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GPO Makes House Bill Available for Bulk Download in XML Format

Friday, January 11, 2013

Press release from the issuing company

WASHINGTON - At the direction of the House Appropriations Committee, and in support of the task force on bulk data established by House report 112-511, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is making House bills in XML format available through GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) Bulk Data repository, beginning with the 113th Congress. The FDsys Bulk Data repository is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/bulkdata/. The new offering joins other GPO XML bulk data files made available to the public, including the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and related documents of the executive branch. 

Making Government information available in XML permits data to be reused and repurposed not only for print output but for conversion into ebooks, mobile web applications, and other forms of content delivery, including data mashups and other analytical tools by third party providers, which contributes to openness and transparency in Government.  In addition to the files made available through the FDsys Bulk Data Repository, GPO ensures the authenticity of all information provided on FDsys by making available digitally signed copies in PDF format, which is the official, authentic version that matches the printed document.

"We are pleased to support the House in this project," said Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. "As the official, digital, secure provider of Government information products and services, we look forward to continuing to use our capabilities and expertise to support and enhance public access to 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 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.


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