2280NEWS: The Electronic Frontier Foundation Opens Drive to Support the Government Printing Office (GPO) and Maintain Its Roles
- Nov 30, 2002NEWS: The Electronic Frontier Foundation Opens Drive to Support the
Government Printing Office (GPO) and Maintain Its Roles
For those on this list who are not familiar with the important roles of
the Government Printing Office (GPO) that is operated by the Congressional
Branch of the United States Government, here is the mission statement from
the GPO website.
U.S. Government Printing Office
Serving the printing, binding,
and information dissemination
needs of the U.S. Government
The mission of the Government Printing Office is to inform the Nation by
producing, procuring, and disseminating printed and electronic
publications of the Congress as well as the executive departments and
establishments of the Federal Government.
The Government Printing Office (GPO) began operations in accordance with
Congressional Joint Resolution 25 of June 23, 1860. The activities of GPO
are defined in the public printing and documents chapters of Title 44 of
the U.S. Code.
The Public Printer, who serves as the head of GPO, is appointed by the
President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The Government Printing Office produces and procures printed and
electronic publications for Congress and the departments and
establishments of the Federal Government. It furnishes printing supplies
to all governmental activities on order. It catalogs, distributes, and
sells Government publications in printed and electronic formats.
GPO invites bids from commercial suppliers on a wide variety of printing
and reproduction services, awards and administers contracts, and maintains
liaison between ordering agencies and contractors.
Printing processes used are electronic prepress, including networked
on-demand printing systems; offset presswork, featuring direct-to-plate
technology; and bookbinding. Electronic databases prepared for printing
are premastered for CD-ROM replication and are used to provide online
GPO sells approximately 10,000 different printed and electronic
publications that originate in various Government agencies. It administers
the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) through which a
comprehensive range of Government publications are made available for the
free use of the public in more than 1,300 libraries throughout the
country. GPO also provides online access to more than 80 applications of
Federal Government publications, including the Congressional Record and
the Federal Register. GPO's online information service, GPO Access, may be
reached via GPO's home page or directly at http://www.gpo.gov/gpoaccess.
Sources of Information
General inquiries about GPO should be directed to the Office of
Congressional and Public Affairs. Phone, 202-512-1991. Fax, 202-512-1293.
To explore the publication and web publication resources published in
print, microform and on the internet, these pages are a good place to
Website Subject Resources and Link Organization
WHAT IS AVAILABLE
Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
Hosted Federal Web Sites
Code of Federal Regulations
Catalog of U.S. Gov't Publications
General search page for all databases.
Search across multiple databases
Specialized search pages for detailed search of individual databases.
Budget of the United States Government
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)
Code of Federal Regulations
Commerce Business Daily (CBDNet) - Archive only
Cannon's Precedents of the House of Representatives
Congressional Committee Prints
Congressional Pictorial Directory
Congressional Record Index
Deschler's Precedents of the U.S. House of
Hinds' Precedents of the House of Representatives
History of Bills
House Committee on Ways and Means Committee Prints
House Practice: A Guide to the Rules, Precedents and Procedures of the
House, 104th Congress, 2d Session
House Rules and Manual
House, Senate, and Executive Reports
House, Senate, and Treaty Documents
Miscellaneous House Publications
Miscellaneous Senate Publications
Public and Private Laws
Senate Calendar of Business
United States Code
U.S. Constitution, Analysis and Interpretation: 1992
Edition, 1996 Supplement, and 1998 Supplement
Davis-Bacon Wage Determinations
Economic Report of the President
GAO Comptroller General Decisions
Government Information Locator Service Records (GILS)
List of CFR Sections Affected
Privacy Act Notices
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
Sales Product Catalog (SPC)
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda (Unified Agenda)
Supreme Court Decisions
U.S. Government Manual
United States Government Printing Office Style Manual
Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents
Individual federal agency files available for download.
Federal Bulletin Board
Catalog of US Government Publications (CGP)
A GPO Access Finding Aid.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
TAKE ACTION! SEND A MESSAGE
Keep Public Documents Available to the Public: Save the GPO!
This is a prime example of arcane gorvernment rule-making, but it's
important. Here's the elevator pitch:
- The vast majority of government documents are handled by the Government
Printing Office (GPO), which then deposits copies in over 1,300 Federal
depository libraries across the nation. The GPO also puts much of the
content online in a searchable fashion.
- The Office of Management and Budget (OMB, Executive Branch) has ordered
government printing to be opened to competition and thus decentralized.
- This is not the first time that the OMB has tried to harm the GPO;
similar measures were proposed in 1987 and 1994. Congress issued strong
warnings in both instances, saying that it was both not the OMB's place to
make such a decision and that it would be bad policy.
The OMB doesn't seem to be backing down this time, despite the passage of
a harshly worded resolution (HJ Res 124) warning against the move. If the
OMB proposal takes effect, there will be less government material on the
Internet and in our Libraries. Don't let them get away with it!
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Related News Stories
Lack of interest, Web put federal bookseller out of business
By TODD BENSMAN / The Dallas Morning News
Store employees these days find themselves dispensing more directions to
the facilities than selling books. The store is about to close after more
than 30 years on the first floor of downtown Dallas' Earle Cabell federal
building, in large part because of underwhelming interest in physical
ownership of the store's arcane offerings.
Employees are just waiting for a final congressional order to close up
shop for good.
MONA REEDER / DMN
For 18 years, Tom Faulkenbury has kept himself busy as manager of the
federal government bookstore. Employees of the store, in the Earle Cabell
building, are waiting for a congressional order to close.
The U.S. Government Printing Office, which has run the store since it
opened in 1971, primarily blames the steep drop in orders on the success
of the printing office's online bookstore, which opened in 1994.
Competition for Printing Budget
Friday November 8, 2002 8:20 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defying an 81-year-old tradition, the Bush
administration is introducing competition to the one area of the federal
budget that hasn't had any: printing the federal budget itself.
Since the first presidential spending program was printed in 1921, the
increasingly hefty budget books have had millions of numbers, thousands of
tables and many justifications for divvying up the money. But they've only
had one printer, Congress' Government Printing Office.
Now, to the chagrin of the printing office, the administration has
advertised for competitive bids to print four of the five volumes of the
president's 2004 budget. The official printer still will produce the
largest volume, which requires specialized work, but must join the open
bidding for the other four.
November 8, 2002
Proposed rule requires competition for printing
By Brian Friel
The Government Printing Office would have to compete with companies for
federal agencies printing jobs, under a proposed rule published this week.
If enacted, the rule would end a century-old requirement that federal
agencies use the printing office for most of their printing work. The
Office of Management and Budget is pushing the rule. Proponents say the
change will inject competition into the offices monopoly-like hold on
federal agencies. Opponents say the change will cost the government
millions of dollars a year in centralized efficiency.
I hope that members of this discussion group will share the concerns about
these proposed changes by the Bush Administration that are strongly felt
by many in the fields of library science, information science and
knowledge mangagement. The full news stories that were excerpted above
may be read at the URLs provided below the title of each news story.
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