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"The mandate that Congress gave to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is to provide Congress, throughout the legislative process, comprehensive and reliable legislative research,analysis, and information services that are timely, objective, nonpartisan, authoritative, and confidential, thereby contributing to an informed national legislature.
CRS analysts work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to prepare detailed explanations of complex policy issues, identify and assess policy approaches, develop and analyze legislative options, conduct legal analysis of pending legislation and administrative actions, provide in-person consultations on public policy issues, and assist with legislative procedures as well as processes relating to the federal budget and appropriations. Analysts also deliver expert testimony before congressional committees, support hearings and investigations, identify prospective witnesses, prepare products on current legislative issues, and respond to specific requests with confidential memoranda. Information professionals provide comprehensive background material on topics of legislative interest and identify and offer authoritative source materials and factual information, including government documents, media articles, and scientific and technical reports, using both print and online resources. CRS continually works to provide and maintain the quality of the services and products it provides to Congress."
"Annual Report of the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress for Fiscal Year 2012," www.loc.gov, Mar. 2012
"The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.
CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives."
"About CRS," www.loc.gov/crsinfo/about, May 1, 2013