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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

“Library of Congress: Ensuring Continuity and Efficiency During Leadership Transitions”

Mary B. Mazanec
Director Congressional Research Service

Mr. Chairman, Representative Lofgren, and Members of the Subcommittee:

Thank you for this opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress. I am honored to have been appointed CRS Director by Dr. Billington last December after having joined CRS in August 2010 as Deputy Director. The mandate that Congress gave to CRS is to provide the Congress, throughout the legislative process, comprehensive and reliable legislative research, analysis, and information services that are timely, objective, non-partisan, authoritative and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature. Every action I take as Director is designed to ensure that CRS not only fulfills that mandate to serve the Congress, but continues to improve upon that service. I want to further a CRS that is responsive at every stage of the legislative process – from the inception of the significant policy idea, to committee markup, to informing the floor debate, and coming to final resolution in conference.

My transition to Director of CRS was seamless due in significant part to the excellent, dedicated, and talented staff working at all levels of the Service. CRS staff are truly dedicated to serving Congress and view themselves as extensions of congressional staff, a pooled resource available to all Members and committees.

My vision for CRS is the vision enunciated at the time of passage of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970. I intend to ensure that CRS remains Congress’ primary source for the analysis and information it needs to perform its legislative functions and that we continue to explore new and innovative ways to best serve the committees of Congress, Members and their staffs.

Date of Report: April 18, 2012
Number of Pages: 5
Order Number: T-041812
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