Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Senate Committee Votes Favorably On GPO Director Nomination

The U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee has voted to report the GPO Director nomination of Hugh Halpern out of committee to the full Senate for consideration. President Donald Trump nominated Halpern on October 17th, and he testified before the committee confirmation hearing on November 14th.
Halpern previously served as the Director of Floor Operations in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives before retiring in January 2019 after more than 30 years of service. During his career, he also served as staff director of the House Rules Committee and in various roles on other House committees, including Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, and Public Works and Transportation. He was the recipient of the McCormack Award of Excellence for Congressional Employees and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from American University and a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Scheduled Maintenance for GPO Websites

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is performing scheduled network maintenance on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST). During this time the following websites may experience intermittent service disruptions:
Thank you for your cooperation, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

GPO Completes Digitization of 1,300 Congressional Hearings

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has digitized more than 1,300 historical Congressional Hearings dating back to 1958 and made them available on govinfo, GPO’s one-stop site to authentic, published Government information. Through these digitization efforts, the public can access records of Congressional Hearings for free. These include the transcripts from meetings or sessions of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress, in which elected officials obtained information and opinions on proposed legislation, conducted an investigation, or evaluated the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law.
This project is part of a multi-year effort to digitize a collection of nearly 15,000 Congressional Hearings from Kansas State University Libraries, which serves the Nation as a Federal Depository Library. The digitized documents include many historical sessions. As part of this project, GPO plans to digitize nearly six million pages, of which approximately 230,000 pages have been completed.
Some interesting information the public can expect to find in the Congressional Hearings includes:
  • Portions of the Watergate Hearings
  • Hearings on how three paintings, including a Rembrandt, were stolen from Germany in 1922 and ended up in Ohio
  • A 1961 Hearing on bills to prohibit shipment of goods to the U.S. from Cuba and to prohibit the shipment of goods to Cuba from the U.S.
“This project is another example of how GPO is embracing digital technology to provide the public easy access to Congressional documents,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director John Crawford. “GPO is proud to have brought these important moments in our Nation’s history to people on their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and personal computers.”
This is one of a series of recent projects in which GPO has worked to expand free public access to Congressional information in digital formats. Previously the agency digitized the Congressional Record back to 1873, the Federal Register back to 1936, and the Public Papers of the Presidents back to 1929. In collaboration with the Law Library of Congress, GPO has begun a large multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set back to the first volume, which was published in 1817.
The Congressional Hearings are available on govinfo at https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/CHRG.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

GPO and Law Library of Congress will Digitize Nation's Most Treasured Publications

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in collaboration with the Law Library of Congress, has started a large multi-year effort to digitize and make accessible volumes of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set back to the first volume, which was published in 1817.
The United States Congressional Serial Set, commonly referred to as the Serial Set, is a compilation of all numbered House and Senate reports and documents, including executive reports and treaty documents, issued for each session of Congress. As a chronicle of events of the U.S. Congress over the years, the Serial Set is one of the Nation’s most treasured publications.
Some interesting information the public can expect to find in the Serial Set includes:
  • Maps and reports of explorations of the West
  • Reports of explorations and surveys for the Pacific Railroad
  • Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 1789–1897 (Includes Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln)
  • Annual Report of the Boys Scouts of America, dating back to 1924
“GPO is honored to partner with the Law Library of Congress on this massive effort toward digitizing the entire Serial Set,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director John Crawford. “Through this digitization, members of the public will be able to digitally access comprehensive and detailed information on a wide range of subjects useful for genealogical and biographical research. Of course print versions of these historic publications are available in Federal Depository Libraries across the country.”
“The U.S. Congressional Serial Set documents the history of the United States of America. We are very pleased to partner with GPO in order to make these key historical government publications searchable and freely available to the public,” said Deputy Librarian for Library Collections and Services and Law Librarian of Congress Jane S├ínchez. “The Library's collection is so vast and impressive, but it is not enough to collect and preserve. To be successful, collections must be used, and this collaboration signifies our resolve to do that.”
The Law Library of Congress will digitize the Serial Set. GPO will securely store the files in its certified preservation repository where the documents cannot be edited or tampered with in any way. GPO will upload volumes of the official Serial Set in phases for free public access on govinfo, the one-stop site for authentic, published Government information. The entire effort is expected to take at least a decade to complete.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

GPO Produces U.S. Code With New Digital Publishing Technology

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has taken a major step forward in the modernization of its publishing systems by beginning to publish the 2018 main edition of the United States Code through XPub, the agency’s new digital technology for XML-based publishing. With the implementation of XPub, GPO will be able to simultaneously publish all legislative documents in a variety of print and digital formats in a timelier manner. The 2018 main edition of the U.S. Code is the first, large-scale production job that GPO has published using the new composition system.
“XPub is reinventing GPO’s production process,” said GPO Acting Deputy Director John Crawford. “The new system will allow GPO to complete work for Congress and the American people with remarkable efficiency and accuracy. I congratulate everyone who is working to develop this system that will carry GPO into the future.”
The XPub system will replace GPO’s more than 30-year-old MicroComp system. GPO plans to transition the production of all routine publications, including the Congressional Record, the Federal Register, Public Laws, Congressional Bills, Statutes at Large, and House and Senate Calendars, to the XPub system. XPub will allow customers to provide GPO with content in any format. The system will also be able to do the following:
  • Accept content in any form, including XML sources, as well as digital file formats and hard copy manuscript pages.
  • Simultaneously generate content in a variety of print and digital formats, including but not limited to mobile apps, websites, eBooks, print-ready PDFs, and print products.
  • Produce PDF files and digital products that are Section 508-compliant, meaning they are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Create templates so content can be easily repurposed and reproduced.
Print copies of the U.S. Code are being shipped to Federal depository libraries nationwide as volumes become available. The first seven titles of the 2018 U.S. Code are available now on govinfo with additional titles to be released continuously as they are available.
The U.S. Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States and is produced in a main edition every six years. The 2018 main edition is approximately 60,000 pages encompassing 54 volumes and is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel. Through XPub, GPO plans to complete the publishing of the 2018 main edition in less than a year – a process that has historically taken 1.5 years.

Monday, August 05, 2019

Public Papers of the Presidents available on govinfo

On July 10, 2019, GPO announced that digitized volumes of the Public Papers of the Presidents are available on govinfo. For selected volumes, we now have four or more geographically-dispersed Preservation Stewards, making the Public Papers of the Presidents the first title eligible for regional discard. A letter was sent to all Regional Federal depository libraries today, August 5, 2019.
Preservation Steward holdings for this title are available from the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications. Click “All Items” to see the summary holdings for the Preservation Stewards, as well as item records and condition for each volume being preserved.
Any regional depository library that wishes to discard these volumes must submit a discard request and receive approval from the Superintendent of Documents.
To see the full list of eligible titles, see Superintendent of Documents Public Policies, Guidance, and Reports. For more information on the regional discard process or to submit a request, see the Regional Discards Policy page.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Financing Export Development Activities Webinar by Small Business Administration (SBA)

The webinar topic will discuss financing export development activities.  Learn from other companies that faced export challenges and hear their best practices that will assist you in overcoming those hurdles.
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Call-in number: 888-843-9982
Participant passcode: 6 7 9 7 3 2 8