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

Monday, April 16, 2018

GPO Completes Digitizing all Issues of the Federal Register

fed reg doneThe U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) have digitized every issue of the Federal Register, dating back to the first one published in 1936.  A total of 14,587 individual issues, which is nearly two million pages, has been digitized.
The complete Federal Register from 1936 to the present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo.  https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/FR .
Some highlights from the early issues of the Federal Register:
  • The first Executive Order published in the Federal Register on March 14, 1936, enlarged the Cape Romain Migratory Bird Refuge in South Carolina.
  • The first war related Presidential proclamations following the Declaration of War on Japan was published in the December 10, 1941 Federal Register issue.
  • The August 25, 1958 issue contains the Executive Order outlining changes to the flag following the admittance of Hawaii as a state.
“This is an important achievement for GPO and OFR in providing the public digital access to all Federal Register issues from the Administrations of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt to Donald J. Trump,” said Acting GPO Deputy Director Andy Sherman.  “The public will now be able to access these regulations on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers.  I congratulate GPO and OFR employees who made this project a success.”
“We are proud to announce the completion of a long-awaited goal - digitization of the entire set of Federal Registers that were not "born digitally" before 1994.  With the release of the final set of books, GPO and the OFR have made a great leap in providing public access to an important collection of 20th Century Federal Government documents,” said OFR Director Oliver Potts.
The first issue of the Federal Register came off GPO presses on March 14, 1936. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first document, an Executive Order, to be published. The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, in both digital and print editions.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

GPO Catalogs Declassified CIA CAESAR Series

GPO has cataloged 54 online titles from a declassified CIA numbered series known as the CAESAR series. The Director of the CIA established Project CAESAR in 1952; and this series of working papers was published from 1953-1972. The purpose of Project CAESAR was to study the members of, and events affecting the Soviet leadership hierarchy. The collection focuses on internal policies and politics.

See the CAESAR collection on the CIA website

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

GPO's govinfo is Out of Beta

In February 2016, GPO debuted the modern, mobile-friendly govinfo as a beta website to eventually replace GPO’s Federal Digital System.
GPO is pleased to announce that govinfo is now out of beta. FDsys will remain available in the coming months and in December 2018, GPO will retire FDsys, and govinfo will take its place as GPO’s source for official Government information.
Learn more about the transition from FDsys to govinfo, including a handy chart on finding certain FDsys resources where they've been migrated to govinfo.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

GPO Issues Digital Release of Federal Register for the 1960s



The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1960-1969. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1960 to the present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo.

This project is digitizing a total of 14,587 individual issues, dating back to the first Federal Register in 1936. Nearly two million pages are being digitized. The 1960s era of the Federal Register covers the Administrations of Presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon, and includes such highlights as:

  • The first executive order of the Kennedy administration expanded food aid to needy families: January 24, 1961

  • Proclamation by President Johnson of a national day of mourning for President Kennedy: November 27, 1963

  • Notice of an establishment of a quarantine period for extraterrestrial exposure for the astronauts on the Apollo 11 space mission: July 25, 1969 

“Access to the Federal Register on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers from 1960 to present is another example of how GPO is meeting the technological needs of the public,” said Acting GPO Director Jim Bradley. “I look forward to GPO and the Office of the Federal Register digitizing all issues dating back to the Administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

The first issue of the Federal Register came off GPO presses on March 16, 1936. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first document, an executive order, to be published. The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays, in both digital and print editions.

FDsys To Be Replaced by govinfo



The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has provided online access to Government information from all three branches since 1994 when we created the GPO Access website. GPO continued to innovate by launching the Federal Digital System (FDsys) in 2009, and in 2016, GPO debuted the modern, mobile-friendly govinfo.

In December 2018, GPO plans to retire FDsys, and govinfo will take its place as GPO’s source for official Government information.

While FDsys will remain available until its retirement, users are encouraged to transition to govinfo. Immediately before FDsys is retired, redirects from FDsys to govinfo will be enabled, but users should prepare for the FDsys retirement by proactively updating their systems and links to point to govinfo instead of FDsys.

govinfo offers many enhancements over FDsys including: 


Optimization for display on mobile devices
More relevant and precise search results
Integrated social media sharing
New Related Documents feature
Curated content and new ways to browse
Developer tools and data feeds
Expanded help and resources

   

Learn more about govinfo and the transition from FDsys, or contact GPO for more information. And don’t forget to register to attend the free, live training webinar, govinfo – GPO’s Official System for Providing Free Public Access to U.S. Government Information, taking place Tuesday, February 13, 2018.