The five major library associations – AALL, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Medical Library Association and Special Libraries Association — joined together this week to thank the Committee on House Administration for opposing the suggestion in the National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) report, “Rebooting the Government Printing Office: Keeping America Informed in the Digital Age,” that GPO charge public user fees for FDsys. As we stated in February, charging for FDsys would violate AALL policy that digital government information disseminated via government websites must be available at no cost.
On May 21, the Committee on House Administration sent a letter to Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks in support of GPO’s role in providing no-fee access to government information and rejecting the NAPA suggestion to charge end users for FDsys content. CHA’s statement is in line with the letter that the Acting Public Printer sent to Bernadine Abbott Hoduski and CASSANDRA in March saying that GPO would not charge the public for access to FDsys content. CHA’s letter was first announced during the Committee’s Legislative Data & Transparency Conference last week.