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GPO to Digitize Every Federal Register Issue

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The Government Publishing Office is continuing its transition to digital technology, announcing Wednesday it plans to digitize 2 million pages of the federal register.  

GPO employees will be working with the Library of Congress to digitize more than 14,500 issues of the register, which details the daily rules and notices of federal agencies, as well as presidential documents including executive orders. The GPO currently partners with the National Archives Office of the Federal Register to publish its digital archives, which include issues of the federal register dating back to 1994, but the new project will digitize every issue since 1936, and is expected to be completed in 2016. “The digitization of every issue of the Federal Register is another example of GPO and OFR adapting to meet the changing needs of how the public gets government information,” GPO Director Davita Vance-Cooks said in a press release.  

A GPO spokesperson did not respond to inquiries about the cost of the project.  

The agency — formally known as the Government Printing Office — has been experiencing an ongoing transition to digital technology while continuing to provide printing services to each branch of the U.S. government. That includes printing the federal register each day, as well as the congressional record.  

The GPO was the first legislative branch agency to transition to cloud technology . It has also experienced a dramatic decrease in its workforce to improve efficiency.

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