GPO and FDLP Concerns

Government Publishing Office (GPO)

2014

December 16, 2014

President Obama signed H.R. 83 into law, officially renaming the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office.  In an effort to ensure this name change, the language from S. 1947, Government Publishing Office Act of 2014  was added to the appropriations bill and made official with the signing of the law.  In addition to the agency name change, the title of Public Printer has been changed to Director of the Government Publishing Office. For further reading, check out GPO is now the Government Publishing Office on the District Dispatch.

August 26, 2014

ALA submitted comments  (pdf) to GPO in response to their recent call for feedback regarding increased flexibility to a regional depository library’s discard policy. 

May 22, 2014

ALA joined the AALL, AAHSL, MLA and SLA in a letter (pdf) to Chairman Schumer and Ranking Member Roberts of the Senate’s Committee on Rules & Administration, thanking them for their leadership in reporting the Government Publishing Office Act of 2014 (S. 1947) to the full Senate.

May 21, 2014

ALA joined other library associations in a letter (pdf) thanking the Government Printing Office and Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks for hosting the 2014 Depository Library Council Meeting and Federal Depository Library Conference April 30-May 2, 2014.

April 10, 2014

S. 1947, Government Publishing Office Act of 2014 was reported out of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and can now move on to consideration by the full Senate.  As GPO’s press release states, “the word "publishing" better reflects the current role that GPO plays in providing access to Government information in digital format through the agency's Federal Digital System, apps, eBooks, and related technologies”.

March 4, 2014

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations held a budget hearing on the Government Printing Office.  Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks’ spoke and provided her official testimony to the Committee.  

“We are requesting a total of $128,919,000 for FY 2015, an increase of $9,619,000 or 8.1% over the level of funding provided for FY 2014 in P.L. 113-76. The increase is primarily attributable to the Congressional Printing and Binding account due to the currently projected reduction in the availability of unexpended prior year funds to offset new funding requirements. The other significant component of our increased request is for support of GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) and our Composition System Replacement project as well as necessary facilities maintenance and repairs.”

January 16, 2014

S. 1947, Government Publishing Office Act of 2014 was introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).  This bill would change the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office.

2013

December 4, 2013

The House Administration Committee held a hearing on the Government Printing Office titled "GPO in 2023: Keeping America Informed in a Post-Print World." Among other things, Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks’ spoke about changing the name of the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office.  Vance-Cook’s testimony is available here.

November 7, 2013

A joint letter was sent to Davita Vance-Cooks regarding the government shutdown.

September 3, 2013

James C. Bradley was named Deputy Public Printer of the GPO.

August 21, 2013

Davita Vance-Cooks was sworn in as the 27th Public Printer of the GPO.

August  2, 2013

The Senate unanimously confirmed Davita Vance-Cooks as Public Printer.

June 12, 2013

The Senate Committee on Rules and Administration held the confirmation hearing of Davita Vance-Cooks to be Public Printer. Her prepared statement can be found here.  The support letter  (pdf) discussed below was submitted as part of the hearing record.

June 11, 2013

The ALA again joined with the American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association in a letter (pdf) to express our support President Obama’s nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks for Public Printer of the United States.

May 30, 2013

The ALA joined with the American Association of Law Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association in a letter (pdf) to thank the Committee on House Administration "expressing [their] support for the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) role in providing no-fee permanent public access to government information and rejecting a proposal by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to charge end user fees for FDsys content".

May 21, 2013

The Senate Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations held a hearing on the GPO. Public Printer Davita Vance –Cooks submitted testimony (pdf) as she did in February before the House Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations. 

May 7, 2013

The Joint Committee on Printing met to elected Senator Charles E. Schumer as Chairman and Representative Gregg Harper as Vice Chairman for the 113th Congress.

February 26, 2013

The House Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations held a hearing on the Government Printing Office (GPO). Public Printer Davita Vance –Cooks submitted testimony that provides an update on GPO’s activities in the past year.  Her testimony also provides information on the effect of sequestration on GPO, transparency to government documents and private printing companies that would no longer receive orders from GPO.

January

The National Academy of Public Administration released their congressionally mandated report, Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age.  The GPO released a press statement regarding the report on February 6th.  To learn more, please visit the District Dispatch.

2012

On June 11th, the GPO posted a press release in response to the House vote.


Legislative Branch    (in thousands of dollars)

 

FY12 Final

FY13 Pres.

FY13 House

FY13 Senate

FY13 CR*

Government Printing Office

126,200

126,200

122,496

126,200

126,972

Congressional Printing and Binding

90,700

83,632

83,632

83,632

91,255

Superintendent of Documents

35,000

34,728

34,728

34,728

35,214

GPO Revolving Fund

500

7,840

4,096

7,840 503

*Continuing Resolution (CR)

On March 29th the Congressional Research Service released a report entitled Federal Depository Library Program: Issues for Congress (pdf).

On March 15th, Acting Public Printer, Davita Vance-Cooks submitted a prepared statement before the Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate.  This statement provides the Senate with the Government Printing Office’s 2013 appropriations request.

Please visit this page for further information about federal library funding.

2011

On Saturday, December 17th the Senate returned William J. Boarman’s nomination to the President.  On Sunday, December 18th the GPO released a statement regarding the nomination. Then on Tuesday, December 20th Mr. Boarman announced that Davita Vance-Cooks who has been his Chief of Staff, will be the Deputy Public Printer.  The press release for this announcement can be found here.

Letter of Support for GPO funding (pdf)

Letter (pdf) requesting that the website http://FDLPmodeling.net again be made public

2010

The Government Printing Office (GPO) had been asked by the Federal Depository Council to hire consultant to study and make suggestions on possible changes to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). On September 2nd, the GPO announced that ITHAKA won the contract and you can keep up with future updates on this project by signing up at ITHAKA’s website.

In April, President Obama announced his intention to nominate William J. Boarman for the position of Public Printer of the United States. Mr. Boarman is currently the President of the Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Senior Vice President of CWA and has previously worked for the Government Printing Office. His nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and will be referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

Library associations’ letter of support for GPO funding (pdf)

2009

Government Printing Office (GPO) was asked to do a study of the organizational, financial, and technological conditions in regional depository libraries and their affect on public access to depository materials by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP).  The final report, Regional Depository Libraries in the 21st Century: A Preliminary Assessment (pdf), has been sent to JCP along with an accompanying letter (pdf).
 
The final version of the report has three primary recommendations to JCP:

1. Support continued appropriations for GPO’s initiative to create machine-readable bibliographic records for
the tangible collection of pre-1976 depository publications to ensure its completion in a timelier manner;

2. Undertake a more in-depth look at the organizational, financial, and technological issues affecting the
FDLP in its entirety, regionals and selectives alike, and analyze the results to develop recommendations for
policy and/or statutory revision that will provide for effective operation of the FDLP in the 21st century; and

3. Continue to support GPO’s initiatives to authenticate the Government’s digital information dissemination products.

Library associations’ letter of support for GPO funding
(pdf)

Information from previous years can be found here

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Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP)    

About the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) official Web site:
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fdlp.html

About the Depository Library Council to the Public Printer

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