Goodbye GPO Access….Welcome FDsys

Today, March 16th, GPO Access is shutting down and being replaced by its successor, GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys – pronunced F-D-sis). All of the information the public had access to on GPO Access and more, is available through FDsys.

In 1993, Congress passed the U.S. Government Printing Office Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act (Public Law 103-40), which expanded GPO’s mission to provide access to Federal Government information not only in print, but also electronically. In June 1994, in response to that legislation, GPO launched GPO Access.

In January 2009 GPO unveiled the next generation of Government information online with FDsys. On December 20, 2010, FDsys became GPO’s official system of record for free access to information and publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. In November 2011, GPO Access entered its “archive only” state and transitioned its status to historical reference archive. Now, FDsys is GPO’s only resource for access to current, updated information.

FDsys boasts key enhancements to GPO Access that allow users to:

• Easily search across multiple Government publications;
• Perform advanced searches against robust metadata about each publication;
• Construct complex search queries;
• Refine and narrow searches;
• Retrieve individual Government documents and publications in seconds directly from each search result;
• View more information about a publication and access multiple file formats for each search result;
• Access metadata in standard XML formats;
• Download content and metadata packaged together as a single ZIP file;
• Browse FDsys alphabetically by collection, by Congressional committee, by date, and by Government author; and
• Utilize extensive help tools and tutorials.


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