June 18, 2018

Save Government Information! | Peer to Peer Review

Today, access to born-digital federal government information is relatively easy. Most of it is even available for free. But there are few legal guarantees to ensure that the information published today will be available tomorrow. Now, the GPO Reform Act of 2018 about to be introduced in Congress, pitched as a modernization of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), will actually endanger long-term free public access to government information.

GPO Requests Recommendations to Update Federal Deposit Library Rules

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) director Davita Vance-Cooks has asked the Depository Library Council (DLC) to recommend changes to Chapter 19 of Title 44 of the U.S. Code, a request that has some members of the government information community concerned and others encouraged. Chapter 19 codifies GPO’s Federal Deposit Library Program (FDLP) into law, guaranteeing that the government will provide its information for free to the general public, and has not been significantly revised since the early 1990s.

Notable Government Documents 2011: Past as Prologue

The more things change, the more they remain the same—or do they? While history was brought to bear in numerous respects during the past year, some significant changes occurred on the government information landscape. That said, this year’s list of notable titles reflects an enduring interest in aspects of the past mirrored in current reality.

No Increase in GPO 2013 Budget Proposal

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is requesting no increase in FY 2013 appropriations from the level of funding the agency is receiving for FY 2012, due to savings from its cost-cutting activities.

GPO Names Acting Public Printer, Issues Assurances About FDLP, FDsys Despite Budget Cuts

The Government Printing Office today named Davita Vance-Cooks as the acting public printer. Vance-Cooks will be the first woman to hold the post, and she is taking office as the GPO prepares to deal with a reduced budget as well as complex issues affecting the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). “I have great confidence and […]

Congress Cuts LSTA Funding for FY12; Obama Expected to Approve

(This story has updated from an earlier version) President Obama is expected to sign the $915 billion budget bill for FY12 that Congress passed over the weekend, and the bill contains reduced appropriations for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Government Printing Office (GPO), whose top administrator, the public printer, will soon […]

The Future of the FDLP: From Conversation to Confrontation

By Jim Jacobs and Melody Kelly Recent discussions about the state of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the responsibilities of regional depository libraries have morphed from a conversation into a politicized confrontation. Sadly, this threatens to negatively affect not just depository libraries but all libraries and users who rely on a robust FDLP […]

ACRL Adds Its Voice to Debate With GPO Over Federal Depository Library Program

The president of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) sent a letter on November 2 to Public Printer William Boarman and Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish to express concern about recent decisions by the Government Printing Office (GPO) that have rejected new multi-state partnerships within the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Joyce L. […]