The Congressional Research Service is a $100 million a year think tank that researches and writes informative and non-partisan reports on topics suggested by members of Congress. The catch--and the reason you might not have read their work--is that CRS reports are only made easily available to members of Congress. Citizens can request these reports from lawmakers, but without a public index, they can't request something they don't know exists. The CRS Reports currently rank first on CDT's Most Wanted Government Documents
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Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative: Legal Authorities, Policy Considerations
March 10th, 2009
A standing question about cybersecurity is the respective roles of the executive and legislative branches. President Obama has made cybersecurity a priority in the White House; his commitment to the issue
came early when he asked for top-to-bottom governmental review of cybersecurity efforts.
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