House Questions Future of Government Printing Office, OMB Watch (July 27, 2011)
The House Legislative Branch appropriations bill for FY 2012, H.R. 2551, passed on July 22. The bill cuts $27.3 million from the FY 2011 funding level for the agency — a 20.2 percent annual decrease, $40.4 million less than the agency’s request. These cuts, which are considerably deeper than other legislative branch agencies face, would constrain GPO’s ability to publish, digitize, and disseminate important public records. For example, GPO requested $5 million specifically to continue the development of FDsys, but the entire line item was cut from the bill.
…Certain provisions of H.R. 2551 suggest that some members of Congress seriously question whether GPO is needed at all.