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Federal Register site having issues today

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Uh oh. Scarcely does President Obama herald an end to the paper version of the Federal Register, then we get a reminder of why people  like to keep hard copies around. Although the table of contents for today’s Register was available online as usual, none of the links to the actual rulemakings and other administrative actions appeared to be working until late this morning (Eastern Standard Time). Instead, you got a “content  unavailable” message. In a blog post on the Register’s site, the Government Printing Office said it was looking into the problem and apologized for any inconvenience. In an…

GPO names Davis new technology officer

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The Government Printing Office has named Richard Davis its chief technology officer. In his new role, Davis will oversee the Office of Programs, Strategy and Technology, which includes development of GPO’s Federal Digital System. The next generation system provides online access to federal documents and publications. Prior to becoming CTO, Davis served as acting superintendent of documents and managing director of library services and content management. There he oversaw the transfer of government information to the FDsys.

Google's ebookstore offers federal titles

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If you’ve longed to own a copy of the appendix for the federal budget (all 1,416 pages for fiscal 2011), you’re in luck. You can snag a copy for just $9 .99 on Google’s ebookstore. The search engine giant is partnering with the Government Printing Office to offer federal government titles in its collection of ebooks, which include biographies and memoirs. GPO has added nearly 100 government titles in the catalog “and will continue to add titles in the next several months,” according to a GPO announcement made Tuesday. For now, you can read up about the space age or the history of Walter Reed Army Medical…

Federal Register gets web facelift

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Monday marked the 75th anniversary of the law creating the Federal Register,  and the compilers of that bureaucratic bible celebrated with the launch of Federal Register 2.0, billed as a more user-friendly online prototype. Surf  to the web site, and you’ll find the same scintillating potpourri of official notices, rule-making actions and presidential documents,  but in a new format that breaks down daily entries by “Money” “Environment,” and four other categories. It also features a “What’s Hot” section and boasts  “improved search and navigation tools to guide readers to the most popular topics and relevant documents,” according to a news…

Data for the masses

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Carl Malamud is running for federal office. For head of the Government Printing Office, to be precise. But there’s no election. No matter, he’s running anyway. A week and a half ago, Malamud launched a virtual-roots campaign and Web site – yeswescan.org – in a bid to be appointed by President Barack Obama as the Public Printer of the United States. GPO may seem like a sleepy government outpost to some, but not to Malamud. For him, it would the opportunity of a lifetime. As founder of the California-based nonprofit group Public.Resource.org, he’s spent his career ushering years worth of…