More evidence of Congress' ineffectiveness comes in its ongoing failure to keep its secrets actually secret. Its official policy is to keep the Congressional Research Service from publicly releasing the handy explainers it produces at taxpayer expense. Environmental journalists can thank the Federation of American Scientists' Government Secrecy Project for unauthorized publication of the following:
- "Clean Coal Loan Guarantees and Tax Incentives: Issues in Brief," Congressional Research Service (R43690 ), August 19, 2014, by Peter Folger and Molly F. Sherlock.
- "Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future," Congressional Research Service (R42613), August 20, 2014, by Robert Meltz.
- "Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Appropriations for FY2014 in P.L. 113-76," Congressional Research Service (R43689), August 15, 2014, by Robert Esworthy and David M. Bearden.
- "Safe at Home? Letting Ebola-Stricken Americans Return," CRS Insights (IN10126), August 5, 2014, by Sarah A. Lister.
- "2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: Evolution of Strategic Review," CRS Insights (IN10127) August 6, 2014, by Shawn Reese.
- "Small Refineries and Oil Field Processors: Opportunities and Challenges," Congressional Research Service (R43682), August 11, 2014, by Anthony Andrews, Richard K. Lattanzio, Robert Pirog, James D. Werner, and Brent D. Yacobucci.
- "Preparing for Disasters: FEMA's New National Preparedness Report Released," CRS Insights (IN10134), August 12, 2014, by Jared T. Brown.