Welcome to the start of GovTrack 2.0! This past weekend I replaced the site with a completely new GovTrack that lays the groundwork for many more years of innovation in legislative tracking.
Let me get out of the way that there are some things missing from GovTrack 2.0 that were in the old site, and if you need them you can still find them for now at http://legacy.govtrack.us, which continues to run the old site. I apologize for discontinuing some features, such as information on amendments, but with the site’s tiny budget I’m just not able to keep everything running at once. Still, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about what you want to see on the new site: Feedback helps me decide what to do next.
Why all the changes? Websites are like cars. After eight years you spend more time and money on repairs than you’d care to admit. Things started to break. Email updates and bill text were on the fritz lately. The best way to move forward was to buy the new shiny car. I started working on the new site 14 months ago, hiring more help than I’ve ever brought on in the past. While GovTrack 2.0 is no where near finished, it got to the point this weekend where it was at least as good as what we had.
There is still a lot ahead, so you can expect the kinks to be worked out over the coming weeks and more major new features added in the coming months.
Right now I’m fixing up some problems with the new site, but I’ll be writing more here about the changes we made and the new things you can already find here.
Thanks for bearing with us during this transition. Again, your feedback is important for guiding what happens next, so keep it coming.