GPO opens new site for federal documents, information

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The Government Publishing Office announced Wednesday the launch of govinfo.gov, a flexible platform offering updates on the federal government and streaming a bounty of content from the Library of Congress. 

Launched as a beta, the site will permanently replace GPO’s current digital archive — Federal Digital Systems — starting in 2017.

Govinfo.gov is already stocked with more than1.5 million documents, including the Federal Register, the Congressional Record, U.S. Courts Opinions and proposed Senate Bills — and the number is expected to expand on a daily basis as new publications and documents are released.

The site boasts a number of features geared towards mobile users, such as a smartphone interface with scaled screen displays and integrated tech for sharing on social media.

“GPO has been a leader in adapting to the way the public receives Government information,” GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks said in a release. “Our employees were the first to provide digital access to this treasure trove of information in 1994. Today, GPO gives the public the next generation of this robust system. govinfo does what no other Government site can do—provide the public with a one-stop site to authentic, published Government information.”

The GPO has made a concerted effort to rebrand itself for a new technological generation. In 2014, it changed its titular “P” from “printing” to “publishing.

Feedback on the site is available in a survey. GPO stated that it expects to add a more thorough feature as well as a bolstered help section in the coming weeks.

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