Strategies for Identifying Reporting Requirements and Submitted Reporting to Congress [Updated July 8, 2021] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Introduction: "Congress may direct federal and independent agencies, commissions, and the President to prepare and submit required reports to Congress and its committees as a function of its oversight of the executive branch and to obtain information for the purposes of enacting legislation. These reporting requirements may be located in public laws, the 'United States Code', and committee reports. [...] However, identifying what reporting requirements are due to Congress and which reporting has already been submitted is often difficult. [...] To facilitate overcoming such difficulties, this report describes a variety of search methods across several databases that may be used to locate existing reporting requirements to Congress and required reports that have previously been submitted to Congress. It identifies how reporting requirements vary, explores how these variations make comprehensive searching on the topic difficult, and provides strategies for attempting to overcome these difficulties. The report also provides an overview of sources for reports submitted to Congress that may be of assistance to staff researching this topic."
CRS Report for Congress, R46661
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/