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GPO Director Urges Modernization of Congressional Document Formats

Hugh Nathanial Halpern, the director of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), is advocating “modernizing Congressional document formats, which have remained relatively unchanged for the last 150 years. …” At a hearing before the Committee on House Administration, he “emphasized the need to transition from dense, hard-to-access documents to documents that are readable and accessible on computer screens, phones, and on paper.”

For example, GPO’s digital publishing technology XPub produced the most recent edition of the U.S. Code 7 months faster than the previous edition, which relied on older technology. According to the press release, “GPO also invested in six new digital inkjet presses that will vastly enhance GPO’s flexibility to meet its customers’ needs for both large and small jobs.”

Halpern noted that modernization will result in “documents that are easier to author, to produce, and to consume. Congress, GPO, and the public can benefit from these changes.” He added, “My hope is that Congress has reached a point where it is ready to partner with GPO to create documents worthy of the 21st century.”

For more information, read the press release.



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