Talk:United States Government Publishing Office

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Independent or part of a branch of government?[edit]

On 18:11, 29 December 2005 (UTC), I moved the following section (GPO) from my talk page:


It's a hybrid. The GPO is headed by the Public Printer who is appointed by the President subject to confirmation by the Senate. However, it is exempted from most of the rules regarding executive agencies and its operations are subject to the dictates of the Joint Committee on Printing.

If I had to describe the GPO, in terms of how it operates, I'd say it's a wholly owned government corporation with a monopoly on government printing contracts having the Public Printer as its CEO and the Joint Commitee on Printing as its board of directors, tho that isn't how it's defined under the law. Caerwine 12:41, 23 September 2005 (UTC)

Thanks! I'm working on categorizing officers, employees, and agencies of the U.S. Congress. (See Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Congress.) Would you say that the GPO fits in any of those? I was thinking congressional agency, and the Public Printer as employee of u.s. congress, but now I'm not so sure.
Would you describe any other agency as being a similar kind of hybrid? Markles 13:18, 23 September 2005 (UTC)
The GPO is a legislative branch agency. While Caerwine's description of the printing operation of GPO is mostly accurate, printing isn't the only activity performed by the agency. For example, the agency is charged with maintaining public access to the content published by the federal government (through the Federal Depository Library Program and GPO Access. This part of GPO is funded through Congressional appropriations.
Also, unlike a corporation, which seeks to make profit for shareholders, GPO operates on a cost recovery basis, making it more like a nonprofit. So, Markles, your categorization is correct. betakate 16:45, 16 January 2006 (UTC)

Conflict with Office of the Federal Register[edit]

The Office of the Federal Register article states that it publishes, for example, the CFR; this article claims that the GPO publishes it. What's the deal? Melchoir 00:44, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

The OFR edits the CFR and the FR, but the GPO prints and distributes it. betakate 19:14, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Large edit[edit]

I just completed a rather large (and time consuming) edit, which I described in the edit sommary as "copy edited (primarily to remove spammy materiel), cleaned up references, placed standard appendices into recommended order, cleaned up external links, changed some references to be inline." I primarily made housekeeping edits, with the only potentially content changing edits being the removal/re-factoring of some more blatantly advertisement style text. I didn't get around to checking on all of the references, but I did at least make them all inline (vs. external links). Note that a couple which I did check were apparently dead links (and are now marked as such), so if anyone can fix them feel free to do so. Note that I'm not, and not likely to be in the future, a regular editor of this article, so if there is a change that I made here which is of concern just go ahead and fix it. Happy editing!
V = I * R (talk) 02:46, 9 August 2009 (UTC)


today is 2010 sept 17 but the page says: "In March 2011, GPO issued a new illustrated official history covering the agency's 150 years of Keeping America Informed.[1]" and the link is broke117.79.235.183 (talk) 10:48, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

Name change[edit]

It looks like the Government Printing Office will now be officially known as the Government Publishing Office. The details are buried in the spending bill. Source. Whoisjohngalt (talk) 18:11, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Change has been made to all but the page title. Working on making that change now. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Xanman50 (talkcontribs) 22:48, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

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