In addition to funding the federal government, H.R. 83, the appropriations bill that was signed into law last night by President Obama, officially changes the name of the federal agency that helps to ensure a more transparent government. Language in section 1301 renames the Government Printing Office to the Government Publishing Office and while the agency will still retain its well-known initials (GPO), this name will better represent their work moving forward.
Davita Vance-Cooks, now titled the Director of the Government Publishing Office (previously Public Printer), stated in their press release, “this is a historic day for GPO. Publishing defines a broad range of services that includes print, digital, and future technological advancements. The name Government Publishing Office better reflects the services that GPO currently provides and will provide in the future”. ALA looks forward to continuing our work with the newly renamed agency!