Date: January 2013
Creator: National Academy of Public Administration
Description: The Government Printing Office (GPO) opened its doors the day that Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States. For the past 152 years, the GPO has played a critical role in keeping the nation informed—ensuring permanent public access to authentic government information, including such historic documents as the Emancipation Proclamation and official journals of government such as the Congressional Record and the Federal Register. Like the rest of the publishing industry, the GPO of the 21st Century has been forced to manage the decline of print and the transition to digital publishing. At the same time, GPO has faced the challenge of performing broader government responsibilities in an increasingly digital world. Recognizing this changing environment, Congress mandated that the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) conduct a broad operational review of GPO. The Academy formed a five-member Panel of Fellows to conduct a ten-month study of the agency’s current role, its operations, and its future direction. The Panel concluded that GPO’s core mission remains valid, but that the agency—and the rest of the federal government—will need to continue to “reboot” for the digital age. The Panel’s recommendations are intended to position the federal government ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department