In October 2016, the new Librarian of Congress dismissed the then-current Register of Copyrights and named an interim Register. On Friday, the Library of Congress announced that it is seeking public input regarding the qualifications the public would like considered during the search for a new Register. Comments may be provided through January 31, 2017 via an online survey found here. The Library specified that it is seeking comments regarding the knowledge, skills, and abilities for fulfilling the Register position. This initiative comes shortly after a December 8, 2016 announcement by the House Judiciary Committee that it is considering a proposal to split the Copyright Office from the Library of Congress.