Scott A. Hodes explains how the spending reductions mandated by the recent Debt Ceiling bill will have tremendous impacts on citizen’s accessing government information on a number of fronts. While most in Congress will tell you they are in favor of various access laws, paying for them is another matter.
Even before the Debt Ceiling bill passed on August 2, 2011, the House of Representatives was busy reducing appropriations to the division of the Government Printing Office that funds the Federal Deposit Library Program. This reduction will likely result in the end of the Federal Digital System, which allows for the access of certain publications over the internet. Additionally, the Center for Public Integrity reports that millions of pages of federal court records are being destroyed as a cost savings.