Where can I find reports sent to Congress by executive branch agencies?

Reports to Congress are not usually distributed to the public or published. These reports are sent to the Secretary of the Senate and to the Clerk of the House, and verification of a report's receipt can usually be found in Congress.gov’s House and Senate Communications collections, or in the Congressional Record Daily Digest section. However, these entries are very general in nature; report titles are usually not recorded and the source of the report is only generically identified.

Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

In December 2022, Congress enacted the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act through the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. This law requires federal agencies to submit congressionally-mandated reports to the Government Publishing Office (GPO). A White House memorandum provides more details about the law, as well as guidance to federal agencies. According to GPO, the law is currently being implemented and federal agencies are scheduled to begin submitting reports to a GPO portal in October 2023. Newer reports may be available on GPO’s GovInfo website beginning in December 2023.

Locating Recent and Older Reports

More recent reports can sometimes be found on agency websites, while older reports are more likely to be stored at the National Archives and Records Administration. CIS, a commercial service, published an annual index of reports from 1994-2002 entitled "Reports Required by Congress: CIS Guide to Executive Communication," with accompanying microfiche of reports for 1994-1995 and 1997-1998. The Law Library of Congress has copies of these annual indexes and the microfiche for the years indicated.

Various libraries also collect copies of reports to Congress, either from the agency itself or from the congressional committee to which the report was submitted. Researchers may want to search WorldCat.org External to determine whether any local libraries External hold copies of a certain report.

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2023
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