May 16, 2022

U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) Introduces “National Plan for Access to U.S. Government”

From Today’s GPO Announcement (via FDLP):

The staff at the U.S. Government Publishing Office is actively working on long-term strategies to ensure the success and growth of three critical programs:

  • The Federal Depository Library Program
  • The Cataloging & Indexing Program
  • The Federal Information Preservation Network (coming soon)

What began as the National Plan for the Future of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) has evolved into the broader initiative of ensuring access to and preservation of U.S. Government information. This is the result of your responses to the FDLP Forecast Study; the National Academy of Public Administration’s report, Rebooting the Government Printing Office; and other external influences affecting libraries and Government information.

The National Plan is now formally known as the National Plan for Access to U.S. Government Information. A new component of the National Plan, the Federal Information Preservation Network, also known as FIPNet, is in development. The FDLP and Cataloging & Indexing Program remain crucial components of the National Plan.

As the National Plan continues to develop, we want to ensure that the Federal depository community is well-informed.

Learn More

new web page is available, dedicated to the National Plan and its components, along with another new web page on FIPNet.

The National Plan and FIPNet will be discussed in greater detail at the upcoming Depository Library Council Virtual Meeting, being held April 28 – 30, 2015. Learn more here and register for this upcoming event.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.