Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New govinfo Webcast Series

Six new govinfo webcasts are now available. These are part of a new series of tutorials that offers users introductory guidance in navigating GPO’s govinfo, performing various types of searches, narrowing search results, browsing, and using Help features. Recordings are brief—from two to seven minutes in length—and include:
  • Introduction to govinfo
  • What’s Available
  • Introduction to Browsing
  • Introduction to Basic Search
  • Introduction to Advanced Search
  • Introduction to Citation Search
No prerequisite knowledge is required, and GPO encourages all to share and post these brief educational webcasts on your web pages and social media.

More webcasts will be posted and announced throughout 2019.

GPO’s govinfo Makes History by Earning Global Certification for Trustworthiness

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) makes history by becoming the first organization in the United States and second organization in the world to achieve the highest global standard of excellence for digital repositories. The Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Authorization Body Ltd. awarded GPO ISO 16363:2012 for govinfo, the one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. GPO achieved the certification by meeting official criteria for trustworthy repositories as defined by experts in the field.

ISO is the International Organization for Standardization and the world’s largest developer of international standards used by Government, business and new information technology companies. The standard achieved by GPO outlines the expectations for digital repositories to be certified as “trustworthy,” meaning that they are implementing digital preservation practices to ensure long-term preservation and access. Certification under ISO 16363 will provide assurance to the public that govinfo is a standards-compliant digital archive in which Government information will be preserved, accessible, and usable into the long-term future. The certification demonstrates that not only the documents themselves, but also the organizational structures and systems around those documents, maintain integrity.

“This certification reconfirms GPO’s mission of providing the public authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “I am proud of our employees for attaining this certification, which emphasizes the important work GPO does for our country.”
Certification has been a key GPO strategic initiative since 2015. GPO was evaluated against 109 criteria that assessed GPO’s organizational infrastructure (adequate staffing, staff knowledge, policies and procedures), digital object management (content management and access), and security risk management (plans in case of a system failure).

Friday, January 11, 2019

Partial Federal Government Shutdown – GPO Remains Open

As of the close of business today December 21, 2018 (5:30 pm EST), the GPO was notified that the U.S. Congress had not passed Federal Government appropriations to operate some Federal Government agencies beyond December 21, 2018. GPO, as a legislative branch agency, will be operating after December 21, 2018 because its operating budget was passed and signed by the President. In light of the shutdown, the following are updates on the statuses of GPO services.
  • The Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) will be available, however GPO cannot ensure that all PURLs pointing to other Federal agency resources will work during this time. PURLs may point to content on agency websites where funding has not been approved past the December 21, 2018 deadline. All other CGP functionality will continue as usual and will not be affected.
  • FDLP.gov, govinfo, the FDLP Web Archive, and Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government will not be affected and will continue to operate as usual.
GPO will update the FDLP community as information becomes available on the status of Federal Government operations.

GPO Names Acting Inspector General

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Acting Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. appoints James R. Ives as the Acting Inspector General for GPO. Ives will oversee the agency’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), which provides an independent and objective means of keeping the Agency Director and Congress informed about problems and deficiencies relating to the administration and operations of GPO. Ives has been detailed to GPO while the agency searches for a permanent Inspector General, following the departure of Melinda Miguel.
Ives has over 25 years of Inspector General experience, including nine years of senior executive experience. He is currently the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Office of Inspector General.
“James brings a wealth of Inspector General experience to GPO,” said Acting GPO Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “I look forward to working with James and welcome his ideas for improving efficiency to GPO’s operations.”
Prior to joining NASA OIG, Ives served with the Department of Defense’s Office of Inspector General for 22 years. He held numerous positions of progressive responsibility at DoD IG, including Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Special Agent, Criminal Intelligence Program Manager, Assistant Deputy Director for National Security, Deputy Director of the Investigative Operations Directorate, Special Agent-in-Charge of the DCIS’s Mid-Atlantic Field Office, Acting Principal Director of DoD IG's Office of Professional Responsibility, Deputy Director of DCIS, Acting Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Special Program Assessments, and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations. Ives received DCIS's Manager of the Year Award in 2007, and on two separate occasions (2005 and 2014), he received DoD IG's Team Work Award. Upon departing DoD IG in 2015, he received the organization's Distinguished Career Achievement Award.
As a special agent assigned to DCIS’s Boston Resident Agency, Ives conducted criminal investigations of allegations impacting civilian and military DoD components. Investigations focused on allegations of bribery and kickbacks, anti-trust, corruption, environmental crimes, health care fraud, export violations, significant thefts of government property, internal affairs related issues, acquisition and procurement fraud, computer crimes, and other issues impacting DoD. Following September 11, 2001, he served as a representative to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston, conducting counterterrorism investigations. As a result of his efforts in Boston, Ives received several awards for investigative excellence, including the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence, the Department of Health and Human Services' Award for Cooperative Achievement, and the U.S. Attorney's Office's Award for Investigative Excellence.
Ives is pursuing a Doctor of Criminal Justice degree at Saint Leo University. He is a 2005 graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a Master of Public Policy degree; and a 1992 graduate of State University of New York, College at Brockport, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He is a 2017 graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives Fellows program. He is also an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University, and an adjunct associate professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He currently serves as course chair for UMUC's Criminal Justice Ethics class.

