GPO Launches 'Google' for Federal Docs
The Government Printing Office today launches Federal Digital System (FDsys), the new online home for original federal documents.
Users will eventually be able to search for information from the government's 50 different collections. The site currently hosts the eight most-popular collections, including the Federal Register, the Congressional Record and archive of Congressional hearings. The other collections will be added to the site by this summer, according to GPO's chief information officer Mike Wash.
The new site also marks the launch of the Federal Register's new Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents, an archive of executive orders, speeches and other information released by the White House Press Office. The daily online compilation replaces the printed Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents.
"In today’s world, where things are widely expected to be available immediately and online, we need to have a really good repository of information to maintain federal publications to get easy access to that information," Wash said.
Web users could just as easily use Google or other search engines to find government information, but FDsys assures access to the original, authentic versions of government documents.
Work on the site began in 2004 and GPO has spent roughly $20 million so far on the project.
"What we use is a lot of standard software. We haven’t been doing much custom software," Wash said. "A lot of our research was focused on doing search and content management. Lots of our time was spent on configuring standard tools to meet our needs."
Wash's team consulted congressional staffers, librarians and the federal agencies as the development process began. More recently, GPO has consulted with members of the tech-savvy Obama transition and administration.
"I think we'll be talking with them more, because what we’ve been doing here is a good example of good open government," Wash said.
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