Thursday, November 01, 2018

GPO Issues Release Of Statute Compilations

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) releases an initial set of 40 Statute Compilations as a pilot on govinfo, GPO’s website that offers public access to Federal Government information. These publications are compilations of public laws that either do not appear in the U.S. Code or that have been classified to a title of the U.S. Code that has not been enacted into positive law. Each Statute Compilation incorporates the amendments made to the underlying statute since it was originally enacted.
GPO is partnering with various Congressional offices on this project, including the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Legislative Counsel of the U.S. Senate, the Clerk of the House, and the Secretary of the Senate.
Additional Statute Compilations will be added to govinfo over the next several months. The next phase of this project will be to convert legacy Statute Compilations file formats into United States Legislative Markup (USLM) XML and provide access to those files as bulk data.
“The release of Statute Compilations on govinfo now gives the public easy access to these documents on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “This is another example of how GPO is working with Congress to provide digital access to the workings on the three branches of the Federal Government.”

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

FDsys Website to be Retired This December

This December, the transition from GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) to govinfo will be complete with the retirement of the FDsys website.
In preparation for the retirement of FDsys in December, the two most important things to know about the transition are the following:
  1. Although the FDsys website is being replaced with the new, modern govinfo website, GPO remains committed to ensuring authenticity, integrity, and long term preservation for more than a million documents in our system. govinfo is simply a new front door to accessing the same authenticated and preserved content that you are used to accessing through the FDsys website.
  2. When the FDsys website is retired in December, any existing links to FDsys, including PURLs, will automatically be redirected by GPO to govinfo. We encourage you to update your website links and references to govinfo as is feasible.
More information about the transition is available on govinfo. Feedback on govinfo is welcome at GPO’s online survey.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

FDLP LibGuide & Other Resources from GPO on Natural Disasters

September is National Preparedness Month. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently reported in 2017 natural disasters cost the United States $312.7 billion dollars. This total represents near 20% of the costs of all natural disasters since 1980. This month we are featuring the FDLP LibGuide - Natural Disasters.
The Natural Disasters LibGuide provides information on how to prepare for natural disasters, as well as sources of information on general recovery. The guide also lists resources for specific types of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and more. The resources featured include links to a variety of Federal agencies including Ready.gov, FEMA, the CDC, in addition to links to websites, apps, information for kids, and GPO publications to assist in disaster preparation and where to access help when necessary.
In addition to this LibGuide, GPO also makes available guidance for libraries on what to do if a disaster strikes:
Finally, GPO has posted a new Government Book Talk blog on National Preparedness Month. On behalf of everyone at GPO, please stay safe and be prepared.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Agency Digital Products Case Study Report Now Available

In the fall of 2016, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Superintendent of Documents entered into an interagency agreement with the Federal Research Division (FRD) of the Library of Congress to develop and test a methodology for identifying agency digital publishing, dissemination, and preservation policies and practices. The final report, "Disseminating and Preserving Digital Public Information Products Created by the U.S. Federal Government: A Case Study Report,” is now available.

The results and recommendations found in the report provide Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) a more informed approach to:
  • Foster productive, collaborative relationships with agencies
  • Develop strategies to improve and transform its operations and services to facilitate a more effective and efficient proactive approach to increased discovery and access to Government information
  • Ensure all in-scope content is acquired for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Cataloging & Indexing Program (C&I), and GPO’s System of Online Access (FDsys/govinfo)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

World War II Army Operations Reports

The Cleveland Public Library is now a Digital Access Partner for their digitized versions of the First United States Army’s Report of Operation. These reports describe the tactical operations of the First U.S. Army in Europe between Oct. 20, 1943 and May 8, 1945.
All three multiple volume reports are cataloged in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications with PURLs to the digitized content at the Cleveland Public Library.

Title: Report of operations, October 20 1943- 1 August 1944
SuDoc: W 1.2:AR 5/8/943-44
CGP system number: 001066860
PURL: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo107290

Title: Report of operations, 1 August 1944-22 February 1945
SuDoc: W 1.2:AR 5/8/944-45/V. 1-4
CGP system number: 001059995
PURL: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo93043

Title: Report of operations, 23 February-8 May 1945.
SuDoc: W 1.2:AR 5/8/945/V. 1-3
CGP system number: 001060038
PURL: https://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo93055

GPO thanks the Cleveland Public Library for sharing this digitized content with the Federal depository library community and the public.

Legislative Branch Innovation Hub

The Legislative Branch Innovation Hub seeks to highlight Legislative branch activities that use technology to cultivate collaboration, foster data standardization, and increase transparency. The Hub includes information to help law-making bodies innovate, communicate, and legislate effectively, and it is being developed iteratively by non-partisan support staff in United States Legislative branch organizations coordinated through the Bulk Data Task Force in collaboration with civil society. GPO staff participate and are active members of the Bulk Data Task Force.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Digitized Version of Kappler’s Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties Now Available

The U.S. Government Publishing Office and Oklahoma State University’s Edmon Low Library have partnered to make the digital versions of Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties, available on GPO’s govinfo.
This eight volume publication (commonly called Kappler’s after its original editor) was digitized by the Edmon Low Library and contributed to govinfo through a Digital Content Contributor partnership.
Kappler’s is a compilation containing U.S. treaties, laws, and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes. The volumes cover U.S. Government treaties with Native Americans from 1778-1883 (Volume II) and U.S. laws and executive orders concerning Native Americans from 1871-1970 (Volumes I, III-VII). A supplement compiling Code of Federal Regulations related to Native Americans was published in 1975.

New Courts’ Opinions Available on govinfo

In recent months, GPO and the Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AOUSC) have made available five new courts’ opinions in the U.S. Courts collection on govinfo. This effort began as a pilot project in 2011 to provide public access to opinions from selected United States appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.
The recently-added content includes opinions from the U.S. District Court for the District of Guam, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Washington, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, and most recently this past June, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Michigan.
These five courts’ opinions join an expanding corpus of judicial opinions available to search, browse, and download on govinfo. Opinions from 118 courts are now available in govinfo, and GPO will continue to add opinions as they are provided to GPO by the courts. As a provider of free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government, the U.S. Courts collection is one of the largest collections in govinfo. Explore the opinions at https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/USCOURTS.

Friday, May 04, 2018

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves GPO’S FY 2019 Funding Request

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations approved the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) full funding request for the fiscal year 2019 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. At $117 million, GPO’s request is $68,000 less compared with funding approved for FY 2018. Since 2010, GPO’s appropriations have declined by nearly 21%.
“We commend the GPO for their ability to do more with less,” said Chairman Kevin Yoder during the Subcommittee’s mark-up of the bill. “Their funding has slightly decreased which is a testament to their adoption of technology and extremely hard work.”
“GPO deeply appreciates the House Subcommittee’s support as we continue to modernize our operations for Congress, Federal agencies, and the public,“ said GPO Acting Deputy Director Andrew M. Sherman.
The FY 2019 request will enable GPO to:
  • Meet projected requirements for congressional publishing.
  • Fund the operation of the public information programs of the Superintendent of Documents.
  • Develop information technology, including cybersecurity, in systems that support the agency’s congressional publishing and public information programs operations.
GPO’s FY 2019 Appropriations Request: https://www.gpo.gov/docs/default-source/congressional-relations-pdf-files/testimonies/sherman_house_prepared_statement_4_2018.pdf
GPO’s Appropriations Hearing: https://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=395215