GPO Testifies About FY 2019 Appropriations Request

WASHINGTON - Acting GPO Deputy Director Andrew M. Sherman presented the U.S. Government Publishing Office's (GPO) FY 2019 appropriations request before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Appropriations. GPO is asking for a flat funded request of $117 million, which is less than the level of funding provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. Since 2010, GPO appropriations have declined by nearly 21%.

GPO's continued transition to digital technologies and the modernization of plant operations has increased the agency's productivity and reduced costs. In discussing modernization of technology at GPO, Sherman pointed out that the value of property, plant, and equipment at the agency has increased from $100 million in FY 12 to $174 million in FY 2017, a reflection of the impact of modernization on the agency over the past five years.

The FY 2019 request will enable GPO to:

  • meet projected requirements for congressional publishing;
  • fund the operation of the public information programs of the Superintendent of Documents; and
  • develop information technology, including cybersecurity, in systems that support our congressional publishing and public information programs operations

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“The men and women of the GPO are some of the hardest working, most dedicated employees in the Legislative Branch. Regardless of the demands of Congress's legislative schedule, and whether there is a snowstorm, an earthquake, or a shutdown, they are here to carry out the work of Congress. That is what GPO was created to do, and it remains our most important mission,” said Sherman.

GPO is the Federal Government's official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through and partnerships with approximately 1,150 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit

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