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LexisNexis Congressional Committee Hearing FAQs

Q1: Who are our providers of congressional hearing transcripts and testimony?

A1: We receive committee hearing transcripts from Federal News Service (FNS), and Federal Document Clearing House (FDCH). Coverage between the services may overlap. We also receive the full text of official submitted testimony given at committee hearings from FNS and FDCH.

In addition, FNS and FDCH provide coverage of White House and Agency briefings, press conferences held by major political leaders, and public statements by and interviews with the President and other political leaders.

 

Q2: What committees do we cover?

A2: Our committee coverage varies from day to day. Both FNS and FDCH provide us with transcripts of the most newsworthy hearings taking place each day. Consequently, the coverage will vary depending on the hot topics of the day.

FDCH also covers approximately 200-250 additional congressional hearings per year. These are delivered to LexisNexis within 2-3 days of the event. Each of these committee hearings is covered gavel to gavel.

 

Q3: What is the difference between a committee hearing transcript and committee testimony?

A3: A committee hearing transcript is verbatim text of what was spoken at a committee hearing. This will usually include the Question & Answer (Q&A) part of a committee hearing, although not always. Committee testimony is the official, written statement presented by a witness at the hearing. Although the testimony may be spoken during the hearing and consequently also part of the verbatim transcript, it is also written and submitted to the committee. Both FNS and FDCH provide all the written testimony that is submitted to each committee holding a hearing on a given day.

Certain very high profile witnesses, such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, rarely provide a written statement to a committee. In these cases, FNS and FDCH will not provide this data to LexisNexis – unless, of course, they cover the entire hearing gavel to gavel, in which case the transcript will be available.

 

Q4: How quickly are transcripts updated?

A4: FNS provides the transcripts of the most "newsworthy" hearings on a same day basis. Other hearings covered by FNS are updated within 24-48 hours.

FDCH provides the transcripts of "newsworthy" hearings to LexisNexis within 48 hours of the hearing taking place – usually sooner. Other hearings are provided within 2-5 days after the hearing takes place.

 

 

Q5: How far back does LexisNexis transcript and testimony coverage extend?

A5: Please refer to the chart below for coverage dates of FNS and FDCH committee transcripts and testimony:

 

Source Committee Transcripts Committee Testimony
FNS From August 1988 From 1993 (select); 1994 (full)
FDCH From January 1995 From July 1993

 

Q6: How quickly is committee testimony updated?

A6: Both FNS and FDCH provide committee testimony within 12-24 hours of the hearing taking place.

 

Q7: Which LexisNexis products provide access to this information?

A7: Committee transcripts and testimony, briefings, press conferences and statements or speeches given by major political leaders and provided by FNS and FDCH, are available on LexisNexis Political , nexis.com, LexisNexis Congressional, LexisNexis "Classic", and lexis.com. Below is a chart detailing where to find this information on each of these services:

Source Political nexis.com Congressional Classic
LexisNexis
lexis.com
Committee Transcripts Congress; Hearings Advanced Search; Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts Testimony LEGIS;FEDNEW, POLTRN, NNNTRN, HEARNG Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts
Committee Testimony Congress; Hearings Advanced Search; Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

Testimony LEGIS;FEDNEW, CNGTST Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

White House or Agency Briefings Congress; Hearings Advanced Search; Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

Not included LEGIS;FEDNEW, POLTRN Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

Press Conferences Congress; Hearings Advanced Search; Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

Not included LEGIS;FEDNEW, POLTRN Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

Statements/

Speeches

Congress; Hearings Advanced Search; Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

Not included LEGIS;FEDNEW, POLTRN Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Federal Document Clearing House Congressional Testimony OR

Legislation & Politics/U.S. Congress/Committee Hearing Transcripts/Federal News Service

 

Q9: Why do some FNS transcripts appear incomplete when I retrieve them?

A9: The transcripts that are sent to LexisNexis from FNS may appear to be incomplete. This is because FNS transmits segments of the hearing to us as the event is being transcribed. For instance, if the hearing started at 10 a.m., FNS would transmit data to us starting at 10:15 and continue sending data every 15-30 minutes until the hearing is over. LexisNexis looks for new data from FNS every 30 minutes. When the system sees new data, it promotes it online as a document. Consequently, one transcript may first appear online as several documents. At the end of the day (midnight), we stitch all of the documents together so that each hearing is represented as one document. As of October 1, 1999, all the "pieces" of a hearing have the same headline so customers can more easily locate the entire hearing before it is stitched together.

 

Q10: What do our competitors offer in regards to transcripts, testimony, briefings, etc?

A10: Please refer to the chart below for a comparison between LexisNexis and our competitors. Overall, we have much more comprehensive coverage. Although there may be some overlap between what FNS and FDCH cover, they will often complement each other.

Source Licensor Direct Sales L-N DJI West CQ Thomas Dialog Northern Light
FNS Yes Yes No ? Coming No Yes No
FDCH Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes* No Yes Yes

 

* - CQ receives certain FDCH hearing transcripts sooner than LexisNexis due to an exclusive delivery contract.

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