GPO Adapts to Needs of Congress for Congressional Record
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Press release from the issuing company
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has been producing the Congressional Record since 1873. With origins in the requirement of Article I of the Constitution that "Congress shall keep a journal of its proceedings...and from time to time publish the same," the Congressional Record contains the proceedings and debates of the Senate and House of Representatives. It has been called "a symbol of our democracy through which the people may observe the making of their laws and may hold their lawmakers accountable for their words and deeds."
Throughout GPO's history, its employees have adapted to the various needs of Congress and technology changes to produce this important publication in both online and print formats. Whenever Congress is in session, GPO employees in a matter of hours take those debates and turn stacks of manuscript into the digital files that are then made available online via GPO's Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and in print. Technology changes over the past generation have reduced the cost of this publication by more than two thirds, and today the vast majority of the cost to produce it -- nearly 70% -- is in the creation of the digital file for dissemination online and in print. For those print copies needed by Congress, Federal agencies, and the public, production is on 100% recycled newsprint with vegetable oil-based ink.
Watch a short video on the steps GPO employees go through to produce the Congressional Record during the early morning hours: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPC5B-jUTsE&feature=channel_video_title
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