Government trades in THOMAS.gov for a new model

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Starting Nov. 19, Congress.gov will officially replace the almost 20-year-old beacon of congressional transparency, THOMAS.gov.

After the date, users trying access THOMAS.gov will be redirected to Congress.gov, also all @Thomasdotgov twitter followers will be transferred to @Congressdotgov.

THOMAS.gov is a public site used for retrieving information on Congress members, bills, hearings and roll calls.

“[THOMAS.gov] has been updated over the years, but its foundation can no longer support the capabilities that today’s Internet users have come to expect, including access on mobile devices,” said a statement by the Library of Congress.

Congress.gov is billed as an easier-to-use site that will make finding legislative information more intuitive and accessible. The website will also be compatible with other platforms such as  cellphones.

Congress.gov hosts a number of new features compared to THOMAS.gov, including direct links to bill cost estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, committee profile pages, and legislative process videos.

Other information available on THOMAS.gov such as nominations and treaties will be added to the site throughout 2014.

The site is a collaboration between the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate and the Government Printing Office.

THOMAS.gov, created in 1995, averages about 10 million users a year.

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