Government Printing Office

Want to know where the President of the United States was on a given Thursday afternoon? And what he said?

It’s now possible. Keep reading →

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has signed an agreement with Barnes & Noble to sell Federal eBooks.

GPO works with federal agencies to produce their publications, books, and reports in print and digital formats, including eBook formats. Keep reading →

The rapid embrace of computer tablets in and outside of government has escalated the debate among federal agencies over the merits of designing native applications for tablets.

But if the Government Printing Office offers any indication, the prevailing approach is expected to be for agencies to channel development resources into applications that recognize and adapt to a variety of mobile devices, rather than concentrating on specific products, according to Lisa LaPlant, GPO’s lead program planner for programs strategy and technology (pictured above center). Keep reading →

I recently was asked to comment about the evolution of XML for a story about what the Government Printing Office is doing in migrating data to XML — and about how APIs (Application Program Interfaces) can help get agencies extract data out of their systems using XML (extensible markup language)

It reminded me of a conversation I had with GPO managers about 15 years ago in which I advocated how XML would give them “author once — use many” capability that would stand the test of time and it has! Keep reading →

Though historically a place where ink meets paper, the Government Printing Office now produces nearly all of the country’s most important documents in digital form and is currently pursuing technologies to broaden its reach across agencies and to the public.

Chief Technology Officer Richard Davis said efforts are under way to migrate troves of digital information in the Federal Digital System created in 2006 to Extensible Markup Language (XML). The first of which was the fiscal 2013 budget released Monday via a collection of documents published by GPO. The rest of GPO’s data will migrate during fiscal 2012. The move will essentially allow users to use and pass on the information more easily and could eventually allow GPO to generate revenue through new digital products. Keep reading →

The proposed Federal Budget released this past Monday to Congress for fiscal year 2013 is actually a collection of documents, assembled by the Office of Management and Budget and published digitally and in print by the Government Printing Office.

The document, as required by Congress, must show the current and projected condition of the U.S. Treasury at the end of the last completed fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and the next fiscal year if the proposed budget is carried out. Keep reading →

On a recent chilly morning inside the tall brick building where America’s official information has been printed and stored for 150 years, Davita Vance-Cooks began shaking hands with the 1,900 employees she’s now in charge of leading through a technological transformation.

A few got warm hugs or pats on the shoulder. It’s clear Vance-Cooks is no stranger in this crowd. Keep reading →

Next year will mark the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Marine Corps Aviation. To commemorate this noteworthy milestone, the US Marine Corps has produced a remarkable new publication entitled 1912-2012 100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation: An Illustrated History.

A stirring snapshot of some of the key people, aircraft, and events that comprise this first century of Marine aviation, this book showcases the achievements of Marine aviation through seldom seen photographs and accounts of pivotal battles and events. Keep reading →

Since 1878, the Statistical Abstract of the United States has been printed by the Government Printing Office on behalf of the Census Bureau.

The “Stat Abstract” is considered “the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It compiles data from multiple sources, including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other federal agencies and private organizations. Keep reading →

As the U.S. government’s primary resource for producing official information for 150 years, the Government Printing Office has had to adapt to changing technology and a demand to do more with less in the current economic climate.

In fact, the federal agency has seen its workforce diminish over the years by nearly 75 percent, said Public Printer Bill Boarman as a recent guest on NBC Channel 4’s Viewpoint program (see video). The office currently employs 2,200 federal workers and Boarman said that number will likely fall again in the coming months and years. Keep reading →

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