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GPO's Federal Digital System Achieves Milestone

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

The U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) has achieved the milestone of 200 million retrievals since the Web site went live in January 2009. FDsys is a system that lawmakers, librarians, students, and the public can use to access authentic, published information on the Federal Government. Approximately 380,000 Government documents across
41 collections are available for free use on FDsys. Retrievals are measured by the number of times content is viewed or downloaded from FDsys. Examples of content found on FDsys include:
the post-President Kennedy’s assassination tape recordings, President Nixon’s Watergate grand jury testimony, the Budget of the U.S. Government, the Congressional Record, Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and congressional bills, hearings, and reports. GPO is continually adding content and working with agencies on new collection opportunities.

Link to FDsys: www.fdsys.gov

“This is an exciting milestone for GPO’s Federal Digital System and the exceptional service it provides to the American public,” said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “Today, approximately 97 percent of Federal Government documents are born digitally and published only to the Internet making FDsys the place to go to access authentic, published Government information.”

GPO is the Federal Government's primary resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government in both digital and tangible formats.  GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies. In addition to publication sales, GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through GPO’s Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov) and through partnerships with approximately 1,220 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov. Follow GPO on Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube.


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