Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age

Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age

Date: January 2013
Creator: National Academy of Public Adminstration (NAPA)
Description: The conference report to the 2012 Consolidated Appropriations Act mandated that the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) conduct a broad operational review of GPO to (1) update past studies of GPO operations; (2) examine the feasibility of GPO continuing to perform executive branch printing; and (3) identify additional cost saving operational alternatives beyond those that GPO has already implemented.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 determined that the federal government in the digital age must continue to ensure that the public has permanent access to authentic government information and that GPO has a critical role to play in meeting this need. GPO leaders have made significant progress in “rebooting” the agency from a print-centric to a content-centric focus, but the agency needs to make further business and operational changes. The Panel issued fifteen recommendations intended to position the federal government for the digital age, strengthen GPO’s business model, and further GPO’s continuing transformation. Among other things, the Panel recommended that Congress establish an inter-agency process to develop a government-wide strategy for managing the life-cycle of digital government information; GPO ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age

Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age

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