On Wednesday, February 24, Mary Alice Baish, Director of the AALL Government Relations Office, testified at the public witness hearing before the House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch in support of the U.S. Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Fiscal Year 2011 budget request.
Mary Alice addressed several important issues in her oral testimony, including the need:
- To fund fully the Congressional Printing and Binding request so that federal depository libraries can continue to have the option of receiving Congressional materials in print.
- To fund FDsys at the requested $8 million so that GPO can complete the migration of the GPO Access system into FDsys. We are especially anxious for the entire e-CFR to be migrated into FDsys.
- To encourage GPO and the Library of Congress to enter into a formal Memorandum of Understanding to partner on the digitization of historic legal resources.
- For GPO to capture content from agency Web sites to be ingested into FDsys as part of their mission to provide access to current government information.
This was Mary Alice’s fourth year in a row testifying before the Subcommittee in support of GPO’s budget request. Her testimony was very well-received by the Subcommittee, whose members asked a number of insightful questions.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]