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  • Press Release

FEC retires Enforcement Query System

May 16, 2024

WASHINGTON—The Federal Election Commission has retired the Enforcement Query System (EQS), a legal search tool on the FEC website. This technologically obsolete system has become increasingly complicated and costly to maintain.

The Commission recognizes the inconvenience to members of the public who have come to depend on EQS to search the agency’s database of closed enforcement matters.

Researchers can still search matters closed under the Alternative Dispute Resolution program, closed Matters Under Review (MURs), cases processed under the Administrative Fines program, Audit cases, and information and statistics about the FEC’s enforcement programs dating back to 1975 on the Enforcement page of the FEC website. From the home page, users can navigate to this page from the Legal Resources tab.

As part of an ongoing effort to improve public access to the FEC’s legal resources, the agency will continue to add enhanced search capabilities to these systems.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign finance laws. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Established in 1975, the FEC is composed of six Commissioners who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.