CASSANDRA writes letter to Public Printer regarding the NAPA report

March 12, 2013 by
Filed under: Commentary, Library, post 

Last month the National Association of Public Administration (NAPA) released a report entitled “Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age” — FGI responded with an analysis of the report and were particularly disturbed by recommendation #4 which said that GPO should consider “cost recovery” for access to FDsys.

A group of long-time government information librarians writing under the moniker of CASSANDRA (Concerned Government Information Professionals), have co-written a letter to Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks offering their strong support for NAPA’s conclusion that “free access to government information is both an important tenet of a democracy and a critical responsibility” while calling into question the same recommendation #4.

With CASSANDRA’s permission (FYI, both Jim Jacobs and James Jacobs are signatories to this letter), we’ve posted the letter here for public knowledge and so that others may also write letters to the Public Printer and cite this letter in support of free permanent public access to authentic government information now and in the long-term.



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