Bill Passed by House Would Provide No Money for GPO’s Federal Digital System, Sharply Cuts Other Information Resources

Source: Michael Kelley, Library Journal, July 27, 2011

…On July 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2551, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012 by a vote of 252 – 159. Unless the Senate acts, the bill would reduce GPO’s budget for FY12 by 20 percent to $108.1 million.

Within the GPO budget is the appropriation for the Office of Superintendent of Documents’ Salaries and Expenses, which funds the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). This appropriation would be reduced 16 percent, to $33.5 million, eliminating funding for the Federal Digital System (FDsys)….

…The bill would also require the Government Accountability Office “to review the feasibility of Executive Branch printing being performed by the General Services Administration, the transfer of the Superintendent of Documents program to the Library of Congress, and the privatization of the GPO … [and] report its findings to the Committee on Appropriations of the House and Senate no later than January 31, 2012.”…
See also:
House Questions Future of Government Printing Office
Source: OMB Watch, July 27, 2011

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