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July 2, 2010

TO: Printing and Publishing Officials of the Federal Government

SUBJECT: Fiscal Year 2011 Open Requisitions and New Federal Register Publishing Rates

This letter is to notify you that now is the time to submit open requisitions for Fiscal Year 2011 for your agency’s information to be published in the Federal Register and the Code ofFederal Regulations during FY-11 (an individual open requisition is required for each publication).  To allow sufficient time for processing and enable us to provide timely feedback to our customers, we have established a cut-off date of July 30, 2010, for all open requisitions.

Your requisitions should be forwarded to the Office of Official Journals of Government (OJG), Room A-810, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20401 or faxed to 888-579-5907.
The following information must appear on each requisition:

  • A Requisition number beginning with a one (1) to represent 2011.
  • Your Billing Address Code (BAC), which is necessary to properly identify your order and a Line of Accounting Number (LOA) if required by your agency.
  • Clearly identify on the requisition in the Title that it is for publishing in the Federal Register or in the Code of Federal Regulations.

For Fiscal Year 2011, GPO is adjusting the rates for publishing in the Federal Register. These rate changes are based on the decision of the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) to discontinue SGML document submissions.  OFR’s online publications are now based on consistently tagged XML data. XML produces superior search results and is also the foundation for new applications that serve the President’s Open Government initiative.  Accordingly, SGML coded documents will no longer be accepted by OFR as of October 1, 2010.  For more on this policy change, see Circular Letter No. 759, dated January 14th, 2010, which provided notification of the move away from older SGML technology (

Along with the OFR’s policy change, the GPO is working with OFR to upgrade our composition system to create a streamlined XML workflow, which will feed into the Federal Digital System program (FDsys). The elimination of the SGML discount will result in modest savings for the vast majority of agencies that submit Federal Register documents in MS Word format.

Rates for publishing in the Code of Federal Regulations remain unchanged.

The new Federal Register pricing for FY-11 is stated below:

MS Word, diskette $477/page rate $159/column rate
Manuscript copy $522/page rate $174/column rate
Camera Copy $522/page rate $174/column rate
Code of Federal Regulations $85/page rate N/A

If you require assistance with your requisition submission, please contact OFR Publishing Services @ 202.512.2100.


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