Online Corrections to the Congressional Record
A new, amended version of the Congressional Record was made available in the first quarter of 2007. The Secretary of the Senate, Clerk of the House, and JCP directed GPO to proceed with a pilot program for modifications to the online version of the Congressional Record.
First Phase of the Pilot Program
The first phase of the program was to print the corrections in a separate section of the final Congressional Record Index of the 109th Congress, early in 2007. Printing the corrections in the Congressional Record Index is intended to inform readers of the printed version of the Congressional Record that these corrections to the online version of the Congressional Record have been made. Below are the links to the corrections as they appear in the Congressional Record Index:
Online Corrections to the Congressional Record Printed in the Congressional Record Index:
Second Phase of the Pilot Program
The second phase involved placing these amended documents on GPO Access. GPO has made corrections to miscellaneous issues of the online version of the Congressional Record for 2005-2008. No content was removed during this process. The TEXT and PDF files were corrected, and the explanation of the corrections, including the original, uncorrected text, appears within the document. In the PDF version, the correction appears as a side-note that can be viewed by scrolling over the yellow "correction" boxes. In the TEXT version, the correction is noted by a series of asterisks, language alerting the reader to the correction, and the amended text. Congress has approved the corrections, typically small, clerical errors, and submitted them to GPO for this pilot program.
Programs other than the Adobe Reader that open PDF files may not allow users to view the corrections as the Adobe Reader will. PDF files are independent of computer platform or distribution media and are available to all users who have the free Adobe reader software. Download the free Adobe reader. The corrections can be viewed by all within the TEXT file provided as well.