Government Docs

GPO outlines digital conversion plans

Anonymous Patron writes " Reports The Government Printing Office over the next two years will transform the way it collects, authenticates, stores and shares federal documents.

By December 2007, GPO will implement the Digital Content System and update processes for collecting and storing past, present and future government records."

National Archives Recovers Missing Artifacts

Anonymous Patron writes "A sliver of Good News from where they say the feds have recovered some of the irreplaceable artifacts missing or stolen from the National Archives. Artifacts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing.

The college yearbook of former President Ronald Reagan, valued at $20,000, is just one of the treasures that now has been found by the Inspector General of the Archives. Letters from Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant also have been recovered."

Where to Find Hard-to-Find Government Info on Web

Here's a link-rich piece from Wired about where to find US government information that's not readily found.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission shuts down its online library temporarily

On October 25, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) began a second security review of its publicly available documents to make sure the website doesn't contain any sensitive information. In the meantime, the NRC's online document library, ADAMS, won't be available to the public. After the first review, made after September 11, 2001, more than one thousand documents were removed from the NRC's website.

Duelfer Report being sent to Depository Libraries

The following message was distributed over the FDLP-L listserv:

The Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction (Duelfer Report) released September 30, 2004, will be distributed to all depository libraries in a tangible format (paper). It will also be available for sale by GPO.

To provide immediate access to the report, it was processed as an EL title.
The Report is cataloged, OCLC # 56664487, and a PURL has been assigned,

The entire report will be disseminated to Federal depository libraries in
three volumes. A separate volume of key findings, which were extracted from
the report, will also be distributed. The following SuDoc numbers have been

  • PREX 3.2:IR 1/V.1
  • PREX 3.2:IR 1/V.2
  • PREX 3.2:IR 1/V.3
  • PREX 3.2:IR 1/KEY

In addition to the volumes above, depository libraries will receive chronologies in the form of six-foot fold-outs.

Daniel wonders if this will join the 9/11 report on the bestseller list?

New DoD Search Engine

Durst writes "I apologize for all the acronyms. This is for those of you that end up doing reference for anyone in the military.

Yesterday a new DoD (Department of Defense) search capability opened up at This first phase will use a DTIC-hosted DoD search engine to search over 100 DoD public web sites. Eventually they hope to index the entire public DoD Domain."

Daniel adds: For those keeping score, DTIC stands for Defense Technical Information Center. In addition to DoD web sites, the search engine lets you search news by specific kinds of releases (i.e. news releases, transcripts, background briefings, etc.)

Trudeau cabinet confronted Information Age in 1973

Anonymous Patron writes "Trudeau cabinet confronted Information Age back in 1973; No one had heard of the Internet back then and Canada's freedom-of-information law was still a decade away.

But the cabinet of Pierre Trudeau grappled with the emerging Information Age in 1973, forging early policies on computer communications and access to public records, newly disclosed documents show."

E-forms and government - an oxymoron?

Durst writes "From the Office of Management and Budget to local state courts, XML and PDF seem to be going hand-in-hand when it comes to filling out and submitting electronic forms. Government Computer News has the details."

Pentagon Censors 'Right to Know' Video

Pete writes "Irony rears its head in this AP story appearing on Yahoo! News."The Defense Department spent $70,500 to produce a Humphrey Bogart-themed video called "The People's Right to Know" to teach employees to respond to citizen requests for information. But when it came to showing the tape to the public, the Pentagon censored some of the footage.Officials said they blacked out parts of the training video with the message, "copyrighted material removed for public viewing," because they were worried the government didn't have legal rights to some historical footage that was included."

Feds Asked Depository Librarians to Destroy Federal Publications

On July 22 of this year, the Department of Justice sent e-mails to all 1300 federal depository libraries:
The documents the Department of Justice wanted destroyed were:

* "Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Procedure."

* "Select Criminal Forfeiture Forms."

* "Select Federal Asset Forfeiture Statues."

* "Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Resource Directory."

* "Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000."

Then one week later, they changed their minds. (ed: this was profiled in an earlier edition of LISNews)

The American Library Association issued a strongly worded statement recently that the national organization "disagreed with this categorization of the public documents, two of which are texts of federal statutes, and with the instruction to destroy them. ALA trusts that there will be no repetition of such unjustified instructions to destroy government information.

"The topics addressed in the named documents include information on how citizens can retrieve items that may have been confiscated by the government during an investigation," the ALA statement said.

The federal directives touched off a firestorm of e-mails among the library community all over the country, said HSU assistant librarian Liz Kimura Mottaz.

"People were outraged," she said.

Update here as it applied to Humboldt State University on the North Coast of California.

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