|(08 Jul 2003)
During the last month or so, we have added several new features to TRACFED. Considered together these new features further enhance TRAC's unique subscription site that for several years has been helping news organizations, congressional committees, public interest groups, law schools and even federal agencies understand what the government actually is doing.
Here is a summary of these features.
Improved Timeliness. Thanks to TRAC's ongoing FOIA actions, TRACFED now offers criminal and civil enforcement data through the end of April of the current year. This means that the almost contemporaneous enforcement priorities of the Bush Administration -- for dealing with white collar crime or terrorism or brutal police or hundreds of other subject -- can be tracked for the nation as a whole and in selected districts
With the new data, subscribers can measure enforcement changes on an annual basis from FY 1986 to FY 2002 in Express, Going Deeper and Analyzer. Month-by-month information from October 2002 to the end of April 2003 is available in Express and Analyzer. For Judges and Prosecutors, individualized case-by-case information is available through the end of April.
Federal spending information on TRACFED -- agency-by-agency, federal district by federal district, state-by-state, country by county -- now runs to September 30, 2002.
For most federal agencies, yearly staffing data -- state-by-state, federal district by federal district, county-by-county and occupation-by-occupation -- are now available through to September 30, 2002.
Improved Content. Beginning last year, TRACFED began offering information that for the first time ever allowed users to compare the official activities of most federal judges and prosecutors going back to 1986. Such information is currently available through the end of April. But now, TRAC has added a new "detail data" feature that lets you produce a highly understandable summary page about an individual case of special interest. Presented in an easy-to-read way, the detail page gives you the complete name of the presiding judge, the responsible assistant U.S. Attorney and -- for those cases that have been completed -- the final outcome, including the actual charges that were brought and how they were decided. This new "detail data" feature now covers civil matters as well as criminal cases.
Improved Process. Some months ago TRAC introduced a feature that made it much easier to create a customized "data slice" combining criminal enforcement data from selected districts and about several different laws or program categories. With the feature, for example, you could create a data slice about referrals for prosecution in the New York area -- New York East, New York South and New Jersey -- under two specific statutes. Now, this approach has been extended so that you can customize civil data as well.