Dissemination Program

Document Discovery and Intent to Publish – two free ways to make your publications more visible

Document Discovery and Intent to Publish are two free and effortless ways to make your agency's online and print publications accessible to the general public.

Federal agencies are required by statutory mandate to provide Federal publications to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) (44 USC 19). We can help you meet those requirements by making your eligible publications:

  • searchable through the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications and other GPO search tools
  • available to 1,150 library collections across the country
  • accessible via permanent link in order to guarantee future access


Publications published through GPO are automatically evaluated for inclusion in the GPO Dissemination Program. All other Federal agency publications will also be considered. GPO covers the cost of distributing eligible print and electronic publications to libraries nationwide

  • Information products eligible for this program must be of public interest and federally funded.
  • Information products not eligible include publications that are access-restricted, are for an agency’s internal use, restricted, classified, or copyrighted, and contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

Two Ways to Notify GPO of Publications

Document Discovery
Has your agency already published an information product that would be appropriate for GPO dissemination? Did you find a publication issued by a Federal agency that has no related record in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications? If so, please use the askGPO service to report it.

  1. Complete the form with your email address, subject, and question.

  2. In the Question field, please include as much of the following information as possible to better process your request:
    • The name of your agency
    • Title
    • Publishing agency
    • Publication date
    • Format (e.g.: CD, DVD, Online, Print)
    • URL to the information product
    • OCLC number
    • Other details to identify the publication
  3. In the Category drop-down box, please select Agency Content Submissions (FDLP).

Intent to Publish
Agencies wishing to have publishing requests handled by a Regional GPO office or an outside publisher can submit one of the following forms:

Once you have notified us, we will archive, catalog, and distribute those publications through the FDLP.



For more information, contact the Document Discovery Program at [email protected].

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