GPO Awards New Contract for 2020 U.S. Census Materials

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has awarded the contract for 2020 Census printing materials and mailing services to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (RRD) following a competitive procurement process. RRD is a Chicago based company, and production will take place at several of its facilities across the country. The contract was awarded for $114,557,201.27, which is well within the U.S. Census Bureau’s budget. It covers the production of materials that will help the public respond to the 2020 Census, including questionnaires, letters, inserts, postcards, and envelopes. GPO and U.S. Census Bureau employees will conduct quality control and testing throughout the contract period.
GPO initially made an award in November 2017, but that contract was terminated following a settlement between the Department of Justice and the contractor in July 2018.
“GPO is committed to working with the U.S. Census Bureau on the successful production of the 2020 Census,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director Herbert H. Jackson, Jr. “This is another example of how our long-standing print procurement program meets the printing needs of Federal agencies through GPO’s partnerships with private-sector companies.”
GPO’s nationwide print procurement program provides significant economic opportunities for private sector companies to expand their business by providing services to Federal agency customers on a national level. Nearly 75% of all printing ordered by Federal agencies from GPO is performed by private sector firms working under contract with the agency. GPO typically awards contracts to about 700 printing contractors a year. Nearly 10,000 companies are registered to do business with the agency, using GPO as their one-stop shop for print contract opportunities. GPO's long-standing relationship with the private sector dates back to the 1940s.

POLO Series Available in Catalog of U.S. Government Publications

GPO recently cataloged 38 titles of the Central Intelligence Agency’s POLO series. Inspired by the threat of international communism, the Sino-Soviet Studies Group (SSG) was established in 1956 within the Office of Current Intelligence and was the office responsible for the POLO series.
Written between 1961 and 1973, these informal intelligence studies provide insight into the Chinese government under Mao Zedong. Topics include the Cultural Revolution, the Sino-Indian border dispute, leadership after Mao, and various purges.
Individual PURLs have been created for all 38 titles. One example:
  • Title: Lin Piao and the Great Helmsman
  • SuDoc: PREX 3.22:P 75/29
  • System #: 1087974
  • PURL
View all POLO series titles available in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) by entering ‘polo series’ in the Basic Search or ‘polo’ in the Series/Periodical keyword(s) Advanced Search.
To learn more about this and two related series, see the publication on the CAESAR, POLO & ESAU papers (also available at the GPO Bookstore) as well as the POLO collection on the CIA website.

Monday, November 26, 2018

World War I Documents Now Available on govinfo

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has digitized the 17-volume set, United States Army in the World War, 1917-1919, in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the conflict, and it is now available on govinfo. Published in 1948, this publication compiles key documents, maps, and records for the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) from the start of the American involvement in World War I through the occupation of Germany.
  • Volumes one and two focus on the formation and organization of the American Expeditionary Forces.
  • Volume three looks at the training and use of American units in the British and French armies.
  • Volumes four - eight provide documents on military operations.
  • Volume nine focuses on operations in the Meuse-Argonne.
  • Volumes 10 and 11 are documents related to the armistice and American occupation of Germany.
  • Volumes 12-15 contain reports of the Commander-in-Chief, AEF.
  • The final two volumes, 16 and 17, contain bulletins from the general headquarters of the AEF.
This publication offers a glimpse into the organization and operations of the AEF through primary source documents compiled by the Historical Division, U.S. Army.

FDsys Website Will be Retired on December 14

GPO plans to retire GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) website and replace it with govinfo on December 14, 2018.
govinfo provides access to the same publications and search functionality as FDsys, but has a new look and new features.
Read more information about the retirement of the FDsys website and transition to govinfo, including FAQs.
When the FDsys website is retired on December 14, existing links will automatically redirect to govinfo.
Other GPO websites, including the following, will not be affected by the FDsys retirement:

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)