GovTrack.us tracks the United States Congress and helps Americans participate in their national legislature.
We publish the status of federal legislation, information about your representative and senators in Congress including voting records, and original research on legislation and congressional oversight & investigations. We’re one of the oldest government transparency websites in the world.
What you can do on GovTrack
Use GovTrack to track bills for updates by getting alerts and understand the broader context of legislation through our statistical analyses. Read our original research on GovTrack Insider and in our congressional misconduct database.
You can read more about the data we have, including how you can get it. GovTrack was the first to create comprehensive open data about Congress, and we have successfully lobbied Congress to make more and better legislative information available to the public.
Who we are
GovTrack.us is a project of Civic Impulse, LLC, a completely independent entity which is wholly owned by its operator and receives no funding in any form from outside organizations. We have no financers, sponsors, investors, or partners, nor do we have any affiliation or relationship (financial or otherwise) with any political party, government agency, or any other outside group or persons.
GovTrack.us began in 2004 and inspired the world-wide open government and open government data movements. We have testified before Congress multiple times about our work and how to make Congress a more open institution.
We’re a small organization with four part-time staff members, who are:
Joshua Tauberer, president
Joshua is the founder of GovTrack.us and created the site initially as a hobby in 2004. He is a software engineer and entrepreneur that has also been a contractor for the United States Congress and the District of Columbia municipal government on improving the publication process of the law. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jesse Rifkin, staff writer
Jesse has been a staff writer for GovTrack Insider since 2016, focusing primarily on bill summaries. His writings on politics and other subjects have been published in The Washington Post, Politico Magazine, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Daily Beast, HuffPost Politics, Hartford Courant, and Billboard. Jesse's favorite pieces he's written for GovTrack Insider are: Almost Unanimous, where we asked why these lone dissenters withheld their votes on bills, Will the Constitution ever be amended again?, where we asked the man behind the Twenty-Seventh Amendment, and What the first Congress of 1789 can teach the Congress of 2017.
Ben Hammer, external relations associate
Ben is our external relations associate. He has assisted managing site content and fundraising for three years, working to find new partnerships, projects, and data. Some of his latest work includes adding congressional scorecards to Member pages and statements from legislative stakeholders to bill pages. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University. Outside of work Ben is working on a short graphic novel about sentient candles.
Amy West, research & communications manager
Amy has been the GovTrack research and communications manager since February 2017 when she realized she didn't want to retire quite so early after all. She edits GovTrack Insider articles, posts to GovTrack social media and developed the Congressional Misconduct Database. From 1999-2015, she was a librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries specializing in government publications and government data.
Help us open government
Join the movement to make our government more open and effective. Here are some ideas:
- Join your local Code for America Brigade. Check it out even if you are not a coder.
- Read the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness, an international declaration.
- Read Civic Tech Thoughts and Open Government Data: The Book by GovTrack’s founder on the open government and open government data movements.
1. GovTrack.us’s mission is to help Americans participate in their government.
a. We make information about the United States Congress accessible, understandable, and actionable for public use.
b. We do this by putting the information in context, tracking new developments on issues our users care about, and helping our users take action to make a meaningful difference.
c. We actively seek out any information relevant to our mission and new ways to analyze and explain that information.
d. GovTrack.us and the information we publish will always be free to view, use, and share by anyone.
2. We are committed to integrity.
a. We know that government decisions have grave consequences, and so we carry out our work respectfully and responsibly.
b. We never misrepresent or exclude information to favor one side. We never side for or against any policy, politician, or organization — except policies that further our mission as described in this charter.
c. We do not accept grants from partisan organizations. Our advertising space is made available to all advertisers without regard to political views.
3. We are committed to democracy.
a. We believe that transparency and education are crucial for achieving equity in rights and representation for all Americans.
b. We believe that the best outcomes can be achieved not only with an informed public but also with a Congress that has the capacity to make informed decisions.
d. We love the legislative branch (i.e., Congress). That’s why we think about it so much.