May 25, 2022

Government Information: GPO Releases API For (Formal Announcement)

From The Hill:

The offices announced on Wednesday the addition of an Application Programming Interface for, which enables information technology developers to create new applications with information published on the site.

“The API is an open data tool packaged in a light-weight, Web-friendly data transfer format that requires only a Web browser or client to begin development projects,” according to a press release. “This interface enables developers to tailor applications for sub-sets of agencies and particular documents, and to optimize resources for the mobile Web,” the release continued.


“We are excited to offer tools that will increase access and openness to all.  This Application Programming Interface embodies our ongoing commitment to Open Government,” wrote Ray Mosley, Director of the Federal Register.

The API “is another example of GPO’s commitment to permanent public access as the digital information platform for the Federal Government,” added Public Printer Bill Boarman.

Read the Complete GPO News Release (PDF)
Note: Today is the formal announcement of the API becoming available. It was first announced on the site on August 1st.

Direct to Developers Page

See Also: “U.S. Department of Labor Releases APIs and SDKs For Online and Mobile Tools and Apps” (August 1, 2011)

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