Public Printer of the United States Bruce James recently submitted FY2005 budget requests to the Committee on House Administration and the House Legislative Appropriations Subcommittee. The Government Printing Office (GPO) is seeking $25 million in investment funds for essential technology improvements to modernize document-handling systems that will reduce future costs. The money will be used to support the acquisition of digital equipment and systems to manage the life cycle of government information, and to implement a strategic plan to move the GPO “firmly into a digital future,” James said. “From this point forward we will complete a strategic plan for the future of the GPO as the government’s primary resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, and preserving its published information in all forms,” James said. “The GPO is at the very epicenter of technological change that is upending virtually every aspect of federal information policy. There is no time for us to rest on our laurels from successes achieved long ago.”
The GPO also is requesting $88.8 million for the Congressional Printing and Binding Appropriation, a reduction of $1.8 million, or two percent, from FY 2004. Also requested is $33 million for the salaries and expenses appropriation of the superintendent of documents, a reduction of $1.2 million, or 3.6 percent, from last year. In addition, the GPO is requesting $4.2 million in separate funding for its Office of the Inspector General to provide greater independence, a similar funding situation, James explained, of Inspector General offices in many executive branch agencies.