We think that when you establish that type of access, you basically have a faster, more accurate exchange of information, and that leads to a better understanding of what's being considered," Lungren said in an interview with The Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The resolution to establish XML as a standard is the culmination of other efforts to increase transparency, including posting legislation online at least three days before the House takes a vote, posting proposals at least 24 hours before a committee vote, and posting committee votes, amendments and reports, Lungren said.
The Sunlight Foundation has called the resolution a "tremendous step."