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Walter J. Oleszek, Congressional Lawmaking: A Perspective On Secrecy and Transparency (CRS Report R42108) (Nov. 30, 2011) (full-text).


The objectives of this report are four-fold:

  • First, to outline briefly the historical and inherent tension between secrecy and transparency in the congressional process;
  • Second, to review several common and recurring secrecy/transparency issues that emerged again with the 2011 formation of the Joint Select Deficit Reduction Committee;
  • Third, to identify various lawmaking stages typically imbued with closed door activities; and
  • Fourth, to close with several summary observations.